1. Here are a couple more songs from Stage Tree with some pictures of some of you... Hey, you're in a music video! Thanks to Greg Swalwell for harmonies and harmonica... And his irrepressible good humor! I've really been enjoying listening through all of the recordings we made this year. Thanks again for being fellow Walnuts and have a WONDERFUL holiday from Fent's Post Productions and me!

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  2. National Weather Service Meteorologist Robb Lawson presents this advanced class, focusing on the science behind severe weather events like thunderstorms and tornadoes. The session was designed to be more in-depth than the normal spotter training events.
    Lawson explains that what makes the Central Plains region unique and a prime area for supercell thunderstorms with tornadoes is the climate's dry lines. A dry line is an imaginary boundary that separates a moist air mass from a dry air mass. He provides examples of historic Kansas tornadoes that were associated with a dry line and also the dynamics behind other infamous tornadoes such as the 2011 Joplin EF-5 tornado.

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  3. National Weather Service Meteorologist Robb Lawson presents this advanced class, focusing on the science behind severe weather events like thunderstorms and tornadoes. The session was designed to be more in-depth than the normal spotter training events.
    Lawson explains that what makes the Central Plains region unique and a prime area for supercell thunderstorms with tornadoes is the climate's dry lines. A dry line is an imaginary boundary that separates a moist air mass from a dry air mass. He provides examples of historic Kansas tornadoes that were associated with a dry line and also the dynamics behind other infamous tornadoes such as the 2011 Joplin EF-5 tornado.

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  4. Unfinished Portrait attempts to bring us face-to-face with the consequences of the US led invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, for all - the soldiers fighting these wars, the soldiers returning home, the civilian populations of these war-torn countries, the predicament of accused Wikileaks whistle-blower Bradley Manning, and Truth.

    This outdoor work is time-based, with each presentation starting in daylight and ending in darkness, and has four elements:

    Passport-size faces of fallen American soldiers rendered in acrylic gouache in desert camouflage colors on 12 x 12 inch panels. Installed on the ground on a bed of sand, the painted portraits face the western sky. As the sun sets, the portraits fade from view.

    Scattered among the faces, camouflage squares represent the new face of modern warfare — suicides among combatants and veterans.

    The blackness rising in the eastern sky represents the hundreds of thousands of the people of Iraq and Afghanistan who have died since the invasions of their countries.

    In the hour leading up to total darkness, four members of the community walk up to the front of the panels, and facing the western sky begin reading accounts of the tragedy that has enveloped both, the people of Iraq and Afghanistan and the invaders.

    To learn more about this project please visit: unfinishedportrait.com

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  5. In the late afternoon hours of September 25, 1973, a rare set of weather conditions spawned an historical tornado outbreak across north-central Kansas. Although millions of dollars in damage and severe flooding scarred the lives of thousands, miraculously, only 5 lost their lives. Two small towns were nearly destroyed as was a trailer park in Salina. Five other towns took direct hits from F-3 twisters. A girl was born in a hospital basement as her mother took shelter. Dramatic movie films and still photographs of tornadoes were made that day, in an era when storm chasers were much fewer and using film cameras. I saw my first tornado then. I filmed it and several funnels that spun over the plains. These and other recordings as well as new interviews with witnesses will be included. Also, this was 1973 and the turbulent issues of the time were the war in Vietnam, the Equal Rights Amendment, the occupation of Wounded Knee and the brewing Watergate scandal. Hindsight of these things and more will be added to bring life to the chase. Psychologists will discuss storm trauma and meteorologists will explain the unique aspects of this outbreak.

    Disasters can bring out the best in people. In a way, they show a side of us that remains more hidden in daily life. In a word: Kindness. Through your kindness, the story of the unique people, place and time of “That Seventies Storm” will be told. Your pledge dollars will pay for the gear, travel and legal costs of the movie production. It is a small budget for a big project. Anything more than this humble funding goal will only make the story better and allow for wider distribution of the documentary. None of the money goes to me, but into the production. In return, you may receive a wide range of rewards: Signed movie posters, digital movie downloads, movie t-shirts, signed movie DVD’s, credits in the finished movie, dinner with the producer, tickets to a tornado chase or even a song written and recorded just for you!

    I’ve got to go catch a tornado or two now… You’re invited to come along!

    Thank you,

    Ron Fent

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