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Virginia fall colors could be the best in years

Virginia fall colors could be the best in years

September 28, 2020

Brent talks with Dr. John Seiler, Professor of Tree Biology at Virginia Tech about why this year's fall colors could be the best in years.

 

Sally and Ivan: An eerie coincidence 16 years apart

Sally and Ivan: An eerie coincidence 16 years apart

September 16, 2020

A look at some eerie coincidences that Ivan (2004) and Sally (2020) have in common. Plus, a look back at Hurricane Ivan's tornado outbreak that remains the largest ever recorded in Virginia. 

Read: National Weather Service, Blacksburg storm review from Hurricane Ivan

Fire Weather Forecasting - The Life of an Incident Meteorologist

Fire Weather Forecasting - The Life of an Incident Meteorologist

September 10, 2020

Learn how weather forecasting plays a critical role in fighting wildfires and hear what it's like to be an Incident Meteorologist at the frontline of some of California's biggest wildfires.

GUEST: Phil Hysell, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Blacksburg

Track the fire weather conditions at the Woodward Fire where Phil Manuel is being deployed.  https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/maps/7062/
 
Twitter handle that announces IMET deployments: https://twitter.com/NWS_IMET_OPS
 
 
Wildfire Webcams from California:  http://www.alertwildfire.org/northbay/
 
Watch a plane take-off from San Francisco, California through the orange smoke
https://twitter.com/flySFO/status/1303880200036392962?s=20
 
Hurricane Fran 1996 - The last major east coast landfall

Hurricane Fran 1996 - The last major east coast landfall

September 6, 2020

Hurricane Fran was the last major hurricane (Cat 3+) to make landfall along the east coast in September 1996. Take a look back at the history of events and the impacts to Virginia including tropical storm-force winds and some of the highest river crests in history for some area rivers.

The Night Sky For Beginners: Part 2

The Night Sky For Beginners: Part 2

September 4, 2020

In Part 2 of our series on night sky observing, guest Mike Overacker schools Weather Wise Guy on how to find a meteor, what they smell like and even how to go about selecting the perfect telescope.

GUEST: Mike Overacker, Astronomer

Overacker is a well-known astronomer and astrophotographer in Roanoke, Virginia. He has developed The Astronomy Mobile Outreach Vehicle (AMOV), a mobile astronomy outreach platform for schools, clubs, groups, and the general public. The AMOV travels to various areas in southwest Virginia to present science and astronomy to the public. Telescopes are available for both daytime solar astronomy and nighttime astronomy.

The Night Sky For Beginners: Part 1

The Night Sky For Beginners: Part 1

September 4, 2020

It can be overwhelming looking at the night sky. What are you even looking at? Astronomer Mike Overacker joins the podcast with a look at stargazing for beginners. What to look for, why stars are different colors and the best app for finding the planets.

GUEST: Mike Overacker, Astronomer

Overacker is a well-known astronomer and astrophotographer in Roanoke, Virginia. He has developed The Astronomy Mobile Outreach Vehicle (AMOV), a mobile astronomy outreach platform for schools, clubs, groups, and the general public. The AMOV travels to various areas in southwest Virginia to present science and astronomy to the public. Telescopes are available for both daytime solar astronomy and nighttime astronomy.

 

Flower Power: Growing A Sunflower Attraction

Flower Power: Growing A Sunflower Attraction

September 3, 2020

Sunflowers are almost magical as they follow the sun throughout the day. See how these colorful plants respond to the weather, are used to clean the planet, and visit a Sunflower Festival that's growing as fast as their main attraction.

Guest: Candace Monaghan, Beaver Dam Farm

 

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