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Tornado Quest’s Top Science Links Review For July 16 – 23, 2018

Greetings everyone! We’ll be taking a look at the top science links starting this week plus a review of summer weather safety information. Let’s get started!

SOCIAL SCIENCE

The psychological ramifications of climate change vary widely. One this is for certain, the social sciences can offer a great deal of research studying the connection between human behavior and climate change.

ASTRONOMICAL SCIENCE

Here’s a very cool astronomy read. “NASA’S James Webb Space Telescope Will Inspect The Atmospheres Of Distant Gas Giants.”

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Though the article is from Australia, this applies to packaging worldwide. “Double Wrap It For Convenience: Excessive Plastic Packaging – In Pictures.”

An exceptionally hot summer in Scandinavia has resulted in a number of large wildfires across parts of the Nordic countries with Sweden being the hardest hit.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

For many USA residents, the peak of summer heat can’t come soon enough. If climate patterns follow the norm, most of the contiguous USA will have seen their hottest days by the end of July.

Hottest day of the year based on the 1981-2010 average

The global land and ocean temperature departure from average for June 2018 was the fifth highest for the month of June in the NOAA global temperature dataset record, which dates back to 1880.”

“The year-to-date (January-June) global temperature was the fourth warmest such period on record.”Graphic courtesy NOAA

“Climate change isn’t the singular cause of catastrophe, but it has widened the expanse of social vulnerability to disasters.” Another sobering read on the state of unpreparedness that exists in the USA for the public health challenges of climate change.

The bright side of the incredible amount of Sahara dust that has drifted across the Atlantic from Africa to the southern United States is the fact that it’s squelched the possibility of tropical cyclone formation.

Here’s a look at the latest US Drought Portal. As of July 11 – 17, 2018, approximately 26.3% of the USA land area…or about 70 million people…were experiencing some level of dry/drought conditions. Among the hardest hit areas is the southern plains region.

Drought conditions are also ravaging many other areas of our planet. In Australia, these dire conditions can be seen in this startling photo essay.

Ozone is a beneficial element of our upper atmosphere. At ground level, it can cause significant health issues. Recent tests have found ozone levels in many USA national parks rival levels found in large cities.

Summer can be unbearable even without climate change. Add a warming world to the mix, and countries such as India could become almost unbearably hot for tens of millions.

SUMMER WEATHER SAFETY

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

That’s a wrap for this post! I’d like to welcome my new followers in social media…it’s great to have you along!

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Tornado Quest Science Links Week In Review For June 25 – July 2, 2018

Greetings everyone! This post will be on the brief side since I’m taking a bit of time off for the Independence Day holiday…and if you’re in the USA, I hope you’re having a great holiday week. Also, a belated Happy Canada Day for my followers and friends in Canada. I wanted to pass along a few interesting links and include some summer safety information, so let’s get started.

Please note: If you’re viewing this page on a mobile device and you see ads or a “box” saying you can get your local forecast or weather, those are from WordPress and not me. I have no control over their presence for the time being and, as I’ve always said, it’s best to get your weather information from a reliable and official source. Sorry for any inconvenience and thanks for understanding.

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

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Is the tide beginning to show signs of changing on our use of plastics? Considering the effects it has on our oceans, we’d better do something very soon.

How much do our cities contribute to the world’s carbon footprint? A substantial amount. Approximately 20% of the world’s carbon footprint can be linked to 100 cities.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

Here’s a fascinating read by Dr. Marshall Shepherd on hurricane behavior. “Why Hurricanes Almost Never Form Near Or Cross The Equator.”

This is an eye opening read from the World Meteorological Organization on the lessons learned from the 2017 Caribbean hurricane season.

Climate change has many disturbing trends and here’s one of them. “Meet America’s New Climate Normal: Towns That Flood When It Isn’t Raining.”

SUMMER SAFETY INFORMATION

As of this post, much of the contiguous USA is in the grips of a heat wave. While many areas in the sun belt are used to this heat, other folks aren’t. Regardless of where you live, you need to take some precautions. Heat doesn’t get the headlines that tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards, et al. do, but it is a lethal…and silent…killer. Here’s some links followed by infographics that I hope will be of help to you.

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

NOAA Weather Radio

Infographics courtesy NOAA/NWS

That’s a wrap for this post! Have a great Independence Day holiday everyone and stay safe!

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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