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Tornado Quest Science Links And Much More For May 24 – 31, 2016

Greetings to one and all! I’m glad you stopped by. If you’re celebrating Memorial Day in the USA, I hope you had a nice holiday weekend. This past week has been a busy one across the USA’s Great Plains with repeated rounds of severe weather, hence the fact that this post, like most others this time of year, is on the brief side. On that note, let’s get started.

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

GENERAL SCIENCE

A very thought provoking read on gender inequality within the science community. Family or science: women shouldn’t have to choose.

SOCIAL MEDIA

By some accounts, Facebook “may” be a good source of news, but for potentially life-saving severe weather information, Twitter slaughters Facebook hands down.

Sometimes it can be difficult to determine if content is appropriate for social media. If you have any reason for uncertainty, here are five questions to ask yourself before clicking that “post” button.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

The concept of biodegradable plastics may sound good, but the devil’s in the details.

Here’s some very good renewable energy news. “The World’s Largest Floating Wind Farm Will Be Operational Next Year.

An excellent read on a decade-long study that shows how air pollution contributes to the frequency of heart disease.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

Only time will tell but for now, preliminary NOAA data hints at a near “normal” 2016 Atlantic hurricane season.

Got air conditioning? Another NOAA seasonal outlook doesn’t paint a pretty picture for the summer ahead.

A very cool read on NASA scientists and research into creating digital hurricanes.

Given the chance, kids can ask good questions regarding climate change.

Interesting read on meteorologists taking note of climate change and how it’s affecting weather.

Yahoos will be yahoos and haters gonna hate. This article has blessed me with more hilarious ad hominin sophomoric vitriol from storm chasers than any other Twitter post this month. “Are ‘Tornado Selfies’ selfish and tactless?”  The toddler tantrums leveled at me as of  late are absolutely precious.

THE QUIXOTIC

In case you missed the recent “sweatergate” incident, here it is in all it’s glory.

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

Cheers!

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Tornado Quest Science Links And Much, Much More For June 2 – 9, 2015

The southern plains of the contiguous USA are getting a well deserved respite from the recent heavy rains. They certainly busted the drought that had plagued the region for several years. But, as is often the case for that part of the country, it’s feast or famine (aka extremes) when it comes to weather. Unfortunately for California, the relentless drought has now become a way of life and residents are literally ripping up their water-guzzling lawns and lush flowerbeds for native (i.e. drought-tolerant) plants…which are what they should have planted in the first place. In terms of severe weather, an interesting fact that’s come to my attention is the number of tornadoes for Oklahoma in 2015. To date, there have been approximately seventy-seven tornadoes so far…and it’s still only early June. It will be interesting to see how the rest of summer and autumn (which has a slight uptick in severe weather events) turns out. In the tropics, a quieter year than normal is forecast for the Atlantic hurricane season…but it only takes one modest storm to make for a major disaster, especially in a densely populated area. The climate talks in Paris are just a few months away and that’s been a topic of great discussion as of late…but we’ll save that for another time.

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

GENERAL SCIENCE

Is there an attack on truth…and have we entered an age if willful ignorance? By some accounts, the answer is a resounding, “yes.”

CITIZEN SCIENCE

The latest CoCoRaHS update is out. Since March, 2015, they’ve received a million reports from 17,000 stations…and every single one is important. CoCoRaHS is a great way to combine citizen science and your interest in weather.

GEOLOGICAL SCIENCE

As time passes, the connection between fracking and Oklahoma earthquake frequency becomes more obvious. “Mounting Evidence Says Injection Wells Cause Oklahoma’s Earthquake Surge.”

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

World Oceans Day was observed this week. In light of that, here’s an optimistic view of the future of our planet.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

Here’s the latest US Drought Monitor map. Significant improvement for Oklahoma and Texas…and very little change for the hard hit western states.

The California drought is taking a heavy toll on western farmers to the tune of almost $3 billion in 2015 alone.

A case of too little, too late? “G7 Carbon Goal May Come Too Late, Scientists Say.”

Twenty-five views with a variety of powerful messages on our planet’s changing climate and future.

Check out this great storm chasing essay that not only has great photos, but a spot-on title. “For The Love Of The Storm: Chasing Isn’t All About Tornadoes.” Unfortunately, for many “extreme” storm chasers, a tornado is a means to an end.

The recent story about a hiatus in global warming was just that…a story. Wishful thinking for many who, for financial, legal, or political reasons, still fight scientific facts.

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

Cheers!

Tornado Quest’s Science & More Links for July 13 – 20, 2014

With the exception of some tropical cyclones in the western Pacific and isolated severe weather events, it’s been a relatively quiet weather week. For the contiguous 48 states, the big news was a big cool-down which set many records across many states east of the Rockies.  A good example is the Tulsa metro which had four days in a row with high temperatures that didn’t reach 80F. That hasn’t happened since records for the Tulsa metro have been kept. If you had a chance to enjoy the unseasonable cool weather, I hope you relished the opportunity. Summer heat will be on the way back with a vengeance…and we have many hot weeks ahead. As usual, I’ve got a full dance card so this week’s post will be a bit on the short side.

On a technical note: Still having some problems with Twitter. Some people are unintentionally being unfollowed. Currently I’m working with someone who is far more tech savvy than I am on such issues and we hope to have the problem resolved soon. If you’ve been unfollowed by accident, we’ll try to catch it and follow you back asap. Unfortunately, it looks to be a Twitter issue and something beyond our control. My apologies for any inconvenience.

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

CITIZEN SCIENCE

Here’s a very cool astronomy citizen science project where you can join the Global Telescope Network and help out astrophysicists with research.

ASTRONOMICAL SCIENCE

Here are some amazing images taken of our sun by the world’s largest solar telescope.

GEOLOGICAL SCIENCE

With the recent increase in Oklahoma earthquakes, developers are taking extra measures in construction.

Speaking of the drastic increase in Oklahoma earthquakes, the debate over links to waste-water fracking is on the increase.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/SUSTAINABILITY

A thought-provoking read: “Nature has the answers, if we ask the right questions.”

The drought in California is so bad that agricultural use of groundwater is becoming commonplace.

The first step in preserving the world’s forests is first answering the question, “What is a forest?

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

NOAA has released their 2013 State Of The Climate Report. It should come as no surprise that the data shows a climate that is changing faster than we can comprehend.

A very interesting read on 20 women making waves in the climate change debate.

Rarely are people aware of the effects the atmosphere takes on our socio-economic world. Since 1971, weather and climate related events have take a huge toll. With an ever changing and growing world, the social and economic losses are bound to increase.

We’re only half way through the year and for folks in California, it’s been a sizzling six months.

Eight thought-provoking charts with a glimpse into the effects climate change has had since the early 1970’s. Links to original sources (Guardian and WMO) are included.

Last but not least, I watched the Weather Channel debut episode today of “WxGeeks” with Dr. Marshall Shepherd and Chris Warren hosting. The inimitable Dr. Chuck Doswell was their first guest and, in his own unique style, was spot on…especially in his discussion about the all-too-frequent reckless behavior that has run amok within a certain element of the storm chasing community. This will be a weekly show…and I’m really looking forward to further episodes and a wide variety of guests.

That’s a wrap for this week…

Cheers!

Tornado Quest Gee-O-Science Links For June 18 – 25, 2014

The past few days have seen summer settle in for a great deal of North America, but the week got started off with a bang. Another series of severe weather episodes brought a round of severe thunderstorms complete with high winds, large hail, flash flooding, and some impressively intense tornadoes. Will 2014 go down as one of the years with the fewest number of tornadoes? Time will tell. There are many active months still ahead. This is also Lightning Safety Week in the USA. I’d also be remiss to remind folks to slowly acclimatized themselves to the  coming summer heat (aka the “silent killer”) and prepare now for the Atlantic hurricane season. In spite of outlooks hinting at a below average season in terms of activity, it only takes one major hurricane making landfall to create a significant disaster.

A shorter post today…working with a full dance card here…so here goes…

Here are this week’s links…

GENERAL SCIENCE/PUBLIC POLICY

I am normally apolitical…but the fact that science makes politicians very antsy is too good to pass up.

Communicating science to the general public is very challenging and not likely to get easier even in this technical age.

CITIZEN SCIENCE

Read how citizen scientists are using the web to track the natural world. And yes, you can take part too!

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/SUSTAINABILITY

Check out this amazing pop-up solar power station. This could be quite the thing, especially where power is difficult to get to or in disaster areas.

Watching wind turbines in snow makes “inefficiencies” visible…but in due time (much to the chagrin of alternate energy skeptics) that will be rectified.

Summer means an increase in trips to the FL beaches…and an opportunity to trudge your way through a 1.250 tar mat. How nice.

By 2020, Finland is on track to become a model country for sustainable transport.

In spite of the annual sizzling Texas heat, wind power in the Lone Star State is very good things for consumers and their pocketbooks.

Adrift of the coast of Portugal is a frontrunner in the global race for floating windfarms.

At the neighborhood scale, downscaling is helping people deal with climate change.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

This is Lightning Safety Awareness Week. Few weather dangers, save for heat, are given such a cavalier attitude. Simply put, if you can hear the thunder, you can be struck.

Speaking of safety, here’s a rather unnerving look at energy installations that are vulnerable to extreme weather.

Meteorological summer verses astronomical summer. What’s the difference?

National Severe Storms Laboratory researchers are leading a project to evaluate experimental flash flood products issued by the National Weather Service.

The sight of the Pilger, NE tornado slinging a house into the air is rare, but it does happen. In 1982, I photographed the remains of a small house that was carried intact by tornado.

Here’s a sobering view of the tornado damage in Pilger, NE…with many before & after pics. A great deal is revealed by simply looking at and considering construction practices.

A very interesting read from the AMS on fatalities in tropical cyclones.

This is a fascinating look at hurricane tracks of the past from NOAA.

Chances are very, very good that our atmosphere is gearing up for an El Nino.

A “must-read” for those who use social media, Twitter in particular, during severe weather. Unfortunately, this isn’t a problem (especially with attention-hungry accounts by the hundreds) that’s going away soon.

Finally, this article has stirred a great deal of consternation amongst those in the storm chasing community who’ve felt threatened by its content. While I disagree that present day radar makes Skywarn spotters obsolete,  I feel it has some sound observations. After decades of storm chasing, I’ve seen many trends come and go. With the taste of notoriety and fame all too irresistible,  more chasers than ever are scampering for “extreme” video and photos, interviews with national media, and a dominant yet precarious position on the social media pedestal. Some internet trolls consider me a “curmudgeon” of the Chuck Doswell type. I actually consider that a compliment. Thank you.

THE QUIXOTIC SIDE

No, this won’t work. Ranks right up there with hanging a bomb on a pole at the southwestern corner of a small town.

On that note…this is a wrap…

Cheers!

 

Tornado Quest Gee-O-Science Links For June 10 – 18, 2014

A very active period of weather across much of North America this week. Monday saw the most active severe weather and tornado day in quite some time. One NE supercell in particular was very powerful and, at its most intense state, exhibited twin tornadoes. Elsewhere, drought conditions persist across much of the southwest and southern plains.

Here are this week’s links…

GENERAL SCIENCE

In the varied fields of science, there are many terms that are gravely misused and/or misunderstood by the general public. Here’s a list of the top ten…and personally speaking, pay particular attention to 1, 2, 8, and 9.

CITIZEN SCIENCE

USGS iCoast is a cool citizen science project where you can help scientists document changes to coastal areas after major storms.

ASTRONOMICAL SCIENCE

How much space junk is orbiting the Earth? A lot…and I do mean a lot.

PALEONTOLOGY/EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY

What sound did Tyrannosaurus Rex actually make? Very unlike anything you’ve ever seen in a movie.

GEOLOGICAL SCIENCE

The Earth’s inner core is quite mysterious. A recent finding discovered what could be a massive amount of water.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/SUSTAINABILITY

How’s my waterway? Learn the condition of local streams, lakes and other waters anywhere in the US… quickly and in plain language from the EPA.

Rocks made of plastic have been found on Hawaiian beaches. Nothing good can come of this.

Good tips on saving time, money, energy, and carbon emissions while drying clothes.

This is how much American spends putting out wildfires. Yes, it’s a lot. Much more that I ever imagined.

Apparently Australia is lagging behind many other countries with an aging and inefficient electricity sector.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

NOAA’s National Climactic Data Center’s review of May, 2014 is out. The ongoing drought and coming El Nino are some highlights.

Speaking of El Nino, here is a look at the potential impacts to the United States from NOAA.

Scientists have discovered a relationship between climate change and ocean currents over the past six million yearsRead more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-06-link-climate-ocean-currents-million.html#jCp

Scientists have discovered a relationship between climate change and ocean currents over the past six million yearsRead more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-06-link-climate-ocean-currents-million.html#jCp

A very timely and spot-on viewpoint from the inimitable Chuck Doswell.

Post-tornado damage survey’s are a daunting task. As a veteran of many over the past 30+ years, I can tell you from personal experience that it’s arduous work.

In a variety of weather related disaster scenarios, these lightweight foldable shelters could be very useful.

Recent research has discovered a link between climate change and ocean currents over six million years.

THE QUIXOTICALLY VISCERAL UNDERBELLY

Just when I’d thought the “flat earth society” and bloodletting were out of style…comes this. Someone please tell me this is a joke.

Another storm chaser has reached an all time low. Gotta get that “money shot” for a financial windfall!

Yes, this definitely qualifies as a contender for the worst academic paper of the decade…or at least the year.

ON THE BRIGHTER SIDE…

Rather than end this on a dour note, let me rectify the situation with a hopeful and forward-looking viewpoint. “Why We Should Focus More On Clouds, Trees, And Streams.”  We’re very lucky to be living on a planet that has an abundance of spectacular vistas. Let’s enjoy, nurture, and preserve them in the very brief time our species will exist.

And that’s a wrap for this week!

Cheers!

Tornado Quest Gee-O-Science Links For Oct. 12 – 20, 2013

The crispness of cool Autumn air is beginning to settle in across the Northern Hemisphere. Some areas in the contiguous 48 states have seen significant snowfall amounts. In the tropical Atlantic, one of the least active hurricane seasons in over 40 years continues. And with the US government shutdown over (for the time being), NOAA, NASA, USGS, the EPA, and other agencies are getting back into the swing of things. Unfortunately, a great deal of scientific research was put on the back burner. So, with all that in mind, lets take a look at this weeks links…

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

Many folks in tornado prone areas pine for public shelters. Chuck Doswell doesn’t think they’re a good idea and I very much agree.

The folks at the Capital Weather Gang wrote a very interesting article that (in spite of its unpopularity) I feel is quite valid: Beware the flaky forecasts.

National Geographic has a very nice multi-media feature on the El Reno, OK tornado of May 31, 2013 with a great overview of the Twistex team.

Here’s a very interesting read (with journal reference) on how the Earth’s rotation affects vorticies (hurricanes, tornadoes, ocean currents, etc.) in nature.

Wind energy is great and I hope becomes more the norm. Unfortunately, those spinning blades can play havoc with National Weather Service radars.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

The World Health Organization has now included air pollution as a major health hazard.

CITIZEN SCIENCE

Project FeederWatch is a great way to get involved in citizen science during the cold winter months. Think of it as keeping track of miniature dinosaurs!

NASA has a very cool cloud spotter app for all of you folks out there who, like me, spend a lot of our outdoor time looking at clouds.

Here’s a great article with a plethora of citizen science projects that has almost something for everyone.

PALEONTOLOGY/EVOLUTION

When I was awestruck at the size of the Tyrannosaurus in NYC’s Museum of Natural History, I naturally assumed it was probably the largest in the world. Nope…there are bigger ones!

And that’s a wrap for this post! Hope everyone has a great week!

Cheers!

Tornado Quest Gee-O-Science Links For Sept. 23 – Oct 12, 2013

After a few week on hiatus due to several ongoing projects, I’ve decided to trim the Gee-O-Science weekly post down to ten links per week. Even with the best of intentions, time management can go awry. Having said that, here we go…

Here’s an excellent account of the El Reno, OK tornado of May 31, 2013: “Chasing The Beast” which no only goes into the tragic events of fatalities, but several other storm chaser accounts of events during this particularly violent tornado.

Another good read from the American Meteorological Society is this preliminary report on the role of multiple vortex structures (44 page PDF file) in the El Reno, OK tornado and it’s connection with storm researcher fatalities.

Building homes to withstand hurricane force winds is one thing, but tornadoes are something else…unless you’d like living in a steel-reinforced concrete pillbox.

NOAA is embarking on a very cool concept, using underwater robots to improve hurricane science.

The Latest IPCC Climate Change report has been out for many days, but there’s still some uncertainty on the contents. Here’s a good overview from Scientific American that was posted before the latest report was issued.

The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) reports that Arctic sea ice minimum for 2013 is the sixth lowest on record.

Sadly enough, evolution isn’t the only science topic that’s being ostracized. Add climate change to the list.

Though not an official NOAA weather product, this ever-changing wind map is one of the coolest sites online.

Check out these amazing black and white images of the red planet.

When possible, I’ll try to include a citizen science link with every weeks post. Here’s a cool one you can try out and all you need is a computer to gather 19th century weather data.

As you can tell, some article will not be strictly related to specific geoscience topics and will often contain information on other areas of interest. Variety, especially in science, is the spice of life.

Have a great week folks….cheers!

Preliminary AMS Report On Fatalities Associated With The El Reno, OK Tornado of May, 31, 2013 #okwx

This is a very interesting, and very preliminary, report from the American Meteorological Society on the fatalities associated with the El Reno, OK tornado of May 31, 2013.  While the final report should be forthcoming soon, this is still a very informative, and humbling, read.

Before downloading, please keep in mind that this is a forty-four page PDF file.

The report is very detailed and is quite technical. The basic message behind the report is that the El Reno tornado was rather rare in its structure, behavior, and life cycle. As an interesting side note, a similar storm mentioned on page sixteen that occurred near Geary, OK in May, 2004 is a tornadic supercell that I recall very well due to my own close encounter. Like the El Reno/Canadian County, OK supercell, the structure was largely High Precipitation (HP) in nature and more than once I found myself in a potentially dangerous setting when attempting to get a clearer view of the wall clouds and tornadoes.

I hope to see further research into the El Reno event in the future if for no other reason that it was a structurally unique tornado. Fortunately, most tornadic supercells aren’t similar to this event. Regardless, there’s never enough that we can learn about unusual storms of this nature.

Tornado Quest Gee-O-Science Links For Aug. 26 – Sept. 1, 2013

Another very interesting week on the science front with plethora of info from a variety of disciplines online. Most notable in the atmospheric sciences, is the eerily quiet Atlantic hurricane season. As usual, our atmosphere always has the upper hand and the ace up the sleeve…so time will tell what it has in store for us. In the meantime, let’s get started on this weeks science links…

GENERAL SCIENCE

Thought provoking read about scientific expertise. Bottom line: no one can be an expert on everything. So we (professional & citizen scientists alike) can relax…someone knows something we don’t know & we know something they don’t know.

The political demographics of the science community have changed a great deal in recent decades…and there’s a good reason why.

The Guardian has a list of 20 big questions in science. Some good questions here. As usual, geosciences take a back seat to other topics.

September is National Preparedness month in the USA. The USGS has compiled a nice list of info that is bookmark worthy.

CITIZEN SCIENCE

Stop, Collaborate and…vote! A citizen science project to help solve climate change with MIT’s Climate CoLab.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Here’s one of many autumn foliage forecasts…and for some parts of the USA, it should be a good year.

We’ve all contributed to this problem. Old electronics don’t die, they pile up, and up, and up…

Very nice video from NOAA’s Ocean Today. Unfortunately, it’s not easy to watch. Our oceans are a veritable junkyard.

Take a look at this spectacular time-lapse view of the California Rim fire.

No surprise here. Air pollution can be held responsible for up to 200,000 early deaths each year in the USA alone.

The California Rim fire calls into question the uncertain future of Yosemite’s forests.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

Spectacular view of all of the hurricanes of the past 170 years mapped on the planet Earth.

Here’s a great list of hurricane planning and response resources from NOAA.

Can anything survive the incredible force of EF-5 tornado winds? And the answer is

Incredible image of red sprites captured above a Nebraska thunderstorm.

Could a recent slow down in atmospheric warming be linked to La Nina?

With the increase in frequency and severity of wildfires in the USA, it begs to question if there’s a connection with climate change.

Many folks are somewhat familiar with the IPCC, but not sure how an intergovernmental panel works. The Union of Concerned Scientists (via climate scientist Heidi Cullen) has a nice overview.

A very chilling and sobering read about the last storm chase of Tim Samaras, his son, and chase partner, and other chasers who had close encounters with the El Reno, OK tornado of 31 May 2013.

For reasons unbeknownst to me (and beyond common sense), NOAA has downgraded the El Reno tornado to EF-3 from EF-5.  I’ll be putting together a blog post in this issue which will contain my own subjective viewpoint in the near future.

For my followers in the Northern Hemisphere, I hope you’re having a great start to the “meteorological autumn”….same for my followers in the Southern Hemisphere who are now entering their spring. Enjoy the seasons!

Cheers!

Gee-O-Science Links: June 30 – July 6, 2013

I hope everyone in the USA or Canada had a great Independence or Canada Day holiday. As usual, there’s a lot of cool science of all kinds out there. Allow me to let my muse throw caution to the wind &  take a look at what’s been going on recently.

GENERAL SCIENCE

NPR’s Science Friday has a new theme song…and I must say that I like it a lot!

Happy 1st birthday to the Higgs boson!

Here’s a great read by Kathleen Raven of Scientific American ~ Chemistry & Physics: One Needs The Other.

TECHNOLOGY

As most of you know, Google Reader is no more. Here’s a nice list of alternatives. I use Feedly and highly recommend it to everyone.

Dozens of top websites banded together against the NSA’s breach of US Constitution’s 4th Amendment with an online protest…which I heartily support.

This is one of the coolest websites I’ve seen in some time. Plane Finder lets you watch aircraft of all kinds fly round the world.

Let’s throw the baby out with the bath water & start over again…living in sod huts and using stone tools. Why? The internet is dangerous!

ASTRONOMY

After 105 years, the mystery of the devastated hundreds of square kilometers of uninhabited Siberian forest around the Tunguska River may have been solved.

Solar prominences put on a strange and spectacular show in the sun’s sky.

Planning an interstellar trip? Here’s your one-stop-shop for all the info you’ll need…like how long it’ll take you to drive to Saturn in your ’63 Chevy babe magnet.

CITIZEN SCIENCE

With the help of over 4,000 citizen scientists worldwide, NOAA”s Cyclone Center has a fantastic new website!

I’ve mentioned this in previous posts, but it’s worth an encore. You can help the Nat’l Severe Storm Laboratory (NSSL) year round with research using the PING app.

Read about the EPA’s new project to to encourage citizen scientists to learn more about the air, water, and resources around them.

Here’s another great read on the often overlooked importance of citizen scientists from all walks of life.

Let’s get the citizen science out of the lab and onto the streets…or wherever you like to indulge in your field of interest. 🙂

SOCIAL SCIENCE

Social and psychological resilience of individuals & communities in the wake of hurricane Sandy.

Can introverts (like yours truly) and extroverts co-exist without an emotional “cold war”? Here are some tips on how it can be done.

As a proud Swede, I can’t say I take issue with the subject matter of this article, but the author needs to accept the truth…in general, we Scandinavian’s have little or no use for small talk. We’re not anti-social, we’ll just blame it on the looooong winters.   😉

While we’re on the topic of small talk, here’s an utterly charming (and just as relevant today as it was in 1866) article on some do’s and don’ts for the “art” of conversation.

SCIENCE EDUCATION

K-12 science education may have a new set of standards in the USA, but unfortunately the history of science is taking a back seat.

Here’s a fun activity for students bored to tears with dissecting frogs. How about a tornado in a bottle?

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

In a bitter cold lake under a glacier in Antarctica, a surprising amount of life goes on.

Take a look at this amazing view of June, 2013 Colorado wildfires from the ISS.

Are wildfires in the western USA becoming larger and more fierce? Be sure to read the additional links at the bottom of the article for a more complete perspective.

The Red River rivalry between OK & TX goes much farther than football.

Some technology & environmental science rolled into one: up to 45% of Sweden’s energy supply comes from renewable resources.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES

The latest drought outlook from NOAA show’s little or no relief for many plains and western states in the contiguous 48 USA.

If you need to find your local National Weather Service office online, the Tulsa NWS has a nice map where you simply click and find the site you need. Many other centers (SPC, CPC, et al.) are listed as well.

Assuming the late June/early July heat wave in the southwest doesn’t break any long-standing records, here’s info on the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the highest temperature ever recorded on planet earth.

The Climate Prediction Center has released their latest El Nino/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) diagnostic discussion

Very interesting read from the World Meteorological Organization, a review of climate extremes from 2001-2010.

El Nino was very active in the late 20th century. Could there be a connection to climate change? (My tweet of this article brought out an unusual spike in vitriol from attention-hungry trolls.)

The Red Cross has come up with a cartoon to help demystify climate change to people living on low-lying Pacific islands, which are especially susceptible to rising ocean levels.

Climate change could have permanent effects on the growing and/or survival habits of certain species of trees.

Here are two very diverging opinions on the Artic’s impact on weather “whiplash.”

Lightning safety has been in the news lately. It’s a weather hazard that exists year round & should be taken very seriously.  How hot is a lightning bolt? Much hotter than you think! What popular recreational activity is at the top of NOAA’s list for lightning deaths? You may be surprised to find out.

Interesting read from AccuWeather: What’s causing an increase in high-rated tornadoes?

Considering taking up storm chasing as a hobby? Read this very thoughtful and thorough essay from Tornado Titans…then reconsider. There are some very good points made here.

At a recent hearing, it was suggested that research on storm warning lead time should include an examination of how people respond to them. Good idea!

I’ve decided to make a separate post regarding the May, 2013 tornado events in Oklahoma. I still need to sort through some videos and read over many essays. After the disastrous events of the May 31st El Reno, OK event, I need extra time to properly gather my thoughts.

As usual, you can follow me on various social media sites…and I invite you to check them all out:  Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, & Facebook.

See you soon…cheers!

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