From catastrophic ice storms in New York, to torrential rain in California, to record heat in Texas, the only constant in the weather these days is its inconsistency. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, our strange weather. Is it here to stay? Also, the phenomenon of weather channel addiction.
Science journalist Mark Hertsgaard tells Judith Strasser that global warming is definitely here, and that only in the United States are people suggesting that there's any scientific debate about it. And, he says it's likely to cause more bizarre weather in the years ahead. Hertsgaard's book is "Earth Odyssey." Also, Red Cross volunteer Dee Elliott tells Jim Fleming about her experience helping survivors of natural disasters including typhoons in Guam, hurricanes in Puerto Rico, and floods in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. She says the worst trauma (apart from loss of life) is the destruction of one's memories and personal keepsakes.SEGMENT 2:
The Weather Channel's Mike Lerner tells Steve Paulson that people are interested in weather as a sort of news; that they use the Weather Channel to help feel connected to distant friends and family; and that the challenge of selling the service in Latin America will be to make weather interesting for people whose climate doesn't change from day to day.SEGMENT 3:
Judith Strasser shares a personal essay on living in Wisconsin, even in Winter. Also, Ruth Kirk is a natural history writer and the author of "Snow." She tells Jim Fleming that snow is crucial to the survival of many plants and animals. A blanket of snow really can keep you warm if you're a vole or a dog. And, Aaron Frank, a writer for Motorcycle Product News in Madison, Wisconsin, tells Judith Strasser about "the polar plunge" — when he and his friends drill a hole through the ice on one of Wisconsin's lakes in January, strip off and dive in.Cassette copies are available at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 99-01-31-B.
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