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.
- It’s the holiday season and many of you will be buying or receiving a mobile device or a NOAA weather radio as a gift. That device or radio could save your life. There are many ways to receive potentially life-saving weather information and a decent app or a NOAA weather radio can provide you with more weather information than you may realize. NOAA weather radios should be as common in households and workplaces as smoke/carbon monoxide detectors. So, if you get a mobile device, find a reliable, high-quality weather app with the capability to send warnings. If you get a NOAA weather radio and already have a mobile device with a good weather app, you’re far ahead than most folks.
- The scientific method along with critical thinking have led to substantial scientific progress especially since the Enlightenment. Unfortunately, there is a certain subculture and strain within 21st century society that would gleefully take civilization back to the Dark Ages.
- The gigantic storm on Jupiter known as the Great Red Spot has been raging for hundreds of years. In spite of recent concerns, this storm has no plans of dissipating in any way.
- This is a legitimate concern. “Global 5G Wireless Deal Threatens Weather Forecasts.” Meteorologists say international standards for wireless technology could degrade crucial satellite measurements of water vapour.
- In spite of sincere efforts, air quality across the USA has gotten worse since 2016 according to a new study. Obviously, that has substantial health ramifications.
- While on the topic of air quality, there is an uptick in hospital visits with an increase in air pollution.
- This is a socially awkward scenario that frequently happens during the Thanksgiving-Christmas holiday, but truth be known can happen year round. “Help! There’s a climate denier at my dinner table.”
- The beginning of December brings the start of the meteorological winter in the northern hemisphere. With that comes the beginning of certain hazards that are often overlooked. Here’s an excellent publication from NOAA’s National Weather Service that thoroughly covers winter storms safety. Winter Storms: The Deceptive Killer. (12 page PDF file.)
- The end of November brings the official end of the Atlantic hurricane season. By all metrics, it was an above average year and not a little influenced by climate change. Here’s a very nice & concise overview of an Atlantic hurricane years that will go in the record books.
- 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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