Tornado Quest Top Ten Science Picks For April 3 – 10, 2020 #science #weather #meteorology #severeweather #tornado #climate #climatechange #environment #weatherready #coronavirus #covid19 #pandemic #health

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. The coronavirus and Covid-19 situation is foremost on everyone’s mind with a world-wide pandemic that’s like nothing the world’s current population has ever seen. Additionally, the spring severe weather season is in full swing across the contiguous USA. We’ll cover that topic and more with this week’s picks…so let’s get started.

SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS

To be fully prepared for the increase in severe weather events, it’s important to understand the difference between a Watch and a Warning.

Infographic courtesy NWS

Here’s a quick reminder on where you can take shelter in your home. With the peak of severe weather activity in full swing, now is a good time to prepare your safe place.

Infographic courtesy NOAA/NWS

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. As for the coronavirus, please stay home if possible, practice good personal hygiene, mind your social distancing, stay safe, and stay healthy!

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Tornado Quest Top Ten Science Picks For March 6 – 13, 2020 – #science #weather #meteorology #tornado #severeweather #climate #climatechange #environment #weatherready #airquality #health #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. The coronavirus is the big story with the USA now under, as of 13 March 2020, a national emergency. Now…let’s get started on this week’s reads.

For our severe weather preparedness tip for this week, let’s touch on two topics…reliable and official sources of weather forecasts, watches, and warnings, and then, the difference between a severe weather watch and warning.

This infographic says it all concisely, clearly, and makes no mistake that you should only follow important severe weather information from trusted weather sources.

Infographic courtesy NOAA/NWS

If by chance you are in an area where severe weather is forecast, it’s important to know the difference between a severe thunderstorm or tornado watch and a warning.

Infographic courtesy NWS Amarillo, TX

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. As for the coronavirus, please follow good personal hygiene and prescribed by official sources, stay safe, and stay healthy!

Cheers…and Good Luck!

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Tornado Quest Top Ten Science Reads For February 7 – 14, 2020 #science #weather #meteorology #climate #climatechange #stateoftheclimate #environment #education #airquality #pollution #spaceweather #dinosaur

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. Antarctica may have set an all-time record high temperature and, according to some sources, we may see a repeat in 2020 of the devastating 2019 USA floods. On a more personal note, I appreciate the continued best wishes for recovery during my rehabilitation from prostate cancer surgery. On that note, let’s get started on this week’s reads.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.com
Data map courtesy NOAA

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 over the past few weeks. 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 an excellent website with further information.

Cheers…and Good Luck!

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Tornado Quest Top Ten Science Reads For January 17 – 24 , 2020 #science #weather #weatherforecasting #meteorology #climate #climatechange #australia #brushfire #nasa #noaa #environment

Greetings once again to one and all! Plenty of interesting topics to cover this week. The Australian brushfires are still a big story if for no other reason that it is a watershed event. 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 a speedy recovery during my rehabilitation from prostate cancer surgery. On that note, let’s get started on this week’s reads.

Photography credit: Matthew Abbott/New York Times/Redux/eyevine
Infographic courtesy NOAA

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 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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Tornado Quest Top Ten Science Reads For December 13 – 20, 2019 #weather #climate #climatechange #environment

Greetings once again to one and all! If the December holidays are a part of your life, I hope the season’s going well for you. 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). 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.

Infographic courtesy NWS Mobile, AL

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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Tornado Quest Top Ten Science Links For May 18 – 25, 2019

Greetings everyone! I hope the weather’s to your liking no matter where you live. Here in the Great Plains of the USA, it’s been a wild May with a significant amount of severe weather activity complete with numerous tornadoes and record setting floods across many states. There’s plenty to review this week, so let’s get started.

  1. Communicating scientific concepts and theories to the general public is one of the most daunting challenges scientists (and citizen scientists) will face. Often, misunderstanding how science and the scientific method fosters an atmosphere of anti-science hostility. Here’s an interesting and informative read on how to reverse the assault on science that has been going full steam in recent years.
  2. By the year 2100, sea level rise could reach levels that are much more than currently feared.
  3. If you’ve ever had a sneaking suspicion that China isn’t living up to it’s environmental obligations, you would be correct. They’re not only playing dice with their citizens, but life as we know it the world over.
  4. For some regions of our planet, it’s “double trouble” with a health endangering fight between air pollution and increases in CO2.
  5. Our planet’s biodiversity is bigger than most of us can comprehend. Here’s an interesting look at how the biodiversity is allocated…and how much it would weigh.
  6. Are hurricanes getting stronger and is climate change playing a part? According to some new data, the answer is in the affirmative.
  7. The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, OK is like no other weather forcasting office in the world. Here’s an inside view of how this amazing part of NOAA works.
  8. The latest State Of The Climate report is out. “The global land and ocean surface temperature departure from average for April 2019 was the second highest for the month of April in the 140-year NOAA global temperature dataset record, which dates back to 1880. The year-to-date temperature was the third warmest January–April on record.”
  9. The latest USA Drought Monitor has some surprising news. Drought coverage for the USA has hit a 20 year low. Unfortunately, this has come at the expense of dangerous flooding across several great plains states.
  10. Last but not least, the NOAA Atlantic hurricane season outlook has been released. There are many variables involved, but as of now, a relatively normal season is expected.
Infographic courtesy NOAA

SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY AND PREPAREDNESS

Here are some links and infographics that will provide a starting point for gathering online severe weather information. I hope you find plentiful information here that will help you become better prepared as we navigate one of the most volatile climactic seasons on our planet.

Testing your NOAA weather radio year round is one of the best ways to stay informed on weather conditions for your area regardless of the season. Many National Weather Service offices conduct weekly tests. It’s also a good idea to replace the batteries in your NOAA weather radio when you change batteries in your smoke/carbon monoxide detectors.

Infographic courtesy NOAA/NWS

When severe weather is forecast, it is assigned a risk category. Hazards exist in all categories, hence it’s important to be aware of all of them. Note: tornadoes can and do occur even in Marginal Risk areas…and a Slight Risk does not mean that storms will be “slightly” severe.

Infographic courtesy NOAA/NWS

After thunderstorms form, they are carefully observed with Doppler Radar. This infographic explains how this amazing technology works and how its progressed over the years.

Infographic courtesy NOAA/NWS

When severe weather is anticipated, a Severe Thunderstorm or Tornado Watch will be issued. It’s very important to know the difference between a Watch and a Warning.

Infographic courtesy NWS Amarillo, Texas
Infographic courtesy NOAA/NWS

If a TORNADO WARNING is issued, it means you need to take cover immediately. Where you take cover can sometimes be a life-or-death situation.

Infographic courtesy NOAA/NWS
Infographic courtesy NWS Norman, OK

If a TORNADO WARNING is issued and you are in the warned area, there are good options and bad options for taking shelter. The choice can sometimes be a life-and-death decision. Bad options have killed countless people in recent years.

Infographic courtesy NOAA/NWS

One of the most onerous and dangerous behaviors during severe weather is the practice of “sheltering’ under an overpass. Under no circumstances should anyone engage in this life-threatening activity.

Infographic courtesy NWS Norman, OK

Here are more links that will help you prepare and stay informed during the severe weather season.

National Weather Service Homepage

Storm Prediction Center

National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center

NOAA Weather Radio

Interactive NOAA Weather Radio Coverage Map

Sky Watcher Cloud Chart: An excellent 2 page PDF file from NOAA and NASA on cloud types and and information on how clouds form.

Tornadoes, Lightning, & Thunderstorms: Nature’s Most Violent Storms (PDF file)

Tornado Safety Rules from the Storm Prediction Center

Highway Overpasses As Tornado Shelters (Slide Presentation)

The Online Tornado FAQ

Facts About Derechos

American Red Cross Severe Weather Safety Information

Flash Flooding: Turn Around, Don’t Drown

Preparing Your Pets For Disasters And Emergencies

Ready.gov Basic Disaster Supply Kit Info

This excellent Emergency Kit checklist from the American Red Cross is very helpful in assisting you while you compile items for your kit. A kit like this should be available year round…there are many winter weather scenarios where the same items will come in handy.

Infographic courtesy American Red Cross

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 weather information, watches, and warnings! None of the links on this page should be used for life-&-death decisions or the protection of property!

That’s a wrap for this post! To my new followers, I’d like to extend a sincere “Welcome” and thank you for being a part of the fun. For my long-time followers, your loyalty is deeply appreciated. Thanks so much for the support and kind words!

Cheers!

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Tornado Quest Top Ten Science Links For May 4 – 11, 2019

Greetings to one and all! The severe weather season across North America has been in full force the past few days with a number of very potent events. There’s a plethora of topics to cover this week, so let’s get started.

  1. The last twenty years has seen an unprecedented amount of information, news, editorials, op-eds, et al. available to the general public. The perilous, persistent dangers of misinformation have been around for centuries, but, as this thought provoking essay explains, can be more problematic in the 21st century. In spite of that, spreading misinformation is nothing new.
  2. This is a spectacular astronomical image with 265,000 galaxies visible from sixteen years of Hubble imagery. Let that number sink in and you get a sense of the vastness of the universe.
  3. This has been one of the biggest stories of the week…and for all the right reasons. The status and health of our planet, and close to a million species, is at stake. “The evidence is incontestable. Our destruction of biodiversity and ecosystem services has reached levels that threaten our well-being at least as much as human-induced climate change.”
  4. Disaster preparedness is an essential part of recovery from natural hazards. According to a new national index, many states that are the most vulnerable to natural disasters are the least prepared.
  5. This has been an active week for severe weather across the USA. A few images of sprites have been posted online. This is a fascinating phenomenon linked to lightning within strong to severe thunderstorms. Here’s a concise read on this amazing atmospheric spectacle.
  6. A fascinating read. “New research finds ocean activity may control the strength and intensity of summer monsoons. The results could help researchers predict how monsoons will change with warming oceans.”
  7. Never underestimate the powerful persuasion skills of children. They may be instrumental in helping climate change denialists to consider the sound science that exists.
  8. What happens when a raindrop hits a puddle? It’s more than just a tiny splash.
  9. This is a climate factor that few on this planet will not feel the effects of. “El Niño Is Now Stronger and Stranger, Coral Records Show.”
  10. Last but not least, here’s the latest NOAA State Of The Climate Report…this one is for April 2019. In April alone, there’s a preliminary count of 274 tornadoes.
Graphic courtesy NOAA

SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY AND PREPAREDNESS

Here are some links and infographics that will provide a starting point for gathering online severe weather information. I hope you find plentiful information here that will help you become better prepared as we navigate one of the most volatile climactic seasons on our planet.

Testing your NOAA weather year round is one of the best ways to stay informed on weather conditions for your area regardless of the season. Many National Weather Service offices conduct weekly tests. It’s also a good idea to replace the batteries in your NOAA weather radio when you change batteries in your smoke/carbon monoxide detectors.

Infographic courtesy NOAA/NWS

When severe weather is forecast, it is assigned a risk category. Hazards exist in all categories, hence it’s important to be aware of all of them. Note: tornadoes can and do occur even in Marginal Risk areas…and a Slight Risk does not mean that storms will be “slightly” severe.

Infographic courtesy NOAA/NWS

After thunderstorms form, they are carefully observed with Doppler Radar. This infographic explains how this amazing technology works and how its progressed over the years.

Infographic courtesy NOAA/NWS

When severe weather is anticipated, a Severe Thunderstorm or Tornado Watch will be issued. It’s very important to know the difference between a Watch and a Warning.

Infographic courtesy NOAA/NWS Amarillo, Texas, USA
Infographic courtesy NOAA/NWS

If a TORNADO WARNING is issued, it means you need to take cover immediately. Where you take cover can sometimes be a life-or-death situation.

Infographic courtesy NOAA/NWS

If a TORNADO WARNING is issued and you are in the warned area, there are good options and bad options for taking shelter. The choice can sometimes be a life-and-death decision. Bad options have killed countless people in recent years.

Infographic courtesy NOAA/NWS

Here are more links that will help you prepare and stay informed during the severe weather season.

National Weather Service Homepage

Storm Prediction Center

National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center

NOAA Weather Radio

Interactive NOAA Weather Radio Coverage Map

Sky Watcher Cloud Chart: An excellent 2 page PDF file from NOAA and NASA on cloud types and and information on how clouds form.

Tornadoes, Lightning, & Thunderstorms: Nature’s Most Violent Storms (PDF file)

Tornado Safety Rules from the Storm Prediction Center

Highway Overpasses As Tornado Shelters (Slide Presentation)

The Online Tornado FAQ

Facts About Derechos

American Red Cross Severe Weather Safety Information

Flash Flooding: Turn Around, Don’t Drown

Preparing Your Pets For Disasters And Emergencies

Ready.gov Basic Disaster Supply Kit Info

This excellent Emergency Kit checklist from the American Red Cross is very helpful in assisting you while you compile items for your kit. A kit like this should be available year round…there are many winter weather scenarios where the same items will come in handy.

Infographic courtesy American Red Cross

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 weather information, watches, and warnings! None of the links on this page should be used for life-&-death decisions or the protection of property!

That’s a wrap for this post! To my new followers, I’d like to extend a sincere “Welcome” and thank you for being a part of the fun. For my long-time followers, your loyalty is deeply appreciated. Thanks so much for the support and kind words!

Cheers!

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Tornado Quest Top Ten Science Links For February 2 – 9, 2019

Greetings to one and all! Whether it’s winter or summer, I hope the weather is to your liking. We’ve had quite a contrast across the globe with quite a winter blast across much of North America contrasting with record heat in Australia. There are plenty of other topics to review, so let’s get started.

  1. Check out this amazing map of our galaxy with 1.7 billion stars.
  2. Our planet is in a constant state of change. “Check Your Compass: The Magnetic North Pole Is On The Move.”
  3. Microplastics are one of the worst elements in environmental pollution. Recently, they’ve been found in our groundwater.
  4. Here’s a fascinating read on the new meteorological techniques used to study some of the deadliest floods in USA history.
  5. Believe it or not, there are such things as “wind chill deniers.” Basically, they’re cynical television viewers who have made up a delusional conspiracy theory on why broadcast meteorologists talk about wind chill and the importance of dressing properly for hazardous winter weather.
  6. The Arctic ocean is changing along with our climate…and that’s not good.
  7. The battle over the “green new deal” is heating up…and it won’t be the last we hear of this story for some time.
  8. An element of our weather and climate that is overlooked by much of the general public are the immense rivers of air tens of thousands of feet above the ground. Here’s an interesting and very logical idea on increasing public awareness of this everyday atmospheric phenomenon.
  9. The recent cold snap across North America associated with the Polar Vortex brought about a great deal of discussion. Here’s an excellent overview of that event and its connection to climate change.
  10. 2018 was another record year for both global temperatures and the number of billion dollar disasters in the USA.

Winter Weather SafetyW

Winter is going to be around for some time across the Northern Hemisphere. Here are some helpful winter weather links that will help you stay safe. It’s never too late to review winter weather safety information.

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

Ready.gov Basic Disaster Supply Kit Info

Preparing Your Pets For Disasters And Emergencies

That’s a wrap for this post! Here’s a warm “Welcome” for 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! And remember…there’s no such thing as “boring” weather…just different types of good weather!

Cheers!

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