University of Mobile associate professor of biology Steve Carey and nine students are sharing their experiences online during an upcoming stormchasing tour of the Great Plains.
The students will be seeking tornados, supercells and severe weather patterns during the field experience and will write about their experiences as they occur at www.umobile.edu/blogs
. It will be the culmination of a semester course titled “Super Storms of the Midwest,” where students have learned about the formation and structure of weather patterns and forecasting and analysis methods to apply on the field while seeking to encounter severe storms first-hand.
According to Carey, a veteran stormchaser, the recent tragic events across the Southeast underscore the need for greater understanding of how tornadoes form, how strong they might become, and ways of improving warning times and delivery.
“I still have memories as a young child of being taken to the basement of our home while tornado warnings flashed on the television,” said Carey. “We were lucky. Our house was spared but our neighbor’s homes across the street were damaged. I think my fascination with severe weather began at that point.”
He noted that powerful tornadoes, while awe-inspiring, can inflict terrible damage.
“Storm chasing, to me, is not a thrill-seek activity and should never be undertaken by those unfamiliar with the behavior of severe storms. I enjoy the science behind the chase and the challenge of trying to predict if and where supercell storms will likely form,” Carey said.
For more information about the stormchasing journals, call the UMobile Office of Public Relations at (251) 442-2215.
Students participating in the stormchasing experience are:
Ashton Arnold, a junior majoring in marine science from Birmingham, Ala.
Alisha Britnell, a sophomore majoring in English from Birmingham, Ala.
Hollie Cooper, a freshman majoring in art from Seguin, Texas.
Joshua Hembree, a junior majoring in political science from Mobile, Ala.
Lane Keeton, a freshman majoring in theology from Cordova, Ala.
Ashlee Lassiter, a sophomore majoring in history education and musical theater from Prattville, Ala.
Kelsey Moore, a freshman majoring in worship leadership from Auburn, Ala.
Daniel Wattier, a junior majoring in psychology and sociology from Mobile, Ala.
Amy Wright, a junior majoring in global business from Mobile, Ala.
The University of Mobile is a Christian university in Mobile, Ala., with more than 1,700 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences; the schools of business, Christian studies, education and nursing; the Center for Performing Arts, and the Center for Adult Programs. For more information about UMobile, visit www.umobile.edu