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Tornado Quest Top Science Links For December 31, 2018 – January 7, 2019

Greetings everyone and Happy New Year! I hope that 2019 is getting off to a good start for all of you around the globe. This week’s post will be an abbreviated one due to the holidays. Several interesting topics to look at…and I’ve included the Winter Weather Safety links as well.

WINTER WEATHER SAFETY

Winter is here to stay for a few months across the Northern Hemisphere, it’s never too late to review winter weather safety information. These links will help you get started.

National Weather Service Homepage

Winter Weather Safety and Awareness

Winter Storms: The Deceptive Killers

National Weather Service Wind Chill Chart

National Weather Service Printable PDF Wind Chill Chart

NOAA Weather Radio

Interactive NOAA Weather Radio Coverage Map

Ready.gov Basic Disaster Supply Kit Info

Preparing Your Pets For Disasters And Emergencies

Infographic courtesy NOAA/NWS

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That’s a wrap for this post! I hope everyone’s new year got off to a good start. I’d also like to send a warm “Welcome” to my new followers in social media and a “Thank You” for my long-time followers! Thank you so much for all the support and kind words. Your friendship and loyalty is appreciated a great deal!

Cheers!

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Tornado Quest Top Ten Science Links For December 17 – 24, 2018

Happy Holiday greetings and Merry Christmas to all! If you’re celebrating the holidays, I hope the season is going well for you. For those traveling, take it easy out there…and prepare for delays…even in the best conditions. For this post, we’ll take a look back at 2018 and a look ahead at 2019. Finally, I’ve also included the Winter Weather Safety tips and hope that some of you find the information helpful. Let’s get started…

WINTER WEATHER SAFETY

With winter weather firmly entrenched across the Northern Hemisphere, it’s never too late to review winter weather safety information. These links will help you get started.

National Weather Service Homepage

Winter Weather Safety and Awareness

Winter Storms: The Deceptive Killers

National Weather Service Wind Chill Chart

National Weather Service Printable PDF Wind Chill Chart

NOAA Weather Radio

Interactive NOAA Weather Radio Coverage Map

Ready.gov Basic Disaster Supply Kit Info

Preparing Your Pets For Disasters And Emergencies

Dressing for winter weather is simple, but very important. Several warm layers will keep you much warmer than one very thick layer.

Infographic courtesy NOAA

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That’s a wrap for this post! If you’re celebrating the holiday season, I hope it’s going well. Also, I’d like to send a warm “Welcome” to my new followers in social media and a “Thank You” for my long-time followers! Thank you so much for all the support and kind words this past year. Your friendship and loyalty is appreciated a great deal! You can also visit me at the other social media links below!

Cheers!

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Tornado Quest Top Ten Science Links For December 3 – 10, 2018

Greetings everyone! We’ve had quite an interesting start to December across parts of North America with severe weather episodes from Texas and Oklahoma into Illinois. Fortunately, there haven’t been any crippling winter storms that have left lasting effects in their wake. Considering we’re just starting meteorological winter in the Northern Hemisphere, there are many weeks of opportunities left for that. As usual, plenty of other topics to cover, so let’s get started.

Infographic courtesy NOAA

WINTER WEATHER SAFETY

With the onset of winter weather events in full swing across much of the Northern Hemisphere, it’s never too late to review winter weather safety information. These links will help you get started.

National Weather Service Homepage

Winter Weather Safety and Awareness

Winter Storms: The Deceptive Killers

National Weather Service Wind Chill Chart

National Weather Service Printable PDF Wind Chill Chart

NOAA Weather Radio

Interactive NOAA Weather Radio Coverage Map

Ready.gov Basic Disaster Supply Kit Info

Preparing Your Pets For Disasters And Emergencies

Infographic courtesy National Weather Service, Fort Worth, Texas, USA

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That’s a wrap for this post! If you’re celebrating, I hope everyone’s holiday season is going well. I’d like to send a “Welcome” to my new followers in social media and a “Thank You” for my long-time followers! It’s great fun having all of you along! If you’re on the social media sites listed below, pay me a visit!

Cheers!

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Tornado Quest Top Ten Science Links For November 19 – 26, 2018

Greetings everyone! There’s some badly needed good news today…and that is NASA’s successful landing of the InSight lander on the planet Mars! The latest USA government climate change report is out and the California wildfires are still very much in the news…so let’s get started.

Image courtesy NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

For the last time for the 2018 season, I’m sharing the Hurricane Preparedness link. The Atlantic tropical cyclone season is winding down. Regardless of the month, it’s never to early or late to prepare. In fact, preparing in the “off-season” is a great idea. Items you need will be easier to obtain. Many of these supplies are also useful in severe weather and/or winter storm conditions.

A Hurricane Preparedness Primer

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That’s a wrap for this post! I’d like to send a “Welcome” to my new followers in social media and a “Thank You” for my long-time followers! It’s great fun having all of you along! If you’re on the social media sites listed below, pay me a visit!

Cheers!

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Tornado Quest Top Ten Science Links For October 22 – 29, 2018

Greetings everyone! I hope the weather is to your liking wherever you are. Across much of North America, foliage is at its peak for the autumn season and that’s a very welcome sight especially in the wake of devastation left behind by Hurricane Michael. There are several weeks left in the Atlantic hurricane season and that’s plenty of time for more storms to form. Many other topics to go over, so let’s get started.

Once again this week, I’m sharing the Hurricane Preparedness link. Regardless of the month, it’s never to early or late to prepare.

A Hurricane Preparedness Primer

For those of you who live in hurricane prone regions, this page will give you a starting point on preparedness. This link will be posted each week until the end of the Atlantic tropical cyclone season. If you’ve not prepared for a tropical cyclone, it’s not too late in the season. We’ve several more weeks left for tropical cyclone formation. Substantial hurricanes and tropical storms have occurred in October and November…and will occur again. Also, here’s a reminder on how to manage the plethora of social media outlets during the tropical cyclone season. This is also applicable to any weather event year round; winter weather, severe weather, etc.

Infographic courtesy National Weather Service, Wakefield, Virginia, USA

That’s a wrap for this post! Here’s a warm “Welcome” to my new followers in social media and a “Thank You” for my long-time followers! It’s great to have all of you along for the fun! If you’re on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, or Facebook, so am I…let’s connect!

Cheers!

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Tornado Quest Top Ten Science Links For September 17 – 24, 2018

Greetings everyone! This week has been an eventful one with flooding from Hurricane Florence still ongoing as of 24 September 2018. There are a few areas of interest in the tropical Atlantic, but we should see a relatively quiet week. Florence is a good example of a tropical cyclone that can cause substantial damage well inland from immense amounts of rainfall. For some areas, the recovery will take years. I’ll share the link to the hurricane preparedness page that I’ve posted recently. It will give many of you who live in hurricane prone regions a good starting point on preparedness and getting up-to-date and official weather information. There are plenty of other topics to cover, so let’s get started.

A Hurricane Preparedness Primer

For those of you who live in hurricane prone regions, this page will give you a starting point on preparedness.

That’s a wrap for this post! I’d like to thank my new followers in social media! I’m glad you’re along for the fun! If you’re on Twitter, Instagram, or Tumblr, you’ll find links to my accounts on those social media outlets below.

Until next time…Cheers!

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Tornado Quest’s Top Science Links Review For July 16 – 23, 2018

Greetings everyone! We’ll be taking a look at the top science links starting this week plus a review of summer weather safety information. Let’s get started!

SOCIAL SCIENCE

The psychological ramifications of climate change vary widely. One this is for certain, the social sciences can offer a great deal of research studying the connection between human behavior and climate change.

ASTRONOMICAL SCIENCE

Here’s a very cool astronomy read. “NASA’S James Webb Space Telescope Will Inspect The Atmospheres Of Distant Gas Giants.”

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Though the article is from Australia, this applies to packaging worldwide. “Double Wrap It For Convenience: Excessive Plastic Packaging – In Pictures.”

An exceptionally hot summer in Scandinavia has resulted in a number of large wildfires across parts of the Nordic countries with Sweden being the hardest hit.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

For many USA residents, the peak of summer heat can’t come soon enough. If climate patterns follow the norm, most of the contiguous USA will have seen their hottest days by the end of July.

Hottest day of the year based on the 1981-2010 average

The global land and ocean temperature departure from average for June 2018 was the fifth highest for the month of June in the NOAA global temperature dataset record, which dates back to 1880.”

“The year-to-date (January-June) global temperature was the fourth warmest such period on record.”Graphic courtesy NOAA

“Climate change isn’t the singular cause of catastrophe, but it has widened the expanse of social vulnerability to disasters.” Another sobering read on the state of unpreparedness that exists in the USA for the public health challenges of climate change.

The bright side of the incredible amount of Sahara dust that has drifted across the Atlantic from Africa to the southern United States is the fact that it’s squelched the possibility of tropical cyclone formation.

Here’s a look at the latest US Drought Portal. As of July 11 – 17, 2018, approximately 26.3% of the USA land area…or about 70 million people…were experiencing some level of dry/drought conditions. Among the hardest hit areas is the southern plains region.

Drought conditions are also ravaging many other areas of our planet. In Australia, these dire conditions can be seen in this startling photo essay.

Ozone is a beneficial element of our upper atmosphere. At ground level, it can cause significant health issues. Recent tests have found ozone levels in many USA national parks rival levels found in large cities.

Summer can be unbearable even without climate change. Add a warming world to the mix, and countries such as India could become almost unbearably hot for tens of millions.

SUMMER WEATHER SAFETY

Heat: A Major Killer

Summer Weather Safety & Survival: The Heat Index

National Weather Service Printable Heat Index Chart

Ultra Violet (UV) Radiation Awareness & Safety Info

World Health Organization: UV & Sun Protection

That’s a wrap for this post! I’d like to welcome my new followers in social media…it’s great to have you along!

Cheers!

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Tornado Quest Science Links: Week In Review For July 18 – 25, 2017

Greetings to one and all! I hope the weather is to your liking wherever you are. Here in the southern plains of the USA, the summer heat has gotten a firm grip on us with no let-up in sight. The average high temperature is 95F (35C) which is more than enough to make anyone pine for the cooler breezes of autumn. As of this date (25 July 2017), the eastern Pacific is very busy with three tropical cyclones in progress simultaneously. For now, the Atlantic is very quiet, but that will likely change in the weeks to come. On that note, let’s get started on this week’s post.

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

HISTORY OF SCIENCE/EDUCATION

In this day and age, this is a badly needed look at the irrefutable connection with western civilization and the development of the scientific method.

With all the information available on the internet, one would think the hunger for knowledge is satisfied…but it isn’t. Distribution and consumption are mutually exclusive.

TECHNOLOGY/SOCIAL MEDIA

A very chilling look at the most ugly elements of online trolling/bullying. “Digital harassment” is now at an all time high. Don’t think for one second that this is limited to Twitter. Facebook, SnapChat, etc. are all riddled with this menace.

Speaking of Twitter, its problems continue in a variety of ways.

PUBLIC HEALTH/WEATHER SAFETY

Since the 1990’s, cases of Lyme disease have skyrocketed across the USA…and climate change has played no small part.

ASTRONOMICAL SCIENCE

An excellent read by Dr. Marshall Shepherd. “Four Emerging Misconceptions On Social Media About The Upcoming Great American Eclipse.”

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/RECYCLING/RENEWABLES

An eye-opening video that explains the mind-boggling amount of time it takes for some items to “decompose” in a landfill. Many, if not most, are recyclable or have greener alternatives.

The global deforestation continues. “About 49 million acres of forest disappeared worldwide in 2015, mainly in North America and the tropics, putting the year’s global deforestation level at its second-highest point since data gathering began in 2001.”

Some encouraging news regarding our love affair with automobiles. “Electric Cars Will Dominate The Roads By 2040.”

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

Based on an extensive amount of NOAA data, the year 2017, only at the halfway point, is already the second warmest year to date.

Graphic courtesy NOAA/NCEI & Climate Central

Perhaps one of the most overlooked aspects of climate change; how it’s literally killing us.

An interesting satellite SNAFU masked true sea-level rise for decades until it was revised and the data showed an increase as our home warms and ice sheets thaw.

Here’s a look at the recent deadly heat wave that helped fuel wildfires and set many climate records across portions of western Europe.

Infographic courtesy Climate Central

Do you ever wonder how tropical cyclones are named and what criteria is used to remove a name from a list? This excellent read from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has all of your answers. Hopefully this will squelch many of the silly rumors (both old and new) regarding the reasoning behind giving tropical cyclones names.

Here’s a very interesting and interactive look at historical hurricane tracks from the NOAA database.

Finally, a combination of weather history and cultural history. “London’s Hot And Busy Summer Of 1858.”

PUBLIC POLICY

An interesting, but not surprising, development. “Hundreds of climate scientists, including many from the United States, have applied to work in France under a €60-million (US$69-million) scheme set up by the country’s president, Emmanuel Macron, after his US counterpart Donald Trump rejected the Paris accord on global warming.”

That’s a wrap for this post! A big “Welcome” to my new followers in social media. Stick around for lots of fun. We live in very interestingly challenging times.

Cheers!

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Tornado Quest Science Week In Review For May 8 – 15, 2017

Greetings everyone! I hope the weather is to your liking wherever you are. The past few days have seen a substantial uptick in severe weather activity across the plains states of the USA. We’ve still many weeks of severe weather potential ahead of us…so keep an eye on your local forecasts. Hurricane Preparedness Week has officially wrapped up, but don’t let your guard down. Now is an excellent time to prepare for the storm you hope never happens. There’s much more to go over…so let’s get started.

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

GENERAL SCIENCE

When corporate interests are heavily involved in or sponsor research, it’s understandable why public trust in the research results drops like a lead balloon.

There are a few things that science may never have the answers to. Getting comfortable with the unknown, adaptation, and not living in a ‘black-or-white’ world is all part of understanding and appreciating the sciences.

In spite of the convenience of digital ebooks, there’s nothing like turning the pages of a real book.

ASTRONOMICAL SCIENCE

Why do we build super telescopes? Our thirst for knowledge is just one reason.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/RENEWABLES

Atlanta, GA is the twenty-seventh city in the USA to pledge to be powered by renewables.

Here’s some more good renewables news. “Gemini windpark off the coast of the Netherlands will eventually meet the energy needs of about 1.5 million people.”

Some very challenging times ahead for the USA’s Environmental Protection Agency. “The Environmental Protection Agency has a clear, one-sentence mandate: “The mission of EPA is to protect human health and the environment.”

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

The NWS Hurricane Preparedness Week has drawn to a close…but it’s still the perfect time to prepare and be ready. It only takes one storm.

If severe weather is forecast for your area, do you know what the Storm Prediction Center’s (SPC) tornado probabilities mean? Here’s an excellent explanation your tornado risk in SPC outlooks from Weather Decision Technologies.

After a brutal drought across much of the USA, relief has finally come (for the time being) and the drought coverage is the lowest since 2000.

The latest US Drought Monitor shows significant improvement over many areas that were previously dry while drought conditions in Florida and Georgia continue to worsen.

A very interesting climate read about a new study. “Emissions from thawing permafrost are now outpacing the uptake of carbon dioxide during the growing season.”

The link between climate change and public health is very real and irrevocable. “Climate Change Could Increase ER Visits For Allergy-related Asthma.”

According to an analysis for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) our humble home could see the goal to limit warming to 1.5°C easily surpassed within a decade.

A bittersweet “Happy Birthday” to the temperature spiral showing the rise of global temperatures thanks to humanity’s release of heat-trapping greenhouse gases.

For parts of the Rio Grande river in New Mexico, low water levels are a direct result of reduced snowfall which can be traced to warming temperatures.

An interesting read on the joint project between social networks and the role they play in decision-making about climate change adaptation.

Finally, a very thought-provoking read. “A Parable From Down Under For U.S. Climate Scientists.”

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. And for folks in hurricane prone regions, I hope your hurricane preparedness actions are going according to plan. Hopefully, you’ll not have to use them.

Cheers!

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Tornado Quest Science Week In Review For January 28 – February 4, 2017

Greetings everyone! I hope all of you are having a good weekend and your week went well since we last visited. There’s a lot to go over from this week…and an unusually large amount of articles on science and public policy. For the near future, this will be a dominant topic in the sciences so get ready to see a lot of it in every form of media you can imagine which includes, but isn’t limited to, social media. On that note, let’s get started.

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

SCIENCE AND PUBLIC POLICY

Mark your calendars! The March For Science will take place in Washington, D.C. and a host of other cities worldwide on Earth Day, 22 April 2017!

march-for-science2

There are a number of ways you can keep informed on the March For Science. You can visit their website or follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Tension and stress over the transition. That’s a vast understatement. “Fears that Donald Trump’s presidency will suppress climate science at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are causing widespread unease”.

What would happen if the USA withdraws from the Paris climate agreement? While small gains could be made on the local level, the overall effect would be a climate-based diplomatic disaster.

One viewpoint feels that scientists marching on Washington, D.C. would be a bad idea. I beg to differ, but understand where the writer is coming from. Regardless, you can’t retreat from the front lines…we’ve a job to do.

Many scientists in the USA are very concerned about draconian cuts in research funding. In fact, many could be forced out of science altogether.

Don’t be surprised if you see many scientists running for political office in the next few years.

We got a good scare this week when it was reported that a climate change denier would be put in charge of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). “But, according to the Commerce Department, which oversees NOAA, climate change doubter Ken Haapala never met with NOAA leadership and isn’t shaping its future.” So…for the time being…NOAA and the National Weather Service is somewhat safe. But, considering the ongoing Trump administration hostilities toward science, this could change in a most unfortunate way.

At least there’s some good news from our friends in Scandinavia. “Sweden has presented a new climate law designed to ensure all future governments have a “credible climate policy” as well as announcing an ambitious target of achieving a net level of zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045.”

CITIZEN SCIENCE

A citizen scientist has written a very concise book on climate change that fills a niche that has been largely ignored.

ASTRONOMICAL SCIENCE

Check out these amazing images from the Cassini mission of Saturn’s rings!

GEOLOGICAL SCIENCE

This is quite an amazing video from Hawaii, USA of lava flowing into the ocean.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/RENEWABLES

Renewable energy sources are making headway by leaps and bounds. A single wind turbine in  a 24-hour period produced an amazing 216,000 kWh (which is a LOT of power!) on December 1, 2016 at a testing site near Østerild, Denmark. That’s officially a new world record.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

Meteorologists have come a very long way in forecasting winter weather. Here’s a really good read from the Capital Weather Gang on the amazing winter weather forecasting improvements that have taken place since the 1970’s.

For far too long, female broadcast meteorologists have been labeled “weather girls.” The fact of the matter is they are just as highly educated scientists as their male counterparts. The Weather Channel’s “Weather Geeks” weekly show takes a look at this irritating phenomenon.

Considering the political inclinations that are increasingly hostile towards climate science research, scientists who study our planet are understandably increasingly anxious.

Michael Mann, a well-known climate scientists, has strong opinions on the current USA presidential administration…opinions that reflect the feelings of every scientist I’ve discussed the current science hostile climate (no pun intended) that is ramping up in the Trump administration.

Here’s an interesting read on how a common springtime weather pattern and pollution transported from Asia combines to create unhealthy ozone levels for the USA’s desert southwest.

The latest US Drought Monitor shows improving conditions for California while extreme drought conditions worsen in AR, AL, GA, OK, & much of New England.

drought-monitor-map

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

Cheers!

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