Tornado Quest Top Ten Science Links Picks For January 28 – February 2, 2019

Greetings everyone! Whether you’re shivering in winter cold or broiling in summer heat, I hope you’re fairing well. The past few days have been a good example of temperature extremes in both hemispheres.

The new Tornado Quest website is up and running but, as is always the case with new transitions, there are bugs to work out and things that need polishing. I appreciate the positive feedback I’ve received so far. This blog will also be included for reference on the new site in the near future.

There are plenty of topics to cover, so let’s get started.

  1. One of the most frustrating aspects of being a scientist is the challenge of good science communication to the general public. When politicians, lawmakers, et al. get into the fray for political means, scientists have to take on damage control…and that’s not an easy job.
  2. A thought provoking read on science and it’s connection to politics…which has existed forever.
  3. This is a fascinating look at the building blocks of our universe and how they keep changing.
  4. The Curiosity Rover is doing some pretty amazing things on Mars. Here’s a fascinating read on how the rover is getting important data on the geology of the red planet.
  5. Winter can have some pretty amazing weather phenomenon. Thunder-snow is a perfect example. Here’s a great read on some of the quirky things that happen when the temperatures are at their coldest.
  6. The Polar Vortex has been in the news a great deal as of late due to the brutal cold across much of North America. The Polar Vortex is a very important element of our atmosphere and the weather and climate that is a part of your every day life. “The Polar Vortex Is Collapsing – Here’s What That Means For Your Winter Weather.”
  7. Here’s another very good concise explanation of the Polar Vortex. “What Is This Polar Vortex That Is Freezing The USA?
  8. While much of North America was in frigid temperatures, Australians were sweating it out in brutal heat. “For the first time since records began, the country’s mean temperature in January exceeded 30C (86F), according to the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM), which said daily extremes – in some places just short of 50C – were unprecedented.”
  9. The latest US Drought Monitor is out…with the exception of the Four Corners region and Oregon, most of the USA is in decent shape.
  10. The recent cold snap across much of North America made big news, but it is only for a small part of our planet. 2019 is getting off to a warm start globally…and that’s not good.


With some of the coldest air for many years over North America and many weeks of winter left, here are some helpful links on staying safe. It’s never too late to review winter weather safety information. These links will help you get started.

National Weather Service Homepage

Winter Weather Safety and Awareness

Winter Storms: The Deceptive Killers

National Weather Service Wind Chill Chart

National Weather Service Printable PDF Wind Chill Chart

NOAA Weather Radio

Interactive NOAA Weather Radio Coverage Map Basic Disaster Supply Kit Info

Preparing Your Pets For Disasters And Emergencies

That’s a wrap for this post! I’d like to send a big “Welcome” to my new followers in social media and sincere “Thank You” for my long-time followers! Thanks a million for all the support and kind words. Your friendship and loyalty is appreciated a great deal! Remember…there’s no such thing as “boring” weather…just different types of good weather!


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