FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jana Goldman
What's it like to ride in a plane during a hurricane? Why do scientists follow tornadoes? What do all those buoys out in the Pacific Ocean really tell us about climate? How do forecasters know when bad weather is coming?
Thousands of schoolchildren and other viewers of the educational show "Live From the Storm" will have those questions and more answered March 7 and April 11. The show will be broadcast on many Public Broadcasting Stations nationwide.
Ninth in the continuing "Passport to Knowledge" series, the show was produced with support from three offices of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research; the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service; and the National Weather Service. The National Aeronautic and Space Administration also is participating. The Office of Marine and Aviation Operations assisted by arranging for flights into Hurricane Dennis.
Realizing that the United States may just
have the wildest weather on earth, the "Live From the Storm"
team focused on hurricanes,
El Niño/La Niña,
As he did in the 1999 "Live From the Sun" broadcast, which featured NOAA's Space Environment Center in Boulder, Colo., Haines-Stiles will serve as the on-camera guide as the show goes from satellite to ship to plane to laboratory.
During the March 7 segment, entitled "The
Who, What, When, Where, and Why of Weather," viewers will
fly with NOAA through
a hurricane, sail across the Pacific to take the ocean's
temperature, see how and why researchers chase tornadoes (safely!),
and why weather appears when and where it does. The segment visits
the National Hurricane Center
in Miami, Fla., for a first-hand look at how tropical storms
are identified and monitored and when and how warnings are issued.
The show connects research with science
concepts through a 64-page teachers guide which will is available
online at no cost at: http://www.passporttoknowledge.com/ptk_storm.html