Don't Panic Geocast

Episode 11 - "It was windy"

April 3rd, 2015

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!

Kelvin-Helmholtz Instability

Story Updates and Feedback

Severe Weather

  • 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.

Hamilton, A. J., May, R. M., & Waters, E. K. (2015). Zoology: Here be dragons. Nature, 1–2. doi:10.1038/520042a

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Shannon Dulin - @ShannonDulin