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Tornado Quest Science Links Week In Review For July 9 – 16, 2018

Greetings everyone! For folks in the Northern Hemisphere, I hope you’re keeping your cool. Yes, many areas  are in the climatological peak of summer heating, but there are also a number of areas experiencing unusual summer heat. Regardless, take it easy out there. As usual, plenty of topics to go over this week, so let’s get started.

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

TECHNOLOGY/SOCIAL MEDIA

This is one of the most liberating experiences I’ve had in some time. “On The 10th Anniversary Of The App Store, it’s time to delete most of your apps.”

Online harassment is an almost unavoidable feature of the online world. As of late, it has taken on particularly vitriolic proportions. “Roughly four-in-ten Americans have personally experienced online harassment, and 62% consider it a major problem.”

CITIZEN SCIENCE

A good read on how public/personal health and air quality issues turned to citizen science for data collection.

Coming in contact with ticks is no fun…but some intrepid folks have done just that for scientists to study the ticks that bit them and whether or not they carried life altering viruses.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Getting people to the point where they realize they’re buying a product & also borrowing the packaging. “Can Norway help us solve the plastic crisis, one bottle at a time?”

What was once thought to be pristine areas within Antarctic fjords have been found to contain levels of microplastics that rival urban areas.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

A look back at June 2018 from NOAA. “The June contiguous U.S. temperature was 71.5°F, 3.0°F above the 20th century average. Only June 1933 and 2016 were warmer for the nation.”

Graphic courtesy NOAA

As of 9 July 2018, there have been six weather and climate disaster events in the USA with losses exceeding $1 billion dollars.

Graphic courtesy NOAA

A story like this says as much about human behavior and the general public’s attitude toward scientific evidence as it does the ongoing heat wave and climate change.

Speaking of human behavior and science, people’s social network can have a significant effect on their behavior when faced with a natural disaster.

This is a fascinating and very detailed read on the importance of ocean temperatures, why they’re studied, and their importance to climate change.

As sea levels rise, much of our infrastructure, including the power stations and cables that control the internet we all use, are in a state of peril…and disruption.

An excellent essay from Dr. Marshall Shepherd on preventing weather related fatalities at outdoor sporting and concert events.

Forecasting the intensity of tropical cyclones is one of the most daunting forecasting challenges a meteorologist can face.

From the Climate Prediction Center, the latest technical El Nino diagnostic discussion.

Just for reference, here is a map of the contiguous USA and the warmest day of the year based on climate data going back to 1981.

Map courtesty NOAA

THE QUIXOTIC

Last but not least, I’ll let this article speak for itself. “That Self-Styled “Very Stable Genius” Is A Danger To Stability.”

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That’s a wrap for this post! I’d like to extend a warm welcome to my new social media followers and a big “Thank You” to everyone…I appreciate all of you!

Cheers!

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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

PUBLIC HEALTH

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.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

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.”

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

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.”

HURRICANE SAFETY INFORMATION

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.

Cheers!

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Tornado Quest Science Links In Review For June 11 – 18, 2018

Greetings everyone! El Nino and other climate topics have been given a good deal of discussion lately and we’ve got some links covering those topics. The latest State Of The Climate report from NOAA is out…and I’ll let the data speak for itself. With the ongoing heat wave across much of North America, I’ve included some summer heat safety info along with hurricane preparedness links. Let’s get started.

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

SCIENCE EDUCATION

Few things would benefit our students more than a familiarity with the scientific method and critical thinking…regardless of what field they’re studying. “We Should Teach All Students, In Every Discipline, To Think Like Scientists.”

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

This will have an effect on our weather and climate patterns for some time to come. “The June ENSO forecast estimates a 50% chance of El Niño developing during the late summer or early autumn, and an approximately 65% chance of El Niño conditions in the winter, so forecasters have instituted an El Niño Watch.”

Imagery courtesy NOAA

The latest NOAA State Of The Climate report is out and includes a look at significant global climate events for May 2018.

This is unprecedented warmth…and it’s only a small piece of a much larger warming puzzle that’s rapidly falling into place. “The U.S. Just Observed Its Warmest 3-, 4-, And 5-Year Spans On Record.”

Imagery courtesy NOAA

Here’s a good listen about a very unique way of “listening” for tornadoes. If this works out, perhaps this will become part of the warning process of the future.

This is a “spot on” essay on why it’s not productive…or worth your time…to debate science that already has sound evidence to establish its facts.

This week, I’m continuing to pass on weather safety information. With the current heat wave across much of North America, summer heat safety is of utmost importance. It’ll get hotter into July and August…so keep this information handy.

WEATHER SAFETY: SUMMER HEAT

Heat: A Major Killer

Summer Weather Safety & Survival: The Heat Index

Ultra Violet (UV) Radiation Awareness & Safety Info

World Health Organization: UV & Sun Protection

The Atlantic is quiet for now, but this is the perfect time to prepare for tropical cyclones. Waiting until everyone is in panic mode is the worst way possible to handle a potentially life threatening situation. It’s also important to keep in mind that most deaths from tropical cyclones comes from flooding…not wind.

WEATHER SAFETY: HURRICANES/TROPICAL CYCLONES

NOAA Hurricane Preparedness

American Red Cross Hurricane Preparedness

CDC Hurricane Preparedness

Flash Flooding: Turn Around, Don’t Drown

NOAA Weather Radio

Interactive NOAA Weather Radio Coverage Map

Ready.gov Basic Disaster Supply Kit Info

Preparing Your Pets For Disasters And Emergencies

That’s a wrap for this post! I hope all of you are having a great summer…or winter…depending on which hemisphere you live in. A big “Thank You” to all my followers in all my social media outlets. I’m glad you’re all along for the fun.

Cheers!

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Tornado Quest Science Links Week In Review For May 28 – June 4, 2018

Greetings everyone! With the beginning of June, the official Atlantic hurricane season has started. Oddly enough, it hasn’t been quiet. We’ve already had Tropical Storm Alberto make landfall on the Florida Panhandle spreading flooding rains across several states. As is the case with most hurricanes (at least in North America), inland flooding and not wind is the deadliest factor. I’ll start off this week’s post with several links to help you prepare for the season that’s already started with one storm. There’s also plenty of other topics to cover, so let’s get started.

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

HURRICANE SAFETY AND PREPAREDNESS

NOAA Hurricane Preparedness

CDC Hurricane Preparedness

American Red Cross Hurricane Preparedness

Flash Flooding: Turn Around, Don’t Drown

NOAA Weather Radio

Interactive NOAA Weather Radio Coverage Map

Ready.gov Basic Disaster Supply Kit Info

Preparing Your Pets For Disasters and Emergencies

10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina approaching the USA Gulf Coast in August, 2005. Image courtesy NOAA.

NOAA Predicts 2018 Hurricane Season Could Be Above-Normal ...

This is NOAA’s list of names for 2018’s Atlantic Tropical Cyclones. As of 4 June 2018, Beryl will be our next named storm. Let’s hope we don’t make it to William.

CITIZEN SCIENCE

If you’re into flowers, especially exotic ones, and have an interest in citizen science, here’s a project involving both of those interests that you can do from home on your computer.

GEOLOGICAL SCIENCE

Mount Kilauea has been erupting for over 30 days. With no end in sight, it’s activity has given volcanologists an excellent opportunity to study its behavior.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/RENEWABLE ENERGY

This is a sound environmental policy that needs widespread implementation. “Throwaway plastic products including cotton buds, cutlery and straws could be banned across much of Europe under a proposal put forward by the EU.”

Speaking of disposable products, this essay takes a look at some of the bizarre things that can be found on the world’s beaches.

Could renewable energy sources have helped Puerto Rico get their infrastructure whipped back into shape? Yes, but unfortunately, that’s not what happened. Here’s how and why.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

Anxiety, phobias, and PTSD related to storms is a very real challenge for many people. Here’s an excellent source of information from the NWS Norman that I hope will be of help to anyone dealing with this very difficult situation. It reminds me of an essay I read in the mid 1980’s from StormTrack founder David Hoadley. To put it concisely, he said that storm chasers should, when within earshot of the general public, would be wise to temper their enthusiasm for severe weather or their “big catch” of their latest chase. Not everyone who is privy to your interest has a similar fascination with weather. For some, an encounter with a hurricane, flood, tornado, et al. has been a life altering experience.

This past 31 May 2018 marked the 5th anniversary of the El Reno tornado which was, in many ways, a tragic landmark event in USA weather history. Much could and should have been learned by the storm chasing community considering what transpired. But was a lasting lesson really learned? This though-provoking essay from the Capital Weather Gang has several viewpoints. From my own observations in the field, chasers are taking risks now more so than ever. With the irresistible appeal of adrenaline, social media fame, and opportunities to get footage on television, few that have pushed the limit and lived to tell the tale will back off in spite of the odds and risks involved. Unfortunately for some, a repeat of the El Reno tragedy is inevitable.

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El Reno, Oklahoma tornado near peak intensity on 31 May 2018. Photo via Wikipedia & CC BY-SA 3.0

As for the 2018 tornado season across the USA, it’s been relatively tranquil…so far. Let’s hope this trend continues for the rest of the year.

Does climate change and/or global warming increase the intensity of tropical cyclones? This interesting read covers that topic. Often it matters what data set is used and how it is compiled.

Dr Marshall Shepherd takes a fascinating look at why hurricane outlook experts changed their forecasts about the 2018 activity.

While on the topic of hurricane activity, it’s not too late to prepare for the hurricane you hope you never have to experience. NOAA has an excellent site that will help you get ready.

The official death toll from Atlantic Hurricane Maria is 64. Truth be known, it’s probably in the thousands. Just as with Hurricane Katrina or the Galveston Hurricane of 1900, the exact death toll may never be known. We must come to terms with the fact that, even though this is the 21st century, nature (and every possible way it impacts humans) will always have the upper hand.

NPR has broadcast special programming on the death toll in Puerto Rico that really brings to light the severity of the situation. Sadly, the fact that this story has been largely ignored by much of mainstream media in favor of trivial topics says much about how we are force-fed a diet of sophomoric “news” that’s designed to stir up hyperbole and histrionics.

This is a very telling article. The bottom line: Most Americans feel the federal government is doing much too little to address the challenges of climate change and the environment in general.

Summer heat has settled in with a vengeance across much of North America very early this year. Unfortunately, that also means that people will leave children, vulnerable adults, and pets in vehicles. That can prove deadly in short order. Heat safety should be practiced in temperatures as low as the mid 70’s regardless of where you live.

The latest US Drought Monitor is out. While some improvement has taken place, tens of millions of Americans still face drought conditions with little to no relief in sight.

Last but not least, these amazing GOES-17 weather satellite images are just the beginning of an exciting new era in forecasting and observing our incredible planet.

That’s a wrap for this post! I’d like to welcome my new followers in social media and send a big “Thank You” to the folks who have followed me for years. I’m glad you’re all along for the fun!

Cheers!

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Tornado Quest Science Links Week In Review For May 21 – 28, 2018

Greetings to everyone! If you’re in the USA, I hope you get a chance to take a moment to remember those who, in serving our country, paid the ultimate sacrifice. We have a wild weather setup that’s ongoing as of this post for the Memorial Day holiday. Alberto, the first named tropical cyclone of the 2018 Atlantic season, is ready to make landfall on the Florida panhandle coast. We’ve also had catastrophic flash flooding in the Mid-Atlantic region, severe weather in the central plains with more forecast for today and tomorrow, an ongoing drought for much of the southwest, a heat wave that is bringing triple digit head indices as far north as Minnesota, and Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano is still in the news. And…this is only the end of May.

There’s plenty to review this week, so let’s get started.

Summer heat is making an early appearance across much of the contiguous USA. Sad to say that there have been fatalities due to people leaving children in cars during hot days. These deaths are totally preventable and should never happen. Heat stroke and heat fatalities can occur in temperatures as low as 80F.

Infographic courtesty NOAA

CITIZEN SCIENCE

Here’s a very cool citizen science project that’s part history, part climatology. “Citizen Scientists Are Unearthing Climate Data From Old Ships’ Logs.”

GEOLOGICAL SCIENCE

The Kilauea volcano in Hawaii has been expanding as of late. Along with that is a new hazard, a toxic gas called “laze.”

Speaking of Kilauea expanding, a third lava flow has reached the ocean. This Hawaiian volcano has been very active since 3 May 2018.

In spite of the fact that we don’t hear about volcanoes often, they’re actually quite common around the globe. Here’s an excellent essay on 7 facts about volcanoes you should know.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

While the focus of this article is on protecting yourself from ticks this summer (see the Summer Weather Safety section for more info), there’s definitely an environment/climate connection.

We all know that clean air is essential for good health. Truth be known, clean air is also good for the economy.

Many of us had an idea that this was true, but reading this article still knocks the wind out of me. “Humans Just 0.01% Of All Life But Have Destroyed 83% Of Wild Mammals.”

The sheer mass of plastic pollution in our oceans is mind-boggling. In some images, these pieces of our lives take on the appearance of sea life.

Here’s a collection of more startling images of plastic pollution and wildlife. The National Geographic cover certainly hits the bullseye on this very disturbing scenario.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

NOAA issued their outlook for the 2018 Atlantic hurricane seasonThere are other outlooks as well from a variety of sources. They don’t all agree and variable are unavoidable. The most important factor to remember is these are outlooks, not forecasts.

While on the topic of hurricanes, here’s a fascinating study on 34 years of tropical cyclone eye location and size and it’s connection to other characteristics of these amazing storms.

New research on the connection of climate change and hurricanes indicates that these devastating tropical cyclones will become more intense in a myriad of ways in the coming decades.

The latest US Drought Portal has been issued. More specifically, the Drought Monitor shows some relief in the contiguous USA, but there’s no hint at long-term relief in sight for the hardest hit areas.

As of this post, the tornado “season” across the USA has been relatively tranquil with only three intense tornadoes documented. Considering the alternative, no one is complaining. Here’s an excellent read on why this year has seen less tornado activity compared to other years.

Meanwhile in Sweden, a recent heat wave brought not a little discomfort. Temperatures to 30C (86F) are rare in this part of the world. Wish I could say the same for Oklahoma. Additionally, heatwaves in many northern countries are becoming more common at a disturbingly frequent rate.

SUMMER WEATHER SAFETY

With the Memorial Day holiday having taken place in the USA, the “unofficial” start to summer has arrived. All across the Northern Hemisphere, the days are getting longer…and the sun’s rays more intense. With that comes a variety of hazards and the links below cover heat safety and UV protection. As with all weather hazards, a few simple precautions can prevent a ton of trouble.

Heat: A Major Killer

Summer Weather Safety & Survival: The Heat Index

Ultra Violet (UV) Radiation Awareness & Safety Info

World Health Organization: UV & Sun Protection

That’s a wrap for this post! For those of you who are new followers, I’d like to send a sincere “Thank You” and “Welcome” your way. I’m glad you’re along for the fun. For the folks who have been around a while, I’m glad you’ve stuck around for the fun. You know better than anyone that we can never tell what’s around the corner in this joint. I’m glad you’re along for the fun!

Cheers!

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Tornado Quest Science Week In Review For May 1 – 8. 2017 #HurricaneStrong

Hurricane Preparedness Week #HurricaneStrong has started for the USA. This week’s focus will be on preparing for these powerful storms. If you live in a hurricane prone region, now is the time to prepare. There are numerous websites from the National Weather Service, the American Red Cross, and FEMA that have helpful information.

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

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/RENEWABLES

With the current USA’s Environmental Protection Agency now out of the climate science business, here are some good resources to keep yourself informed.

Here’s some very good renewables news. According to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), a new wind turbine was installed every two and a half hours in the United States during the first quarter of 2017.

Arbor Day may only officially be celebrated once a year, but in reality every day can be arbor day.

In spite of improvements in many countries, air pollution still is a substantial public health issue round the world with developing countries having the most troubles.

The contentious atmosphere (no pun intended) surrounding the current presidential administration, the USA’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues with nefarious overtones.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

It’s Hurricane Preparedness Week in the USA from May 7 – 13, 2017. Now is the time to get prepared if you live in a hurricane prone region. The National Weather Service has a comprehensive hurricane preparedness website with all the information you need. On Twitter, you can also follow @NWS along the #hurricanePrep #HurricaneStrong & #ItOnlyTakesOne hashtags for more information.

Here’s a very nice infographic from the National Weather Service with a plethora of information on the WSR-88D weather radars that are an invaluable part of the forecasting and warning process.

NOAA has a very useful tool you can use to find out how climate change will affect your neighborhood.

Taking into consideration the recent changes in the Antarctic ice shelves, a major break could be imminent.

A slower rise in global temperatures from 1998 to 2012 has been hailed by climate change denialists as proof that Earth’s climate isn’t changing and future projections are irrelevant. In fact, new data show that the “hiatus” has no impact on long-term climate change projections.

Big changes in the broadcast meteorology field with the minority finally becoming the majority. Broadcast meteorologists are coming to the inevitable conclusion that they’re not only the only scientists their viewers will ever see on television, but that climate change is now a part of the essential information they must convey to their viewers.

The recent drought in California may be linked to a newly identified climate pattern.

This past week marked the eighteen anniversary of the 3 May 1999 Kansas and Oklahoma tornado outbreak, the largest outbreak to date in the history of Oklahoma. The National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, OK has a comprehensive retrospective with a wealth of information. And yes, it can and will happen again.

This past week also marked the tenth anniversary of the Greensburg, KS EF-5 tornado. Thanks to fast and effective warnings from the Dodge City, KS National Weather Service and good coverage by broadcast meteorologists, many people had plenty of warning. A few decades ago, a tornado of this magnitude would have resulted in dozens of fatalities.

We’ve not heard the last of this for a long, long time. “New York Times Wants To Offer Diverse Opinions. But On Climate, Facts Are Facts.”

Finally, some helpful lightning safety information courtesy the National Weather Service office in Burlington, VT. Every year approximately thirty people are killed and hundreds injured in the USA alone from lightning. Most if not all of these deaths and injuries are avoidable.

That’s a wrap for this post…see you next time!

Cheers!


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This Week’s Tornado Quest Science Links & More For October 24 – November 1, 2016

Greetings everyone! I hope all of you have had a good start to your week. It’s been relatively tranquil across much of North America the past week and the tropical Atlantic and eastern Pacific have been very serene. The season for tropical cyclones is winding down for North America. As we have seen with Hurricane Matthew, it only takes one to result in a tremendous amount of damage and hundreds of fatalities across several countries. As usual, there’s a plethora of topics to cover, so let’s get started.

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

SCIENCE EDUCATION/CAREERS

A very thought-provoking read on the state of math education in the USA…which is of particular important to anyone who plans on majoring in the atmospheric sciences.

Life for a new scientists just entering the field is more daunting than ever before.

GEOLOGICAL SCIENCE/SEISMOLOGY

A very good read on the recent upswing in Oklahoma earthquakes. “How The Oil And Gas Industry Awakened Oklahoma’s Sleeping Fault Lines.”

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/RECYCLING

Solar energy is really taking off…and this is just the awesome beginning.

A study of 41,000 people has further solidified the irrevocable link between air quality (and a myriad of other environmental factors) and your physical health.

Across the globe, up to 300 million children live in conditions with air pollution up to six times over the limit of what is considered minimally safe air quality.

In urban areas, the growth of city trees has shown time and time again to improve air quality. The same can also be said for having indoor plants.

If we can recycle everything we use, including toothbrushes, cigarette butts, and all kinds of plastics that wind up in our oceans, why don’t we?

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

Winter is on it’s way…and it’s not too early to review some winter weather safety tips that are geared toward travelers in automobiles. A winter weather safety kit is a must. If you need it, you’ll be glad you took the time to prepare. If you absolutely have to travel, know what to do to stay safe. Infographic courtesy of the National Weather Service.

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In your home, preparing for winter is very easy. These few tips will save you a lot of trouble and possibly your life. Infographic courtesy of the NYC National Weather Service.

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Will the polar vortex be a player this winter for the northern states of the USA? At least one source says, “Yes.”

Understanding why the public makes evacuation decisions in a hurricane scenario is as important as the evacuation order itself. “Why We Should Not Demonize Residents Who Refuse To Evacuate During Hurricanes.”

Some natural disaster events can be tied to climate change, but not all of them. Here’s why blaming all natural disasters on climate change is a recipe for disaster.

The Mediterranean region, already experiencing dry conditions, may be in for much worse in the decades to come.

There are several towns around the world that are grabbing climate change by the horns and courageously embracing changes that will be unavoidable to all of us…eventually. One of these towns is Greensburg, KS which was devastated by an EF-5 tornado in 2007 but is now one of the leading green communities in the USA.

Death Valley’s claim to having the world’s highest temperature reading could be put to death itself by renewed analysis.

Here’s a good read for my fellow weather geeks. “Sun-clouds-climate connection takes a beating from CERN.”

Take a look at a new way of evaluating damage to structures from tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and earthquakes.

Have you ever wondered what those red and blue lines on some weather maps mean? Here’s a nice overview on how to read a basic weather map.

When it dark at 3:00 PM on a winter’s day in the fabulous city of Stockholm, Sweden, creativity (and productivity) soar sky high! Yes, climate and human behavior have strong links.

Finally, if you’ve not seen “Before The Flood” on National Geographic, you’re in for quite a treat. It’s well worth the time to watch it in its entirety. For people who don’t understand the gravity of climate change and what our children, grandchildren, & future generations face, this documentary will put it into perspective.

THE VISCERAL UNDERBELLY

According to a new poll in Texas’ 21st congressional district, 45 percent of respondents said they are less likely to vote for Rep. Lamar Smith because he refused to investigate allegations that ExxonMobil knew about climate change in the ’70s and failed to disclose the threat to the public. To add insult to injury, Smith is (ironically) also the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee chair and is among the 34 percent of Congress members who deny climate change.

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

Cheers!


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Tornado Quest Science Links And More For October 17 – 24, 2016

Greetings to one and all! I hope the weather, autumn in particular, is going your way. It’s been an unusually warm October across the Southern Plains of the USA with many areas running a rainfall deficit of up to nine inches. In the Atlantic, the tropical cyclone season is winding down. Much of the southeastern USA (North Carolina in particular) is still reeling from the effects of Hurricane Matthew. Looking to the future, NOAA has issued their outlook for the coming winter. Time will tell what comes to fruition. There’s plenty of other topics to explore, so let’s get started.

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

SCIENCE EDUCATION & PUBLIC POLICY

By an overwhelmingly large margin, there is bi-partisan support for science in the USA yet it has remained untouched among topics discussed. How can we make America scientific again?

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/RENEWABLE ENERGY

Articles such as this one on air quality show the irrevocable link between meteorology, environmental science, and public health. “Clean Air For Livable Cities.”

Over the last thirty years, forest fires in the western USA have seen a dramatic increase thanks in no small part to climate change.

Considering the current divisive political climate, this should come as no surprise to any of us in the USA. “U.S. Senate Could Block Landmark HFC Climate Treaty.”

Very good news on the wind power front. “Although solar power gets more press, the wind power industry is growing nearly as fast. The (GWEC) released a historic report Tuesday in Beijing, saying 20 percent of the world’s total electricity could come from wind by as early as 2030.

Here are some startling images that speak for themselves. “Industrial scars: The environmental cost of consumption.”

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

NOAA has issued its outlook for the winter of 2016-2017. The main caveat is to remember that this is an outlook and NOT a forecast. Yes, there is a difference.

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Based on recent NASA data, 2016 is shaping up (from a global perspective) to be another year where long-standing climate records are broken. September, 2016 stands alone itself on world-wide records.

Top climate scientists have just under two years (until 2018) to deliver a new UN report of dangers and avoiding strategies for warming of 1.5C.

Based on World Meteorological Organization data, a “new era of climate change reality” has been reached. “In 2015, for the first time, carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere were at 400 parts per million (ppm) on average across the year as a whole, the World Meteorological Organisation’s (WMO) annual greenhouse gas bulletin reveals.”

The future to a young climate scientist can seem very daunting. Here’s an excellent Q&A with several climate scientists on their careers and the challenges they face.

A sobering read from a former US Navy meteorologist on climate change. “It’s Eroding Our National Security.”

According to the Danish Meteorological Institute, Sweden could be in for one of its coldest winters in quite some time. Long-term forecasts such as this are often a long shot and based on large-scale global weather patterns mixed with statistical data…so only time will tell if their outlook will come to fruition.

Hurricane Matthew may have been a “once in 1,000 year” event for North Carolina, USA…but it won’t take another 1,000 years for an equally bad (or worse) event like Matthew to happen again.

Just because autumn  and it’s cooler temperatures have settled in across much of the USA doesn’t mean the wildfire danger has decreased. In fact, many significant wildfire events in recent years have taken place in the fall. Wildfires are one of the greatest underrated environmental/weather hazards.

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That’s a wrap for this week! I’d like to extend a warm welcome to my new followers and a big “thank you” to my long-time friends in social media. I’m glad you’re all along for the fun!

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Tornado Quest Science Links And More For October 10 – 17, 2016

Greetings to everyone! I hope you’re all having a great start to  your week and the weather where you live is being kind to you. The big weather story this week is the ongoing flooding in parts of the southeastern USA, North Carolina in particular, that resulted from Hurricane Matthew. In climate science, substantial progress has been made with dozens of countries agreeing on pacts that will have a dramatic impact on the quality of life for every one of us. On that note, let’s get started.

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

SCIENCE COMMUNICATION/SCIENCE AND PUBLIC POLICY

A nice overview of the challenge of communicating science to the general public.

A fascinating take on the gender differences that are often perpetuated within the sciences. “Metaphorically Speaking, Men Are Expected To Be Struck By Genius, Women To Nurture It.”

A chilling segment broadcast on Science Friday on 14 October 2016 on the ‘dangers’ involved in scientific research.

A very thought-provoking essay and overview of four new books that, “one way or another, our planet is wilder and weirder than the rules we are used to would predict.”

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/RENEWABLES/RECYCLING

Ozone is beneficial in the upper levels of our atmosphere. The opposite is true at ground level where humans and other life forms exist. While many effects of ozone are understood, more are being researched and, as our planet warms, concern is growing about the public health and environmental impacts of this toxic substance.

A unique solution to a renewable energy challenge. “Scotland region will be 100% powered by kites within a decade.”

You’d think that in this day and age, irresponsibility like this wouldn’t be an issue, but it is. “British Households Fail To Recycle A ‘Staggering’ 16 Million Plastic Bottles A Day.”

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

Ever wonder what it’s like to ride along with hurricane hunters? It’s not for the faint of heart. This video gives you an inside view.

If there’s a good chance of La Nina for North American in the coming months, how will it affect the coming winter?

Are you a storm chaser or have a particular interest in severe weather and tornadoes? Here’s a good read that should spearhead some of your own research into tornado genesis. “Wind Patterns In Lowest Layers Of Supercell Storms Key To Predicting Tornadoes.”

Simply put, this headline is spot on. “If Congress Invests In Seasonal Weather Forecast Research, Everybody Wins.”

Ever feel dismayed about overwhelming evidence on climate change? There’s no need to. Here’s a good viewpoint on how to “make lemonade out of climate change.”

Here’s an excellent Q & A from the Union Of Concerned Scientists regarding drought conditions that plague over 40% of the USA.

This is perhaps the biggest climate change news in quite some time. Over 190 countries have agreed to limit the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in the battle to combat climate change. It’s a very important step that is vital to the world we live in today…and for future generations.

A startling look at the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti with photos and maps.

ONE IMPORTANT LAST MESSAGE…

Please show your support & wear Orange this Wednesday.

UNITY DAY: Together against bullying — united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion. Wednesday, October 19, 2016

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Tornado Quest Science Links And More For October 3 – 10, 2016

Greetings folks! I hope everyone’s having a good start to their week. Of course, the big story this week has been Hurricane Matthew which left hundreds dead in its wake and an untold amount of destruction. It was a stark reminder than, in spite of a nearly decade long “hurricane drought” for the USA, many areas are still as vulnerable (if not more so) as they ever were. With increasing real estate development and growing populations, hurricane prone areas are still in nature’s cross-hairs. As it is often said, it only takes one…and it doesn’t have to be a major hurricane making landfall over a major population area for significant amounts of damage to personal property, infrastructure, injuries, and deaths to occur. The temptation to flee the snow belt or the extremes of the Great Plains and live in a year round “clement climate” that is warm and conducive to sunbathing in winter is strong, but, depending on where you live, it comes with a price.

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

GENERAL SCIENCE/SCIENCE COMMUNICATION

As I’ve discussed with many colleagues as of late, the attack on science isn’t just delegated to a few small regions, but has become a global menace. The challenge of communicating science to the public must be taken up by a science-savvy press and science educators among others.

Public misconceptions about many fields of study are common. Here’s an excellent overview of eight myths about the public’s view of science.

Communicating to the public about scientific topics can be risky, yet it can be done. “How Scientists Can Engage The Public Without Risking Their Careers.”

TECHNOLOGY/SOCIAL MEDIA

What’s next for Twitter? One of the biggest movers and shakers in social media is on rocky ground…and whoever buys it will determine its fate.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Americans are increasingly concerned about our environment even though a relatively small percentage of people surveyed are actively taking part in doing what they can to take better care of our humble home.

Well said. “If only we could see the air pollution around us we could identify the culprits and avoid exposure. From an early age we are taught not to drink dirty water or eat moldy food but we have less opportunity to avoid harmful air.”

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

The duties that are required of hurricane hunters are not for the faint of heart. This is a very tough job that often goes without thanks. This excellent video gives you a quick overview of what goes on in those violent storms.

Adding insult to injury. Rising temperatures due to climate change are “loading the dice” for a permanently dry southwestern USA.

A sobering read from Climate Central. “Carbon dioxide just hit its annual minimum at Mauna Loa Observatory and failed to dip below 400 ppm.”

On the brighter side, 191 countries have found a plan to let airlines grow without increasing their significant impact on the environment.

This explains a lot. “The Psychology Behind Climate Change Denial.”

Finally, on a positive note, there are many ways you can receive potentially life-saving weather advisories, watches, and warnings…and that includes all of your mobile devices. Here’s a helpful info-graphic from the National Weather Service with a quick overview.

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For more specific information for your location, go to mobile.weather.gov ~ the good news is that as connected to information sources as we are today, almost everyone can get weather information 24/7.

THE VISCERAL UNDERBELLY

Considering this comes from the Drudge report, I’m not at all surprised at its reprehensible, sophomoric rhetoric. Politicizing a weather event such as Hurricane Matthew is indeed, “deplorable.”

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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