Storm Chasing is when people with at least basic training chase thunderstorms looking for tornadoes and other severe weather. While the way the public most often sees them is through the video footage that is played on the news that is not their most important role. They report what they see to the National Weather Bureau so they can put out the appropriate warnings. This Iowa Public Television video interviews a storm chaser and shows you how they do it and gives some samples of what they see.
While the main focus of my podcasts are history and literature, I have a second set of 30 minutes episodes where we look at travel called Travel Times. I find someone who does something unusual for their vacations. Previous episodes have ranged from everything from Civil War Re-enacting to visiting Trekfest. This episode I talk with Michelle Martin, director of the Little House on the Prairie Museum, about storm chasing.
Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.