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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 Week In Review For March 20 – 26, 2018

Greetings everyone! It’s spring here in the Northern Hemisphere and, in spite of the snow that still remains, many areas are greening and warming up nicely. Across the southern states and great plains of North America, the severe weather season has been off to a rather quiet start…but that could change. There’s always plenty to go over, so let’s get started.

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

TECHNOLOGY/SOCIAL MEDIA

If you’re incensed about the latest Facebook FUBAR, you’re not alone…and chances are your privacy was compromised in a major way. Stopping Facebook from tracking you isn’t easy, but with persistence it can be done.

CITIZEN SCIENCE

This amazing graphic could not have been made without the help of a nationwide network of citizen science. It’s a few words of encouragement for folks who are anxiously awaiting spring…but the amazing graphics are possible only through folks who collect data on blooming plants and trees in spring.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/RENEWABLE ENERGY

More than a half-year after Hurricane Harvey devastated a large portion of Houston, (the USA’s fourth-largest city), the extent of the storm’s environmental impact is beginning to surface, while questions about the long-term consequences for human health remain unanswered.
An unsettling read about the massive plastic garbage patch in the Pacific ocean. Sadly, this patch is only one of several.
Regardless of where you live, this is good news…and hopefully new wind energy records will become commonplace.
ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

Though weather and climate are close in many ways, there are significant differences that are important to understand.

Infographic courtesy NOAA

The World Meteorological Organization has released a new State Of The Climate report. This is an important read (40 page PDF document) so settle in and get up to date on the latest in climate science.

Speaking of climate, it’s been a while since the IPCC issued its latest report. In the past five years, we’ve learned a lot about climate…here’s a great update.

There’s an irrevocable link between wildlife, nature, and climate. Nations fighting climate change must understand this in order to meet the requirements of the Paris Accord.

If you’ve got a lot of snow to move, might as well make a mountain out of it all. I wonder how long it’ll take for all of this to melt?

PUBLIC POLICY

Truth stranger than fiction. “Web of Power: Cambridge Analytica And The Climate Science Denial Network Lobbying For Brexit And Trump.”

Apparently someone who should know better is in desperate need of a refresher course on the scientific method. “Scott Pruitt Will Restrict The EPA’s Use Of Legitimate Science.”

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!

Cheers!

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Tornado Quest Science Links Review For March 12 – 20, 2018

Greetings to one and all! Due to yesterday’s severe weather episode across several southern states, I thought it would be best to delay today’s post by one day. Several southern states, Alabama in particular, took quite a beating from early severe weather season storms. It’s the time of year and it would behoove all of us who live in tornado prone regions to have our severe weather preparations and plans in place or close to completion. There’s plenty to go over this week, so let’s get started.

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

SCIENCE AND SOCIETY

Here’s one of the most thought provoking essay/interviews I’ve read in some time. Cosmic Thinker Worries About Ends Of Science And Humanity.” Cosmologist Martin Rees holds forth on multiverses, biothreats, AI, utopia, God and “posthuman” science.

CITIZEN SCIENCE

The CoCoRaHS project is a great way for citizen scientists to get involved in collaborating in collecting valuable precipitation data.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

Many broadcast meteorologists are getting some very creative and productive ideas to help them convey the importance of climate change to their viewers. “We are as close to a scientist as most Americans will ever get. People invite us into their living rooms. We have a responsibility to educate them on the facts.”

There are many misconceptions about meteorology that never seem to disappear. Dr. Marshall Shepherd addresses several in this excellent essay.

If the shoe fits, wear it…even if it takes a laugh to work! “Humor Can Get Young People Fired Up About Climate Change.”

It’s still a controversial idea, but the concept that warm spells in the Arctic has links to winter weather events in the eastern USA is gaining ground with new research. The study includes more than 60 years of data on U.S. weather and Arctic climate conditions, from 1950 to 2016.

Today, 20 March 2018, is the first day of “spring” in the Northern Hemisphere. What is the difference between meteorological and astronomical spring?

If you’re a cloud geek like me, you’ll get pretty excited about this! “The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has released its new, long-awaited, digitized International Cloud Atlas – the global reference for observing and identifying clouds, which are an essential part of weather, the climate system and the water cycle. It was released for the World Meteorological Day on 23rd March.”

The outlook for spring 2018 is out from NOAA for the USA. At the current time, it looks like much of the country could be above normal in temperatures. Keep in mind this is an outlook and not a forecast.

Map courtesy NOAA

The latest US Drought Portal shows 26.4% of the USA is experiencing dry/drought conditions as of March 7 – 13, 2018.  The latest US Drought Monitor shows extreme and exceptional drought conditions in the southern plains and four corners region. Parts of Oklahoma are particularly hard hit with Exceptional Drought conditions affecting some areas that have seen little to no rain in several months.

Map courtesy NOAA/US Drought Monitor

This past week marks the anniversary of the Tri-State Tornado…the deadliest tornado in USA history.

That’s a wrap for this post! Happy Spring for my followers in the Northern Hemisphere and for folks south of the equator, Happy Autumn!

Cheers!

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

Greetings everyone! For many of you, winter is holding on with a firm grip. Much of the northeastern USA has taken a beating lately from repeated rounds of snow, wind, and generally very unpleasant weather. For those folks, spring can’t arrive soon enough. As for the rest of us, it’s a mixed bag. A few severe weather episodes have occurred in the southern part of North America…and there will be much more to come. There’s plenty to go over this week, so let’s get started.

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

SCIENCE & EDUCATION

Contrary to popular opinion, university scientists are indeed interested in teaching. From personal experience, all of my university professors were keenly devoted to conveying knowledge.

Print books are still hard to beat. In spite of the convenience of mobile devices, holding the printed page in your hands has a special feel to the words and images within the covers. As a voracious reader, print will always be my personal preference.

Interesting perspective that is somewhat unsettling. Many people don’t understand science (bad), yet want their children to take an interest in it (very good).

TECHNOLOGY/SOCIAL MEDIA

Here’s a handy climate-friendly car guide that might help you choose a model that has a smaller carbon footprint than what most of us are driving.

Smart phones have been an amazing addition to technology. But sometimes, we all can go a bit overboard in how we use them. Here’s a thought provoking read on breaking your phone addiction.

As the saying goes, “A lie will circle the globe before the truth has a chance to cross the street.” Fake news, whether from nefarious interlopers or hyperbole/adrenaline junkies, is at an epidemic level…with no end in sight.

CITIZEN SCIENCE

Here’s a very cool citizen science read. “Citizen Science Birding Data Passes Scientific Muster.”

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

There’s an unavoidable connection between trees and climate change. By some accounts, trees are in trouble. “New evidence shows that the climate is shifting so quickly, it’s putting many of the world’s trees in jeopardy.”

With the temptations of computer games and binge watching television, kids are often inside when they could be exploring some amazing facets of our natural world. Here are five reasons why kids need to spend more time with nature.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

Are you aware of the different types of tornadoes? Not all tornadoes or vortexes are associated with supercell thunderstorms. he most important thing to remember is that each of these carries its own hazards…regardless of how benign it may appear.

Infographic courtesty NOAA/NWS

Here’s the latest State Of The Climate report from NOAA for February 2018. The main takeaway…above normal temperatures and dry to drought conditions for much of the USA. The report also covers the winter of 2017-2018. The maps below show the departure from normal for temperature and precipitation.

Maps courtesy NOAA

Thundersnow is a spectacular event to witness. Here in Oklahoma, robust snowstorms are often laced with lightning. Here’s an excellent read by Dr. Marshall Shepherd on the science behind thundersnow.

Here’s a very nice video that’s concise and aimed at the layperson who may not understand the technicalities of climate change and it’s connection to extreme weather events. “Climate Change Made Hurricane Harvey Wetter. Here’s How We Know.”

One sobering reminder of the impact of climate change is the number of billion dollar disasters that are increasing with stunning frequency.

Conveying climate change information to the general public can be an occupational hazard for broadcast meteorologists, In spite of the challenges, many are successfully passing on important information that, for their own good, the public needs to know.

If each spring in the Northern Hemisphere looks a bit warmer with each passing year, it’s not your imagination.

Up to 41 million Americans may live in flood zones…and millions of them may not even know about it.

Here’s an excellent read on the priceless value that weather satellites provide to meteorologists and the challenges that come with the technology.

PUBLIC POLICY

This is one of those scenarios that reveals the true inefficiency of bureaucracy that so infuriates an INTJ personality like me. “The U.S. EPA Science Advisory Board has not met in at least six months, and some of its members say it’s being sidelined to avoid getting in the way of agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s anti-regulatory agenda.”

That’s a wrap for this post! I’d like to send a warm welcome to my new followers in social media…I’m glad you’re along for the fun. For my followers who have been with me through thick and thin, I appreciate every one of you. Your loyalty is not taken for granted.

Cheers!

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Tornado Quest Science Links Week In Review For February 19 – 26, 2018

Greetings everyone! I hope that the weather is to your liking wherever you are. February has been interesting across much of North America with record highs set in many eastern states. We’ve also seen a small increase in the number of severe weather events. It’s that time of year to prepare for severe weather and review safety precautions. There’s plenty to go over, so let’s get started.

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

CITIZEN SCIENCE

If you love weather and want to get involved in citizen science, the CoCoRaHS precipitation network is an excellent way to collect valuable data.

PALEOBIOLOGY/EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY

A fascinating read on the history of our humble home. “Plants Colonized The Earth 100 Million Years Earlier Than Previously Thought.”

Here’s a fascinating read for my fellow dinosaur fans. “Paleontologists Discovered A Huge Ancient Fossils Trove In Bears Ears National Monument.”

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/RENEWABLE ENERGY

Are Americans hitting their breaking point on the environment? It appears that is the case.

Can you reduce or do without plastics in your life? Some have tried…and found it challenging.

Floating wind farms are becoming a major source of power in many locations. With many countries having windy areas relatively close to shore, this is a trend that has fantastic potential.

Why do kids need to climb trees? For any number of positive reasons including getting in touch (literally) with nature…plants, soil, and those amazing clouds that fill our skies.

Take a look at some amazing photos from the 2017 International Landscape Photographer of the Year contest.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

The latest State Of The Climate Report has been issued. January 2018 was the fifth warmest on record for the globe. The map below is a look at some selected climate anomalies and events for the first month of 2018. The main takeaway…it was a very warm month from a global perspective.

Map courtesy NOAA

For meteorologists, this is BIG news! “Here are five reasons why GOES-S will be such a game-changer for weather forecasts from California to Alaska and beyond.”

Depending on the layout of the city you live in, your urban location has its own weather. The Urban Heat Island Effect plays a bit part in short-term weather and long-term climate data for cities worldwide.

Delaying a reduction in carbon emissions will be nothing short of disastrous. Sea level rise could continue for an estimated 300 years.

Why is studying a continent as remote as Antarctica so important? “What was once thought to be a largely unchanging mass of snow and ice is anything but. Antarctica holds a staggering amount of water.”

According to a new Climate Central analysis, a warming world means our winters will be changing…and we’ll be dealing with less snow and more rain. There’s a good and a bad side to that.

Even though it’s only late February, signs of spring are showing up in  parts of Sweden…including a village where winter never really arrived.

The latest US Drought Portal still shows a significant portion of the southern half of the USA in dry/drought conditions. A detailed look at the drought conditions in a region-by-region format can be found at the US Drought Monitor. Rainfall in many areas has eased the drought conditions temporarily, but the overall trend for much of the Southern Plains is still in Extreme Drought status.

Last but not least…”The publisher of an academic journal beloved by climate science deniers has been revamped to ensure it meets industry standards of peer-review and editorial practice. Its climate science denier editor has also stepped down.” Sometimes you’ve just got to love “karma.”

PUBLIC POLICY

Better late than never. “Republican Lisa Murkowski Says It’s Time For Her Party To Take Climate Change Seriously.”

And that is a wrap for this post! A sincere 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 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.

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Tornado Quest Science Links In Review For November 27 – December 9, 2017

Greetings everyone and Happy Holidays! There’s plenty of great topics to review, so let’s get started.

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

CITIZEN SCIENCE

If you’re looking to get into citizen science and weather, CoCoRaHS is the perfect place to start. All you need is the approved rain gauge, online access from either a desktop computer of mobile device…and you’re set to send in valuable data that is very important for climate records.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Here’s a very interesting TED video on why wildfires in the USA have gotten worse and what can be done about it.

Climate change and other variables are easily responsible for the explosive nature of the California wildfires.

NASA has taken photos of the California wildfires that are nothing short of jaw-dropping.

While on the topic of wildfires, there is an unexpected connection between wildfires and winegrowers.

Wildfires not only threaten homes and businesses, but in the case of southern California, priceless works of art are vulnerable as well.

Single-use plastics have become so problematic worldwide that the only way to deal with their proliferation and threat to our environment may be to ban them altogether.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

If recent winters across the USA have seemed warmer than usual, you’re not imagining things. The winters are warmer.

As our winters warm, rain is far more likely to become more common in areas that normally see snow. On the flip side, some areas will see more snow.

Can climate change cost us all more money? Absolutely. “As a result, the entire US population is already paying for climate change, whether we accept the science behind it or not. And things will almost certainly get worse.”

How does the USA military, which takes climate change VERY seriously, deal with challenges of the future? Watch this informative TED video and find out.

The Atlantic hurricane season has “officially” come to an end. Here’s a concise review from NOAA.

The topic of atmospheric dust isn’t something often heard, but it’s an important facet of how our weather and climate works.

PUBLIC POLICY

Here’s an example of good leadership that starts at the local level. “In the face of the Trump administration’s continued pullback on environmental and climate action, dozens of U.S. mayors gathering in Chicago pledged to meet or exceed the emission reduction targets set forth in the 2015 Paris Agreement, signing on to the “Chicago Climate Charter.”

That’s a wrap for this post! I’d like to extend a warm welcome and good yuletide wishes to my followers…I’m glad you’re along for the fun!

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