Tornado Quest Science Links And Much More For June 7 – 14, 2016

Greetings everyone! I do hope all of you are having a good week and, if it’s hot in your location, you’re taking it easy & staying cool. There’s plenty to go over for this week though this post, like most others this time of year, is brief due to the North American severe weather season. As time allows, I may add a few more links during the week…so please check back.

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


After over 20 years of daily internet use, I’m still taken aback at the venomous vitriol that exists online. Here’s an informative read on why, behind the “anonymous” facade of a monitor, some people are downright mean. Whether its Facebook or FriendLife or numerous other forums, expressions of hatred flourish…and in expressing that hatred, be warned that it tells you everything about that person.


For astronomy fans, light pollution is the bane of their existence. Across North America, up to 80% of the population is affected. Worldwide, 30% of the world’s population can’t see the Milky Way.


Norway has just adopted the world’s first zero deforestation policy…but what does that exactly mean?

A new study by the U.S. Forest Service projects a dramatic increase in wildfires for the southeastern region of the USA.


A very thought-provoking read that raises many good points. While storm chasers have been their own worst enemy in recent years, attacking them with unwarranted accusations isn’t productive.

Earlier this month, the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced that the past year’s El Niño had thrown in the towel and retired for the time being.

Privatizing many of the roles of the National Weather Service would be nothing less than an unmitigated disaster.

Yes, the recent floods in Europe have a connection to climate change.

In the coming decades, farmers will take a big hit from climate change.

Lightning can result in many things both good and bad. One of the good things is it’s the way it can shape life on our planet.

If May, 2016 seemed warmer than usual, you weren’t imagining things. It was yet another warm month for the record books.

That’s a wrap for this post!

I’d like to welcome my new followers in social media and thank countless others who have shown loyalty over the years. I appreciate you all a great deal!



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Social Media & Online Safety Links

I’d first like to thank all the folks who stopped by my Tuesday stream. It was great seeing so many new faces as well as old friends. Early in the stream, we chatted about the very important topic of online safety. I’d intended to post the link to a Mashable article about protecting your online reputation, but for some technical reason FriendLife won’t let me re-post the link because I’d posted it some months earlier. So, in lieu of that, I’ve added the Mashable Online Reputation link along with one more article…

Protecting Your Online Reputation: 4 Things You Need To Know

The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly Of Social Media

Even after using the internet since 1995,  I still have to give myself the periodic “refresher course” in online safety. As the internet and world wide web grows to gigantic proportions, the security and safety risks also reach a fever pitch. It’s my hope that these two links will be of help to those of you who are interested.

Thanks again to everyone who stopped by my FriendLife stream…see you again soon!




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Tornado Quest Science Links And Much More For Sept. 23 – 30, 2015

All eyes are on the Atlantic as Hurricane Joaquin intensifies and is forecast to effect the eastern USA seaboard and many inland areas. There still exists a great deal of forecast uncertainty and there are a myriad of variables to contend with. We’ll touch on that later. In other news, a very nice lunar eclipse provided quite a spectacle for tens of millions of people. Trust me, it was quite a sight. There was also exciting news from NASA regarding the presence of water on the planet Mars. In consideration of the ongoing events (Joaquin) and several important projects underway, this week’s post will be exceptionally brief.

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


National Preparedness Month may be coming to a close, but that doesn’t give anyone permission for complacency or the luxury of not worrying because, “those things only happen to other people. Yes, it can happen to you. The impacts to you could be considerable, even as a storm is weakening, well inland, and no longer has many of its tropical characteristics. This is a case where it’s best to err on the side of caution…just in case.


Bad science is always fair game…and should be. It should also be “called on the carpet” at every opportunity.

The USA is stuck with an anti-science congress. Unfortunately, that’s not likely to change soon.


Check out the myriad of citizen science opportunities from NOAA.

Like to help document light pollution in urban areas? There’s an app for that.


The exciting astronomy news this week: salty water detected flowing on Mars in close proximity to the Curiosity rover.


Air pollution kills millions every year. Who does it kill and why…and what can be done about it?


An excellent read by Greg Laden: The Climate Change Consensus Extends Beyond Climate Scientists.

Hurricane Joaquin is the big meteorology story for the next several days. In addition to the broadcast meteorologists of your choice, NOAA weather radio, and your local National Weather Service office, follow the National Hurricane Center for the latest updates on Joaquin. For the benefit of the safety of your loved ones as well as yourself, please use very strong discretion in filtering information about Joaquin. Your weather information, including potentially life-saving warnings, needs to come from official sources. In the twenty-plus years I’ve been using the internet, a great deal of speculation can find its way into the public’s discussion. At this time, my bottom line message to you is prepare ahead of time while you have time.


Another loose cannon donning a tin foil hat is on the loose. What will they dream up next? 8-/

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 week!


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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!


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