“I wanted to know--how did these monsters form?" an interview with John Haynes

Recorded February 19, 2019 Archived February 19, 2019 13:56 minutes
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John Haynes, Program Manager of Health and Air Quality applications in the Applied Sciences Program at NASA headquarters, talks about catching the “weather bug” at a young age. In first grade, he told his teacher that he wanted to be a meteorologist.

His interest in weather developed due to growing up hearing stories in Tupelo, Mississippi, about the devastating F5 tornado there in 1936 that was one of the deadliest tornadoes in U.S. history. The tornado tore through neighborhoods north of downtown, as well as the poor side of town, and narrowly missed Elvis Presley's birthplace. He discusses his programs role as a “flexible bridge” which connects all of the scientific data on one end with all of society's needs on the other, to inform policy-making, forecasting, and management. (Recorded 12 December 2018)


  • John Haynes
  • Sam Hedlund
  • AGU Narratives

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