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A weekly podcast about one of nature’s most fascinating phenomenon. Join Dan Holiday and Jennifer Narramore as they explore the world of tornadoes.

A weekly podcast about one of nature’s most fascinating phenomenon. Join Dan Holiday and Jennifer Narramore as they explore the world of tornadoes.
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A weekly podcast about one of nature’s most fascinating phenomenon. Join Dan Holiday and Jennifer Narramore as they explore the world of tornadoes.




Episode 36: I’m Warning You!!

Severe Thunderstorm Warning. Tornado Warning. Significant Weather Advisory. Winter Storm Watch. These are just a few of the weather messages that are conveyed by The National Weather Service to inform the public of dangerous weather. But how much does the public truly understand about this messaging. Do they know what a significant weather advisory is?...

Duration: 00:36:53

Episode 35: Chasers Gone Wild

Storm Chasing, whether for hobby, research or career, has been around for many decades. According to the Storm Prediction Center’s Online Tornado FAQ, the late Roger Jensen is believed to be the first person who actively hunted for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes – in the upper Midwest in the late 1940s. David Hoadley has been chasing annually...

Duration: 00:33:49

Episode 34: May 27, 1997 Jarrell Tornado

On Episode 34 of Tornado Talk, we detail the events of May 27, 1997. Several tornadoes are spawned by a massive supercell in Central TX. One of the most violent tornadoes on record hits part of Jarrell, TX. It is rated F5 with estimated peak winds of 260 mph. 27 people lost their lives all...

Duration: 00:30:52

Episode 33: Outbreak in Oak Lawn

It is considered the worst tornado outbreak on record in the Chicago area. At least 10 tornadoes pushed through Northern Illinois, 3 of which were later rated F4. On Episode 33, we take you back to April 21, 1967. It is a warm and muggy Friday afternoon. Kids are coming home from school. Commuters are bustling...

Duration: 00:27:26

Episode 32: Madness in March Part 2

Part 2 of our 2-part special about the March 2-3, 2012 Tornado Outbreak that spanned 13 states. Numerous communities in the paths of over 80 tornadoes. Stories from chasers, meteorologists, survivors and community leaders. Continue the story with Episode 32: Madness in March Part 2 Supercell Section In this area each week, we will post a...

Duration: 00:26:06

Episode 31: Madness in March Part 1

An early March outbreak in 2012. Tornadoes confirmed in 13 states. Two would be rated EF-4 and 9 rated EF-3. Episodes 31 & 32 of Tornado Talk look back at the massive March 2-3, 2012 tornado outbreak that spawned over 80 tornadoes and claimed 41 lives. Devastating damage across the Ohio/Tennessee Valleys and into the...

Duration: 00:29:27

Episode 30: How Close is Too Close?

Is it for money? For adventure? For science? What drives chasers to want to get as close as they can to a tornado? We ask our panel of chasers and emergency managers their thoughts on Episode 30 of Tornado Talk! What motivates a chase? How close is TOO close? What are the dangers? What is...

Duration: 00:29:42

Episode 29: Top 10 Tornado Events of 2016 – Part 2

The Countdown Continues! On the last episode of Tornado Talk, we tackled #10 through #6 on our list of Top 10 tornado events of 2016. Which events made the top 5?? Well, wait no longer! Episode 29 is ON!! Statistics above from the 2016 Annual Tornado Report from the NCDC: Coming soon! And enhanced YouTube version of...

Duration: 00:39:36

Episode 28: Top 10 Tornado Events of 2016 – Part 1

Overall, 2016 was a below average year for tornado activity. As of this writing, the preliminary tornado count was 985. It was however, a year of talked about tornado events, ones that took social media by storm. It was a year of amazing twister photos and close-up videos. It was also a year of deadly outbreaks. In 2016, there...

Duration: 00:38:09

Episode 27: Texas Tornadoes!

December 26, 2015. A significant tornado outbreak in North Texas. A total of 12 confirmed tornadoes, 3 of which were rated EF-2 or greater. The most intense tornado occurred in the Sunnyvale-Garland-Rowlett area. It was rated an EF4. On Episode 27 of Tornado Talk, we take a look back at what happened just a year ago in North...

Duration: 00:31:13

Episode 26: December Disaster!

‘They had always said Vicksburg would never have a tornado because of the river’ – But it did on December 5, 1953. The tornado event began around 5:31 PM just west of the Mississippi River in E. Madison Parish. The tornado passed through downtown Vicksburg around 5:35 PM. The total path length was 7...

Duration: 00:22:34

Episode 25: Weekend of Warnings!

It is the second largest tornado outbreak on record during the month of November! At least 76 tornadoes in 17 states occurred over Veteran’s Day Weekend of 2002. The event began in Arkansas, Saturday afternoon November 9. The largest number of tornadoes occurred on Sunday, November 10 with the strongest tornado, an F4,...

Duration: 00:27:51

Episode 24: Frightening Funnels! Our Halloween Episode!

What is the scariest tornado you’ve ever seen? We asked some of our Tornado Talk fans and they have responded! Joplin. Pilger. Terrible Tuesday. We run through the list of some of the scariest tornadoes on our Halloween Episode! Frightening Funnels is ON! Supercell Section In this area each week, we will...

Duration: 00:19:42

Episode 23: What To Do With the Wind?!

How do we determine the strength of a tornado? The damage left behind is surveyed and rated using the Enhanced Fujita Scale. What if a tornado forms and there is no or limited damage? Could Mobile Doppler Radar be used to help determine a tornado’s wind speed? On Episode 23 of Tornado Talk, we...

Duration: 00:11:54

Episode 22: What Happened in Wayne?

Early October 2013…an outbreak of tornadoes across eastern Nebraska and Northwestern Iowa. Two tornadoes are rated EF4. One in Iowa. The other, in hardest hit, Wayne, NE. On Episode 22 of Tornado Talk, we share the story of Wayne from the perspective of NWS Warning coordination meteorologist Brian Smith. He was working Oct 4, 2013...

Duration: 00:36:34

Episode 21: Severe Weather And Social Media

We have come a LONG way when it comes to communicating emergencies to the public. Through social media, within seconds, a message can be sent to relay critical weather information to millions of people. That is a huge responsibility for the weather community. On Episode 21 of Tornado Talk, we are taking a...

Duration: 00:50:37

Episode 20: Tornadoes and The Tropics

On Episode 20 of Tornado Talk, we explore the development of tornadoes out of tropical systems. How do they form? Where do they form? What was the biggest outbreak from a tropical cyclone? Which tropical tornado caused the most damage? Which was the deadliest? Episode 20 is ON! Supercell Section In this area each week, we will post a whirlwind of information for you! It will include links mentioned in the podcast episode, ways to connect with some of our guests, articles to read about the...

Duration: 00:05:06

Episode 19: A Severe Weather Surprise

August 15, 2016: Eight tornadoes from a severe weather event became a daily record for August tornadoes in Indiana. Then August 24 happened. A larger and more intense tornado outbreak moved across the state. Multiple supercells produced tornadoes across central and northern Indiana. An EF3 hit Kokomo, IN. An EF3 near Woodburn east of Fort Wayne, IN. In all, 10 tornadoes occurred across the state on the 24th, becoming the new record for daily tornadoes in August in Indiana and only the 17th...

Duration: 00:52:06

Episode 18: Nightmare in Northwood

It is just before 9pm on August 26, 2007 in Northwood, ND. A quaint town of just under 1,000 people is rocked by a massive EF4 tornado. One person is killed and 18 injured. More than 90 percent of the homes, apartments and businesses are damaged or destroyed. Cars and trucks are carried up to a half-mile away and slammed into corn and bean fields. How did the storms form that day? What was it like to be there? How did the town recover?Hear the story of Northwood from those who live there,...

Duration: 00:27:21

Episode 17: One on One with Tim Marshall

We are honored to have meteorologist, structural engineer, scientist, and storm chaser Tim Marshall on Episode 17 of Tornado Talk. We sat down with Tim and asked him questions about his career and his interests. He has conducted thousands of storm surveys. What was the worst he has surveyed? How does he feel about storm chasing? One of his interests: How the tornado in the Wizard of Oz was created. Hear the details! We go one on one with Tim Marshall! Episode 17 is ON!! Supercell Section...

Duration: 00:27:24

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