Tornado Quest Top Ten Science Links For February 23 – March 2, 2019

Greetings to one and all…and say “Hello” to the beginning of meteorological spring in the Northern Hemisphere! With the current cold weather currently in place across much of North America, spring may seem months away, but it will be here soon enough. For folks south of the equator, autumn is just beginning. Speaking of changing seasons, it’s time to prepare across the USA and Canada for the severe weather season. Starting this week, I’ve included some helpful links to get you started. Starting in March, we’ll see a significant uptick in severe thunderstorm and tornado activity. Now’s the time to re-familiarize yourself with weather information particular to those events and prepare your emergency kit and plans. Let’s get started on the rest of this weeks topics.

  1. This is a fascinating, and concise, timeline of the evolution of life on our humble planet.
  2. Take a look at this six-foot long carnivorous dinosaur that’s linked to a much larger cousin that we know as Tyrannosaurus Rex.
  3. Here’s a fascinating look at WFIRST…a new telescope with the power of 100 Hubble telescopes.
  4. Check out this collection of spectacular images of planet Earth from land and sea.
  5. Here’s a good reminder of the strong connection between climate and public health. “2015-2016 El Nino triggered disease outbreaks across globe.”
  6. As our climate changes, the oxygen level in our oceans will change…and that will have a deleterious effect on ocean life.
  7. What is “normal” weather to one person may be extreme to another…for the time being.
  8. Here’s another look at how people interpret weather…this time, the study looks at about 2 billion Twitter posts.
  9. This is an interesting interview with David Wallace-Wells, author of “The Uninhabitable Earth” on how climate change can have an effect on society’s perception of time.
  10. At the current rate fossil fuel use, we run the risk of having the Earth, “warm by more than 14°C above the pre-industrial level.”

Last but not least, the original Tornado Quest blog can be found for your reference convenience at this link. Please note that effective February 2019 it will no longer be updated.


With the arrival of March, we’ll notice a substantial uptick in severe thunderstorm, tornado, and flooding events. Here’s a list of sites that I hope you’ll find helpful. This will give you a good starting point to prepare for the severe weather season.

Infographic courtesy NWS

National Weather Service Homepage

Storm Prediction Center

National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center

NOAA Weather Radio

Interactive NOAA Weather Radio Coverage Map

Sky Watcher Cloud Chart: An excellent 2 page PDF file from NOAA and NASA on cloud types and and information on how clouds form.

Tornadoes, Lightning, & Thunderstorms: Nature’s Most Violent Storms (PDF file)

Tornado Safety Rules from the Storm Prediction Center

Highway Overpasses As Tornado Shelters (Slide Presentation)

The Online Tornado FAQ

Facts About Derechos

American Red Cross Severe Weather Safety Information

Flash Flooding: Turn Around, Don’t Drown Basic Disaster Supply Kit Info

Preparing Your Pets For Disasters And Emergencies

Infographic courtesy American Red Cross

Please keep in mind that ONLY NOAA weather radio, your local National Weather Service office, or reliable broadcast media are the BEST sources of important, timely, and potentially life-saving weather information, watches, and warnings! None of the links on this page should be used for life-&-death decisions or the protection of property!

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