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Tornado Quest Science Links Week In Review For April 23 – 30, 2018

Greetings everyone! If it’s spring in your location, I hope the weather is warming up nicely. For much of North America, the spring warmth got off to a slower than usual start, but that doesn’t mean that a cool summer is on tap. For my friends south of the equator, I hope your autumn is being good to you. Here in the USA, the typical severe weather “season” has been rather quiet, but that could change in a manner of days. At the bottom of this week’s post are several links regarding severe weather safety and a couple of infographics that I hope you’ll find helpful. There’s plenty of other topics to go over, so let’s get started.

For your consideration, here are this week’s links…

TECHNOLOGY/SOCIAL MEDIA

With recent concerns over Facebook and privacy, others are looking at social media and websites in general for how they collect information on you. Here’s a good read on how to find out which apps have access to your Google information.

CITIZEN SCIENCE

Becoming a citizen science and contributing data year round in a myriad of ways has never been easier. “Easy Ways To Become A Citizen Scientist.” If you’re into weather, the CoCoRaHS network and the mPING project are two ways to collect valuable data year round.

Do the changing of the climate seasons seem off kilter to you? If so, you can help document changes in this impressive citizen science project…and anyone can help.

ASTRONOMICAL SCIENCE

The best image of our galaxy to date has just been published and it’s truly spectacular.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Very small pieces of automobile tires and synthetic fabrics are making their way into our oceans in a microscopic form.

Many companies are pledging to cut plastic pollution. Quite a few are household names with international business. This is good and well, but if it’s only occurring in the UK and a handful of other countries, the benefits will be very, very limited.

Interesting development for the future of the USA’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). “Pruitt Proposes New Rule Defining What Science Can Be Used By EPA.” Understandably so, scientific organizations are very concerned this will exclude valuable data from EPA’s rule-making process.

Here’s some very encouraging renewable energy news. Wind and solar accounted for more than 98 percent of all new USA electrical generation placed into service in the first two months of this year.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

This past April 24, 2018 was the 25th anniversary of the Tulsa/Catoosa, OK tornado. A pair of strong/violent tornadoes heavily damaged areas in the northeastern parts of the metro. Here’s a look back at the aftermath.

The world’s first trillion dollar natural disaster could happen in California in a wintertime mega-flood that would be the equivalent of eight Hurricane Katrinas. With climate change in the mix, the chances of it happening within a century have increased dramatically.

SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY

I’ve included once again this week links regarding severe weather safety. This list is far from totally inclusive of the information that is available to keep your loved ones and you safe as we are now well into the North American severe weather season. The peak of severe weather activity across North America arrives in May and lasts well into June…so now is a good time to get last-minute preparations in place.

Tornadoes, Lightning, & Thunderstorms: Nature’s Most Violent Storms (PDF file)

Tornado Safety Rules from the Storm Prediction Center

Highway Overpasses As Tornado Shelters (Slide Presentation)

The Online Tornado FAQ

Facts About Derechos

American Red Cross Severe Weather Safety Information

Flash Flooding: Turn Around, Don’t Drown

NOAA Weather Radio

Interactive NOAA Weather Radio Coverage Map

Ready.gov Basic Disaster Supply Kit Info

The Weather Channel: Prepare Your Pets For Emergencies

Now for a few infographics. Here’s an important word on those “tornado sirens” that people put far too much importance on…

The bottom line: Sirens are an old school Cold War era technology that often malfunction for a myriad of reasons, can only warn people in very close proximity, and are at the whims of local emergency management. The National Weather Service has NO control over sirens. In the cacophony of a raging supercell thunderstorm that’s parked over your head, you’ll not hear a siren…so it would behoove you to get your potentially life-saving severe weather warning information from a reliable source.

If severe weather is forecast for your area, what do those “risk” categories mean? This infographic should clear up any questions you have. The Storm Prediction Center website is where you will find all of the details specific to your area.

Quite often, if you’re in a risk area (Slight, Enhanced, etc.) a Severe Thunderstorm Watch or Tornado Watch will be issued for your area. There are likely to be warnings as well. This infographic explains the difference between a Watch and a Warning.

Lastly, remember to follow your local National Weather Service office and the broadcast meteorologists of your choice for local information.

That’s a wrap for this post! I’d like to extend a warm welcome to my new followers in social media and a big “Thank You” to my long-time followers. It’s great to have you all along for the fun.

Cheers!

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Tornado Quest Science Links Week In Review For April 16 – 23, 2018

Greetings everyone! It’s been an active spring across much of North America in the past few days with everything from severe weather to massive wildfires to blizzard conditions in the mix. Fortunately, those of us who live on this continent are conditioned to expect such extremes as the seasons change. Speaking of seasons changing, here’s one reminder for severe weather safety on the difference between a Tornado Watch and a Tornado Warning.

Graphic courtesy NOAA/NWS

As usual, there are plenty of other topics to cover, so let’s get started.

For your consideration, here are this week’s links…

SCIENCE EDUCATION/PHYSICS

If you’ve never read “The Feynman Lectures on Physics” and are interested in this essential element of a comprehensive scientific education, you’re in for a treat. The most popular book on physics is now available online.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/RENEWABLE ENERGY

The planet we call “home” is an amazing place. Here’s a list of thirteen thing about our humble home that everyone should know.

Here’s some excellent renewable energy news. There are four USA states that are getting over thirty percent of their electrical power from wind…and they are (from a political standpoint) conservative Republican states.

This past 22 April was Earth Day. Here’s a good way to take a look at your personal carbon footprint. The most important factor to keep in mind is that the small changes are often the most important.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

One of the pervasive myths about tornadoes is that they don’t hit cities. In spite of many events, this myth persists to this day. Dr. Marshall Shepherd has written an excellent essay that puts a stake in the heart of a potentially dangerous fallacy.

Here’s a comprehensive review from NOAA of the global climate conditions and events of March 2018.

An interesting new study shows a unique perspective on climate change and how it has affected a climactic boundary.

Many areas in the Northern Hemisphere had a rather cold winter but for the Arctic, there was a very different story.

Do the climates of the past have anything to offer us today? Indeed they do. A keen understanding of past climates helps us understand today’s weather in a myriad of ways.

Here’s a spot-on and very important climate essay by Dr. Marshall Shepherd. “Climate Change Or Global Warming? Three Reasons Not To Be Distracted By The Name Game.”

An excellent read and retrospective by Michael E. Mann on Earth Day and the 20th anniversary of the Hockey Stick.

Slowly but surely, the tide is changing in public opinion regarding climate change. “Seventy percent of Americans now accept that climate change is happening, outnumbering those who don’t by a 5 to 1 ratio, according to a new survey by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. More than half of those surveyed, 58 percent, said they also understand global warming is caused mostly by human activities, such as the burning of fossil fuels.”

This interactive graphic from Climate Central shows data on how the USA has been warming ever since the first Earth Day.

Finally, here’s some exciting news regarding weather satellites…the capability to map lightning which is critical data for meteorologists.

That’s a wrap for this post! I’d like to extend a sincere welcome to my new followers in social media. It’s good to have you along!

Cheers!

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Tornado Quest Science Links Week In Review For April 9 – 16, 2018

Greetings everyone! I hope that the weather is to your liking regardless of where you’re located. In recent days, the USA has taken quite a beating from blizzards, severe weather outbreaks, and devastating wildfires. Add to that an ongoing drought for the southwestern and southern plains states and it’s not been exactly a quiet spring. For this week’s post, I’ve included severe weather safety information which, to be really honest, is something that we should be aware of year round.

For your consideration, here are this week’s links…

GENERAL SCIENCE

Searching publications is a routine part of scientific research…but there are barriers that are costly and waste time for many scientists.

Is science hitting a wall in recent years? Personally speaking, I’m quite optimistic about the future of science and feel that there’s no limit to the beneficial discoveries that are in the future of research.

CITIZEN SCIENCE

Becoming a citizen science and contributing data year round in a myriad of ways has never been easier. “Easy Ways To Become A Citizen Scientist.”

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Spring is arriving earlier and earlier in the USA’s National Parks…and climate change is to blame.

What happens in the Atlantic has a direct effect on the weather in much of North America. “In recent years sensors stationed across the North Atlantic have picked up a potentially concerning signal: The grand northward progression of water along North America that moves heat from the tropics toward the Arctic has been sluggish.”

Like or not, our best intentions to control nature often backfire in our faces. “Taming The Mighty Mississippi May Have Caused Bigger Floods.”

One of the serious downsides to plastics is the fact that it is now making its way back into the food chain. “Hidden Plastics: Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Dunk A Tea Bag.”

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

This excellent infographic explains all the benefits of the National Weather Service’s Doppler radar. When you consider it’s capabilities, it’s no wonder that it has saved so many lives.

Graphic courtesy NOAA

The 10 April marked the 39 anniversary of the Red River Tornado Outbreak…one of the most substantial outbreaks of the 1970’s which included the Wichita Falls F-4 tornado.

The urban heat island effect is something that this urbanite is very familiar with. Summer night-time temperatures can run 10-15F higher than at rural locations 30-40 miles away. Here’s an interesting read on how some overheated cities are taking steps to curb those oppressively hot nights.

Here’s some very important information from the NOAA National Hurricane Center on new products and services for 2018. This is very important for folks living in hurricane prone regions since changes have occurred to information that is meant for the general public.

WEATHER SAFETY

I’ve included once again this week links regarding severe weather safety. This list is just a partial example of the information that is available to keep your loved ones and you safe as we are now well into the North American severe weather season. The peak of severe weather activity, including tornadoes, doesn’t arrive until next month…so now is a good time to get last-minute preparations in place.

Tornadoes, Lightning, & Thunderstorms: Nature’s Most Violent Storms (PDF file)

Tornado Safety Rules from the Storm Prediction Center

Highway Overpasses As Tornado Shelters (Slide Presentation)

The Online Tornado FAQ

Facts About Derechos

American Red Cross Severe Weather Safety Information

Flash Flooding: Turn Around, Don’t Drown

NOAA Weather Radio

Interactive NOAA Weather Radio Coverage Map

Ready.gov Basic Disaster Supply Kit Info

The Weather Channel: Prepare Your Pets For Emergencies

Last but not least, an infographic covering the major severe weather hazards you may encounter. Keep in mind that some hazards, such as heavy rain and lightning, are clear and present dangers even in NON-SEVERE thunderstorms.

That’s a wrap for this post! I’d like to welcome my new followers in social media. It’s nice to have you along for the fun.

Cheers!

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Tornado Quest Science Links Review For April 2 – 9, 2018

Greetings to one and all! This week’s post will focus on severe weather safety. Considering the peak of North American severe weather activity is upon us, I wanted to share some links that I hope are helpful in you and your family/friends in establishing a good severe weather safety plan. For example, do you know the difference between a Tornado Watch and a Tornado Warning? You’d be surprised at how many people don’t…and furthermore take the issuance of a Tornado Watch for their location with a potentially dangerous carefree attitude. The infographic below explains the difference and is just the tip of the iceberg on the information in this post. Having said that, let’s get started.

For your consideration, here are this week’s links…

CITIZEN SCIENCE

If you’re interested in weather and citizen science, the two links below are the best way to get a good start. Whats more, you can do them year round and from anywhere across the USA and Canada.

CoCoRaHS: Community Collaborative Rainfall, Hail, & Snowfall Network. “Volunteers working together to measure precipitation across the nations.” A FREE app is available for iOS and Android.

mPING: “Weather radars cannot “see” at the ground, so mPING reports are used by the NOAA National Weather Service to fine-tune their forecasts. NSSL uses the data in a variety of ways, including to develop new radar and forecasting technologies and techniques.” The mPING app is FREE and available for both iOS and Android.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

This past week marked the 44th anniversary of the April 3-4, 1974 Superoutbreak of tornadoes. In several parameters, it will hold many records for many, many years in the breadth and scope of one of the USA’s most devastating weather events.

The Xenia, OH F-5 was one of the deadliest and most devastating tornadoes of the April, 1074 Superoutbreak.

This week also marks the 71st anniversary of the Woodward, OK tornado…the deadliest tornado in OK state history.

WEATHER SAFETY

The list below, while not exhaustive, has a good plethora of potentially life saving severe weather safety information.

Tornadoes, Lightning, & Thunderstorms: Nature’s Most Violent Storms (PDF file)

Tornado Safety Rules from the Storm Prediction Center

Highway Overpasses As Tornado Shelters (Slide Presentation)

The Online Tornado FAQ

Facts About Derechos: Violent Windstorms Of The Prairie

American Red Cross Severe Weather Safety Information

Flash Flooding: Turn Around, Don’t Drown

NOAA Weather Radio

Interactive NOAA Weather Radio Coverage Map

Ready.gov Basic Disaster Supply Kit Info

The Weather Channel: Prepare Your Pets For Emergencies

SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY INFOGRAPHICS

The following infographics are helpful in that they concisely explain much of the information you hear on your local weather forecasts. Others simply give good ideas on how to get severe weather information and other important safety information.

That’s a wrap for this post! I’d like to extend a warm welcome to my new followers in social media. I’m glad you’re along for the fun!

Cheers!

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Tornado Quest Science Links In Review For March 26 – April 2, 2018

Greetings everyone! If spring is on the menu for your location, I hope that it’s meeting your expectations and the weather is clement in your area. For much of North America, spring also means the peak of the annual severe weather season. We’ll have a bit of safety info on that. There’s plenty of other topics to look over, so let’s get started.

For your consideration, here are this week’s links…

TECHNOLOGY/SOCIAL MEDIA

Taking into consideration the recent events concerning social media, some are wondering if it can be saved from itself?

If you think that Facebook and Google have a lot of information on you, this article on just how much will make you even more wary about what you share.

ASTRONOMICAL SCIENCE

Exciting news from NASA. The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is in final preparations for its April 16 launch to, “find undiscovered worlds around nearby stars, providing targets where future studies will assess their capacity to harbor life.”
Here’s a question that we’ll likely never have the answer to. “Is Humanity Unusual In The Cosmos?”
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
A change in perspective can make an amazing difference. “Satellite Images From Highly Oblique Angles Are Pretty Mindblowing.”
ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE
For all the good it has done, the Paris Climate Accord has its flaws that need to be examined and debated closely. “The debate lies in exactly how the Paris climate target is defined and measured, which has not been precisely established.”
While not comprehensive or made for the advanced weather aficionado, this basic cloud guide is a good starting point for anyone with a basic interest in weather and wants to know more about how clouds can convey what’s happening in our atmosphere.
Signs of spring are finally showing up in Sweden where some locations, having gone without much sunlight for months, will get above freezing for the first time since last autumn.
The ice sheets in Greenland give us a clear idea of what is happening with climate change. Unfortunately, they’re melting at a rate faster than at any other time in 400 years.
WEATHER SAFETY
With the arrival of the severe weather season in North America, it’s time to prepare for some of the planet’s most volatile weather. Ready.gov has a good springboard for starting a family plan for many types of disasters.
Here’s a simple overview of the Storm Prediction Center’s severe weather risk categories, the extent of storms expected, and the impact that you should prepare for.
Infographic courtesy NOAA/NWS/SPC
Your mobile device can be an invaluable source of severe weather information. Be sure to follow reliable and official sources of information.
Graphic courtesy NOAA/NWS
PUBLIC POLICY
The current train wreck at the USA’s Environmental Protection Agency gets worse with every new story. Pruitt and company get more paranoid and histrionic every day.
While focused on Canada, it would not be surprising to see this come to fruition in many other countries. “‘We’re Talking Very Big Bucks’: New Bill Could Put Oil Companies On The Hook For Climate Change Costs.”
Last but not least, the current USA presidential administration intends to eliminate NASA’s climate research programs. “Critics say NASA’s Earth Science Division is a waste of taxpayer dollars and a distraction from the agency’s core mission of space exploration. But NASA has a critical role to play in understanding human-caused climate change, by operating satellites that monitor the earth’s forests, deserts, oceans and atmosphere.”
That’s a wrap for this post! I’d like to extend a warm welcome to my new followers in social media and a big “Thank You” to my long time followers…near and far. I’m glad you’re along for the fun.
Cheers!

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