2071 Benjamin Franklin's Science, AMS Journal Program 2007-1
1028 NOVA: Lightning!

1036 Nature Tech: Lightning (out of print)
1002 The Hundred Year Hunt for the Red Sprite

1046 Severe Weather Safety: Protect Yourself
1065 Struck by Lightning
1079 A Fantasia for Clouds
1080 Against the Elements
1081 Thunderheads
1085 Struck by Lightning (NatGeo)
1097 The Edge of Space

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Severe Weather Safety: Protect Yourself
(30 minutes)

Produced for Weatherthings by AMS Member, Alan Sealls, CBM, this program spells out in clear, simple language how to become aware of, prepare for, and react to the threats of flash floods, lightning, damaging winds and tornadoes. An excellent program for public outreach seminars and introductory weather classes.

1046 DVD-R, $24.95 plus S&H #!TGS{buy 1046}

NOVA: Lightning! (45 minutes)

A high-voltage trip —culminating in a dazzling lightning show set to music that rivals the most extraordinary fireworks display. The program also visits with some of lightning's tragic victims who thought they were out of harm's way. Join the scientists as they tempt nature by creating the world's tallest lightning rod, a wire leading thousands of feet into storm clouds, which triggers awe-inspiring thunderbolts a few hundred feet from the observers—and creates a chunk of "petrified" lightning. A NOVA Priduction.

1028 DVD-R, $14.95         #!TGS{buy 1028}

Nature Tech: Lightning
(45 minutes)

A History Channel special on one of nature’s deadliest killers – lightning. It provides an excellent overview of lightning physics, detection and warning systems. The threats to those engaging outdoor activities are graphically recounted in many victim vignettes.

1036 DVD-R $14.95 plus S&H

The Hundred Year Hunt For The Red Sprite (42 minutes)
Finalist, Telly Awards

Videographer Award of Excellence
Gold Award,Aurora Awards

Based upon our planetarium production of the same name, this program documents one of the most unexpected scientific findings in the atmosphere during the late 20th century. For over a century, people, including well respected scientists, had reported seeing strange lights in the night sky about thunderstorms - and they were. But it remained for a “happy accident” in 1989 when the first such event was captured on a low-light camera’s video tape. One researcher exclaimed it was as if Biology had just suddenly discovered a new human body part. Since then, an entire “zoo” of luminous creatures have been found in the thin air above thunderstorms. And the discoveries are still being made. The program also shows how the public can become engaged in the search for new thunderstorm related electrical phenomena.Teachers: Your students can also take the online "Sprite Quiz" and receive their score and a certificate of completion! "....the images and graphics are could watch this program forever...kept me on the edge of my seat..." Weatherwise Magazine

1002 DVD-R* $14.95 plus S&H
                           #!TGS{buy 1002}

The Edge of Space (NOVA) approx. 60 minutes

This 2013NOVA program continues where The Hundred Year Hunt for the Red Sprite leaves off.
It showcases extraordinary footage of sprites taken from high flying jets to the International Space Station.
The aurora makes some amazing appearances as well. The program also weaves the poignant true story of how
one of the objectives - capturing images of sprites from space - of Astronaut Ilan Ramon, who perished in 2003 aboard the ill-fated Space Shuttle Columbia, were fulfilled on the ISS a decade later by astronaut Dr. Satoshi Furukawa. The high speed footage of sprites is simply breathtaking.

1097 DVD  $19.95 plus S&H             #!TGS{buy 1097}

Struck by Lightning
(50 minutes)

Most people struck by lightning are not killed. But that doesn’t mean they were lucky. First person narratives document the serious, often lifelong consequences of a lightning strike. A good way to teach lightning safety…let folks see what can happen if one does not take the simple and basic steps to protect oneself from a cloud-to-ground strike. From the A&E Series, The Unexplained.

1065 DVD-R $14.95 plus S&H    #!TGS{buy 1065}

A Fantasia for Clouds
 A 32nd Annual Telly Awards Winner!   For home and classroom use

A meteorological music video in 5 movements for cloud and weather lovers! Set to the melodies of Smetana, Borodin, Glinka, Satie and of course, Beethoven’s majestic 9th Symphony. High Definition time lapse cloud videos captured in the western U.S. portray the atmosphere’s fluid beauty. Mountain waves and rotors, swirling valley fogs,  supercells, vivid cloud-to-ground lightning, violent dust storms,  sunsets, sunrises, and of course, double rainbows, all choreographed to gorgeous music. Included are rare high speed lightning sequences showing what really goes on in a “split second.” Produced by AMS Past President Dr. Walt Lyons, CCM.

1079 DVD-R $14.95 plus S&H        #!TGS{buy 1079}

Against the Elements
(2 DVD Set - 2 hours)

An amazing compilation of almost two dozen disasters including tsunamis, wild fires, earthquakes, avalanches, sink holes, mudslides, flash floods, and more. One highlight is a concise summary of the EF5 Manchester, SD tornado which literally wiped the town off the map and how chasers, led by Tim Samaras, documented the largest pressure drop (100 mb) ever confirmed in a tornadic vortex. Prof. Bill Gallus and Jay Trobec also appear. Also, a really unexpected story from Down Under. One of the world’s most prestigious yachting events is the Sydney to Hobart Race. Crews often include meteorologist to help deal with the region’s wild weather – but no one expected an EF2 tornadic waterspout that engulfed one vessel, which actually somehow survived the encounter- and finished second!

                                     1080 DVD-R $14.95 plus S&H        #!TGS{buy 1080}

  (45 minutes)

Australian thunderstorms grow so huge they give them names, like Hector - a monster CB which forms near Darwin and which was the subject of a seven nation field program.  Pilots “discovering” gravity waves launched into the stratosphere by massive convection is just one of the facets of this field program log, which shows the nuts and bolts of real-world science outside of the laboratory. Ed Zipser is one of many familiar faces in this excellent documentation of a multifaceted research project. A Smithsonian Production.

 1081 DVD-R $14.95 plus S&H        #!TGS{buy 1081}

Struck By Lightning (45 minutes)

Most people struck by lightning are not killed. But that doesn’t mean they were particularly lucky. First person narratives reveal the serious, often lifelong consequences of a lightning strike. Do iPods attract lightning? What happens to your body when you are struck? Hint: you don’t become a “crispy critter”  – but the results can be just as bad.  Tim Samaras and Dr. Maryann Cooper lend their expertise. A National Geographic Program.

1085 DVD-R $14.95 plus S&H        #!TGS{buy 1085}

Benjamin Franklin’s Science
(59 minutes)

Prof. Philip Krider of the University of Arizona is an expert in atmospheric electricity – and Benjamin Franklin. His presentation, recorded at the AMS Annual Meeting in Atlanta commemorates the Franklin Tercentenary with a fascinating look at this multi-faceted Founding Father, who could also be argued to be America’s first meteorologist. An excellent chapter in the history of our science.

2071 DVD-R, $4.95 plus S$H         #!TGS{buy 2071}  

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