Where I live, it's been a rough few weeks for the weather. Fifty degrees and rainy, every single day. On the spectrum of all the problems I could possibly have, crummy weather is obviously a pretty fantastic one to be stuck with. And after yesterday's violent and deadly tornadoes, I know it could be much, much worse. But for now -- until the sun comes out -- I'll be streaming these ten great podcast episodes. Each one features a story about the weather: rainy, stormy, snowy, and sometimes very dangerous weather. And one of them, Day At The Beach, has me dreaming about the warm, sunny days that I hope are right around the corner.
Charlie: God of Rain from The Memory Palace [July 13, 2015, 14 minutes]. Charlie Hatfield wasn't exactly a rainmaker, but he was America's first moisture accelerator, rescuing the dry fields of many desperate farmers in drought-stricken California.
Crossing the River, Feeling Watched from Here Be Monsters [June 24, 2015, 19 minutes]. While on a rainy trek in Washington's Cascade Mountains, host Jeff Emtman has an unmistakable feeling. Somebody is watching him.
Struck by Lightning from Outside Podcast [April 11, 2016, 42 minutes]. Outdoor adventurer Phil Broscovak recounts the day he was struck by lightning in the episode that has me permanently terrified of thunderstorms.
Why Is The Siren Still Singing from Third Coast International Audio Festival [2015 ShortDocs Challenge, 3 minutes]. A short and haunting documentary from producer Ellen Wiles about the mysterious foghorn at Lizard Point in Cornwall, UK.