PROGRAM 2 -  "Research to the Rescue"

Program 2
"Research to the Rescue"

Program Transcript

Program Content:
   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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Program Two: "Research to the Rescue"


   In conjunction with the broadcast, an extensive list of URLs will be compiled to connect you to the people and sites seen during the broadcasts and to further your Internet exploration.

April 11, 2000 URL Post



   During the program which airs April 11, 2000, from 13:00-14:00 Eastern, and for one hour thereafter (i.e. from 13:00-15:00 Eastern), students will have the opportunity to submit questions in real time to weather researchers and to receive back individual answers via e-mail.

View the FAQ from the April 11, 2000 broadcast!

   PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE is very grateful to the researchers at the Hurricane Research Division in Miami, FL, and the National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, OK, as well as National Weather Service volunteers around the nation, and NASA researchers at Goddard Space Flight Center for generously contributing their time and knowledge to support this unique service.