Listen: Alabama, Dr. Ashley, Chris discussed on Weather Geeks
"Life and property improving the communication of risk imposed by severe weather, a major focus of scientists. And some policymakers today, we'll discuss how urban sprawl and development local infrastructure, and even socioeconomic factors have been found to play a major role in how disaster unfolds. We'll also explore ways we can mitigate or prevent future disasters through preparedness and risk assessment. This is the weather geeks podcast, and we were so grateful to have Dr a Walker. Ashley joining us here. I'm Chris worn. Hello to you. Dr. Ashley. Chris. So you are an educator a teacher, but also a researcher, and we're gonna get into a lot of your findings also really want to get into what your thoughts are in your gut reaction to things and we can start with the early March twenty nineteen outbreak. When you saw this unfold, what was your initial reaction? What was going through your mind was a meteorologist? We could see this coming days in advance. There was a heightened risk in the south for severe storms. We didn't know until about twenty four hours to maybe thirty six hours ahead of time that the risk was going to become a little bit more escalated and that day of I remember watching the morning and seeing that the threat was was increasing slowly, but we didn't know how much instability was going to be in South Georgia and and southeast Alabama. But as we roll through that early afternoon, it was it was clear that the situation was. Becoming a significant and as storms began to develop I was watching on radar, and you could you could fill it in your stomach that things we're gonna turn bad quickly. Unfortunately, the tornado to Glenn eastern Alabama formed, and I was a long track and went through highly vulnerable areas, just south of Auburn, Alabama. You know, you could see it on radar. And you knew you knew at that time that destruction was occurring. And as meterologist we love the physical side of it. But we know that that people are being impacted directly by these events. What you're looking at the ingredients you said you got a pit in your stomach.."