This is an excerpt from the video series Weather You Remember. Two women recall a tornado that struck Worcester, Massachusetts on June 9, 1953. It was recorded at the Worcester Senior Center in April 2008, they had never met prior to taping.
Weather You Remember is a series of video “weather reports” delivered by senior citizens, as they recall and comment on weather for the location they most identify as “home”. Relying only on personal experience and memory, participants in this project are asked to make observations about changes they have witnessed as indicators of past, present and future “weather” conditions. In particular, they are asked to consider change as it relates to technology.
Weather forecasting as we know it is a modern development that became possible with the invention of the telegraph. Television weather reporting has only been around for 70 years. I am interested in the parallels between technology and weather as man made forces that we may or may not be able to control- and the impact those forces have on our lives. I am also interested in the way we define ourselves within a mediated culture, and the weather report is a format we all seem to be familiar with.