Tornado Quest Top Science Links For February 26 – March 5, 2022

Interesting shelf cloud formations often precede strong to severe thunderstorms.

Greetings to everyone! Happy meteorological spring to folks in the northern hemisphere, and autumn in the southern hemisphere! I hope this weeks post finds all of you healthy and your week is going well. With the arrival of spring across North America, the change in seasons means an increase in severe weather activity. We’ll start off this week with a series of severe weather safety infographics to help you prepare for the coming storms. There are many other topics to cover this week, so let’s get started.


The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, OK is responsible for severe weather forecasts and issuing severe weather watches for the USA. This infographic explains the risk categories and the expected hazards.

Storm Prediction Center Severe Weather Risk Categories And Associated Hazards. Infographic courtesy NWS.

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

Infographic courtesy NOAA/NWS

That’s a wrap for this post! Thanks to everyone for stopping by. A big ‘Thank You’ to my followers in social media. If you’re on Twitter, Tumblr, or Instagram, let’s connect! As for the COVID-19 pandemic, get vaccinated, sport a good fitting quality mask, practice good hand-washing hygiene, mind your social distancing, stay positive, and test negative!

See you next Saturday!

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Tornado Quest Top Ten Science Picks For February 28 – March 6, 2020 – #science #weather #meteorology #tornado #severeweather #tnwx #climate #climatechange #environment #citizenscience #citsci #weatherready #astronomy

Greetings once again to one and all! Plenty of interesting topics to cover this week. In atmospheric science news, our changing climate is front and center and will be for many years as humanity grapples with the best path of adaptation. On a more personal note, I appreciate the continued best wishes for recovery and good health during my rehabilitation from prostate cancer surgery. You folks are awesome! Now…let’s get started on this week’s reads.

Storm Prediction Center Severe Weather Risk Categories And Associated Hazards.

An emergency kit is also an essential part of severe weather preparedness. This handy checklist from the American Red Cross will help you get started. Since severe weather and other weather-related disasters can occur year round, it’s an excellent idea to have this at the ready regardless of where you live or the month/season.

Infographic courtesy American Red Cross

That’s a wrap for this post! I’d like to extend a warm welcome to my new followers in social media. I’m glad you’re along for the fun! If you’re on Twitter, Instagram, or Tumblr, so am I and I invite you to enjoy me. Once again I’d like to thank so many of you for all the thoughtful comments I’ve received as of late. 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 an excellent website with further information.

Cheers…and Good Luck!

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Tornado Quest Top Ten Science Links Picks For January 28 – February 2, 2019

Greetings everyone! Whether you’re shivering in winter cold or broiling in summer heat, I hope you’re fairing well. The past few days have been a good example of temperature extremes in both hemispheres.

The new Tornado Quest website is up and running but, as is always the case with new transitions, there are bugs to work out and things that need polishing. I appreciate the positive feedback I’ve received so far. This blog will also be included for reference on the new site in the near future.

There are plenty of topics to cover, so let’s get started.

  1. One of the most frustrating aspects of being a scientist is the challenge of good science communication to the general public. When politicians, lawmakers, et al. get into the fray for political means, scientists have to take on damage control…and that’s not an easy job.
  2. A thought provoking read on science and it’s connection to politics…which has existed forever.
  3. This is a fascinating look at the building blocks of our universe and how they keep changing.
  4. The Curiosity Rover is doing some pretty amazing things on Mars. Here’s a fascinating read on how the rover is getting important data on the geology of the red planet.
  5. Winter can have some pretty amazing weather phenomenon. Thunder-snow is a perfect example. Here’s a great read on some of the quirky things that happen when the temperatures are at their coldest.
  6. The Polar Vortex has been in the news a great deal as of late due to the brutal cold across much of North America. The Polar Vortex is a very important element of our atmosphere and the weather and climate that is a part of your every day life. “The Polar Vortex Is Collapsing – Here’s What That Means For Your Winter Weather.”
  7. Here’s another very good concise explanation of the Polar Vortex. “What Is This Polar Vortex That Is Freezing The USA?
  8. While much of North America was in frigid temperatures, Australians were sweating it out in brutal heat. “For the first time since records began, the country’s mean temperature in January exceeded 30C (86F), according to the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM), which said daily extremes – in some places just short of 50C – were unprecedented.”
  9. The latest US Drought Monitor is out…with the exception of the Four Corners region and Oregon, most of the USA is in decent shape.
  10. The recent cold snap across much of North America made big news, but it is only for a small part of our planet. 2019 is getting off to a warm start globally…and that’s not good.


With some of the coldest air for many years over North America and many weeks of winter left, here are some helpful links on staying safe. It’s never too late to review winter weather safety information. These links will help you get started.

National Weather Service Homepage

Winter Weather Safety and Awareness

Winter Storms: The Deceptive Killers

National Weather Service Wind Chill Chart

National Weather Service Printable PDF Wind Chill Chart

NOAA Weather Radio

Interactive NOAA Weather Radio Coverage Map Basic Disaster Supply Kit Info

Preparing Your Pets For Disasters And Emergencies

That’s a wrap for this post! I’d like to send a big “Welcome” to my new followers in social media and sincere “Thank You” for my long-time followers! Thanks a million for all the support and kind words. Your friendship and loyalty is appreciated a great deal! Remember…there’s no such thing as “boring” weather…just different types of good weather!


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