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.
- Our solar systems Sun is not an easy object to study. Recently, NASA made some startling discoveries about solar wind which has a direct effect on our planet Earth.
- The UN climate talks have been taking place in Madrid. Here’s a concise overview of some of COP25’s most important topics.
- Whether before the climate talks started, or after they’ve finished, many ask, “What is the UN’s COP25 climate summit, and why does it matter?“
- According to new data from the World Meteorological Organization, “The last decade has been one of “exceptional” heat around the world, and was almost certainly the hottest on record, while the oceans have also warmed to record levels and grown far more acidic.”
- Along with the aforementioned exceptional heat is a startling increase in global CO2 emissions.
- Finally, with global warming in mind, the polar regions are not going to fare well.
- Fire tornadoes are not uncommon in wildfires. There are many mechanisms that will lead to fire tornado formation. Here’s a look at how one fire tornado with the California Camp Fire formed.
- From the Capital Weather Gang, an excellent review of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season. “Freak storms of 2019 Atlantic hurricane season left trail of destruction and revealed climate change fingerprints.”
- The latest North American Drought Portal is out. During October 2019, drought conditions increased substantially across much of the contiguous USA.
- Last but certainly not least, #Movember has officially wrapped up. But, that doesn’t mean that physical and mental health issues for men could or should take a back seat to any other concern. Men around the globe (including yours truly) continue 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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