Thursday, 17 February 2011
Tonight was a huge success. Over 120 people attended my presentation at WCSU in Danbury, CT which lasted over 90 minutes! Steve Barabas gave an excellent introduction for me, and I thought the entire event went very well. MaryLeigh took some still photos, which are posted below and at the top. The lighting in the room was not friendly to the camera, so please excuse us for non-professional quality here.
I presented a great deal of information about severe weather safety and tornado myths. I tried my best to emphasize basic concepts like the differences between a tornado watch and a tornado warning, and other things like storm structure. I felt like a gave a mini version of a storm spotter class. Anyways, I followed that with a detailed talk about what storm chasing is and how to go about doing it. Then, I showed nearly 30 minutes of storm chasing and tornado videos, which I think the audience enjoyed the most. But this was after a short — and unplanned — intermission, as I tried to figure out how to get my DVD to play with sound on the computer! (not mine)
Throughout the videos, which included supercell structure, hail, lighting and a bunch of tornado footage, I hope people learned a bit about storms and tornadoes, their dangers, risks and of course — what storm chasing REALLY is.
Thanks to everyone that attended my presentation and for those who purchased my tornado DVDs. I also really appreciate how attentive this audience was, with several very good questions at the end of my talk. Thank you all!