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Tornado Quest Science Week In Review For March 4 – 12, 2017

Greetings and welcome to everyone! With severe weather season having gotten off to a good start across parts of North America, I’m going to include a severe weather safety link every week for the next month or so. Considering the recent uptick in severe thunderstorm and tornado activity, now’s the time to make final preparations for your emergency kit and any necessary plans regarding shelter. As usual, there are plenty of other topics to cover, so let’s get started.

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

SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY

This week’s Severe Weather Safety link is from the Storm Prediction Center. The comprehensive Online Tornado FAQ.

ASTRONOMICAL SCIENCE

Here’s a very cool read on new evidence of a water-rich history on Mars.

LIFE SCIENCE/EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY

This is a very interesting new perspective on evolution. “The power of the eyes and not the limbs that first led our ancient aquatic ancestors to make the momentous leap from water to land.”

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

A new report published in the Anthropocene Review has measured the impact humanity has on our humble planet. The results are, as expected, not a little substantial.

A sobering read on the state of our air quality. “Pollution is responsible for one in four deaths among all children under five, according to new World Health Organization reports, with toxic air, unsafe water, and lack of sanitation the leading causes.”

How about a nostalgic visit to the pre-EPA era in the USA. Ah, yes…those were the days.

Let’s end this on a positive note with a visit to a Texas, USA city that is leading the way on renewable energy.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

Summer can’t end too soon for Australians…who have just endured one of the worst heat waves in decades with many records broken.

Warmer than usual temperatures are creating an unsettling scenario in the Arctic as its sea ice continues to diminish at an alarming rate.

While on the topic of warming, spring came early for much of the contiguous USA…and climate change played no small part.

A recent survey shows that most Americans feel climate change is a legitimate concern…but only for other countries. In the UK, concern over climate change and its local effects is also growing.

As for the climate change deniers, there’s no other way to describe them other than “deniers.”

Here’s a brilliant “take down” from a noted climate scientist in reply to a well-known cartoonist who, for some reason, seems to enjoy spreading doubt about soundly established science.

The new GOES-16 weather satellite is sending back incredible data. One of the new features is the Geostationary Lightning Mapper.

Is Moore, OK in the cross-hairs of strong to violent tornadoes? It really depends on how you want to look at past history given humans habit of making “sense” out of random events. Here’s an interesting perspective with input from several notable severe weather meteorologists…from the FiveThirtyEight archive: Tornado Town, USA.

SCIENCE AND PUBLIC POLICY

Scientists can no longer nurture an aversion to public engagement. With a war on science gathering momentum, it’s time to make your presence known.

Recent proposed cuts to the NOAA budget could not only put a halt to a great deal of research, but seriously affect data used for keeping folks informed about dangerous weather conditions.

Understandably so, many climate scientists and weather forecasters are infuriated at the latest threats to NOAA form the current presidential administration. Both the EPA and NOAA are part of what has made the USA a great country in recent decades.

The USA’s Clean Water Rule is more important now than ever before. Unfortunately, the current administration has it squarely in the cross-hairs for a full on attack.

I couldn’t have said this better myself. “It seems like this EPA and this administration broadly seem to view their job as being a support for business as opposed to safeguarding public health.”

Last but definitely not least, the USA’s Environmental Protection Agency’s Scott Pruitt (who’s well-known to my fellow Oklahomans) actually said something that flies in the face of firmly established climate science. The train wreck continues…

THE QUIXOTIC

Finally, a look at the archaic “daylight saving time” routine that has long lost it’s purpose.

That’s a wrap for this post! A big “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 And Much, Much More For March 2 – 9, 2015

After the last winter storm which brought significant snowfall from west Texas to the east coast, we’ve finally gotten a temporary respite across the contiguous 48 states. The sedate weather we’re enjoying now is the quiet before the storm…literally. The spring severe weather season is, for all practical matters, already upon us. This would be an excellent time to make sure your emergency kit is in order, your NOAA weather radio is fully functional, and you know how to get timely severe weather watch and warning information from your local National Weather Service office and the broadcast meteorologists of your choice. On the home front, it’s been another week with a full dance card. This post will, as many are during the spring and early summer, on the brief side. Preparing for the severe weather season often takes a bit of time, especially when doing double duty as a Skywarn spotter and double checking the “to do” list for storm chasing.

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

GENERAL SCIENCE/SCIENCE COMMUNICATION

Daylight Saving Time is archaic and anachronistic at best…and that’s the nicest thing I can say about such old school nonsense. Adding insult to injury, it also costs you money.

The problem isn’t “scienceyness” but the tendency for mainstream media to water down science stories for the general public. “John/Jane Q Public” isn’t as scientific illiterate as many think.

SOCIAL MEDIA/TECHNOLOGY

A very good essay on over two dozen social media rules…which ones you can break, which ones you can’t, and which ones will cost you followers.

I’ve been giving the beta version of the Vivaldi browser a spin…and it could be a competitor to be reckoned with if it’s done right.

Google may begin rating website rankings on facts rather than links. If this comes to fruition, hopefully it’ll keep the shills and hype-mongers at bay.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/SUSTAINABILITY/RENEWABLES/RECYCLING

The K-Cups are convenient, but they are (no pun intended) a brewing problem.

Shortages of fresh water in the future could lead to some very unpleasant patterns in human behavior.

The plot thickens in Oklahoma as “quakegate” gets more interesting by the week. “Emails describe meetings between oil industry, earthquake researchers.”

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

To describe February across the contiguous 48 USA as fire and ice would be an understatement. While the west basked in warmth, the east shivered under record breaking snowfalls. The NOAA National Climactic Data Center’s State Of The Climate report has all the details.

According to this study, a revision of Tornado Watches based on the likelihood of tornadoes could help with public safety.

Speaking of tornado watches, spring, and the severe weather trimmings, is on our doorstep. Are you ready?

A spot-on must read by Marshall Shepherd and Chuck Doswell…”Standing Up For Meteorologists.”

A very thought-provoking read by Bill McKibben: “Climate fight won’t wait for Paris: vive la résistance.”

Will the Paris climate summit accomplish enough? Time will tell. Many aren’t optimistic.

Semantics do matter. “Call Them Climate Deniers, Not Skeptics.”

Considering the fact that everyone on planet Earth shares the same atmosphere, it’s no surprise that China’s pollution could have ties to the USA’s cold, snowy winters.

Those snowy winters result in many challenges…including a downturn in the local economies.

El Nino finally made an appearance, but not in time to help the ongoing drought in many parts of the western USA.

And that’s a wrap for this post…see you good folks next time!

Cheers!

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