Wow. I had a great conversation over coffee with Nashville's News2 Meteorologist extraordinaire Jeff Ray
, and in doing so enlisted a valuable new resource for ongoing outreach efforts at the Vanderbilt University Center for Science Outreach (Photo from Jeff's "WeatherJeff" blog--see link below).
Jeff will be participating in some upcoming CSO videoconferencing sessions, bringing his experience and understanding of just what makes the earth's weather tick to K12 students worldwide. Look to the Videoconferences page at the CSO website
for times and dates once we start to post this fall's schedule. Stay tuned!
We chatted amidst the predictable background noises of a busy restaurant, Panera Bread
, just off Vanderbilt's campus and right down the street from my computer lab at University School of Nashville. The talk was all about Jeff's predictions for Tropical Storm Ernesto, blazing up the Caribbean toward South Florida and potentially a very dangerous storm, if not a Force 2 or 3 Hurricane. By the time you are reading this, of course, Ernesto is history. We're glad the history is not as dramatic as Jeff was predicting at the time of the interview, but the 9 U.S. deaths and 2 Haitian ones attributed are surely tragic enough. Here's a slice of Jennifer Kay's story about Florence that does attribute significant damage to our friend Ernesto:
Florence follows on the heels of Tropical Storm Ernesto, which formed August 25 over the southern Caribbean and was briefly the season's first hurricane before weakening and hitting Florida and North Carolina last week as a tropical storm.
At least nine deaths in the United States were blamed on Ernesto, which also killed two people in Haiti, delayed the launch of the space shuttle Atlantis and blacked out thousands of homes and businesses from North Carolina to New York state (source, IOL news service in South Africa).
Whatever the outcomes, you will have to agree that you can't blame the storm: A hurricane, as I now understand, thanks to Jeff's excellent explanations, is just a big planetary tool. How's that? Listen up here
to download S4theB!44. Or, contrariwise, open up the Podcast Pickle Player at the top of the page and listen up right here and now!!!
Today's music is courtesy of the Podsafe Music Network.
Check out that marvey resource for all kinds of music from the songwriters and bands who are reinventing the music business by sharing songs with poor podcasters like li'l ol' me. We start out with a nifty electro tune from (ironically, considering my above news source:) South African electronica king Ruddha
. We add a sweet acoustic instrumental from UK guitarist Jim Ronayne
, then top things off with authentic Mississippi Blues from bluesman Boo Boo Davis
. As if that weren't enough great music, I add a little bonus cut at the end of the show: "Weatherman," from Tampa Florida boys The Reverse Engineers
Until next time, SEE YA!
Jeff Ray's "Weather Jeff" blog