Tornado Quest Top Science Links For March 19 – 26, 2022

Greetings to everyone! Happy Spring Equinox to everyone north of the equator and Happy Autumnal Equinox to the folks down south. I hope this weeks post finds all of you healthy and doing well. We’ll continue sharing severe weather preparedness information this week with a infographic on taking shelter during a tornado warning. There are many other interesting topics to cover this week including a must-read on storm chasing, so let’s get started.

  • Renewables and sustainability isn’t limited to sources of energy. How and what we use to construct structures is just as important to the big picture.
  • An ominous sign of what is to come. An ice shelf the size of the city of Rome has collapsed in Antarctica. This is, literally, the tip of the iceberg.
  • Speaking of Antarctica, hot poles, whether they be the North Pole or South Pole, are never good. Simultaneous melting at both is never good and nothing short of stunning.
  • As our climate changes, some people across the USA are packing up and moving cross country to remove their families and belongings out of harms way of changes that are only going to worsen with time.
  • This is an excellent essay by the inimitable research meteorologist Chuck Doswell that is as relevant (or even MORE so today) as when it was written about twenty years ago. “Storm Chasing with Safety, Courtesy, and Responsibility.”
  • Here’s an excellent read on changes in USA tornado occurrence patterns and their ramifications for people in the storm’s path.

SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY

This is an excellent and concise overview. Where you take shelter is often just as important as taking shelter in the first place. The bad and worst options should be avoided at all costs since a high percentage of deaths and injuries from a tornado occur in these locations.

Infographic courtesy NOAA

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, Instagram, or Facebook, let’s connect! As for the COVID-19 pandemic, stay safe, stay positive, and test negative!

See you next Saturday!

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Tornado Quest Top Ten Science Links For August 7 – 14, 2020 #science #climate #climatechange #weather #meteorology #droughtmonitor #hurricane #hurricaneprep #disasterprep #antarctica #iceshelf #astronomy

A trio of tropical cyclones in the Atlantic basin and Gulf of Mexico. Image courtesy NOAA/NWS

Greetings to everyone! I hope everyone out there is staying healthy and faring well in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve plenty of interesting topics to cover this week. In atmospheric science, our changing climate is a daunting challenge and finding a long-term path of human adaptation is far easier said than done. The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season has also gotten off to an active start with, as of this post, nine named storms for the 2020 season. We’ll also take a look at a checklist for assembling an emergency kit and hurricane preparedness…so let’s get started.

HURRICANE AND DISASTER PREPAREDNESS

The Atlantic and central Pacific have become quite active with several tropical cyclones this summer. In the central and eastern Pacific, several named storms have taken place. The Atlantic has been unusually active with nine named storms having taken place to date…and the peak of hurricane season is still ahead. NOAA has a great website to help you get ready with plenty of helpful tips and infographics to help you get the supplies you may need.

This handy checklist from the American Red Cross will help you put together an emergency kit for a variety of weather scenarios. For folks living in regions prone to hurricanes, now is the time to assemble your kits for home and your place of work.

Infographic courtesy American Red Cross

I would be remiss to not remind folks to stick with trusted and reliable sources for your weather information. A NOAA weather radio is essential and should be as common in homes and workplaces as smoke detectors…regardless of where you live in the USA and its territories. Of course, broadcast meteorologists of your choice are always an excellent source with potentially life-saving information that is specific to your local situation. Bottom line: use discretion very carefully and avoid hypesters, shills, and attention-seekers at all cost…and think before you click.

Infographic courtesy NOAA/NWS

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, let’s connect! Once again I’d like to thank so many of you for all the thoughtful comments I’ve received as of late regarding my prostate cancer treatment. I’m doing well and am further bolstered by your words of encouragement and support. 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. As for COVID-19, please stay home if possible, practice good personal hygiene, mind your social distancing, sport a spiffy mask, stay safe, and stay healthy!

Cheers…Stay Healthy…and Good Luck!

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Tornado Quest Top Ten Science Reads For October 6 – 12, 2019 #science #climate #weather

Greetings to one and all! After a few months on hiatus for health reasons, I’ve decided to resume the weekly blog with a subjective view of the top ten science reads from the past week. This post will be published every Saturday between 12:00pm and 2:00pm Central USA Time (1800 UTC – 200 UTC). As I mentioned, the selection will be subjective, but lean heavily towards what my followers in social media are interested in. There will be seasonal emphasis on the severe weather season across North America and the Atlantic hurricane season. During the next few weeks, there will be a few kinks to be ironed out, so expect a few bugs and/or changes to come along. The topics will be from a wide variety of science interests; astronomy, weather and meteorology, climate and climate change, environmental science topics, the occasional quixotic read, and much, much more. On a more personal note, I appreciate the ‘good vibes’ and wishes for a speedy recovery as I am in the middle of a long rehabilitation regime from prostate cancer surgery. I have a daunting challenge ahead of me and your kind and caring words mean the world to me. A medical situation such as this certainly has made me take pause and reevaluate the priorities in my life.

Without further delay, let’s get started on this week’s links.

  • While the focus of this article in on hurricanes, it can easily apply to many other disasters; tornadoes, flash floods, blizzards, earthquakes, etc. “Cell Phone Service Must Be Restored Quicker after Hurricanes.
  • Last but not least, there are several more weeks left in the Atlantic hurricane season. While the tropics are quiet for now, it’s never too late to have a preparedness plan in place. My Hurricane Preparedness Page can be a helpful starting point to prepare for the storm you hope never happens.

That’s a wrap for this post! If you’re on Twitter, Instagram, or Tumblr, let’s connect. The links for my accounts are below. And thanks so much again for all the thoughtful comments I’ve received over the past few weeks. Cancer does not have to be a automatic death sentence, and I have no intention of giving up this fight and will accept nothing but absolute and total victory.

Cheers!

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This is a lot of ice! “315 billion-tonne iceberg breaks off #Antarctica.” (Scientists say while there’s much to be concerned about in Antarctica, there is no cause for alarm yet for this particular ice shelf.) @BBCNews #climate

“While there is much to be concerned about in Antarctica, there is no cause for alarm yet for this particular ice shelf.” www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-49885450