Tornado Quest Science Links And More For August 29 – September 6, 2016

Greetings to one and all! It’s been quite a week for the tropical Atlantic and Pacific with several hurricanes, some reaching major intensity, taking the stage front and center. Hurricane Hermine made landfall in the Florida panhandle as a Category 1 storm and was the first hurricane to hit the “Sunshine State” since 2005. As of this post, Hermine is off the northeast coast of the USA and still poses a threat in spite of having lost its tropical characteristics. In the Pacific, hurricanes Madeline and Lester took swipes at Hawaii and gave us a reminder than those chain of islands are very vulnerable to even the most intense tropical cyclones. This post will be on the brief side since the past week has been exceptionally busy with hurricanes and multi-tasking previous commitments and media requests. As usual, there are many good reads on climate change as well as other dimensions of the atmospheric sciences…so let’s get started.

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


Meet the woman who first identified the greenhouse effect in 1856.


An excellent read for those of us who communicate science to the non-scientists. “12 Tips For Scientists Writing For The General Public.”

Yes, art and science can co-exist…and even bolster the scientific mind. From personal experience (I’m an electric bass player) I can say from personal experience that this does work.


We’ve just gotten a good look at Jupiter’s north pole…and it’s unlike anything we’ve yet encountered in our own solar system.


This is indeed an amazing and exciting discovery! “Live Thrived On Young Earth. Scientists Discover 3.7 Billion-Year-Old Fossils.”


Just after 7:00 AM CDT on 3 September 2016, several midwestern states were shaken by a 5.6 magnitude earthquake with an epicenter near Pawnee, OK. Damage was reported across a wide area of north-central Oklahoma. This earthquake tied the 5.6 OK earthquake of November, 2011 for the strongest in the Sooner states history. Understandably so, Oklahoma ordered fossil fuel wells shut down after the earthquake. After a relatively quiet period of seismic activity, it’s no accident that the record quake was tied. The question Oklahoma residents must ask themselves now it, “When will another substantial earthquake occur…and will it be an even bigger one?”

Here’s a seismograph from the Leonard, OK station of the earthquake.

OK Earthquake Seismograph 3 September 2016

While on the topic of Oklahoma earthquakes, here’s a good story from NPR on fossil fuel production and it’s relation to the sudden recent increase in seismic activity.


If there was ever a good reason for creating a drought hardy yard and garden, this is it.

Wind power is really taking off in the USA and is now the number two country in the world in installed wind capacity (after China) and number one in wind electricity generated!

The long-term implications of this are irrevocable. “Natural Gas Is Passing Coal As A Source Of CO2 Emissions In The USA.”

The irrevocable link between our air quality and our health. “Air Pollution Is Sending Tiny Magnetic Particles Into Your Brain.”


For sixty years, atmospheric scientists have watched a steady wind pattern in the stratosphere faithfully repeating like clockwork every two years. Without warning and for the first time it’s changed direction.

Here’s a very nice visualization of hurricanes that will help you easily understand the anatomy of these amazing storms.

What were hurricane hunters studying when they flew into Hurricane Hermine? Read this to find out! “Capturing The Genesis Of A Hurricane.”

In the northwest Pacific ocean, which happens to be the world’s hotspot for tropical cyclone activity, a new study reveals the land-falling typhoons have become more intense.

In spite of the cynics, it’s good news that the USA and China have formally committed to the Paris Climate Accord.

They took the words right out of my mouth…

  • For climate activists, the growing trend of climate change denialism in recent years isn’t just frustrating—it’s alarming. We know that the longer we wait to shift our energy sources and increase the efficiency with which we utilize the energy we produce, the more jarring the shift will be. Despite the powerful message that world leaders have sent by coming together in Paris to agree to limit warming to 2 degrees, currently national and global plans are not enough to make that a reality.”

Having said that, here’s the rest of the article on how to effectively communicate with a denier.

That’s a wrap for this post!



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Tornado Quest Gee-O-Science Links For Jan. 13 – 20, 2014

A relatively quiet weather week has been on hand for most of North America save for the latest snowstorm which, as of this post, is blanketing much of the northeast with several inches of snow. As for climate, the big news of the week was NOAA’s State Of The Climate Report which reviewed 2013 and gave us no surprises for long-term climate trends…our planet is warming.

Here are this week’s links…


The history of science has always fascinated me and this article is no exception. Take a look at these amazing old medical illustrations.


This could easily go under the ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE category, but I want to emphasize the importance of the citizen scientists with the mPING app from the National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, OK. Anyone with a iOS or Android smart phone can download the app (which is amazingly small compared to so many other apps) and year round contribute to weather research by reporting your weather conditions.


Would I invite an environmentalist  to a party? You bet I would. But, like so many other science fields, there are unfair “stereotypes” that taint the non-scientists’ view of certain professions or fields of study.


Smile Earthlings! You had your photo taken from a point in our solar system very near Saturn.

An amazing story that is sadly ignored. If there was anyone who deserves a follow on Twitter, it’s this astronaut.


Most of the atmospheric science community is VERY tired of hearing the polar vortex over-hype. I’d like to think the AMS has put a stake through the heart of a term that has been around for decades…and is nothing new.

A fascinating read that’s part science history, part climatology. What caused a 10-year winter starting in 536?

A great read by Brad Panovich that all aspiring and/or hobbyist meteorologists should read: Wishcasting versus Forecasting.

An interesting project is underway with NASA drones studying the western Pacific stratosphere.

Several good climate reads this week…starting with this one: Andrew Dessler’s testimony on what we know about climate change…and from Real Climate: If You See Something, Say Something.

Finally, here’s NOAA’s comprehensive State Of The Climate Report. Pour yourself a cup of your favorite beverage and settle in for a spell. There’s a lot of data to absorb here but the message is more than clear.

Have a great week everyone…


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