Floods and Tsunamis

1029 Tsunami Killer Wave
1039 Engineering Disasters: New Orleans
1044 Holland 1953: Assault of the Sea
1045 Missisippi: River Out of Control
1049 West Coast Tsunami
1050 Flash Floods: Deadly Downpour

1052 America's Tsunami: Are We Next?
1070 Tsunami: the Wave the Shook the World
1074 When Weather Changed History (out of print)
Storm Stories (out of print)
1080 Against the Elements
1082 Drowning New Orleans (NatGeo)
1084 Prehistoric Megastorms
1089 Tsunami - Killer Wave (HistoryChannel)
1095 NOVA: Inside the Megastorm: Sandy
1096 Superstorm 2012: Sandy (National Geographic)

2081 Climate Variability and Hydrologic Extremes

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Engineering Disasters: New Orleans
(46 minutes)

Is New Orleans now safe? Have we learned from the disaster of Katrina? Apparently not. From the Modern Marvels Series produced for the History Channel, this DVD details what went wrong with the levees and how the replacement systems being engineering and constructed are not really likely to withstand much more than a Category 3 storm. Presented also are the roles played by the rapidly disappearing wetlands and barrier islands that once protected the Louisiana coast. Compelling and sobering viewing.

                           1039 DVD, $14.95 plus S&H    #!TGS{buy 1039}

Flash Floods: Deadly Downpour
(45 minutes)

The human dimension behind a little remembered flood (Hepner, OR, in 1903) and onstill hard to forget (Big Thomson, CO, in 1976). Eve Gruntfest and others reiterate the lessons that must be continuously reinforced to prevent such tragic losses in the future.

1050 DVD, $14.95 plus S&H       #!TGS{buy 1050}  

Holland 1953: Assault of the Sea (45 minutes)

Over 1800 drowned and more than 250,000 were left homeless as a powerful storm caused the ocean to overflow into a heavily populated below-sea-level region. New Orleans in 2005? No, Holland in 1953. An intense 1-in-500 year North Sea storm caused Holland’s famous but war damaged and poorly maintained dikes to fail, resulting in a Katrina-style tragedy. Gripping footage shows the many sad parallels with the Crescent City, but also some startling differences. Once communication links were restored, aid was swift and effective. And the dikes and dams now protecting the Netherlands are designed to withstand a one-in-10,000 year storm. The DVD was produced for The Wrath of God series created for The History Channel.

1044 DVD, $14.95 plus S&H         #!TGS{buy 1044}

Missisippi: River Out of Control (46 minutes)

New Orleans and floods have a long history together, along with the many efforts to hold back the waters. This tale from the 1927 flood shows levies being blown up in an attempt to divert waters away from the Crescent City, with callous disregard for the welfare of the poor and African Americans.

1045 DVD, $14.95 plus S&H  #!TGS{buy 1045}     

West Coast Tsunami
(46 minutes)

This disaster has yet to happen…but the clock is ticking. Evidence is building that a major tsunami will assault the northwestern U.S. coastline when the next great Cascadian earthquake occurs. The last great wave struck on 16 January 1700. How do we know? Records of giant tsunamis from Japan! The geological record shows a 300 year return period. America ignores this story at a very great risk.

1049 DVD, $14.95 plus S&H       #!TGS{buy 1049}

Tsunami: Killer Wave
(60 minutes)

This National Geographic special was produced before the December 2004 Southeast Asia disaster, and its messages and warnings are all the more sobering. Extraordinary footage and first person tsunami accounts from Japan, Hawaii and the Pacific Northwest set the scene for the catastrophe to come.

1029 DVD, $14.95 plus S&H        #!TGS{buy 1029}

America's Tsunami: Are We Next? (83 minutes)

The 2004 Sumatran earthquake is detailed with astounding video of the deadly tsunami. But more chilling is the impending Cascadian quake which would send mountainous waves onto the Pacific coastline with 15 minutes warning. From The Discovery Channel.

1052 DVD, $14.95 plus S&H     #!TGS{buy 1052}

Tsunami - the Wave that shook the World

December 26, 2004...the earth’s crust slipped along a 700-mile-long fault off the coast of Sumatra…and 230,000 people perished.
This NOVA special chronicles the minute-by-minute history of this disaster with incredible footage plus the facts that make the incomprehensible understandable.

1070 5-DVD set $14.95 plus S&H          #!TGS{buy 1070}


When Weather Changed History 5 DVD-set

From the long running Weather Channel series that highlights us the dramatic ways that weather has
changed human history. This 5 DVD set has thirteen full 42-minute programs in wide screen format with 5:1 Dolby Stereo.
Meteorologist Jim Cantore narrates. Learn how a cold front changed NASA space program for ever in the inside story of the Challenger Disaster. The weather has played a key role in battle since time immemorial. The impacts of weather during WWII, from the D-Day Invasion, the Battle of the Bulge, the naval war in the Pacific and surprising facts about how weather factored into the first Gulf War. Aviation weather history was made in the crashes of Delta 191 and the Air Florida tragedy in Washington, DC, and the changes they brought to airport operations and the nation's weather services. The programs are filled with interviews of the people involved and rare historic footage. Special bonus items include a When Weather Changed History timeline poster. Rated G. Total run time: approximately 9 hours.

DVD 1: "Rescue from the South Pole," "Battle of the Bulge"
DVD 2: "Challenger," "Race to Nome"
DVD 3: "1927 Mississippi Flood," "Coast Guard Rescue Swimmers"
DVD 4: "Air Florida," "Crash of Delta 191"
DVD 5: "Operation Eagle Claw," "Navy Typhoon," "The Forgotten Hurricane," "D-Day Anniversary," "Battlefield Iraq"

5-DVD set $19.99 plus S&H      


Storm Stories 6-DVD set

Now available in a 6-DVD boxed set, the best of the Weather Channel's acclaimed series, Storm Stories.
The weather is the ultimate drama. In the battle of humans vs. nature, these are the true stories of the survivors: the rescuers who never gave up and the victims who never gave in. First person accounts and stunning footage of weather dramtically impacting the lives of real people. Every survivor has a story - from which must all learn. Full screen, Dolby 5:1 Stereo. Rated G. Special Bounus DVD, "Epic Conditions." Total run time: approximately 10 hours 45 minutes.

DVD 1: "Blown from Her Arms," "Lives Torn Apart," "Allison's Wake," "Shelter from the Storm," "Tornado Terror"
DVD 2: "Gone in an Instant," "After School Twister," "Without Warning," "Left Behind After Floyd," "Laguna Landslide"
DVD 3: "Hurricane Ivan," "Ice Storm," "Weather Dog," "F-5 Tornado," "Black Tie - Black Night"
DVD 4: "Tornado Six Pack," "In the River's Path," "Deafening Sound," "Iowa November Tornado," "When Chuckie Met Ivan"
DVD 5: "New Orleans - Katrina," "Christmas Day Mudslide," "Plainfield Tornado," "Rogue Wave," "Super Outbreak"
DVD 6: "Epic Conditions," "Hawaii Big Wave Surfing"

6-DVD set $19.95 plus S&H         

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}

Drowning New Orleans
(45 minutes)

National Geographic looks back on the 2005 disaster – one not causes less by nature but rather by human error and failures. Katrina did not make a direct hit, nor was it a Cat 5 storm at landfall, but poor planning and execution magnified the impact in so many ways, vividly portrayed. This was really a human caused disaster. The levees need not have failed. Required viewing for those engaged in disaster management and regional planning.

                                    1082 DVD-R $14.95 plus S&H        #!TGS{buy 1082}

Prehistoric Megastorms
(2 DVD Set – 2 hours)

Six programs detailing proposed “paleoweather” events. What if the biblical flood was not caused by rain? Archeology and geology are providing evidence that the failure of a natural dam 8000 years ago flooded what is now the Black Sea, a catastrophe imprinted on civilization’s collective memory as legends of a great flood. Then, Vulcanology, DNA and paleoclimate are called upon to delve into a  mystery – why do all humans trace their ancestry back to only ~5000 females? A clue - the climate change resulting from the eruption of Toba 75,000 years ago. Also included: Hypercanes, Mega Tsunamis, Comet Storms, and a prehistoric English superflood.

                                    1084 DVD-R $14.95 plus S&H        #!TGS{buy 1084}

Tsunami – Killer Wave
(45 minutes)

This History Channel special was produced before the December 2004 Southeast Asia disaster, and its messages and warnings are all the more sobering. Extraordinary footage and first person tsunami accounts from Japan, Hawaii and the Pacific Northwest set the scene for the catastrophe to come. The disaster in the Indian Ocean should not have come as a surprise

1089 DVD-R $14.95 plus S&H        #!TGS{buy 1089}

NOVA: Inside the Megastorm: Sandy

Was Hurricane Sandy a freak combination of weather systems? Or are hurricanes increasing in intensity due to a warming climate? How did this perfect storm make search and rescue so dangerous? NOVA goes "Inside the Megastorm" giving viewers a blow by blow recounting of Hurricane Sandy, its impacts and the future of storm protection. Through first person accounts from those who survived, and from experts and scientists, "Inside the Megastorm" gives scientific context to a new breed of storms.

1095 DVD $19.95 plus S&H      #!TGS{buy 1095}

Superstorm 2012 - Sandy (National Geographic)

National Geographic goes inside the eye of the superstorm, Hurricane Sandy, to explore why it happened and how it could happen again. Weaving together user-generated stories from those who rode out the catastrophic storm, first responders, weather experts and storm chasers, Superstorm 2012 explores the mammoth and merciless wake that caused fatalities and paralyzed life for millions of people. Find out in depth how this storm - dubbed a "Frankenstorm" by some media - developed and grew as National Geographic examines the science behind its extreme forces and digs further into the unpredictability of nature's fury and its devastating consequences in the 21st century.

                                           1096 DVD $19.95 plus S&H,    #!TGS{buy 1096)


Climate Variability and Hydrologic Extremes
(56 minutes)

The AMS Journal, Program 2009-2
Prof. Soroosh Sorooshian
Center for Hydrometeorology and Remote Sensing
University of California, Irvine
alter Orr Roberts Lecturer (2009)

Will America have enough water for the 21st Century? In the era of global climate change, understanding the water cycle is essential, and specifically predicting the water resources that will available in the years to come. While climate models show increasing skill, reliance on engineering approaches to assure adequate water supplies will remain. Demand for water grows. In parts of the U.S. southwest, it is sobering to note that reliance on ground water has resulted in land subsidence measured in many feet over decades, whereas the aquifer recharge occurs at only several mm/yr. With an introduction by AMS President, Dr. Thomas Karl, Director, National Climatic Data Center.

2081 DVD-R $4.95 plus S&H        #!TGS{buy 2081}

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