The two LIVE FROM THE STORM programs are available as broadcast on videotape from PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE.
Program 1: "The Who, What, Where, When and Why of Weather" March 7, 2000
Fly through a turbulent eye wall with NOAA researchers in "Hurricane Dennis--Blow by Blow". "Operation Mountain Storm" documents a field campaign in search of the secrets of winter snowstorms that can pack as much energy or more as summer hurricanes. See how some of the most important principles in physical and geoscience come to life in "What Makes Earth's Weather?" explained by NASA researcher Marshall Shepherd. Learn about El Niño and La Niña and see how NOAA is trying to "wire" both the Pacific and the Atlantic to provide more accurate long-range forecasts in "The Boy, The Girl and Global Climate." Find out how NASA satellites are helping us actually measure rainfall everywhere on Earth, over the unpopulated oceans as well as over land. All this, plus portraits of enthusiastic weather and climate researchers, plus "Wild Weather" (30 second "inform-ercials" of fast-paced video and graphics) documenting some of the most amazing facts and fictions about the weather.
Program 2: "Research to the Rescue" April 11, 2000
Program 2, originates live from the sites which form the "NOAA WEATHER PARTNERS" in Norman, OK. The program focuses on tornadoes which occur in all 50 states and can strike at any time of year. In addition we launch live and on camera one of those large research balloons you saw deployed out west as part of IPEX in program 1. You'll meet the current head of the American Meteorological Society, Jeff Kimpel, who is also director of the NATIONAL SEVERE STORMS LABORATORY. You'll be able to see the very latest severe weather right there in the STORM PREDICTION CENTER, with on camera guide Dan McCarthy, the NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologist.
In addition we'll have taped reports showing what happened last May 3rd, just a few miles away from Norman, when an F-5 tornado hit Moore, OK. Researcher Harold Brooks reviews what kept students safe--and why sheltering under an overpass is NOT a good idea. We'll go on the road with scientific storm chasers Paul Markowski and Daphne Zaras, and see what equipment and what personal skills it takes to do frontline research. Other taped segments show how forecasts get from space to you, and how NOAA is developing laptop systems at the Forecast Systems Lab. in Boulder, CO designed to help emergency managers and firefighters in the field. And in a unique and memorable sequence, NASA's Jeff Halverson compares a hurricane to an automobile engine.
Our on-camera host is April Whitt, science educator from the Fernbank Science Center in Atlanta, GA-whom some of your will remember as our "Educator in the Stratosphere" aboard the Kuiper Airborne Observatory in 1995. We're delighted to have April back with us: since two tornadoes touched down just a few miles from her home a couple of years back, she's got a personal interest in severe weather! And 7th grade students from Longfellow Middle School, help out with hands-on demos and pass along e-mail questions from their peers around the country.
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