Greetings once again to one and all! Here’s a more concise overview of my intro from the last few weeks. After a few months on hiatus for health reasons, I’ve decided to resume this weekly blog of my choice of top ten science reads from the past week. This will be published every Friday between 2:00pm and 3:00pm Central USA Time (2000 UTC to 2100 UTC). Coverage will be what my followers in social media are interested in and other topics that are of scientific importance; astronomy, weather and meteorology, climate and climate change, environmental science topics, the occasional quixotic read, and much, much more. On a personal note, I appreciate the many best wishes for a speedy recovery during my rehabilitation from prostate cancer surgery. To say it is a daunting challenge is an understatement. A medical situation such as this certainly has made me take pause and reevaluate the priorities in my life. On that note, let’s get started on this week’s reads.
- In spite of the focus on winter weather, this infographic is an excellent start to an emergency supply kit for your car. Regardless of the season and how far you may be traveling, many of these items are essential for your safety while traveling in a variety of weather conditions. Don’t forget your NOAA weather radio too!
- Contrary to popular opinion, water has been found to be a quite common element in our solar system. “NASA Scientists Confirm Water Vapor on Europa.”
- A very important health read on a vastly underrated hazard to your well being. “Ultrafine Particles are an Emerging Environmental Health Risk.”
- While on the topic of unhealthy air, a recent study has evidence that the air pollution in your location may be coming from another state. Furthermore, the study also found that exposure to the toxic pollutants can vary by race and income.
- This is a tornado of a very different variety. Having seen one in person, I can attest to their ferocity and potentially fatal nature. “Can Scientists Predict Fire Tornadoes? Inside The Effort To Understand Wildfire Season’s Scariest Phenomenon.”
- Every year, we are seeing very powerful tropical storms in the regions that are prone to these powerful storms. Recently, we may have witnessed and documented the eighth strongest tropical cyclone on record.
- According to recent date, winds across our home planet are increasing in many areas. For the time being, that’s good for wind energy.
- Tackling the myriad of challenges concerning climate change is a daunting task. While some industries are doing their best, others (steel and concrete production) have far to go in terms of carrying their own weight.
- Myths and conspiracy theories don’t age well…especially when scrutinized under the rigors of the scientific method. Here is three ridiculous gems of climate change denialists that didn’t pass the muster in any way, shape, or form.
- Last but certainly not least, #Movember continues! This is one month of the year when men around the globe grow facial hair in support of conscious raising efforts to bring awareness of specific men’s health issues. For more information, please check out the Movember website!
That’s a wrap for this post! If you’re on Twitter, Instagram, or Tumblr, so is Tornado Quest. I’d like to thank so many of you again for all the thoughtful comments I’ve received over the past few weeks. As of this post, I’m still recovering well from surgery. Cancer does not have to be an automatic death sentence and I have no intention of giving up this fight and will accept nothing but absolute and total victory. If you’re a male over the age of 40, you should discuss getting your PSA tested with your doctor. The Prostate Cancer Foundation is only one of many reputable sites with further information.
Cheers…and Good Luck!
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