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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