Friday , January 28 2022

Chasing Twisters

Fifth grade science teacher David Thon is joining as an “embedded blogger” as a team of WeatherBug meteorologists take part in a five-day-long tornado chase called WeatherBug Storm Chase 2004. The team will set out in search of storms beginning Monday, May 3 in Oklahoma City:

    David (top right) was chosen from hundreds of teacher applicants to be a guest on the WeatherBug storm chase. Thon is an award-winning educator who was responsible for incorporating the WeatherBug Achieve program into the Appleby Elementary curriculum nearly two years ago. After a nationwide search, he was selected for the WeatherBug Storm Chase for his enthusiasm and innovative use of live weather data in classroom lessons.

    Thon will play a key role in gathering/analyzing data and readings and in learning more about how and why tornadoes take place. He will write to this web log – or ‘blog’ – about the experience several times a day and also answer questions from students and colleagues via email.

    The WeatherBug Storm Chase team, including Chief Meteorologist Mark Hoekzema and Meteorologist/Storm Chase Specialist Mark Lee, will set off to chase storms beginning in Oklahoma City on Monday, May 3 and will continue through Friday, May 7 – the height of the tornado season.

    The group will seek out severe weather using a specialized vehicle called the WeatherBug Storm Chaser. The Dodge Durango is packed with a state-of-the-art wireless satellite tracking system to track storm cells, and special wirelessly-enabled weather monitoring equipment that can stream live conditions and camera images to the Internet.

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About Eric Olsen

Career media professional and serial entrepreneur Eric Olsen flung himself into the paranormal world in 2012, creating the America's Most Haunted brand and co-authoring the award-winning America's Most Haunted book, published by Berkley/Penguin in Sept, 2014. Olsen is co-host of the nationally syndicated broadcast and Internet radio talk show After Hours AM; his entertaining and informative America's Most Haunted website and social media outlets are must-reads: [email protected],, Pinterest America's Most Haunted. Olsen is also guitarist/singer for popular and wildly eclectic Cleveland cover band The Props.

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