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Tornado Quest Science Links And More For January 3 – 13, 2017

Greetings everyone! This has been a wild weather week across much of the western USA with California getting tons of snow, more than enough rainfall to put a dent in much of the drought stricken areas, and even an EF-0 tornado near Sacramento. Much of the midwest is bracing for an ice storm and, as of this date (13 January 2017) Ice Storm Warnings are in effect from the northeast Texas panhandle across Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and even into west-central Illinois. As usual, there’s a plethora of other topics to cover. On a personal level, it’s been a “full dance card” week for me with many projects that led me to delay this week’s post. On that note, let’s get started…

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

SCIENCE EDUCATION

Excellent read from American Scientist magazine on nurturing scientific literacy among the general public. What is meant by ‘scientific literacy?’

CITIZEN SCIENCE

Here’s a fascinating story of a man who, in search of a quiet existence in a remote area, inadvertently had a significant effect on climate change science.

ASTRONOMICAL SCIENCE

A very cool astronomy read about researchers getting the first look at a very rare kind of galaxy.

A recent study found evidence that the Earth’s moon is older than scientists thought…millions of years earlier than previously believed.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/RENEWABLE ENERGY

An idea that, for the sake of our future generations, should come to fruition. “How To Save $23 Trillion Per Year: 100% Renewable Energy For The World.”

Good advice to get the new year started off right. “All too often environmentalism is about stopping doing something, but maybe it’s time to be more active and start doing something instead?”

As of late, the air pollution in China has literally become lethal in nature. This article explains why their air pollution is on the rise again.

China isn’t the only country struggling with severe air pollution problems. Just five days into 2017, London has breached its annual air pollution limit.

Those of us in Oklahoma know all too well what Trump’s EPA nominee Scott Pruitt is capable of. Now, the rest of the country has the chance to find out for themselves.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

An interesting read on a study that says the frequency of large-scale tornado outbreaks is increasing in the USA, particularly when it comes to the most extreme events. A link to the original study is included.

Tornadoes in California? You bet. On 10 January 2017, the Sacramento area was visited by an EF-0 tornado.

The latest US Drought Monitor shows over 20% of the contiguous USA is experiencing drought conditions. Recent rain and snowfall throughout the southern states should provide relief that will be evident on the next Drought Monitor.

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There’s often a great deal of confusion about winter weather advisories, watches, and warnings. This NWS infographic has got you covered.

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Are you prepared for an ice storm? If you’re in the areas under an Ice Storm Warning, all the preparations in this info-graphic (courtesy of the St. Louis, MO National Weather Service) should be rushed to completion.

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While it may sound bizarre, you can have a blizzard even when it’s not snowing.

In 2016, a total of 121 flood related deaths occurred in the USA. This map from the National Weather Service’s Weather Prediction Center gives a state-by-state breakdown. High death tolls in West Virginia were due to June floods, Texas deaths from flooding in late May.

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Just when you thought the new year couldn’t get off to a more bizarre start. “House Science Committee’s Twitter Account Is Now Just Another Climate Science Denial Troll.”

While not necessarily representative of the whole of American society, this survey gives an informative ‘snapshot’ of the daunting challenges atmospheric scientists are up against when trying to convey climate science to the general public.

Another challenge is conveying the risk of climate change to the public. A recent World Economic Forum report ranks climate change and associated environmental factors as the greatest risk facing humanity.

Here’s a disconcerting ‘must-read’ on the anti-science crusade that continues to build steam in the USA. “The Congressional Attack On Science.”

A concise overview from the Capital Weather Gang of ten extreme weather events outside of the USA that killed thousands and cost untold billions during 2016.

In the Antarctic, an ice shelf is breaking up from the inside out. The ice shelf is bigger than New York’s Long Island and when it breaks off, it could result in global sea level rise that threatens many large cities close to the world’s coasts.

THOUGHT PROVOKING

Last but not least, when asked about death and the ‘afterlife,’ astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson gives a spot on answer that is particularly enlightening.

That’s a wrap for this post! I’d like to welcome all my new followers in social media. I’m glad you’re along for the fun!

Cheers!


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Tornado Quest Gee-O-Science Links For Feb. 11 – 18, 2014

Winter’s grip on North American has taken a momentary respite, but there’s still many weeks of cold weather and chances for slippery precipitation…so don’t put that heavy coat and your snow shovel away just yet. We do have a taste of the spring severe season coming up Thursday into Friday. Chances are it will be a squall line/linear convection type of event with high winds and large hail as the main hazards, but the threat from tornadoes is not absent. You know the game plan…stay tuned to your NOAA weather radio, local broadcast meteorologists, and outlooks from the Storm Prediction Center for the latest information.

Here’s a look at this week’s links…

CITIZEN SCIENCE

You can join the Citizen Science Association with a free, inaugural membership…but hurry before time runs out! Be sure to fill out the survey too!

Here’s a ‘must read’ if you’re into or interested in citizen science: A Citizen Science Manifesto.

GEOLOGICAL SCIENCE

Volcanoes, including Oregon’s Mt. Hood, can go from dormant to active quickly.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/SUSTAINABILITY

I’d love to see this filled in much more. The USGS had put together a map showing 47,000 online wind turbines in the USA.

Satellite instruments document the transformations wrought both by the human footprint and by natural processes.

If you’re into recycling as much as I am, you’re keenly aware of those numbers inside of the recycling symbol. If not, here’s what those numbers mean.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

NOAA has issued their State Of The Climate report for January, 2014. Some areas were quite cold, some quite warm, and far too many locales were locked in the grip of an ongoing drought.

Denmark is taking the world-wide lead by spearheading climate policy into law.

The effects of climate change are multifaceted and global conflict is not exempt.

A warming planet could mean less ice and snow for Olympic bid cities.

Check out one of this weeks most popular reads I posted on my Twitter account: The NSA and Climate Change Spying: What We Know So Far.

Here’s a very interesting read from a MIT hurricane expert on the role climate change is playing in our society.

The National Weather Service in Norman, OK has put together a nice video retrospective on the El Reno, OK tornado of 31 May 2013.

Dr. Chuck Doswell was spot in his presentation at the 2014 Chaser Convention in Denver, CO.

Some Oklahoma City metro school districts are considering implementing “storm days” with mixed opinions regarding effectiveness.

A relatively rare winter storm affected several southern states this past week. Here’s a look at the aftermath of an ice storm in Augusta, GA.

While much of North America was in the icebox, England was seeing rainfall totals that hadn’t occurred in over 200 years.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST…

Here are some final links on important topics…

Sir David Attenborough: Enough With the Creationists and Climate Change Deniers!

Phil Plait’s take on why astrology is nonsensical pseudoscience.

Finally, not one, not two, but three essays that expose the true nature of the internet troll. They’re on thin ice (pun intended) and they know it…otherwise they wouldn’t be persona non grata, desperate for attention, and emotionally and intellectually void of the cognition to act in a civil manner. Bullying is bullying regardless of whether it takes place among teenagers on Facebook or among climate change denialists that live to harass with vitriol round the clock. Such a shame that human potential often goes to malevolent ends.

And that’s a wrap for this week!

Cheers!

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