Tornado Quest Top Ten Science Links For February 9 – 16, 2019

Greetings to one and all! Winter is still packing a punch across many areas of North America…and Australia is still reeling from a brutal heat wave. In astronomy news, the Mars Opportunity Rover is no more, but not after fifteen years of gathering spectacular images and data. There’s quite an array of topics to review, so let’s get started.

Let’s start off with a fascinating astronomy read. “A Solar Flare ’10 Billion Times More Powerful’ Than Earth’s Sun Blasted Out of Orion’s Sword.

Here’s an interesting read on NASA research and looking for more answers on the origins of life.

Understanding the upper levels of our atmosphere is key to comprehending the weather that we experience at ground level. “Why This ‘Atmospheric River’ Could Cause Mudslides and ‘Roofalanches’ in California

Space weather is a fascinating topic that can result in spectacular displays…but there’s a difference between the northern and southern lights.

After fifteen years of spectacular performance, the Mars Opportunity Rover has fallen silent. Here’s a salute to a job exceptionally well done.

The latest US Drought Monitor is out. Save for some very dry areas in the Four Corners region and Oregon, the majority of the USA is in decent shape for February.

There’s an El Nino in progress. This will have world-wide climate consequences. We’ll have to find out what transpires, but this particular one doesn’t appear to be exceptionally potent.

There’s not a little heated discussion over a new weather forecasting model that’ll be in use very soon. Not all progress is easy. Ultimately, the scientific method will be key in its evolution and success.

Whether you like it or not, climate change will have a drastic effect on the climate patterns for many major metropolitan areas across the USA. Many northern cities will “enjoy” the brutal summers that those of us in the southern states consider routine. A link to the climate mapping project is included with this interesting read.

Arctic ice melt is increasing at a disturbingly rapid rate. Scientists are on the hunt to track down all sources of the black carbon soot that is largely responsible.

Last but not least, the original Tornado Quest blog can be found for your reference convenience at this link.Effectively immediately, it will no longer be updated.

Winter Weather Safety

Winter’s going to be around for many more weeks in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s never too late to review winter weather safety information. Here are some helpful winter weather links that will help you stay safe.

Infographic courtesy NWS Fort Worth, Texas

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

Ready.gov Basic Disaster Supply Kit Info

Preparing Your Pets For Disasters And Emergencies

That’s a wrap for this post! Here’s a warm “Welcome” for 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!

Cheers!

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