Posts Tagged ‘Oklahoma’
A ONE IN TWENTY-MILLION CHANCE–The True Story of the First Tornado Forecast–Part III
PART III After General Borum’s statement that Captain Miller and Major Fawbush were “about to set a precedent,” Fawbush composed the forecast–what would now be called a tornado warning (albeit one with a long lead-time)–Miller typed it up and handed it off to Base Operations for dissemination. Both men sensed their careers circling the…Read More
A ONE IN TWENTY-MILLION CHANCE–The True Story of the First Tornado Forecast–Part I
In the mid-20th century, tornado forecasting was considered to be beyond the “state of the art,” or in other words, impossible. Twisters were deemed acts of God. And any meteorologist attempting to predict what the Almighty had in mind would have been labeled a fool, a charlatan, or a court jester. Maybe worse. Yet two…Read More
SO JUST WHEN IS “TORNADO SEASON”?
Weather-savvy folks are aware that North Atlantic hurricanes have an officially-defined season: June 1 through November 30. Most, but not all, hurricanes and tropical storms whirl to life within that 6-month period. There is, however, no counterpart for tornadoes. Twisters can and do spin up at any time of year with the threat peaking in…Read More
SAM TOWNSEND (a character in Supercell), OWNER AND OPERATOR OF THE “GUST FRONT GRILL”
Sam Townsend, rheumy-eyed, weatherbeaten and heavyset, sports a face folded with age and memories. If you ever searched for him in a crowd, he wouldn’t be difficult to spot. He wears a black stovepipe hat with an eagle’s feather jammed into the hatband. Half Osage Indian and a Vietnam combat veteran, Sam is conflicted by…Read More
GABI MEDEIROS, FBI AGENT, AD HOC STORM CHASER (character in Supercell)
Gabi Medeiros is a Special Agent with the FBI. Born of a Russian mother and Portuguese father, she’s attractive but not classically beautiful. As she once explained, “I gotta watch what I eat, or I get a little heavy in the ass and start looking like a female Michelin Man.” Divorced and the veteran of…Read More
SO WHAT’S WITH ALL THIS CRAZY WEATHER?
It’s a question I’ve been getting a lot recently, undoubtedly driven by the tornado tragedies in Oklahoma—-“So what’s with all the crazy weather? I don’t remember this kind of stuff happing before.” I suppose people think I should have the answers, being a retired meteorologist and now a novelist who features supercells, tornadoes and hurricanes…Read More
SUPERCELL, A MORE IN-DEPTH LOOK
Beyond the one-line description of Supercell being “a fast-moving thriller set against tornado chasing on the Great Plains,” what the heck is the novel about? Here’s the “elevator pitch” for it (an “elevator pitch” means the author’s got only the duration of an elevator ride to pitch his/her book to an agent or publisher): Chuck…Read More