Photos and interviews by Sam Campbell
“I’m from Fort Walton Beach, so it’s obviously the hurricane. It’s absolutely fascinating — just (because of) the enormous size of it, the power, the beauty.
I was there for (Hurricane Katrina). I wasn’t in any danger because I evacuated at once. But I was at Fort Walton and we went to the beach and we saw the waves. I’ve never seen anything like it.”
“Climate change, because as we dump more carbon into the atmosphere, the Earth is going to heat up due to greenhouse gases. The significance of that is, it takes a lot of energy to heat up the oceans, but little by little, if you look at the weather trends over the past 30 years, you’re seeing a distinct difference in our weather patterns.
Greenland, which was almost always solid ice, I think two years ago, we were seeing pools of water form on top of the ice. That’s never happened before.”
“Tornadoes, I think, are the most fascinating, because a storm has to organize in a very specific fashion. It just seems that when everything, all the ingredients come together, and tornadoes drop out of the sky, it’s a significant event.”
“I enjoy forecasting the thunderstorms we have here. They’re very common here, so it’s very relevant to our job. I have fun forecasting them.
On this side of the area, we get some hail; we get some tornadoes here, and those are pretty severe. It’s scary stuff.”