This week we talk about another branch of earth science, meteorology. We discuss the upcoming severe weather season and Shannon’s close call with a tornadic storm. Also updates on past stories, feedback, and fun paper friday!
Story Updates and Feedback
- Nasa has decided to go with the boulder snatch technique for an asteroid mission launching in 2020
- If you like space news and talk, checkout “The Orbital Mechanics” podcast.
- A very early copy of William Smith’s map has been rediscovered at the geological society. You can view a digitized version of the map online.
- More on the mysterious radio bursts
- We got some feedback about levels (thanks Celena B.) and a problem with the show logo (thanks Ross K.). We hope we have corrected both. Please keep the feedback coming in!
- We encourge you to learn your way around and use the National Weather Service webpage.
- Also checkout the National Severe Storms Laboratory and the Storm Prediction Center.
- For one of the most severe weather prone areas, Oklahoma, these three organizations are co-located in the National Weather Center
- Communicating weather information, or an probabilistic information is actually really difficult.
- Doing a hand analysis of data is still crucial to weather prediction. For example the analyst knows about isobar kinking.
- Oklahoma Mesonet
- Checkout the email “The Ticker” from the mesonet
- Checkout if your local weather service office offers storm spotter training classes and get to know your branch meteorologist
- John had a relevant blog post that talked about what an expert is and how important it is to know the fundamentals.
- Have a disaster plan and know what to do during an emergency! This applies to field geology work just as much.
Fun Paper Friday
This week is April fools, so we have a laugh with the Journal Nature. This week we learn about the coming back of dragons and climate change.
Shannon Dulin – @ShannonDulin