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Tornado Quest Science Links Week In Review For July 2 – 9, 2018

Greetings everyone! Considering the recent interest in Atlantic tropical cyclone activity, this post will focus on hurricane preparedness. It’s the perfect time to get ready for the storm you hope doesn’t happen. Much of North America, the UK, and parts of Africa and Asia have also been seeing a heat wave and enduring record high temperatures in some locations. Several other topics to review, so let’s get started.

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

One of the most important elements in emergency preparedness is making sure your NOAA weather radio is in good operating order. Should other means of information not be available, your NOAA weather radio may be the only way you can receive important and potentially life-saving information and updates. If you don’t have a NOAA weather radio, now’s the time to shop for one before they become short in supply. There are many good brands available on the market. It’s also a good idea to have fresh batteries in case your electrical power should be interrupted. Most people think of a NOAA weather radio only when there’s a Tornado Warning. Truth is they are valuable year round, regardless of where you live. For further Hurricane Preparedness information, check out the links below.

Graphic courtesy NWS


Mosquito bites are more than just a nuisance. They can be life altering with West Nile and Zika viruses a substantial hazard. Here’s an excellent read on nine tips to help you avoid being bitten.


This has been a long time coming. There are reef-safe sunscreens that are now available for you. Finally, you can do two important things simultaneously: save your skin from sun exposure and protect the Earth’s valuable reefs.

For Starbucks, this is one small step that many other companies are very likely to follow-up on. “Starbucks Joins The Growing Movement To Ban Plastic Straws.”


The heat is really cranking up across much of North America and the UK. Fortunately, even with air conditioning, there are steps you can take to keep your cool by adopting a few simple habits.

Speaking of heat waves, the ongoing heat has, “human fingerprints all over it.”


This excellent infographic from the National Weather Service in Wakefield, Virginia is spot on…and I’ll let it speak for itself.


Here’s a partial list of important sources of tropical cyclone weather information. This list is not intended to be all-inclusive and there are many other good, official sources of weather forecasts and safety/preparedness information.

National Hurricane Center

National Weather Service Homepage

NOAA Hurricane Preparedness

American Red Cross Hurricane Preparedness

American Red Cross Hurricane Safety Checklist (1 Page PDF file)

CDC Hurricane Preparedness

Extensive FEMA Emergency Preparedness Document (34 Page PDF File)

NOAA Weather Radio

Interactive NOAA Weather Radio Coverage Map

Ready.gov Basic Disaster Supply Kit Info

Preparing Your Pets For Disasters And Emergencies

This excellent checklist covers many items that people may think they don’t need in an emergency.

Next to NOAA weather radio, your mobile device can be one of the most important elements in staying informed.

That’s a wrap for this post! I’d like to extend a warm welcome to my new followers in social media and a bit “Thank You” for all of my long-time followers. It’s great to have all of you along for the fun.


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Tornado Quest Science Links And More For September 26 – October 3, 2016

Greetings everyone! I hope you’re having a good start to your week. For much of North American, there’s a touch of autumn in the air while spring is starting to kick in for the Southern Hemisphere. The big news this week (and for many days to come) is Hurricane Matthew, the first hurricane of the 2016 Atlantic season to achieve major hurricane status and the first Category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic/Caribbean basin in almost a decade. Matthew has provided a consistent forecasting challenge and will continue to do so for several more days. As of today 4 October 2016) evacuations are pending for many areas along the southeastern USA coast. There’s also a severe weather threat in the USA’s central plains today…lots going on weather-wise for much of North America…so lets get started.

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


With Hurricane Matthew threat to many areas of the Caribbean (and North America), here’s some helpful information on making your own emergency preparedness kits. “Making a preparedness kit is one important way you can protect yourself and those around you. Remember that there are many types of emergencies – from those caused by illness to natural disasters – and you need different types of kits for a variety of situations.”

Further hurricane safety information…


Do you live in a noisy location? If so, it can affect your quality of life. Here’s a cool citizen science project you can take part in…find out how noisy your location is while supplying data for an important study.


Perhaps we’re not out in the boonies as much as we thought. “It’s tricky to map an entire galaxy when you live in one of its arms. But astronomers have made the clearest map yet of the Milky Way – and it turns out that the arm that hosts our solar system is even bigger than previously thought.”

New research on Pluto suggests that it could have a deep salty ocean.

Check out this spectacular view…the first of its kind…of a billion stars shining in the Milky Way galaxy.


An excellent read on why you shouldn’t put all of your trust in a hurricane’s “cone of uncertainty.” Forecasters have a daunting challenge that is often made much worse by the almost unfathomable complexities of our planet’s atmosphere.

The NRDC has an excellent a concise overview on global warming that covers most any question anyone could ever have about this aspect of our changing climate.

A look into climates past. The longest lasting deserts on Earth are approximately 30 million years old and can give us a glimpse into future climate.

An interesting read on a surprising source of greenhouse gases…reservoirs built for many uses, including hydropower, drinking water, farm irrigation, and flood control, etc.

Part climatology, part public health in this read that, while focused on Australia, is applicable to all countries. Many in the medical profession are unsure of how to deal with climate change and its irrevocable connection to our health and well being.

Our planet’s future does depend on your vote. And this year, the stakes are higher than ever.

Speaking of the future, “Dear Tomorrow” is a project where today’s parents are writing letters concerning climate change to children of the future.

Finally, a sobering read that can be summed up by simply saying, “Science, Know Thy Enemy.” How The Attack On Science Is Becoming A Global Contagion.

Sorry to end this post on such a dour note, but unfortunately that is the current political, theological, and cultural climate we live in.

On a lighter note, I’d like to extend a sincere welcome to my new followers in social media. I’m glad you’re along for the fun! There are lots of good times ahead.



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Tornado Quest Science Links And More For Sept. 16 – 23, 2015

There’s a touch of autumn in the air across much of North America. In fact, I’ve even seen some photographs in my Twitter feed of trees showing off some very nice colors. September is also Emergency Preparedness Month. Here’s a very nice link from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Add this info to your arsenal of bookmarks for a plethora of preparedness info that will help you get in shape for the things we hope won’t happen.

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


There’s quite an “ad-block-alypse” going on as of late in regards to ad-blocking add-ons and/or software.

For iOS users…a nice read on the ad blockers that won’t make your browser seem like molasses running uphill.


This is a “must-see” astronomy event that’s coming this Sunday: The first “Super Moon” Eclipse in thirty-two years is this Sunday, 27 September 2015.


Paleontology isn’t the glamorous “Jurassic Park” fun and games most people think it is. In fact, most paleontologists work in very challenging conditions…and this is no exception.


A very telling read that most Oklahoman’s (including your’s truly) can relate to. “How One US State Went From Two Earthquakes A Year To 585.”


A very cool read on five things that people generally don’t consider recyclable.

Yes, it’s alright to buy water in plastic bottles for emergencies. Just make sure you follow proper precautions for water purity and safety. In life-threatening emergencies, there’s not always time to be green. Caveat: This is my personal opinion and the people who would disagree probably live in areas that are not subject to the horrors we see almost every year in Tornado Alley.

The inexorable link between health and climate is clearly explained in this article on air pollution and it’s deadly effects.


The much ballyhooed global warming “pause” may have occurred, but it’s no spearheading “game changer” and will have little to no significance regarding the overwhelming trend of climate change.

The AP Stylebook has just made a major faux pas that makes no sense at all.

Climate change denialists are now resorting to tactics used by the tobacco industry to discredit medical evidence on the harmful effects of smoking.

El Nino and La Nina will exacerbate (and threaten tens of millions) with coastal hazards across entire Pacific.

Public relations food for thought. “Should We Do Away With Percent Chance Of Rain And Just Use Words?” The greatest problem/challenge for NWS and broadcast meteorologists is dispelling the common myths that run rampant.

Last but not least, a reminder for National Preparedness Month that NOAA has a very nice site with a plethora of preparedness information. Check it out…and prepare now before it’s too late.


Not sure what to make of this, but it’s “no-new-news” to my fellow “Quake-lahomans.”

As Oklahoma tallies up more earthquakes by the dozens…the “quakegate” continues…

On the brighter side, two last bits of business…

  • I’d like to send a very warm welcome and “hello” to my new followers on social media. I’m glad you folks are along for the fun. The best is yet to come and I’m in this for the long haul.
  • Coming soon, I’ll be hosting weather and science “hangouts” on FriendLife. Dates and times will be posted on Tornado Quest’s Twitter, Facebook, and WordPress social media outlets. I look forward to chatting with many of you!

That’s a wrap for this post! See you good folks soon!


Tornado Quest Gee-O-Science Links For Sept 9 – 15, 2013

It’s been an active week in the Atlantic with two hurricanes in an otherwise very quiet season. There are still several weeks in the official hurricane season and a lot can happen over the next few weeks, so stay weather aware if you live in a hurricane prone region. On that note, September is National Preparedness Month in the USA…so prepare now for a disaster…better safe than sorry. Plenty of other interesting science stories this week as well, so let’s get started…


If you’re in the science field as a professional or citizen scientist, you’ve no doubt come across people who argue with research that’s not to their liking. If a polite, “agree to disagree” doesn’t work, just kill the messenger. Trolls, are you listening?

Is the NSA’s next move silencing university professors?

A little public heath mixed with climatology in this interesting read about climate change and those adorable mosquitoes we love to hate.

Another interesting multidisciplinary read: Insights on protecting the worlds poor (public heath, economics, etc.) from climate change.


A very interesting read on the role of apps, data, and their application to citizen science.


The voyager spacecraft are well on their way to interstellar space. Here’s a look at the “golden records” that are traveling along with sounds of the Earth.

WIRED magazine has an incredible view of Martian sand dunes that, like the dunes on our planet Earth, move with the winds.


As much as I admire the work of Sir Richard Attenborough, I have to agree with the author of this article: Humans are still evolving.


There are many ways in which you can receive emergency information. FEMA, as a part of Emergency Preparedness Month, has important information on Wireless Emergency Alerts that can be received on cell phones.

While on the topic of emergency preparedness, here’s some very important information on NOAA weather radios…the where, what, and whys of a potentially life-saving device that should be as common in homes (regardless of where you live) as smoke/carbon monoxide detectors.


New Orleans has a radical new plan for dealing with floods…as in ‘let them happen’…sort of.


NOAA’s National Climactic Data Center has released their State Of The Climate report for August and Summer 2013.

Here’s a very good read from UCAR/NCAR on a detailed view of the Colorado floods that caused a great deal of damage and resulted in several fatalities.

The Colorado flash floods were often referred to as a, “100 year flood.” What does that mean?

Hurricane Humberto tied a record as the latest date in the Atlantic tropical cyclone season without a hurricane. Here’s an inside look as to why it’s been quiet so far in the Atlantic.

NASA is using converted military drones to gather data for improving forecasting of tropical cyclones.

Some new research indicates that climate change will upset vital ocean chemical cycles.

An interesting read on the USA’s inadequate response to a major security threat: climate change.

The warm season in Europe is heating up…and at a faster rate than previously thought.

Check out this very interesting map from the Storm Prediction Center’s data of the number of tornadoes in the USA as of the end of June, 2013. So far, Oklahoma takes the top spot, Texas coming second.  It’s also important to remember that this is still preliminary data and tornado occurrence varies from year to year and is oblivious to political geographic barriers. If you’d like a more detailed look at USA tornado statistics, browse through the Storm Prediction Center Warning Coordination Meteorologist’s page for some fascinating data.


Why the NSA loves Google’s Chromebook…as if they didn’t already have their claws deep into the Fourth Amendment already.

This proud metal-head sees no irony in finding happiness in “angry” music.

Some people should not be allowed the privilege of parenthood…and here’s one village idiot who needs to be sent to Coventry.  Permanently.

Finally, here’s a very enjoyable read on the fine art of conversation. Though written in 1866, it’s advice is still quite applicable in today’s society.

And that’s a wrap for this week. Keep your eyes on the tropics. The season’s quiet, but not over. And while you’re thinking about it, remember to put together your emergency preparedness plans.

See you good folks next week!


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Considering the relatively tranquil weather forecast across much of “Tornado Alley” for the next several days, now would be an excellent time to review safety rules, make sure your NOAA weather radio is in proper working order, & even prepare or restock your home emergency kit. Best to be prepared & not need it than, well….you know.

Quick note regarding the Tornado Quest website: for the time being, I’m going to continue to use this blog for my primary source of information. I’ve narrowed down the site host hunt to two companies. Wish me luck…

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