Greetings once again to one and all! There’s plenty of topics to cover this week. The Australian brushfires are still a big story. In the coming months, an analysis of this unprecedented event will take place. In atmospheric science news, our changing climate is front and center as we reach, by some accounts, a point of no return. On a more personal note, I appreciate the continued best wishes for a speedy recovery during my rehabilitation from prostate cancer surgery. On that note, let’s get started on this week’s reads.
- In geological time, this was yesterday. Regardless, it’s fascinating to read about an event that happened on our planet hundreds of thousands of years ago. “Almost 800,000 Years Ago, an Enormous Meteorite Struck Earth. Now We Know Where.”
- The brushfires that have devastated parts of Australia were caused in large part by climate change. Now, those very fires are adding to the climate change problem.
- The current Australian prime minister is quite a piece of work. “The (Australia) Government Has Been Forced To Talk About Climate Change, So It’s Taking A Subtle – And Sinister – Approach.”
- “Ocean temperatures hit record high as rate of heating accelerate.” Oceans are clearest measure of climate crisis as they absorb 90% of heat trapped by greenhouse gases.
- The USA is very likely to see thousands of deaths annually from car accidents, suicide, drowning and other fatal injuries because of climate change, even if the world manages to hold temperature rises to the Paris climate deal’s target of 2°C.
- The extent of the smoke from the Australian brushfires is almost unimaginable. Satellite images from NOAA shows the smoky haze spreading over South America and the smoke plume itself is almost as large as the contiguous USA.
- This was a badly needed upgrade in weather forecasting computer models. “The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), one of the most accurate predictors of global weather, is upgrading its supercomputer to improve its models and fine-tune predictions of extreme weather.”
- Clearing up cloudy climate predictions. This new research will study clouds & their role in climate change.
- This is likely going to be the biggest climate story of 2020 for some time. After a great deal of objective analysis, a report from NOAA and NASA says that 2019 was the second warmest year on record for our planet.
- Last but not least…if you love snow as much as I do, feast your eyes on these amazing images. “Macro photos of snowflakes show impossibly perfect designs.”
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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