Storm-Chasing-Traffic-Jam-Bob Davis Podcast 835

Summer Storms In The Midwest

Warmer weather in the Upper Midwest is most notable for severe weather. In addition all through the middle part of the US in the summer storms can be even more dangerous. Learn more in Storm-Chasing-Traffic-Jam-Bob Davis Podcast 835.

Storm Chaser

Meteorologist and Professional Storm Chaser Brian Saastamoinen joins the podcast from Midwest Intercept Now. For their Facebook page click here.

2019 Will Be More Active

Especially relevant is we all love a good storm. This year looks to be more active than past year’s in our neck of the woods. Brian will be chasing in southern Iowa and northern Missouri this weekend. For most people interested in this sort of thing, it all started with a childhood experience with a summer storm.

What Causes The Big Storms?

What are these big storms due to? How do they get started? What contributions are storm chasers making to safety and learning more about these dangerous weather systems?

Storm Chasing Traffic Jams In Oklahoma

Moreover with storm chasing becoming so popular, how do the professionals deal with literal traffic jams on roads during particularly dangerous tornadoes?

Your Money Shot May Kill You

Certainly with the advancement of technology everyone wants to get a money shot of a tornado. People don’t even realize they are risking their lives to take video on their phones. Saastamoinen chases with a full team of first responders and meteorologists. Even more, they always have escape routes and emphasize safety first.

Back Roads Are Packed

In addition in some places homes don’t have basements, so when local TV advises people to ‘take shelter’ they jump in their car to go to someone else’s house. As amazing as that sounds, it also puts lots of cars on back roads, trying to get away from the storm. At the same time chasers, professional and amateur are out there.

Safety First

Finally, it may seem unnecessary but I also asked Brian to review safety procedures. Take a look at this video striking Saint Louis airport and you’ll see why.

(Editor’s Note: Special thanks to my friend Jason Waldron at Cartridge World for his assistance on this podcast.)

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Historic April Snow-Bob Davis Podcast 822

These days you don’t always believe something is true just because the media says so. Unfortunately for the Upper Midwest, this time they were right. Find out why in Historic April Snow-Bob Davis Podcast 822.

Missouri Storm Chaser Steven Coy

I am especially happy to reconnect with Missouri Storm Chaser Steven Coy. I’ve known Steven since storm chasing more than a year ago in Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma. So when a surprise snow storm hits Minnesota, Coy is the go to guy for me.

A Bomb Cyclone? What’s That?

Furthermore when we hear words like ‘Bomb Cyclone‘ being thrown about it’s time to talk to someone who can decipher the weather jargon and get to root of the matter.

Lots of Snow

Most noteworthy the news is not good for western Minnesota which may face as much as twenty inches of spring snow, according to Steven and the National Weather Service.

Winds Picking Up. More Snow Into Late Thursday

Likewise the weather isn’t good in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul where winds began picking up Wednesday night. With potentially a foot of snow and high winds into Friday.

Spring Is Delayed

Certainly spring is going to be delayed. Again.

Moreover after a winter of extended double digits below zero few welcome a reprise.

Why? Why? Why?

Especially relevant is the question of why this is happening. Is it the magnetic pole drift? El Nino? Are the jet streams breaking up? Is the world about to end. We’ll find out in Historic April Snow-Bob Davis Podcast 822.

Someone Who Knows His Weather

Steven Coy is a very down to earth guy who knows his weather. For someone so young to have several great storm photos and videos to his credit is impressive. Not to mention a lot of miles storm chasing and a boatload of FaceBook fans.

Please God. Can It Just Be Over?

While we claim to be a hardy lot in the land of ten thousand lakes, we just want this to be over.

(Radar Screen Shot Credit: Steven Coy and The National Weather Service)

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Media Lies-Travel Truths-Small Town America-Bob Davis Podcast 789

To hear Der Spiegel tell it, Fergus Falls, Minnesota is a very special place these days. The town on Minnesota’s prairie is in a deep forest. A city manager carries a gun. The local high school sports iron doors and metal detectors. Moreover the mouth breathing savages that inhabit this place all voted for Trump. Learn more in Media Lies-Travel Truths-Small Town America-Bob Davis Podcast 789.

All Lies

The most noteworthy thing about this story is the fact that it is a complete fabrication. To Der Spiegel’s credit, the magazine is sending a reporter to Fergus Falls.

This time to apologize.

Dark and Dangerous Rural America

Sadly often media lies tell us more truth about biases than their coverage. Especially relevant are the new storylines about the mysterious and the mystical “rural America”. Land of republicans and Trump supporters. Dark and Dangerous. Well spring of public radio’s murder mystery podcasts. Source of the angry and red faced nationalist republican.

Small Town America

Truth is rural America is just as difficult to report on and explain as any urban center. We’ll talk about it in Media Lies-Travel Truths-Small Town America-Bob Davis Podcast 789.

Travel Is The Antidote

More importantly, travel is the antidote for the half truths and fairy tales of the media. I have traveled back and forth across this country, east to west, west to east and north to south many times. There are places I have missed but in thousands of miles of travel over the past few years, I have learned a great deal.

The New Nomads

Moreover many people have taken to converted school buses, RV’s and even Ambulances in search of their own version of America. Here’s to them.

Have A Cup Of Joe

In small towns across the US dedicated to ranching, farming, and mining people aren’t just going to walk up to you and tell you their life stories. Simple observation won’t tell you their stories either. Travel takes you through but you have to stop. Have a cup of Joe and talk to people. Get to know them over time.

Sometimes Working Together…Sometimes Not…Just Like The Big Cities

Finally what I’ve found in these places are all kinds of people living and working together. In some places things are better than in others. Reasons for decline or improvement are often elusive, even to the locals. Whether it’s a mining town or a farm town.

Politics Doesn’t Make The Man or The Town

In conclusion, I am sick to death of reporters telling us politics determines whether we are red or blue. These things don’t take the measure of the people who live in a town, large or small.

Coast To Coast and Back Again

Join me for Media Lies-Travel Truths-Small Town America-Bob Davis Podcast 789. Hear the sounds of some of the places I have visited over the last few years, from a hound dog in Mendocino, California to the total eclipse in Makanda Illinois, and finally overlooking the Pacific Ocean on the coast highway.

I’ve got a few stories of my own to tell.

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