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Tornado Quest Top Ten Science Links For September 10 – 17, 2018

Greetings everyone! The big story this past week has been the tropical cyclone activity with Hurricane Florence taking center stage in North America. The flooding from Florence will be ongoing for some time. In addition to this week’s links, I’ve also included the Hurricane Preparedness Primer link. For the duration of the Atlantic and Pacific tropical cyclone season, that will be available in each weekly post. Several other topics to cover this week, so let’s get started.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

The USA’s EPA certainly isn’t what it used to be. “EPA Admits Scrapping Regulations Will Put More Methane Into Atmosphere.”

It will be interesting to see how well this ocean plastic cleanup project works. Perhaps the best solution to the environmental disaster of cleaning up plastic in our oceans is making sure it doesn’t get there in the first place.

While on the topic of ocean plastic cleanup, here’s a sobering read on just how lethal plastic is to the ocean’s sea turtles.

With North Carolina in the news due to Hurricane Florence, it can’t be helped that the state’s natural hurricane defenses were observed closely. Unfortunately, they’re disappearing.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

While published before Hurricane Florence made landfall in the USA, here’s a fascinating read on the challenges of gathering data on one of the atmosphere’s most violent storms.

Image courtesy NASA

Now that Florence has passed, it’s time to look over data collected at all phases of its life cycle. It’s also important to examine the role climate change took place with Florence and other tropical cyclones around the world. “A warmer world makes for nastier hurricanes. Scientists say they are wetter, possess more energy and intensify faster.”

The debate on the connection of climate change to hurricane frequency and/or intensity isn’t new, but is important to examine. Many facets of Hurricane Florence and other tropical cyclones can give us answers as to the threat level. By some accounts, Florence was a climatologically-amplified triple threat.

One of the monumental challenges of preparing for a hurricane is evacuating large numbers of people within the path. Here’s an interesting read on the task of getting people out of harm’s way.

When fully operational, this new NASA satellite that was just launched will give us an incredible amount of priceless data on ice sheet loss which not only affects sea level, but weather patterns.

Graphic source: NASA

Each season of the year has its own weather hazards…and autumn is no exception.

HURRICANE SAFETY

The tropical Atlantic may be much quieter than in the few days, but the possibility of future development will exist for many weeks. I’ve included the link to some infographics and links that are a good source of basic information. Storms like Florence should be a wake-up call for anyone who has not prepared for the possibility of being in the path of a very dangerous tropical cyclone.

A Hurricane Preparedness Primer

This page is not all-inclusive, but will give those in hurricane prone regions a starting point on preparedness.

That’s a wrap for this post! I’d like to thank my new followers in social media, I’m glad you’re along for the fun! If you’re on Twitter, Instagram, or Tumblr, you’ll find links to my accounts on those social media outlets below. 🙂

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Tornado Quest Science And Hurricane Prep Links For September 3 – 10, 2018 #Florence #Isaac #Olivia

Greetings everyone. This week’s post will have a few science links, but with Hurricanes Florence, Isaac, and Olivia in the picture, that changes everything. First and foremost, I’d like to share a post I’ve put together for hurricane preparedness.

A Hurricane Preparedness Primer

The forecast for all current tropical cyclones will change several times a day as they are modified and more weather data is gathered. It’s prudent that anyone within the areas that could be affected stay on top of local National Weather Service forecasts and outlooks from the National Hurricane Center. As the situation evolves, the information on the Hurricane Preparedness post will be subject to change.

SOCIAL SCIENCE AND SCIENCE EDUCATION

Here’s a fascinating long-read. “Science Curiosity And Political Information Processing.” Bottom line…”science curiosity counteracts politically biased information processing.” To put it more succinctly, curiosity, critical thinking, the scientific method, and rationale overrule subjective, emotionally based reactions.

Libraries are an essential part of a high quality of life. Here’s an interesting essay on the difficulties libraries are facing in our digital age.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Unlike humans, CO2 doesn’t recognize political borders…and various countries across our planet are shipping carbon that contributes to climate change round the world.

This is a disconcerting issue that could happen across much of the USA. “As Climate Warms, Algae Blooms In Drinking Water Supplies.”

On positive note, here is some really good renewable energy news. The world’s largest offshore wind farm has just opened off the coast of northern England.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

Here’s a look at the latest USA Drought Monitor which contains a summary of current dry and drought conditions across all fifty states.

By running from the anxiety associated with climate change, we’re not doing ourselves any favors. “How Can We Avoid Climate Avoidance?”

That’s a wrap for this post. If you’re in the forecast path of Hurricane Florence or any other active tropical cyclone, take as many hurricane preparedness steps you can take. Time is running out and if you are ordered to evacuate, please do. The life of your loved ones and you may depend on it. Stay safe!

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A Hurricane Preparedness Primer

Considering the potential impacts of Atlantic tropical cyclones Florence, Isaac, and other tropical cyclones that may occur this season, I’d like to share a few hurricane preparedness links. First, let me preface the rest of this post by saying that this list is not all-inclusive and not intended to be a source of information for potentially life threatening situations. Second, there are many sources of weather information and forecasts available. For the time being, it would be wise to stick with the National Hurricane Center and your local National Weather Service office. They will have the most up-to-date information you need. As your local situation changes, please also refer to the broadcast media meteorologists of your choice. Lastly, please don’t forget your NOAA Weather Radio. Weather apps may be all the rage, but many people across the USA tell me they vary a great deal in quality of information.

First, let’s take a look at some infographics. Following these graphics are links to sites for very important weather information, weather safety, and preparedness.

HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS INFOGRAPHICS

A preparedness kit and protecting vital irreplaceable items and documents is crucial.

There are many ways to get information. NOAA weather radio, the broadcast media of your choice, and your mobile devices. Have multiple ways to get information in case one isn’t available.

There are a myriad of hazards in a hurricane besides wind.

Flooding is almost inevitable in most land-falling tropical cyclones. Please be aware of flood safety rules.

Another hazard that is common to strong tropical storms or hurricanes are tornadoes. Be aware of the difference between a Tornado Watch, Warning, and where to take shelter.

Last but not least, use social media with care. This infographic speaks for itself.

WEATHER INFORMATION AND SAFETY LINKS

Here is a good start to a thorough list of weather information and safety rules sites. As I stated earlier, this list is not intended to be all-inclusive, used in place of official information, or used in life-and-death situations.

WEATHER  DATA

National Weather Service Homepage

National Hurricane Center

Storm Prediction Center

WEATHER SAFETY

NOAA Hurricane Preparedness

American Red Cross Hurricane Preparedness

American Red Cross Hurricane Safety Checklist (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: Plan Ahead For Disasters

Ready.gov Basic Disaster Supply Kit Info

Preparing Your Pets For Disasters And Emergencies

Tornado Safety Rules from the Storm Prediction Center

Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale

American Red Cross Severe Weather Safety Information

Flash Flooding: Turn Around, Don’t Drown

I hope that this will help those of you who are preparing for Florence a place to start or a good reference point. Even if you live in the Gulf Coast states where no hazards are possible in the next few days, you should have a preparedness plan in place regardless of the presence of any tropical cyclone. Being prepared is key to handling the approach of the storm, the hazards while it is in progress, and the situations you may face after the storm has passed. With knowledge being power, I also hope that this information will help alleviate some anxiety (which is normal, but often exacerbated by hyperbole) that you will no doubt be experiencing. Please remember to stick with official weather information sources and follow the broadcast media of your choice. Your local broadcast newspersons and meteorologists will have a wealth of important local information. As for forecasts, rest assured that the folks at the National Hurricane Center are the best in the business. Their number one priority is your safety and making sure that you have timely information. The same will go for your local National Weather Service office. Please follow all local advisories and warnings you receive. In closing, prepare now…evacuate if asked…stay informed…and stay safe!

 

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Tornado Quest Top Ten Science Links For August 28 – September 3, 2018

Greetings to one and all! There’s a change in the seasons. From a weather and climate perspective, autumn has arrived in the Northern Hemisphere and spring is popping in the Southern Hemisphere. For many of us in North America and Europe, this long and very hot summer can’t end soon enough. In terms of tropical cyclone activity, the Atlantic basin is quite busy as of this post. We are just reaching the peak of the season from a climatological perspective with many more weeks to go. Plenty of other topics to look at, so let’s get started.

CITIZEN SCIENCE

Save the date! It’s not too early to put the next Citizen Science Day on your calendar. It’s coming up on 13 April 2019. “The fourth annual Citizen Science Day celebrates and raises awareness about the amazing volunteers, projects, and scientific breakthroughs that are part of citizen science, encourages new people to get involved, and connects people to local events.”

GEOLOGICAL SCIENCE

This is an interesting study that really hits home with the state of Oklahoma…which happens to have played a part in this important study of earthquakes induced by waste water injection.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

The California wildfires and resulting smoke are bad enough. For some with health issues, the smoke exacerbates existing health issues and can literally be life and death situations.

While on the topic of air quality and health, here’s a study in China that suggests a connection between air pollution and negative effects on people’s language and math skills.

The behavior of the Earth’s permafrost is changing very quickly. Even in winter, some Arctic areas that would freeze over every year no longer do that.

Here’s some good renewable energy news. “The USA Is On The Verge Of An Offshore Wild Revolution.”

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

Is your hometown hotter today than when you were born? Check out this very informative interactive site with your hometown name and birth year and you’ll find out.

The true death toll in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria may never be known, but the latest estimate is 2,975 fatalities in the six months following the storm.

With summer’s in the Northern Hemisphere getting longer in terms of hot temperature spells, September may soon be considered a summer month.

Last but not least, this is a very necessary study of a serious issue. All of these deaths could have been prevented…but children are still dying in automobiles from heat. This can occur when children are forgotten and left in cars or gain access to a car and lock themselves inside. In temperatures as low as the upper 70’s F, death can occur within a short period of time. Here’s the full study. “Trends And Patterns In Pediatric Vehicular Heatstroke Deaths, 1998-2017.” (23 page PDF document)

Finally, a quick reminder from the National Weather Service in Wakefield, VA on getting reliable, accurate, and potentially life-saving news and updates on tropical storm and hurricane information.

That will be a wrap for this post! I’d like to extend a warm welcome to my new followers in social media…it’s nice to have you along for the fun!

Cheers!

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Tornado Quest Top Ten Science Links Week In Review For August 6 – 13, 2018

Greetings to one and all! If you’re dealing with summer, I hope you’re keeping your cool. We’ve got several more weeks of warm weather ahead and many of my colleagues are ready for a cool-down. Here are this week’s top links…including a revised look at this year’s Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook.

EDUCATION

This is a habit that I’ve been actively involved in for over thirty-five years. I highly recommend it! “Why You Should Surround Yourself With More Books Than You’ll Ever Have Time To Read.”

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

With climate change comes public health hazards. The spread of diseases from ticks, mosquitoes, and flies will increase exponentially globally.

We can only hope that this will catch on in other countries…the sooner the better. New Zealand will ban single-use plastic bags over the next year.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

This is very good news for areas prone to Atlantic basin tropical cyclones. “NOAA Forecasters Lower Atlantic Hurricane Season Prediction. Regardless, the National Hurricane Center still encourages people to prepare in spite of the outlook. It only takes one storm…and that one storm could be a major disaster.

The latest US Drought Monitor shows approximately 30.2% of the USA and 76.7 million people experiencing some level of drought conditions.

U.S. Drought Monitor

A new report from the government of Puerto Rico claims a Hurricane Maria death toll of over 1,400 people. As is often the case in disasters of this magnitude, an exact death toll may never be known.

The critical nature of recent data on climate change may induce a sense of submission. The truth is that giving up is the last thing humanity can afford to do. Now is the time to be more proactive than ever.

The dangers of summer heat are highly underrated. Here’s an excellent overview of just five of the effects of these horrendous heat waves that much of the Northern Hemisphere has been dealing with in recent weeks.

PUBLIC POLICY

The majority of United States citizens feel it is essential for the USA to remain a global leader in space exploration…however…”majorities say monitoring climate or tracking asteroids should be a top NASA priority; only 13% say the same of putting astronauts on the moon.” I couldn’t agree more.

The politics behind California’s wildfires is not pretty. It certainly doesn’t help the people who are suffering in ways most of us can’t comprehend. Not surprisingly, some powers-that-be prefer to point fingers of blame rather than take responsible and rational actions to help Americans they’re sworn to protect.

That’s a wrap for this post! I’d like to extend a warm welcome to my new followers in social media and a big “thank you” to my long-time followers. It’s great to have you along!

Cheers!

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Tornado Quest Top Ten Science Links For July 30 – August 6, 2018

Greetings everyone! To say that the past week has been uneventful is a vast understatement. The wildfires raging across several areas of North America have been the main headlines, but several areas in the Northern Hemisphere have been dealing with a searing heat wave that’s breaking many records. This week’s post has many summer heat safety links that are very informative. Lastly, with the arrival of August, the potential for Atlantic tropical cyclone activity ramps up. While the Atlantic basin is quiet, now is the time to prepare…and this week’s post also includes many links on hurricane preparedness.

Here’s a look at a selection of this week’s top links.

CITIZEN SCIENCE

The CoCoRaHS project is a great way to combine citizen science with an interest in weather. Check out the CoCoRaHS website to find out how you can participate!

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

The ongoing wildfires in California, USA have become deadly and out-of-control in historic proportions.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

For the tens of millions of people across the USA who work outside, a warming planet and heatwaves are a constant hazard…and it’s only going to get worse. Not only will health and productivity suffer, but there are economic ramifications as well.

This is a very refreshing change of pace concerning the challenges we face with climate change. “An Optimist’s Guide To Solving Climate Change And Saving The World.”

Air quality is more than the smog of days gone by. It’s a very dangerous weather condition that still affects many cities across the world. Here’s a comprehensive guide to air quality that covers many topics including wildfire smoke and ozone.

While on the topic of air quality, a disturbing trend has been happening as of late. CFC’s, the very harmful chemicals that wrecked havoc on the earth’s ozone layer and were banned in the 1980’s are making a mysterious comeback.

How many people did Hurricane Maria kill in Puerto Rico? As is often the case with major hurricanes that strike heavily populated areas, the exact death toll may never be known.

Here’s an interesting review of a report overseen by NOAA and the American Meteorological Society. 2017 was the warmest year without an El Niño recorded on Earth.

You can read the official NOAA State Of The Climate report with links to further information here.

https://www.climate.gov/sites/default/files/SotC2017_08_VeryWarmDays_combo_large.png

Last but not least, here’s an overview from NOAA of global surface temperatures that compares 2017 to the 1981-2010 data.

https://www.climate.gov/sites/default/files/SotC2017_01_GlobalSurfaceTemps_combo_large.jpg

SUMMER SAFETY

For folks in the Northern Hemisphere, summer is still going full force. Many areas, including parts of Scandinavia, are dealing with record-breaking heat. Regardless of where you live, summer heat and UV rays are something you need to be aware of. Here are some summer safety links with information on everything from avoiding heat illnesses to UV and sun protection. Keep your NOAA weather radio in good working order too. It’s a great way to get your local forecasts and any related information regarding hot temperatures and the heat index.

Heat: A Major Killer

Summer Weather Safety & Survival: The Heat Index

National Weather Service Printable Heat Index Chart

Ultra Violet (UV) Radiation Awareness & Safety Info

World Health Organization: UV & Sun Protection

HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS

With the arrival of August, the chances of activity in the Atlantic basin increases dramatically. Here are a few hurricane preparedness links to help you get started in preparing for the storm you hope never happens.

FEMA Ready.gov Hurricane Preparedness

NOAA Hurricane Preparedness

American Red Cross Hurricane Preparedness

American Red Cross Hurricane Safety Checklist (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

That’s a wrap for this post! I’d like to extend a warm welcome to my new followers in social media. It’s nice to have you along for the fun!

Cheers!

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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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