More stories by Alan Sealls


Radiosonde Weather Instrument

Have you ever found a radiosonde? That’s the weather instrument carried by a weather balloon up into the air.

Hurricane Opal Satellite

Hurricane Opal in 1995

Hurricane Opal hit the Florida Panhandle in October of 1995, as the third most-costly hurricane in US history, at that time.

Hurricane Georges Flooding in 1998

Hurricane Georges in 1998

Hurricane Georges in 1998 left flooding rainfall totals of 1 to 3 feet. It made landfall near Biloxi as a category 2 before rapidly weakenin…


Lightning is Striking, 3-part Series

The Gulf Coast is home to frequent thunderstorms and that means a lot of lightning strikes. Separate fact from myth and learn lightning safe…

solar flare

Astronomy is Space Weather

Meteorologists study the atmosphere on Earth. You might think from the title meteorology that a meteorologist would study meteors. They do… …

weather balloon launch

Weather Balloon Launch to Capture Data

This is the story of a man and a balloon. My name is Jim Salzwedel and I’m a Hydrometeorological Technician Jim is preparing to launch a wea…