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Steve Famiglietti storm chasing with Alan Hopkins

Steve Famiglietti storm chasing with Alan Hopkins

This week on Climate Stew we chat with Steve Famiglietti. Steve trains the visually impaired to use emerging technology to better their everyday lives. Steve is blind himself and with his service dog, Joel, travels around the USA and locally in Hartford, CT. An avid lover of extreme weather, well from a distance, Steve says he doesn’t know if he is the only blind storm chaser in the world, but he hasn’t met another yet.

Steve teaches me a thing or two about tornados and shares some of his firsthand experience with us. We also talk about climate change. While trained in meteorology, up until now Steve has avoided looking into climate change. He share his thoughts and his feelings, echoing what many people are also feeling.

Have a listen to Steve’s experience chasing storms.

Also in the program we hear about groundbreaking work of the Saritsa Foundation in India. They have created a mobile university to help people with disability, especially blind women and girls, skills for surviving a variety of disasters including floods and earthquakes. We travel to the future to learn about other initiatives to help meet the needs of people with disabilities in a time of climate change.

Oh, and to add some more zing to the program, Marvin Bloom shares some good news about renewable energy (and goes on a tangent about VCR players.)

Enjoy Episode 29 of Climate Stew!


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Author: Peterson Toscano

Peterson Toscano is a quirky queer Quaker concerned about Climate Change. His website is

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  1. Steve Famiglietti on July 1, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    One thing of interesting note is that we had a nor-easter over the weekend, which is typically a wintertime event here. But, the jet stream has reverted back to the same pattern we had in February of this year. So the west is really hot and dry and the east is cool and wet. It is hard to believe that such an extreme pattern could keep haunting us

    • Peterson Toscano on July 1, 2015 at 8:20 pm

      wow that is wild. And I thought of you yesterday when we had a super-cell thunder storm and tornado warning here in Central PA.