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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 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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Tornado Quest Science Links In Review For February 12 – 19, 2018

Greetings to everyone! There’s a little bit of everything to go over this week, so let’s get started.

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

CITIZEN SCIENCE

If you’re into weather, citizen science, and would like to contribute to weather research, check out the mPING project where you can send in year round weather reports from the USA and Canada. The app is free, is a very small download, and is available for iOS and Android. Reports can also be sent online from a desktop or laptop computer.

PHYSICS/ASTRONOMICAL SCIENCE

What came before the Big Bang? There are several theories…and it’s a topic that never gets dull to discuss.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/RENEWABLES

How do you build a healthy city? It should come as no surprise than a Scandinavian country has the figured out. Take a look at Copenhagen and what Denmark has done for its citizens.

Those of us who take the challenges of living a green lifestyle seriously get our share of strange look and names…but it’s becoming less “weird.”

Speaking of green lifestyles, here’s some food for though on indoor air quality and many of the cleaning products we use every day.

Contrary to the skeptics, wind farms are not the “bird killers” that runs wild in the gossip mills. Such irony that fossil fuel interests that have little interest in environmental and wildlife protection are suddenly wringing their hands over a few birds. Bottom line: wind farms are a threat to their monopoly.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

The latest USA Drought Portal shows that 30.4% and 77.4 million people in the USA are being affected by dry/drought conditions. The most up-t0-date data from the USA Drought Monitor has information on specific regions.

Graphic courtesy US Drought Monitor

Here’s a fascinating look at how powerful hurricanes can have an effect on the Gulf Stream.

A new study shows that you can’t blame hurricanes for most big storm surges that affect the northeastern parts of the USA.

Extreme weather events ranging from heat waves to floods are very likely to increase worldwide if Paris climate agreements are not met.

By some accounts, Americans have a long way to go when it comes to a full comprehension of climate change, but it’s very fortunate that they are increasingly getting their information from climate scientists and ignoring hyperbole via polemics.

PUBLIC POLICY

The current presidential administration has proposed a budget that would target NASA, NOAA, EPA, and much more. That also includes satellites, education programs and science centers.

Power has its privileges…and not a few of us are calling “BS” on EPA head Scott Pruitt’s demand to fly first class when he travels.

That’s a wrap for this post! I’d like to send a warm welcome to my new followers in social media…and a thanks to all the folks who have been with me for years. Glad to have you along!

Cheers!

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Tornado Quest Science Links Week In Review For February 5 – 12, 2018

Greetings everyone! Regardless of where you live, I hope the weather is to your liking. Here across much of the Great Plains of the USA, drought conditions persist. Not a few of us, including yours truly, are more than ready for spring…and the beneficial rains that are usually the norm. There’s plenty to go over, so let’s get started.

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

CITIZEN SCIENCE

Here’s a very cool citizen science project you can participate in from just about anywhere. The Great Backyard Bird Count is scheduled from 16-19 February 2018.

HISTORY OF SCIENCE

Happy International Darwin Day! Charles Darwin was born on 12 February 1809. Darwin Day celebrates his birthday and, “the achievements of humanity as represented in the acquisition of verifiable scientific knowledge.”

ASTRONOMICAL SCIENCE

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft recently took the most distant photograph ever…and it’s amazing.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/RENEWABLE ENERGY

Why is a big utility company embracing wind and solar? In parts of the USA, “wind and solar plants built from scratch now offer the cheapest power available, even counting old coal, which was long seen as unbeatable.”

Part of a monster “fatberg” has gone on display in a London museum. This is the disgustingly ugly side of “out of sight, out of mind” that tells a great deal about how we live. There have been plenty of these in USA cities too.

Speaking of waste, electronic waste (aka E-Waste) is a growing problem with up to 80% not being properly recycled or disposed of in an environmentally responsible manner.

Not only is the Arctic permafrost melting at an alarming rate due to climate change, but the permafrost holds a dangerous amount of mercury.

These images of rare species from unexplored area of Antarctic seabed “highlight need to protect life in one of the most remote places on the planet.”

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

NOAA has just released a detailed report on January 2018 in the USA. The first month of the new year brought (among other things) the largest drought footprint in nearly four years to the USA.

Below is a NOAA map of significant climate anomalies and events for January 2018.

Here’s an excellent essay on the complexities of climate change. The most important takeaway is the fact that our planet, and its climate, is not a “black-and-white” issue.

What causes someone to go from being a climate change denialist to someone who is sincerely alarmed about the changes we’re seeing? Read this and find out.

By some government accounts, no decline in the USA’s carbon emissions is expected by 2050. If there was ever a reason to motivate action, this should be it. We’ve no other choice.

Critical thinking is one of the most useful tools one can use to spot false claims, especially in the realm of science. Here’s how it can be beneficial when dealing with climate change denialists.

Spectacular Swedish view at -22C! To get a halo like this, you need just the right amount of everything at the right time.

PUBLIC SAFETY & SOCIAL SCIENCE

When given an evacuation order, many people choose to stay in spite of life-threatening conditions. Here’s an interesting look at a study that gives insight as to why some people don’t follow evacuation orders when presented with the risk of wildfires.

THE QUIXOTIC PUBLIC POLICY

Apparently, global warming will help the human species to flourish. It takes a special level of ignorance to back such a statement…but then again we’re talking about EPA head Scott Pruitt.

Backpedaling at its best. At least it is going in the correct direction. “The Trump Administration Brought A Climate Change Policy Back From The Dead.”

Last but not least, this should come as no surprise. “Fines Against Polluters Drop Sharply Under Trump EPA.”

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 the folks who have been following for some time. I’m glad you’re all along for the ride! More fun to come!

Cheers!

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Tornado Quest Science Links Review For January 20 – 29, 2018

Greetings to everyone! While winter has many weeks to go in the Northern Hemisphere, our friends south of the equator in Australia have been baking in one of the worst heat waves in quite some time. This post will begin being published on Monday as of today…so let’s get started.

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

PUBLIC POLICY

The USA is quickly loosing its grip as a worldwide leader in science and technology. “China’s Breathtaking Transformation Into A Scientific Superpower.”

Any government shutdown affects National Weather Service employees. “How A Government Shutdown Affects Your Weather Forecasts Today And In The Future.”

CITIZEN SCIENCE

Whether you’re into weather, citizen science, or both, the mPING project is a fantastic way for you to send in real-time reports to help in very important weather research.

ASTRONOMICAL SCIENCE

Here’s a very handy guide to all of the full moons you hear about.

There’s quite a spectacle on tap for 31 January 2018 when our moon is going to put on quite a show. Here’s to hoping you have a good view!

GEOLOGICAL SCIENCE

Tsunamis are one of the most devastating effects of earthquakes. A new real-time tsunami warning system could save many, many lives in the future.

The National Weather Service has an excellent Tsunami Safety Home Page that has potentially life-saving information if you live in a tsunami prone region.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

There’s nothing like cutting off your nose to spite your face. It’s no secret that our current presidential administration’s tariffs on solar panels will cost the USA’s solar industry thousands of jobs.

At least there’s some good news on the renewables front. Last year, the state of Texas got 18% of its energy from solar and wind power.

And here’s some more good news. “Natural Gas Killed Coal – Now Renewables And Batteries Are Taking Over.”

Here’s a step in the right direction for England addressing the problem of plastic waste. “Network Of Water Refill Points Aims To Tackle Problem.”

Plastic pollution, which is something that can be found all over our planet…even in the middle of oceans…is finally getting some badly needed attention.

This is a bit of a long-read on air quality but a very important one. Air quality is currently the leading threat to public health on a global scale. “The 2018 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) finds that air quality is the leading environmental threat to public health. The tenth EPI report ranks 180 countries on 24 performance indicators across 10 issue categories covering environmental health and ecosystem vitality.”

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

The latest US Drought Portal and Drought Monitor shows dry/drought conditions spreading rapidly across much of the USA’s southern plains. As of 17 – 23 January 2018, 76.8 million people in the U.S. and 76.8 in the lower 48 states were experiencing varying degrees of dry conditions.

A very informative and interactive look at USA temperature trends since 1970 from Climate Central.

In this article from Scientific American, climate experts chime on the myth that climate change and rising levels of CO2 would benefit plants.

An excellent read with Katharine Hayhoe. “The True Threat Is The Delusion That Our Opinion Of Science Somehow Alters Its Reality.”

Speaking of altered reality, there are publishers of dubious integrity who are more than glad to publish papers from climate change deniers that are supposedly based on “science.”

There is a new wave of mini low-cost satellites that could vastly improve climate research in general and specifically predictions of weather and climate change.

WINTER SAFETY

Reminder on safety when shoveling snow…there’s a right way to do it with the right tools.

That’s a wrap for this post! I’d like to thank my followers for being a part of this and welcome the new folks. I’m glad you’re along. Remember that the publishing day for this post has now shifted to every Monday afternoon with re-posts on Monday evening and Tuesday morning. It will also be posted on Tornado Quest’s Twitter feed, Facebook page, and Tumblr blog.

Cheers!

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Tornado Quest Science Links Week In Review For January 6 – 13, 2018

Greetings to one and all! I hope that everyone in North America is handling the current cold snap well and you’re staying warm. There are at least two different viewpoints regarding this cold weather that will make for good reading. Let’s get started.

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

ASTRONOMICAL SCIENCE

Recent evaluation of these amazing images of Mars shows the existence of huge water reserves.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/RENEWABLE ENERGY

This was a long time coming. The UK has finally banned microbeads in cosmetics and personal care products.

In this day and age of bad news and non-stop contentiousness, here’s some good news on the renewable energy front. “USA Utility-Scale Solar, Wind Capacity Could Double By 2020.”

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

The latest NOAA climate report is out…2017 was the third warmest year on record. Even worse, it was the costliest year on record for weather and climate disasters.

Here’s an excellent read on how the recent (and ongoing as of this post date) cold snaps across North America are clearly linked to a warming Arctic region.

A strong polar vortex (left, from December 2013) is centered over the Arctic. A weakened polar vortex (right, from January 2014) allows cold air to dip farther south. Credit: NOAA

In another story, here’s another take on the January 2017 cold snap. Ultimately, it’s up to the reader to weigh the information and, with critical thinking skills, form their own opinion.

The latest Drought Monitor shows dry to drought conditions affecting up to 67 million Americans in the contiguous USA.

NOAA’s GOES-13 weather satellite had been effectively retired. It’s like losing an old friend, but the new generation of satellites coming in the near future will be worth it.

Puerto Rico officials are re-evaluating the death toll from Hurricane Maria. As is the case all too often, it’s unfortunate that many deaths will be unreported and no exact death toll will ever be known.

Adding salt to the wound. After devastating wildfires, parts of California have been dealt another blow with deadly mudslides that have killed over a dozen people.

Here’s an excellent overview from Capital Weather Gang on how the California Thomas fire set the stage for the deadly mudslides.

And that is a wrap for this post! I’d like to extend a sincere “Thank You” to my followers…old and new…in social media. It’s great to have you along for the fun.

Cheers!

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Tornado Quest Science Links Week In Review For December 30, 2017 – January 7, 2018

Greetings everyone! If you live in North America, I hope you’ve handled the recent cold snap well. Many states, including Florida, saw the first snowfall they’ve had in many years. “Bomb Cyclone” was the weather term that was making the rounds in social media. Meanwhile, Australians are sizzling in a brutal heat wave. Truth be known, North America has been the only area on the entire planet that has really been cold as of late. Plenty more to go over, so let’s get started.

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

ASTRONOMICAL SCIENCE

Hopefully, your night skies will be clear on 31 January 2018 for Earth’s moon to do something it hasn’t done for 150 years.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Now that Christmas is over, how do you keep that tree from going to a landfill? There are plenty of green options that are beneficial to our environment.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

As winter continues, it’s a good idea to re-familiarize yourself with winter weather terminology and the basics of winter weather forecasting.

A very nice overview of the early January “Bomb Cyclone” that affected much of eastern North America.

Speaking of the “Bomb Cyclone,” what does the term mean and why all the attention given to this event?

It’s not cold everywhere. Australians are dealing with a brutal heat wave with temperatures over 115F.

The latest Drought Monitor is out for the start of the new year. As of 2 January 2018, over 147 million people across the USA are experiencing abnormal dryness or drought conditions.

This is an article that can’t be shared enough. It’s an excellent response written by Dr. Marshall Shepherd regarding people using the winter cold as an excuse to refute climate change.

Scientific facts are hard to accept for some people. “A British government-backed research project that coordinates data from tide gauges around the world has hit back at climate science deniers who wrongly accused their scientists of faking findings.”

Evidence is mounting as scientists continue research that can link climate change to specific extreme weather events.

Even without the short-term warming influence of an El Niño event, 2017 was the hottest year globally on record according to NASA data.

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 November 13 – 20, 2017

Greetings everyone! Thanks for stopping by. I hope the weather is to your liking regardless of where you are. Across North America, it’s been rather quiet as of late…but with winter just around the corner, that won’t last long. One of the biggest stories of the past week has been the Paris Climate Agreement conference held in Bonn, Germany. There’s a link in this week’s post that’ll give you a quick overview. On that note, let’s get started.

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

GENERAL SCIENCE

Network Theory…a part of “big data” that anyone with an interest in the sciences should be familiar with.

CITIZEN SCIENCE

It’s not too early to mark your calendars for Citizen Science Day which will take place on 14 April 2018!

ASTRONOMICAL SCIENCE

We’ve seen ourselves in the heavens.” A large spiral galaxy 180 million light years from Earth resembles the Milky Way and has a pair of interacting galaxies that look like our galaxy’s two brightest satellites.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/RECYCLING

While this essay on recycling is very thought provoking, it doesn’t really offer any sound solutions or remedies to our current recycling challenges…which is what we need now more than ever.

Speaking of recycling, electronic waste (aka e-waste) is on the rise globally…and there’s no end in sight as manufacturers keep making products that are meant to be disposable instead of repairable.

At the ongoing Paris Climate Summit, the USA’s agenda has been focused on advocating fossil fuels. Needless to say, this has not gone over well.

The “Quakegate” in Oklahoma just got more interesting. Can’t help but wonder who the “Deep Throat” is in this exceptionally disturbing scenario. There’s certainly a Liddy on the loose.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

Here’s some exciting news for weather data. NASA has just launched a new weather satellite that, along with existing satellites, give atmospheric scientists amazing forecasting data.

Here’s a concise overview of the latest Paris Climate Agreement conference (COP23) held in Bonn, Germany.

Here’s a striking visualization from NASA of 20 years of global data on climate change.

This is a fascinating study from National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). Due to climate change, North American storm clusters could produce up to 80% more rainfall and pose a significantly larger flooding threat.

NASA had recently developed a tool that indicated how much sea level rise coastal cities can expect based on degree of ice melt and the city’s location.

Finally, from the Popular Science archives: Where In The United States Is Nature Most Likely To Kill You. It’s a complicated answer but in terms of severe weather, ‘hurricanes are the most expensive disaster, while severe weather (including tornadoes) has claimed the highest number of fatalities.”

That’s a wrap for this post! I’d like to extend a warm welcome to my new followers in social media. It’s nice to have you along for the fun. Feel free to check out social media links below and, if you’re so inclined, follow along and join the fray.

Cheers!

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Tornado Quest Science Links Review For September 12 – 20, 2017

Greetings everyone. Running a day late due to recovery from a medical procedure and keeping tabs on two very potent hurricanes…hence the short post for this week. Obviously, the big stories this week are the tropical cyclones in the Atlantic and the central Mexican earthquake which (as of this post) has killed over 200 people. Tropical cyclones Jose and Maria have been front and center in terms of weather. We’re still in the “peak” of the Atlantic hurricane season, so there are potentially several active weeks ahead. Having said that, let’s get started.

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

TECHNOLOGY/SOCIAL MEDIA

This is an interesting, and disconcerting, read on where a surveyed segment of society gets their news online. Unfortunately, Twitter, which is more up-to-the-minute and accurate, isn’t at the top.

ASTRONOMICAL SCIENCE

The Cassini spacecraft will soon have its swan song with a spectacular plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Many areas in and around Houston, TX that were flooded by Hurricane Harvey have an extra hazard to the aftermath…toxic chemicals in the flood waters.

Hurricane Irma left behind an environmental and public health hazard that has a level of disgust all its own.

The recent wildfires in the western USA presented another hazard to those in their paths or downwind from the fires…smoke that can cause serious health problems.

Plastic fibers have been found in water samples from around the world. If that sounds bad, just wait until you find out what it can do to your body when you drink it.

Our changing climate is inevitably going to change our diets.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

The latest information on Hurricane Maria and Tropical Storm Jose can be found at the National Hurricane Center’s website.

Here’s the latest State Of The Climate report. “The globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for August 2017 was the third highest for the month of August in the NOAA global temperature dataset record, which dates back to 1880.”

Graphic courtesy NOAA

This week’s Drought Monitor shows a sustained drought maintaining its hold from the north central plains to the Pacific northwest.

Graphic courtesy US Drought Monitor

The long-term view of climate change is of the utmost importance. Future generations depend on it.

NOAA’s latest La Niña outlook is out.  “There is an increasing chance (~55-60%) of   during the Northern Hemisphere fall and winter 2017-18.” By some accounts, the southern half of the contiguous USA will be warmer than usual. It’s also important to keep in mind that this is only an outlook and NOT a forecast.

Here’s a spot-on read by Eric Holthaus. “Harvey, Irma, Maria: This Is The Hurricane Season Scientists Expected…And Feared. ”

Why don’t more broadcast meteorologists convey information and/or educational information to their viewers regarding climate change? “Part of the problem is that while TV meteorologists may not be climate-change deniers, too many are climate-change ignorers.” It may not be the broadcast meteorologists that have a say in this…but the corporate media powers-that-be.

The social and psychological effects of tropical cyclones (and other significant weather events) always give a sobering reminder of the power of nature.

An excellent post by meteorologist Dan Satterfield. “You And Your Congressman REALLY Need To Read This.”

Severe weather phobias are very real and, for countless people, a major source of stress and anxiety that takes a significant toll on their quality of life.

THE QUIXOTIC

Maybe it was a slow news day. “Newsweek Gives Cato Institute Climate Denier A Platform.”

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

Cheers!


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Tornado Quest Top Science Links For August 15 – 22, 2017

Greetings everyone! I hope the weather is to your liking in your location. The big storms across the United States this week has been the solar eclipse, the first significant one for almost a century. The tropical Atlantic has been somewhat more active as of late. The major concern at this date (22 August 2017) is the remnants of Tropical Storm Harvey which could bring substantial rainfall totals to much of Texas and possibly Louisiana. There are plenty of other topics to touch on, so let’s get started.

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

TECHNOLOGY/SOCIAL MEDIA

The presence of the troll in social media is nothing new. The sad fact is most anyone can (during a momentary lapse of decorum) can become one.

PUBLIC HEALTH

There is a myriad of hazards from weather and climate conditions. Depending on the time of year and location, bugs can be an even greater hazard…many of which spread diseases for which there is no cure.

GENERAL SCIENCE/CRITICAL THINKING

Here’s an essay that’s quite good in reminding us of the fact that science, in its best form, is its harshest critic. It’s all part of how the scientific method works.

ASTRONOMICAL SCIENCE

After thousands of years, solar eclipses are still fascinating to scientists…and that’s a very good thing!

If you get the chance to watch another eclipse, please remember to take the necessary safety precautions.

If you missed the 21 August 2017 eclipse, don’t worry. There are several others in the coming years that will pass across North America.

Over the next 50 years, you can travel to a number of locations around the globe to witness an eclipse.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/RENEWABLES

Here’s some good renewables news. “The increasing presence of wind and solar in the United States helped prevent the premature deaths of up to 12,700 people between 2007 and 2015.”

In consideration of the abundance of bad news, here are some amazingly beautiful images of our incredible home that will offer a visual respite.

 

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

For months, several Atlantic hurricane season outlooks have stated that 2017 would be an active year. This still could come to fruition. The most important element to remember; regardless of how many storms form, it only takes one tropical cyclone landfall to make for a major disaster.

Here’s a look at tropical cyclone formation outlooks from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center from 23 August to 5 September 2017. An active period is anticipated in portions of both the Pacific and Atlantic.

Graphic courtesy Climate Prediction Center

In California, scientists are taking the reigns of climate research in their own hands. Considering the current hostilities toward climate research, this may be necessary for many other USA states.

It may be August, but for parts of Sweden, it’s time for a touch of snow.

Studying climates of the past (paleoclimatology) is important because it can give us glimpses into the climates of the future.

PUBLIC POLICY

Considering all parties involved, this should come as no surprise to those of us who live in Oklahoma. The Sooner State’s new Attorney General is opposed to the proposed Oklahoma wind farm that could be the largest in the United States.

Nothing good can come from this. “US president Donald Trump’s administration has disbanded a government advisory committee intended to help the country prepare for a changing climate.”

In spite of overwhelming scientific evidence and a global consensus, some of climate change’s most vulnerable victims are the most fervent skeptics of science.

That’s a wrap for this post! I’d like to welcome my new followers in social media. Glad you’re along for the fun. Tornado Quest covers a diverse range of topics including environmental issues, climate change, renewable energy sources, and much more. You’ll find much to enjoy, or provoke thought, with our accounts on Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr.

Cheers!

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