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Tornado Quest Top Ten Science Links For August 20 – 27, 2018

Greetings everyone! It’s been a busy weather week with a hurricane taking a swipe at Hawaii, unseasonably hot temperatures across much of North America and Europe, and (fortunately) a very, very quiet spell for the tropical Atlantic…the latter of which looks to last for a while. In spite of that, preparation for a hurricane is essential and there are some good links for hurricane preparedness in this week’s post. There are plenty of other topics to cover, so let’s get started.

CITIZEN SCIENCE

If you’re interested in weather and would like to contribute to weather and climate data bases, you need to check out mPING!Weather radars cannot “see” at the ground, so mPING reports are used by the NOAA National Weather Service to fine-tune their forecasts. NSSL uses the data in a variety of ways, including to develop new radar and forecasting technologies and techniques.” The mPING app is FREE and available for both iOS and Android.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

The new USA’s EPA coal regulations are not only a train wreck waiting to happen, but will, “lead to as many as 1,400 premature deaths annually by 2030 from an increase in the extremely fine particulate matter that is linked to heart and lung disease, up to 15,000 new cases of upper respiratory problems, a rise in bronchitis, and tens of thousands of missed school days.”

In recent years, electronic devices from desktop computers to mobile phones have become commonplace worldwide. This essay addresses the growing problem of “E-Waste” that results when those electronics are no longer wanted or functioning.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

Written before Hurricane Lane passed closed to the Hawaiian Islands, this article’s question is the true, main point. “Bigger, Stronger, Rainier: Is Hawaii’s Hurricane Lane A Sign Of What’s To Come?”

When fully operational, this amazing new weather satellite will be a game changer in forecasting!

Graphic courtesy Nature

While on the topic of satellites, here’s a look at a NASA satellite that will use a laser to track the Earth’s melting ice.

It’s now been one year since Hurricane Harvey ravaged a large part of southeastern Texas. For the Houston metro, it’s not a matter of if but when will the next tropical cyclone with floods take place.

When wildfires on the vast level of recent events in North America take place, tremendous amounts of smoke are created that can travel thousands of miles. For areas close to the fires, a newly named phenomenon called a “Smokestorm” is a very real hazard.

Here’s an excellent essay by Climate Central on temperature trends in the USA. “Normal temperatures, generally defined to be the 30-year average at a location, are trending up across most of the U.S. Since 1980, the average continental U.S. temperature has risen 1.4°F.”

HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS AND SAFETY

With Hurricane Lane’s recent close call with the Hawaiian Islands, hurricane preparedness came to the forefront in coverage of that weather event. Here are some links that I hope you will find useful if you live in a hurricane-prone region.

National Hurricane Center

Central Pacific Hurricane Center

Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale

Flash Flooding: Turn Around, Don’t Drown

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

Please note: This list is not all-inclusive as there are also many other sources of information that can supplement the links listed above. Also, much of the above information can be very helpful to you when faced with many other events such as severe thunderstorms, non-hurricane related flooding, tornadoes, blizzards, etc.

THE QUIXOTIC

The irony of this is not a little bemusing. “Big Oil Asks Government To Protect It From Climate Change.”

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Tornado Quest Top Ten Science Links Week In Review For August 13 – 20, 2018

Greetings everyone! There’s plenty to go over this week from wildfires, summer heat, and a space probe that will reach a blistering speed of 430,000 miles per hour…so let’s get started.

ASTRONOMICAL SCIENCE

Space weather is an almost unheard of entity to many people, yet it can have significant effects on technology we use on  a daily basis. “Space weather can disrupt electronics, aviation and satellite systems, and communications. This depends on solar activity, but as this is different for each solar cycle, the overall likelihood of space weather events are difficult to forecast.”

We’ve just launched a spacecraft called the Parker Solar Probe that will reach a speed of 430,000 miles per hour. Here’s how that speed can be achieved.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Considering the amounts of plastic pollution that’s being found worldwide, this is an excellent time for the USA to be a world leader in recycling plastics.

In our changing climate, a warming ocean has significant effects on ocean life and their behavior.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

Here’s a detailed look at the National Climate Report from NOAA for the USA during July 2018. This is one July that will go in the record books.

August 20 – 27, 2018

This Summer Doesn’t Belong In Scandinavia.” Read how this extraordinarily unusual summer heat has set records around the world.

The summer of 2018 will be one for the record books. “Red Hot Planet: This Summer’s Punishing And Historic Heat In 7 Maps And Charts.”

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We are rapidly approaching the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season. So far, the season has been very quiet. Here’s an excellent essay by Dr. Marshall Shepherd on why the season has been below normal.

Here’s some good news for this week…the Atlantic tropical region will be quiet this week. To say up-to-date on any Atlantic tropical cyclone potential or activity, check the National Hurricane Center website and their social media on a regular basis for the next few months. We’ve still many, many weeks to go.

THE QUIXOTIC

This gets the “Toddler Rampage Of The Week” award. “Interior Secretary Zinke Says Climate Change Isn’t To Blame For Raging Forest Fires, But Environmentalists Are.”

That’s a wrap for this week! A big “Thank You” to all my followers in social media. It’s really great having you all along for all 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 June 18 – 25, 2018

Greetings all! It’s been a busy period for severe weather across the Great Plains of the USA with several powerful clusters of thunderstorms traveling hundreds of miles across several states. In stark contrast, the tropical Atlantic is very quiet, but that will change in the months to come. Heat will also be settling in across many areas in North American and the European continent. Again this week I’ve included several links for summer heat and hurricane preparedness that I hope you’ll find useful. Plenty to go over, so let’s get started.

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

TECHNOLOGY

Since 2005, Firefox has been my browser of choice. Today, it’s leaner and faster than ever…and I couldn’t be happier. Like most folks, I use more than one browser, but Firefox has always been at the top of my favorites list.

CITIZEN SCIENCE

Here’s a very cool citizen science project where you can help NOAA research with a free app that helps document the Earth’s constantly changing magnetic field.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/RENEWABLE ENERGY

It’s challenging to cut single use plastics, but it can be done. Here’s a good read on the problem and some tips on how to reduce your use of plastics in the long term.

Wind energy in the USA’s Great Plains is very cheap…and getting more affordable by the day. Fortunately, this part of the country is perfect for this kind of renewable energy.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

Here’s a very thorough read from the Union Of Concerned Scientists. “The Science Connecting Extreme Weather To Climate Change. (2018)

The latest US Drought Monitor shows some improvement in scattered locations, but extreme and exceptional conditions persist from UT & AZ into OK & TX.

The Earth’s oceans are becoming more acidic due to carbon emissions which shows the irrevocable climate/ocean link.

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

WEATHER SAFETY: HURRICANES/TROPICAL CYCLONES

The Atlantic ocean is quiet for now and there’s no hint of tropical cyclone development in the near future. Nevertheless, 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. Remember…it only takes one storm to make for a major disaster.

 

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

THE QUIXOTIC

If this doesn’t beat all, I don’t know what does. “The EPA Thinks Its Hurricane Response Was So Great It Ordered Special Coins For Everyone.”

That’s a wrap for this post! I hope all of you are having a great start to 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. There’s plenty more to come!

Cheers!

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Tornado Quest Science Links For February 15 – 22, 2016

Greetings all! I hope everyone’s having a great week. The weather across much of North America has been relatively tranquil this week with unseasonably warm temperatures across much of the southern plains. As of today (22 February 2016) a busy severe weather day is on tap for Tuesday and Wednesday (23 & 24 February 2016) from Texas to the east coast states. Speaking of severe weather, all across the United States the National Weather Service offices are holding Skywarn spotting training classes. If you’re interested in severe weather and contributing to your community, I’d strongly recommend you take one of these courses and spend two (if not more) seasons as an “intern” with a seasoned spotter. On that note, let’s get started.

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

GENERAL SCIENCE

Fortunately, the United States citizenry has a satisfactory of support for science.

In spite of the optimism expressed in the previous link, there’s still putrid bounty of anxiety and antagonism towards science within the US of A.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/SUSTAINABILITY

Sweden, you are amazing in every way! “Sweden To Go Carbon Neutral By 2045.”

Some great tips here! “17 Sustainable Ways To Be A Better Person To Yourself And To Others.”

Four billion people are facing a life-threatening water shortage…and no, the USA is not exempt.

Very interesting, and not surprising, infographic on the world’s most polluted cities.

You know the air in parts of China is bad when ventilation “corridors” are being built so people don’t have to breathe the outdoor air.

Of great interest to many here in Oklahoma. “Does Living Near An Oil Or Natural Gas Well Affect Your Drinking Water?”

Another read for folks in Oklahoma who are constantly barraged with shake, frack, and roll. “Sierra Club Sues Over Oil Company Earthquakes.”

Climate change + drought = a continent-wide volatile scenario. “Mother Africa On Fire.”

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

Interesting interactive chart showing temperature trends for over 3,100 cities in 2015.

The UK’s Met Office habit of naming storms is likely little more than misguided hype.

Some nice videos of climate scientists briefly discussing climate change.

A very important read from Climate Central. “What Scalia’s Death Means For Climate Change.” Like it or not, climate change has become as much a foreign & domestic policy issue as much as it is science.

A good read by Chris Mooney on where our Earth’s the most vulnerable regions to big swings in climate.

Two years ago, a large, inexplicable hot patch of water appeared in the Pacific Ocean, and stayed right through the seasons—until now. Referred to as “the Blob,” it’s gone away, taken by El Niño. Will it return?

Speaking of El Niño, it has passed its peak strength but impacts will continue according to the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO)

 My fellow lightning aficionados will enjoy this read. Lightning-produced ozone has been detected…and this could be important to air quality assessment and prediction in the future.

The University of Miami just opened a new research facility that, by creating a “hurricane in a box,” can help us prepare for dangerous and potentially cataclysmic storms.

An amazing view of ice shattering like plates of glass on North American’s Lake Superior.

THE QUIXOTIC

“Hairy Panic,” a fast growing tumbleweed with a name straight out of a third-rate horror flick rolls into an Australian city.

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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Tornado Quest Science Links And Much More For September 30 – October 7, 2015

Two big stories have dominated the North American weather news this week. The first event is Hurricane Joaquin which, as of this post, is still an ongoing event. Joaquin peaked in intensity on 3 October 2015 when it briefly reached maximum sustained winds just under the Category 5 threshold making it the most intense tropical cyclone of the Atlantic 2015 season to date. The other big story, which could have been made worse if Joaquin had made landfall on the eastern USA coast, is the historic flooding in North and South Carolina. The Charleston, South Carolina region was hit particularly hard. While flooding often doesn’t appear as “devastating” as substantial wind damage, it can be just as (if not more) deadly and force residents into years of recovery and rebuilding. One only has to look at areas of New Orleans, Louisiana to see this. Some areas of the “Big Easy” have yet to recover a full decade after Katrina slammed ashore in 2005. The deadliest natural disaster in the history of Tulsa, Oklahoma is not a tornado, but the Memorial Day flash flooding event of May, 1984 in which 14 fatalities occurred. Flooding kills more people every year than all other weather related phenomenon combined. Unfortunately, its dangers are highly underrated by much of the general public until they meet it head on. Only then does the stark realization occur that floods can be just as devastating to life and property as a major hurricane or violent tornado. On the brighter side, this week is the National Weather Service’s “Did You Know” week which is going on to help inform the general public about the many facets and benefits the NWS provides to our quality of life. You’ll likely see many posts on Twitter from your local NWS office with the hashtag #NWSDYK.

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

CITIZEN SCIENCE

An excellent essay on the benefits of citizen science. “Science Of The People, By The People, And For The People.”

A reminder to download the free mPING weather app you can use year round regardless of where you live and contribute to weather research. “The NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory is collecting public weather reports through a free app available for smart phones or mobile devices. The app is called “mPING,” for Meteorological Phenomena Identification Near the Ground.” This app also has a very, very small “footprint” so it won’t be gobbling up a ton of space on your smart phone.

If you’re into citizen science and astronomy, you need to check out this new collaboration.

ASTRONOMICAL SCIENCE

New high-resolution photos of Pluto’s moon Charon show that it’s so ugly, it’s positively beautiful.

NASA has just released over 8,400 Apollo moon mission photos online…and they are spectacular.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/RECYCLING/RENEWABLES

Perhaps the most cynical and imprimatur hyperbole on recycling I’ve ever read. “The Reign of Recycling.” When short-term profits supersede long-term environmental benefits, we’ve made no progress…and the author and New York Times have no problem with condoning such irresponsibility. Fortunately here’s a spot-on rebuttal that slays the arguments put forth in the NYT article.

Robots could (and should) make sorting recycling materials safer.

Indoor air quality is just as important as the air we breathe outside. Here’s some handy tips on how to improve indoor air quality on a budget.

The USA is gaining ground in the use of renewable energy but in some respects, has a great deal of catching up to do.

There’s a surprisingly cold “blob” of water in the north Atlantic. What’s causing that?

It happened once, it  can happen again. “Scientists say an ancient mega-tsunami hurled boulders nearly as high as the Eiffel Tower.”

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

If you’ve not checked out the National Weather Service’s Enhanced Data Display, you should take a peek. It’s a fantastic source of weather information for the general public, pilots, emergency managers, and more.

NOAA’s Environmental Visualization Laboratory has a very cool way to view weather conditions worldwide in an interactive site that’s well worth checking out.

This article, written early in the life cycle of Hurricane Joaquin, poignantly expresses the frustrating forecasting scenarios that so often plague meteorologists.

During Hurricane Joaquin’s early stages, the European forecast model was more accurate at one stage than the American model. What does that mean for weather forecasting?

What caused the recent record-setting rainfall in South Carolina? Here’s a nice overview that explains everything you need to know.

My fellow weather geeks will enjoy this NPR story. “What’s At The Edge Of A Cloud?”

Fortunately, there’s a reason or two for feeling optimistic about the upcoming Paris climate change summit.

While some recent documented gains in Antarctic ice may offset losses, there’s no reason to celebrate. The deniers will likely jump on this story, but their own workplace climate is changing.

There’s no “grey’s” or uncertainties about this. “No Doubt About it: People Who Mislead The Public About Climate Change Are Deniers.”

Speaking of melting ice and glaciers, the Mont Blanc glacier in the French alps isn’t what it used to be and is France’s most visible symbol of climate change.

The high price of reckless disregard for solid climate science. “The Cost Of Doing Nothing Hit $400 Trillion.”

THE QUIXOTIC

When public servants run out of constructive projects to benefit society and the quality of life, they do what they do best…especially if they’re threatened by science. Start a witch-hunt.

That’s a wrap for this post!

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Cheers!

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