Volume: 02, Issue: 13 07/21/2004 
Tornado south of Dimmitt, Texas, on June 2, 1985. Photographer Harald Richter; Image courtesy NOAA/OAR/ERL/NSSL.
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Other Articles in This Issue:
Chasing the Storm
Satellites and Radar Track Devastating Storms
Aircraft Hunt for Weather Clues
Scientist Sees Lightning like Superman
Chase Storms in Your Classroom

Enhance Your Storm Experience

For teachers looking to experience the mysteries of weather and climate, several unique opportunities exist to learn more. From hands-on storm viewing to classroom courses, a wide variety of professional development prospects await interested participants.

Storm Chasing Tours

For many people, witnessing a tornado or severe storm can be the experience of a lifetime. Storm chasers across the United States are actively welcoming interested amateurs into their folds by offering storm chasing tours. This option allows novice storm fanatics to learn the basics from professionals in the field. Check out the websites below for more information on storm chasing opportunities in the Great Plains region.

Tempest Tours: http://www.tempesttours.com
Silver Lining Tours: http://www.silverlining.pair.com.
Cloud 9 Tours: http://www.cloud9tours.com
Storm Chasing Adventure Tours: http://www.stormchasing.com
Great Plains Storm Chasing Tours: http://www.continentalweather.com/tours.html

Weather-Related Documentaries

For those who are not able to participate in a storm chasing tour, the Weather Channel has created a new series, Forecast Earth, focusing on the latest research into the climatic and environmental forces that are changing the planet. On August 16 (and repeated on August 19), an episode entitled "Sentinels Against the Storm" explores the 19 NOAA weather satellites launched in the 1960s and a new satellite system to be launched in 2010. Tune in August 30 for "Water's Fury," which discusses the dangers associated with flooding and the need to keep the public informed. See http://www.weatherclassroom.com/index.php for more information.

DataStreme Ocean Course for Teachers

The American Meteorological Society will offer a free DataStreme Ocean course for K-12 grade teachers beginning August 30, 2004. This course will cover interactions between the ocean and other components of the Earth system. DataStreme Ocean is a precollege teacher enhancement program of the AMS/NOAA Cooperative Program for Earth System Education (CPESE). The program is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). For more information, go to:

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