National Weather Service
December 09, 2013

Winter Meteorology

This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with former WILL meteorologist Ed Kieser about winter weather and the recent tornado outbreak. We welcome your calls and questions!


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October 31, 2012

Hurricane Sandy

Ed Kieser, Meteorologist

Kelly Formoso, Volunteer and Youth Coordinator, American Red Cross, Champaign IL

Jim Angel, Illinois State Climatologist

Host: Craig Cohen

“Super storm” Sandy continues to wreak havoc over the eastern seaboard and mid-Atlantic states. New York’s subways are flooded. The stock exchange closed for two days – the first time that’s happened for a weather emergency since 1888. A blizzard has blanketed portions of West Virginia and nearby states. The death toll continues to rise as a result of the storm, millions are without power, and the cost of damage to homes and businesses from the storm, its high winds, and subsequent flooding, is projected to be in the billions.

While the impact on the Midwest is significantly less, we are feeling Sandy’s effects. Loved ones are stranded, workers and volunteers from the two state region are headed to, or in the states affected.

While we all continue to monitor the damage caused by Sandy, we thought you might like an opportunity to understand, a bit deeper, exactly what happened to cause this “super storm.” So, our old friend, meteorologist Ed Kieser will join us. He’s been monitoring the storm from the moment it developed, and he’ll take your questions about Sandy, how it compares to other storms, and what conditions are necessary to create it. We’ll also be joined by Illinois’ State Climatologist, Jim Angel, to talk about the climate conditions necessary for such a storm, and whether we can characterize Sandy, amid more violent weather conditions of recent years, as a collective demonstration of our changing climate. We will also talk with Kelly Formoso, Volunteer and Youth Coordinator of the American Red Cross in Champaign about local relief efforts and ways to get news about friends and loved ones in the affected areas.


May 29, 2012

Sustainable Initiatives and Priorities at the University of Illinois and Parkland College

Growing numbers of people are trying to be conscious of the environmental impact of the way they live, but on college campuses, sustainability has been important for decades. All across the country students and administrators are looking at the carbon footprints of their institutions and making commitments on everything from campus gardens to green buildings. We’ll look at some of the sustainability efforts of two schools very close to us as we talk with Pradeep Khanna, associate chancellor at the University of Illinois, and Seamus Reilly, vice president for Institutional Advancement at Parkland College.


September 13, 2010

The Pakistan Flood Disaster

With John Briscoe, Ph.D. (The Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Environmental Health, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; Professor of the Practice of Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University; serves on the Water Science and Technology Board of the National Academy of Sciences), and Asma Faiz (Doctoral Student in the Department of Political Science, University of Illinois, and Fulbright Fellow)


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