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Tornado Quest Science Week In Review For May 1 – 8. 2017 #HurricaneStrong

Hurricane Preparedness Week #HurricaneStrong has started for the USA. This week’s focus will be on preparing for these powerful storms. If you live in a hurricane prone region, now is the time to prepare. There are numerous websites from the National Weather Service, the American Red Cross, and FEMA that have helpful information.

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

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/RENEWABLES

With the current USA’s Environmental Protection Agency now out of the climate science business, here are some good resources to keep yourself informed.

Here’s some very good renewables news. According to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), a new wind turbine was installed every two and a half hours in the United States during the first quarter of 2017.

Arbor Day may only officially be celebrated once a year, but in reality every day can be arbor day.

In spite of improvements in many countries, air pollution still is a substantial public health issue round the world with developing countries having the most troubles.

The contentious atmosphere (no pun intended) surrounding the current presidential administration, the USA’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues with nefarious overtones.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

It’s Hurricane Preparedness Week in the USA from May 7 – 13, 2017. Now is the time to get prepared if you live in a hurricane prone region. The National Weather Service has a comprehensive hurricane preparedness website with all the information you need. On Twitter, you can also follow @NWS along the #hurricanePrep #HurricaneStrong & #ItOnlyTakesOne hashtags for more information.

Here’s a very nice infographic from the National Weather Service with a plethora of information on the WSR-88D weather radars that are an invaluable part of the forecasting and warning process.

NOAA has a very useful tool you can use to find out how climate change will affect your neighborhood.

Taking into consideration the recent changes in the Antarctic ice shelves, a major break could be imminent.

A slower rise in global temperatures from 1998 to 2012 has been hailed by climate change denialists as proof that Earth’s climate isn’t changing and future projections are irrelevant. In fact, new data show that the “hiatus” has no impact on long-term climate change projections.

Big changes in the broadcast meteorology field with the minority finally becoming the majority. Broadcast meteorologists are coming to the inevitable conclusion that they’re not only the only scientists their viewers will ever see on television, but that climate change is now a part of the essential information they must convey to their viewers.

The recent drought in California may be linked to a newly identified climate pattern.

This past week marked the eighteen anniversary of the 3 May 1999 Kansas and Oklahoma tornado outbreak, the largest outbreak to date in the history of Oklahoma. The National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, OK has a comprehensive retrospective with a wealth of information. And yes, it can and will happen again.

This past week also marked the tenth anniversary of the Greensburg, KS EF-5 tornado. Thanks to fast and effective warnings from the Dodge City, KS National Weather Service and good coverage by broadcast meteorologists, many people had plenty of warning. A few decades ago, a tornado of this magnitude would have resulted in dozens of fatalities.

We’ve not heard the last of this for a long, long time. “New York Times Wants To Offer Diverse Opinions. But On Climate, Facts Are Facts.”

Finally, some helpful lightning safety information courtesy the National Weather Service office in Burlington, VT. Every year approximately thirty people are killed and hundreds injured in the USA alone from lightning. Most if not all of these deaths and injuries are avoidable.

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

Cheers!


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Tornado Quest Science Links And Much More For July 5 – July 12, 2016

Greetings to one and all. I hope everyone’s week has been going well and the weather in your location is to your liking. There’s plenty of information to explore this week, so let’s get started.

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

ASTRONOMICAL SCIENCE

A very cool astronomy read. “Astronomers find evidence of water clouds in first spectrum of coldest brown dwarf.”

Talk about being lucky! The Earth could have had a searing hot atmosphere and Venus could have had a plethora of lush vegetation.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/RENEWABLES

A new twelve blade turbine tower is on the wind power scene. Let’s hope these catch on worldwide!

Living Shorelines could get a fast track to combat sea level rise and wetlands, sand dunes and mangroves could protect shorelines more inexpensively than walls and bulkheads.

While turning plastic garbage into energy may seem a good idea, it’s only truly environmentally responsible if it’s done in tandem with recycling…so let’s NOT forget recycling.

From Climate Central: “The Fort McMurray wildfire, driven by drought and climate change, was the costliest natural disaster in Canadian history, ringing up $3.58 billion in losses, according to the Insurance Bureau of Canada.”

In the UK, it’s time for a new clean air act. The current one is woefully out of date.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

An excellent read on the importance of social media and dissemination of severe weather warning information from the National Weather Service.

It’s an absolute monstrosity that sixteen children have died in hot cars this year in the USA. Each one of these deaths was 100% preventable in every way. Few people realize just how quickly deadly heat can build in a vehicle in relatively mild weather.

Look Before You Lock Heat Safety

Just after midnight on 7 July 2016, a heat burst occurred in southwestern OK that made the Hobart, OK mesonet temperate soar to 104F. What is a heat burst and what causes them?

OK Mesonet MapOklahoma Mesonet map of surface temperatures showing 104F reading at Hobart, OK.

An interesting read on the vast improvement in the status of the earth’s ozone layer.

A climate trend that has gone from an anomaly to the norm. “We Just Broke The Record For The Hottest Year, Nine Straight Times.”

Here’s a fascinating read for weather geeks…the curious case of Earth’s leaking atmosphere.

What’s the July weather like in Sweden? It’s actually quite active.

Unfortunately, there’s no end in sight for the trend of diminishing Arctic sea ice…which just hit a new low.

Agreeing on how to tackle the challenges of climate change can be exceptionally difficult.

More data and less politics would be most helpful. “Blind Study Fails To Support (Climate Change) Deniers.”

THE VISCERAL UNDERBELLY

If there was ever a reason for tort reform, this is it. The plaintiff in this debacle is quite a piece of work.

Someone please tell me this is a joke…and really didn’t receive millions in tax incentives. “Barge-Size Noah’s Ark Is A Creationist’s Wet Dream

That’s a wrap for this post!

As usual, I’d like to extend a warm welcome to my new followers in social media. It’s nice to have you along for the fun!

Cheers!

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Tornado Quest Science Links And Much, Much More For May 19 – 26, 2015

Multiple rounds of severe weather and flash flooding have made for a long and busy week for weather folks, from National Weather Service meteorologists, to broadcast meteorologists, and Skywarn spotters such as yours truly. Documenting the aftermath of storms, data as well as damage, is very time consuming as well…hence the (once again) brief post this week.

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

TECHNOLOGY/SOCIAL MEDIA

An amazing graphic. “The Trillion Fold Increase In Computing Power, Visualized.”

An interesting read that many should take note of. “Five Things You Should Never Share On Social Media.”

The internet is an incredible place with a wealth of information and beneficial social networking. It’s also fertile ground for the visceral underbelly. Instances of nefarious behavior such as this are one of many reasons Tornado Quest has a very thorough Social Media Policy.

CITIZEN SCIENCE

Citizen science is incredibly amazing since it can make most anyone a scientist.

Some citizen science and atmospheric science in this article. “Weathernews Inc Acquires Weathermob To Build The Future Of Crowdsourced Forecasts.”

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Our planet Earth has its own flag…and it’s quite a beauty!

If a proposed ban against a ban isn’t an example of dysfunctional Sooner state government, I don’t know what is. Like some more earthquakes, Oklahoma?

How do you keep wind turbines turning? The key is in careful spacing.

Here’s a very handy and informative guide to recycling household items.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

In consideration of the ongoing and dangerous flash flooding in much of the plains states, here’s the link to NOAA’s Turn Around, Don’t Drown flood safety website.

Latest US Drought Monitor shows significant drought improvement over portions of Oklahoma and Texas, but the status quo continues for California and Nevada.

Here’s some very nice “drone” video of tornado damage done in Broken Arrow, OK on 16 May 2015.

How does climate change stack up against other worst case scenarios? Take a look and consider the alternatives.

Couldn’t have written this better myself. “As Pope Francis prepares to deliver a powerful message on climate change, deniers are beginning to realize they haven’t got a prayer.

The impacts of El Nino are felt worldwide…and some areas suffer more than others.

That’s a wrap for this post!

I’d like to extend a sincere “welcome” to my new followers in social media. I’m glad you’re along for the ride. Tornado Quest can be found on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and Facebook. Once again…glad you’re here! Stick around…we’re here for the long haul.  🙂

Cheers!

Tornado Quest Science Links And Much More For Nov. 23 – 30, 2014

If you were celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday, I hope it was a good one and you had a grand time. Some folks in the northeastern USA states didn’t have such a grand time dealing with a snowstorm that could not have had “better” timing. If you ran that gauntlet and survived, congratulations. You deserve a medal.

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

CITIZEN SCIENCE

Christmas is coming and so is the Audubon Christmas Bird Count. Here’s how you can get involved.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/SUSTAINABILITY

How about some good news. The largest solar plant in the USA is running full throttle. We need to see more of this…and soon.

Check out these cool wind turbines that are made for home-scale energy needs. I’d certainly give one of these a whirl.

This was only a matter of time. Farmers are discovering the benefits of renewable energy.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

No surprise here. “In the ski business, there are no climate deniers.”

An all too often overlooked topic. The effects of climate change driven heatwaves on an aging population.

A very important U.N. climate summit is underway in Lima, Peru. This one is especially important due to the potential accomplishments.

No secret to those in the know. Risks from extreme weather are “significant and increasing.”

Very interesting read on using past climate data to better understand the El Nino’s of the future.

A very creative use of robotic technology to study the secrets of the southern oceans.

And that’s a wrap for this week. Stay curious folks…it’s good for the brain.

Cheers!

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