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Tornado Quest Science Links And Much More For May 16 – 24. 2016

Greetings everyone! I hope all of you have had a good and productive week since we last visited…and here’s to another good week ahead. Speaking of the week ahead, there are several days of severe weather potential across North America on the menu so, as is par for the course, this post will be on the brief side. There are plenty of other topics to touch on this round, so let’s get started.

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

PALEONTOLOGY/EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY

Here’s some very cool news for my fellow dinosaur buffs. A new species of horned dinosaur has been discovered in the USA state of Utah.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/RENEWABLES

The legacy you leave behind for future generations is of utmost importance. “Don’t Be Eco-Friendly Just To Do A Good Deed…Make It Your Mark.”

While on the topic of being eco-friendly, many people are compliant at home but do a stellar backsliding job when in the workplace.

Very impressive…Portugal is finding a way to power itself with renewable energy for several days at a time.

The cost of storing renewable energy sources (i.e. solar) has reached a new all-time low.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

Recent tornado events in the USA’s central and southern plains…and the resulting “extreme” storm chasing videos have once again proved to us that, in spite of deaths in recent years, storm chasers are stopping at nothing for superficial fame.

Speaking of storm chasing, it takes years of diligent forecasting experience and a dedicated intellect to obtain this kind of spectacular (and exceptionally rare) supercell thunderstorm imagery.

Scientist Bill Nye explains why he’s willing to take on the ostriches. “Why I Choose To Challenge Climate Change Deniers.”

Unfortunately, there’s a 99% chance that 2016 will be a record breaking year for global temperatures.

Recent and abrupt changes in the Atlantic Ocean may have been naturally occurring and not related to climate change.

The El Niño phenomenon that fueled endless weird weather, hot months this past year is on the downswing. If the latest NOAA data is any indicator, La Niña is liquored up and ready to rage.

As hurricane season approaches for the Atlantic basin, it’s very important to identify and have access to reliable sources of valid (and potentially life-saving) information.

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AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST…

Folks in my ancestral homeland are celebrating the arrival of the summer midnight sun! Njuta av din sommar och har en stor tid!

That’s a wrap for this post! See you folks next time!

Cheers!

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Tornado Quest Science Links And More For Jan. 25 – Feb. 1, 2016

Happy February everyone! The first month of 2016 has come and gone in a flash. Before we know it, summer heat will be settling in over the Northern Hemisphere. In the meantime, January has been very active weather-wise for parts of North America and the UK. Both regions have experienced significant storms with hurricane force winds, blinding rains, devastating floods, and potentially deadly blizzard conditions. Let’s hope that February will be better behaved but, as is always the case, nature has the better hand and the money is always on the house. On that note, let’s get started.

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

SCIENCE EDUCATION

Critical thinking and the scientific method are the key ingredients of sorting through the rubbish of conspiracy mindsets from proven facts.

So sad that in the 21st Century, this kind of retrograde mentality is not only being taken seriously, but flourishing with disturbing frequency.

TECHNOLOGY

Understandably so, Americans from across the political spectrum have become increasingly outraged and outspoken as they have learned more about growing surveillance by governments and corporations.

PALEONTOLOGY/EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY

Could you outrun a hungry Tyrannosaurus Rex? Even if you could, I would advice against it. 😉

ASTRONOMICAL SCIENCE

NASA’s Opportunity rover has gone above and beyond the call of duty by now purring smoothly into it’s 12th year of exploration.

This week marked the 30th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. NASA marks the anniversary with a pledge to travel to Mars.

Can’t wait to see this finally in action! “Mirror on the Cosmos: NASA’s Next Big Telescope Takes Shape.”

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/RENEWABLE ENERGY

Wind and sunshine could power most of the United States by 2030 without raising electricity prices.

I’m really hoping that this comes to fruition. “By 2030, Renewables Will Be The World’s Primary Power Source.”

Huge hurricane resistant wind power turbines? Sounds like a sound idea to me!

A very sound idea! Denmark is preparing for climate change by building parks that can transform into ponds during heavy rainfall events.

Speaking of Denmark, the beautiful city of Copenhagen is set to divest from fossil fuels.

A sobering read on the increasing amounts of mercury found in rain water over the central and western parts of the USA.

It should come as no surprise that most of the earth’s pollution is created by only a small percentage of polluters.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

Many of us, including yours truly, love snow…but is it safe to eat?

An interesting read on the recent USA snowstorm and it’s connection to climate change.

A good climate read. “Study Finds Slim Odds Of Record Heat, But Not As Slim As Reported.”

Using data going back centuries, climate scientists have found that modern-day European summers are the warmest since the height of the Roman empire. For all practical purposed, this will mean a new way of life.

In spite of recent rains and modest improvements, drought conditions persist in parts of California and Oregon where some reservoirs remain well below half of their capacity.

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This one day view of our Earth from a satellite is spectacular and a “must see.”

THE QUIXOTIC

Well said! “I hope that by showing how eye-wateringly unlikely some alleged conspiracies are, some people will reconsider their anti-science beliefs.”
Burying one’s head in the sand may feel good for the moment, but it’s not a courageous way to face scientific facts for which there is indisputable evidence.
And that’s a wrap for this post!
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Tornado Quest Science Links And Much More For January 12 – 19, 2016

Greetings everyone! I hope the new year is off to a good start for all of you. So far this year, at least for most of North America, it’s been a relatively tranquil winter. El Nino is still a big player on a larger scale, many of its effects are yet to be seen. There’s plenty of good news on the renewables front with wind power in particular taking a lot of steam out of the fossil fuels.

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

TECHNOLOGY

Of interest to users of the Windows OS. “Windows 8, Internet Explorer 7, 8, 9, and 10 (mostly) consigned to the dustbin of history.”

Sometimes going offline is the best way to spend your time. I take regular breaks from the “online” world and highly recommend them!

PHYSICS

This has the potential to be big in the world of physics. “Rumors are rippling through the science world that physicists may have detected gravitational waves, a key element of Einstein’s theory which if confirmed would be one of the biggest discoveries of our time.”

PALEONTOLOGY/EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY

Say “Hello” to the Titanosaur, a species that may be the largest dinosaur ever discovered.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

A very nice primer on fracking…explained plain and simple.

This was inevitable, and completely justified. “Oklahoma Residents Sue Earthquake Companies Over Earthquake Damage.”

A look at an underrated health hazard. “Shock figures to reveal deadly toll of global air pollution.”

An interesting look at the geology/climate connection. “Growth rings on rocks give up North American climate secrets.”

Ah, the good old days…they weren’t really all that good.

There are only five countries than can be held responsible for up to sixty percent of the plastic pollution in our oceans.

Here’s some awesome renewables news. “Wind power supplied 97% of electricity needs of Scottish households in 2015.”

Even in an oil state like Texas, wind power is making it’s mark and setting records.

If you live in an urban environment and ever needed a reason to plant a tree or two (or a dozen), here’s your excuse.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

A long-awaited upgrade will triple the forecasting computing power of the USA’s National Weather Service.

An excellent read by Dr. Marshall Shepherd on Hurricane Alex, a rare January, 2016 tropical cyclone in the Atlantic Ocean.

Here’s an impressive view of Hurricane Alex from NASA.

Could the ongoing El Nino lead to a below average number of tornadoes across the USA for 2016?

Not so long ago, the ozone hole was the talk of the atmospheric sciences. What happened to it?

There’s a strong correlation between the recent record breaking floods and rains in the UK and climate change.

A list of ten climate related records that you don’t necessarily want to have broken.

JUST FOR FUN

As the saying goes, “When In Rome…” Or, in this case, my beloved Sweden in winter... 🙂

That’s a wrap for this post! I’d like to extend a hearty “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 More For Dec. 14 – 21, 2015

There’s a rather seasonably warm holiday week on tap for much of North America. Normally, many areas would be seeing a white Christmas holiday, but not this year. Still plenty of news on the recent Paris Agreement COP21 is making the rounds and will for some time to come. Often the best thoughts are compiled in hindsight. And, for my followers in the Northern Hemisphere, I’d like to wish you a Happy Winter Solstice!

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

GENERAL SCIENCE

A woman with a most daunting task. “Meet America’s Anti-Anti-Science Crusader.”

TECHNOLOGY

Just one more reason to stick with Firefox, et al. “Microsoft Edge has inherited many of Internet Explorer’s security holes.”

ICYMI: A nice review of the best secure mobile messaging apps in 2015.

CITIZEN SCIENCE

Here’s a very cool NOAA led project on climate research that includes citizen scientists.

PALEONTOLOGY/EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY

Did dinosaurs evolve slowly, or arise in the blink of an eye? Recent research suggests the latter.

ASTRONOMICAL SCIENCE

On Christmas Day 2015, we’ll be treated to a full moon…the first to occur on the holiday since 1977.

Views of our humble home are always awe-inspiring. “NASA Captures EPIC Views Of Earth.”

GEOLOGICAL SCIENCE

This will be of particular interest to folks in Oklahoma. A new technique can tell if earthquakes are natural or man-made.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

This should come as no surprise. “Exposure to nature linked to stronger communities and reduced crime.”

The latest US Drought Monitor shows vast improvement across much of the contiguous USA with (the status quo) of California, Nevada, and Oregon holding tight to drought conditions.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

Much of the contiguous USA just had a record-breaking wildfire season. Are there links to climate change?

Speaking of breaking records, 2015 is definitely one for the record books with, according to NOAA data, November, autumn, and year-t0-date all being the hottest on record for Earth.

Fascinating read on weather forecasting and computer model use. “Clouds, computers, and the coming storms.”

A good read from Dr. Marshall Shepherd. “So Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About The Strong Polar Vortex.”

Unfortunately, pollution from planes and ships were left out of the COP21 Paris Agreement.

Depending on who you ask, climate change may or may not be a national security risk for the USA.

The recent Paris Agreement gives out a strong message and not a few signals that climate change deniers are a dying breed.

Take a look at these rare Kelvin-Helmholtz wave clouds recently photographed in Utah, USA.

Star Wars fans will be interested in this: The Science Of Weather In Star Wars.

THE QUIXOTIC

Well, if this doesn’t beat all (at least this week) for ludicrous paranoia. Some folks in North Carolina have their knickers in a twist over solar energy farms they fear will, “suck all the energy from the sun.” Like a tin-foil hat with that?

That’s a wrap for this post! Again, for those celebrating, have a good holiday!

Cheers!

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Tornado Quest Science Links And Much, Much More For April 6 – 13, 2015

It’s been quite a histrionic weather week for the contiguous USA. Some locations are finally warming after a long and snowy winter, the California drought worsens, and the Great Plains had two wild days of severe weather (April 8-9, 2015). This week also marked the thirty-sixth anniversary of the Red River tornado outbreak in Oklahoma and Texas, the sixty-eighth anniversary of the Woodward, Oklahoma tornado, and the fiftieth anniversary of the 1965 Palm Sunday tornado outbreak. I’ll have more on those events later in this post. Since we are entering an active weather pattern over the next several days, I’ll keep this post on the brief side and include links that I think you’ll enjoy.

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

GENERAL SCIENCE

A very thought-provoking essay that confirms thought’s I’ve had for some time. “The Science Of Why You Really Should Listen To Science And Experts.”

Some great answers to, “Why Did You Become A Scientist?” My personal favorite…”Science turns “I don’t know” into “I don’t know… yet” and you won’t find anything more empowering than that.”

Ever wonder what the weather station identifiers mean? Here’s a handy essay that explains it all.

CITIZEN SCIENCE

Check out this very cool soil collection program. Best of all…it’s free!

GEOLOGICAL SCIENCE

The Oklahoma Geological Survey will be adding another analyst to its ranks to keep track of the smaller earthquakes that, as of late, been occurring almost daily in the Sooner state.

PALEONTOLOGY/EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY

My beloved Brontosaurus has been raised from the dead so to speak. Welcome (back) to the dinosaur club!

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/RECYCLING

A well written guide to California’s water crisis and the challenges faced by those dealing with it first hand.

Is there a bright side to the devastating California drought? Yes…and it’s renewable!

Another bright side to the California drought is an optimistic, proactive state of mind.

A mass extinction that occurred 252 million years ago could give us hints at to how the increasing acidity in our oceans could affect current and future life forms.

Here’s a very nice infographic on a highly underrated practice: Upcycling.

China will surpass the  USA as the top producer of greenhouse gas emissions.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

It’s always fun to repost everyone’s favorite wind map!

A very nice climate resource: The US Climate Resilience Toolkit.

I love space exploration as much as any other science fan…but have often wondered why physicists immediately leap at careers in astronomy or cosmology. It’s time for a change because, “Climatologists To Physicists: Your Planet Needs You.”

The TRMM rainfall satellite mission has finally come to an end after seventeen years. Fortunately, there’s another satellite waiting to carry on the torch.

Could El Nino last all of 2015? If so, this summer will be incredibly interesting.

While Rolling Stone magazine isn’t know for its science writing, here’s a well-written thought-provoking read. “The Pentagon and Climate Change: How Deniers Put National Security At Risk.”

Preliminary tornado/storm surveys from the Chicago National Weather Service on the severe weather events of 9 April, 2015. Until EF Scale rating are finalized and a comprehensive analysis is completed of the entire damage path, take with a grain of salt any unofficial or hyped rumors.

In weather history:

THE QUIXOTIC SIDE OF THE HUMAN ANIMAL

Yet another state has clamped down (aka censored) the term “climate change.”

In spite of overwhelming evidence, no end in sight on this. “Meet The United States Of Divided Climate Beliefs.”

And that’s a wrap for this post…

I’d like to welcome my new followers on Twitter, Instagram, WordPress, About.Me, Facebook, and Tumblr. Glad you’re along for the fun!

Cheers!

Tornado Quest Science Links For Dec. 15 – 22, 2014

The Winter Solstice in the northern hemisphere is finally upon us. If you’ve been aggravated by the lack of sunlight, take heart. From now until late June, the amount of daylight will increase every day. Obviously we have a great deal of wintery weather ahead…so don’t put the long-johns away just yet.

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

GENERAL SCIENCE

A recent episode of Science Friday had a very good segment that’s worth a listen…and discussion. “Scientists Speak Out About Attacks On Science

Sadly, no shortage of these as this year draws to a close. The worst anti-science stories of 2014.

TECHNOLOGY/SOCIAL MEDIA

Good food for thought. “10 Ways We’re Being Rude In Social Media And Don’t Even Know It.”

Online privacy is something far too many take with far too little a grain of salt.

CITIZEN SCIENCE

From SciStarter: 12 Days Of Christmas: Citizen Science Edition!

PALEONTOLOGY/EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY

A very cool time-lapse video of the world’s most complete Stegosarus skeleton being assembled.

A fascinating read on genetics confirming the relationship between fins and hands

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/SUSTAINABILITY

A lofty goal, but very worth one in my book. Austin, TX to get 55% of its power from renewables by2025.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

There are countless colloquial and/or provincial weather terms that need to be put to rest. Among them are “twister,” “thunderhead,” “snowpocalypse,” “snOMG”…and “superstorm.”

Here’s the latest USA Drought Monitor. In spite of recent heavy rains, the surface was barely scratched (for long-term benefit) in CA, NV, OK, TX.

If you live in an area prone to severe thunderstorms and tornadoes, there are some recent changes in the Storm Prediction Center’s Day 4-8 Outlooks that you should be aware of.

Living in much of Alaska is tough enough, but this village will give us insight as to how it’s residents…and the rest of us…are unprepared for climate change.

At this year’s conference of the American Geophysical Union, a great deal of climate change research was shared. Communicating that important data to a largely apathetic public is something else.

An interesting read from NOAA on changes in the Arctic due to rising air and sea temperatures.

And that’s a wrap for this post. If you’re celebrating the holiday, my best wishes to you and yours. Have fun and God Jul!

Cheers!

Tornado Quest Science Links And More for July 27 – August 3, 2014

It’s hard to believe that August is already here. Before we know it, thoughts will turn to autumn (or spring in the southern hemisphere) and we will see seasonal changes taking place. Speaking of autumn, the recent cool spell across the eastern 2/3 of the contiguous USA has been a welcome respite from the summer heat and humidity. Many areas that are drought-plagued received beneficial rains. Of course, we can’t forget the Atlantic tropical cyclone season. There are many weeks left and though it’s been rather quiet, best not to let our guards down.

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

GENERAL SCIENCE

An interesting read on a small study on scientists on Twitter based on “a metric that compares the popularity of scientists on Twitter to the impact of their publications within peer-reviewed journals.”

TECHNOLOGY

An enlightening, and somewhat disconcerting, read on privacy and the mobile devices we love and live by.

Another very informative read from Ghostery (which is a browser add-on that I can’t recommend highly enough): 50 Things A Server Can Tell When You Visit A Webpage.

Single-tasking is apparently the new multi-tasking. Sorry to say, it doesn’t work for me.

The “Right To Be Forgotten” has drawn a great deal of discussion lately. The more I read about it, the more I’m sympathetic to Google’s quandary.

A very thought-provoking read on social media presence: “Preaching Is Creating A Divide Between You And Your Audience.”

ASTRONOMICAL SCIENCE

Interesting insight into the magnetic field of Mercury and how it’s different from the one here on Earth.

The Mars Opportunity rover just broke an extraterrestrial mileage record…25 miles.

The new Mars rover will have more bells and whistles than you can count…and that’s very good!

PALEONTOLOGY/EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY

An interdisciplinary look at how paleontology can give us a glimpse of climate change of the past…and future.

A new study suggests that dinosaurs fell victim to a “perfect storm” of events.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/SUSTAINABILITY

The southwestern portions of the USA have had a brutal blow from the ongoing drought. Conditions are bad enough that the amount of remaining groundwater is getting perilously low.

With no end in sight, take a look at how bad the drought conditions are in California.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

Tornadoes in New England are rare, but not unheard of. Just a few days ago, an EF-2 tornado damaged portions of Revere, Massachusetts.

Is there reason to be hopeful that we can get a better grasp on climate change? Yes, there is. Here are a few reasons why. At the very least, it can’t hurt to try.

A read on a new study (with journal link) on water vapor in the upper atmosphere and its relation to global warming.

What’s being called “nuisance flooding” is becoming more a regular occurrence. Further details are at this link to the 66 page PDF report from NOAA.

The issue of climate change and politicians isn’t exclusively limited to the United States.

Shattering Myths To Help The Climate” is a good read…and a start…but much work needs to be done yet. Myths, in spite of solid scientific evidence, don’t go away easily.

When the National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Warning, you should take it every bit as seriously as a tornado warning. Not convinced? This video should help.

Another example of the dangers of summer’s “silent killer.”

Had your city reached it’s summer peak heating yet? Fortunately, mine hasn’t…but that’s about to change.

Being a meteorologist is a difficult enough…a myriad of myths exist regarding the science…but a female broadcast meteorologist is all too often the target of a pleb with a pencil.

THE QUIXOTIC VISCERAL UNDERBELLY

At a loss for words, but not at a loss for pity. Political science (an oxymoron if there ever was one) and true science make for poor bedfellows.

That’s a wrap for this week…

Cheers!

Tornado Quest Gee-O-Science Links For June 10 – 18, 2014

A very active period of weather across much of North America this week. Monday saw the most active severe weather and tornado day in quite some time. One NE supercell in particular was very powerful and, at its most intense state, exhibited twin tornadoes. Elsewhere, drought conditions persist across much of the southwest and southern plains.

Here are this week’s links…

GENERAL SCIENCE

In the varied fields of science, there are many terms that are gravely misused and/or misunderstood by the general public. Here’s a list of the top ten…and personally speaking, pay particular attention to 1, 2, 8, and 9.

CITIZEN SCIENCE

USGS iCoast is a cool citizen science project where you can help scientists document changes to coastal areas after major storms.

ASTRONOMICAL SCIENCE

How much space junk is orbiting the Earth? A lot…and I do mean a lot.

PALEONTOLOGY/EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY

What sound did Tyrannosaurus Rex actually make? Very unlike anything you’ve ever seen in a movie.

GEOLOGICAL SCIENCE

The Earth’s inner core is quite mysterious. A recent finding discovered what could be a massive amount of water.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/SUSTAINABILITY

How’s my waterway? Learn the condition of local streams, lakes and other waters anywhere in the US… quickly and in plain language from the EPA.

Rocks made of plastic have been found on Hawaiian beaches. Nothing good can come of this.

Good tips on saving time, money, energy, and carbon emissions while drying clothes.

This is how much American spends putting out wildfires. Yes, it’s a lot. Much more that I ever imagined.

Apparently Australia is lagging behind many other countries with an aging and inefficient electricity sector.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

NOAA’s National Climactic Data Center’s review of May, 2014 is out. The ongoing drought and coming El Nino are some highlights.

Speaking of El Nino, here is a look at the potential impacts to the United States from NOAA.

Scientists have discovered a relationship between climate change and ocean currents over the past six million yearsRead more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-06-link-climate-ocean-currents-million.html#jCp

Scientists have discovered a relationship between climate change and ocean currents over the past six million yearsRead more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-06-link-climate-ocean-currents-million.html#jCp

A very timely and spot-on viewpoint from the inimitable Chuck Doswell.

Post-tornado damage survey’s are a daunting task. As a veteran of many over the past 30+ years, I can tell you from personal experience that it’s arduous work.

In a variety of weather related disaster scenarios, these lightweight foldable shelters could be very useful.

Recent research has discovered a link between climate change and ocean currents over six million years.

THE QUIXOTICALLY VISCERAL UNDERBELLY

Just when I’d thought the “flat earth society” and bloodletting were out of style…comes this. Someone please tell me this is a joke.

Another storm chaser has reached an all time low. Gotta get that “money shot” for a financial windfall!

Yes, this definitely qualifies as a contender for the worst academic paper of the decade…or at least the year.

ON THE BRIGHTER SIDE…

Rather than end this on a dour note, let me rectify the situation with a hopeful and forward-looking viewpoint. “Why We Should Focus More On Clouds, Trees, And Streams.”  We’re very lucky to be living on a planet that has an abundance of spectacular vistas. Let’s enjoy, nurture, and preserve them in the very brief time our species will exist.

And that’s a wrap for this week!

Cheers!

Tornado Quest Gee-O-Science Links For May 20 – 27, 2014

This is traditionally a very busy time for me with many projects calling for attention as well as some very active weather…so this will be a very abbreviated post. If time allows, I may add a few links later in the week.

Here are this week’s links for your consideration…

CITIZEN SCIENCE

After many decades in citizen science, I can tell you it’s anything but weird and wild…but it’s certainly in it’s golden age with unbridled curiosity…and nothing but good things can come from that.

Popular Science has a list of 5 apps for a very cool citizen science summer.

If you’re into astronomy and citizen science, your help is needed in evaluating images from the Spitzer space telescope.

PALEONTOLOGY/EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY

Apparently, Dimetrodon is not a dinosaur. The child paleontologist in me is crushed.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/SUSTAINABILITY

Here’s a fascinating site from the USGS that shows the location of wind farms across the USA!

Across the Atlantic, Sweden is set to take the lead in Nordic wind power.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

For the northern hemisphere, summer is on the doorstep. Summer heat kills more people every year that tornadoes, hurricanes, lightning, et al. combined. Here’s some very important information on this “silent killer.”

The Oklahoma and Texas panhandles, like many regions, are taking a shellacking from an relentless drought.

NOAA’s Carbon Tracker is a fascinating tool. Here’s a look a the details.

A look at Europe’s next generation of weather satellites.

The World Meteorological Organization is taking action on storm surges which kill more people that tropical cyclone winds or earthquake-generated tsunamis.

NOAA has issued their outlook (not a forecast) for the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season. Near normal or below normal number of tropical cyclones are expected. The caveat is the simple fact that it takes only one intense hurricane (i.e. Andrew) to devastate a region and cause billions in damage.

We’re at the 30th anniversary of the devastating Memorial Day flood in Tulsa, OK…the deadliest natural disaster in the city’s history. Here’s a look back from the Tulsa World and the Tulsa Nat’l Weather Service. To date, it’s the deadliest natural disaster in Tulsa’s history with 14 fatalities.

That’s a wrap for this post!

Cheers!

Tornado Quest Gee-O-Science Links May 13 – 20, 2014

Across North America, it’s been a rather tranquil week with a few scattered episodes of severe weather. This will be another abbreviated post for this week. I’ve also noticed some changes to the way WordPress works. If the changes aren’t reversed or aren’t temporary, I’ll move this weekly blog post to the Tornado Quest Tumblr blog. In the meantime, let’s get started on this week’s links…

GENERAL SCIENCE

Here’s a “must-read” on science terminology from meteorologist Dan Satterfield who passed along this essay written by astrophysicist Brian Koberlein.

TECHNOLOGY

The “digital revolution” is a major watershed event in the history of human technology. In spite of that, hazards exist especially in the area of privacy.

HISTORY OF SCIENCE

Can you name more than one female scientist? Here’s a list of unsung heroines.

CITIZEN SCIENCE

Check out this very cool citizen science project called “Drugs From Dirt” where you can help scientists find beneficial microbes lurking in your garden soil.

Heads up bird lovers! Your help is needed!

SCIENCE EDUCATION

The public servants of Oklahoma are at it again. Apparently the “hyperbole” of scientific truth is just too much. If this continues (and it likely will), the future looks bleak.

PALEONTOLOGY/EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY

What’s most amazing about this recent dinosaur discovery is the fact that the bones were discovered in the first place. Still, the size of this amazing animal is impressive.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Interesting info on a study of pollution sources between urban and rural Midwestern air.

Water is a precious resource. For the benefit of future generations, many complex issues need to be addressed.

How about some good news! Samso is the world’s first 100% renewable energy-powered island!

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

April 2014 tied 2010 for the hottest April on record according to a new NOAA report. Our humble planet is on track for its 6th warmest year to-date and the 350th month in a row of above average global temperatures.

With no relief in sight for the near future, 100% of CA is now experiencing severe to exceptional drought. As a result, wildfires have hit hard and fast.

The climate change denialist run under a self-delusional guise of “science” that brings into question any credibility (CV or otherwise) they might have…in spite of their credentials. I really don’t feel NASA et al. would put their reputations on the line for pseudoscience. Even though the consensus is solid, climate scientists can’t afford to turn their backs or become complacent.

Finally, today (May 20) marks the 1st anniversary of the Moore, OK EF-5 tornado. Here’s a fantastic timeline of all products (including social media) issued by the Norman, OK NWS during the event. A full overview of the event can be found here. The amazing recovery and rebuilding efforts are better covered elsewhere. One thing is certain…it’s heartening to see people put differences of all degrees aside and come to the aid of their fellow humans in the wake of an event of this magnitude.

If time and schedule allows, I’ll add a few more links this week. Until next time…

Cheers!

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