Just last week we told you about the exciting partnership between Live For Live Music and the long-running Inside Out With Turner And Seth podcast, bringing you a fresh take on the music scene by combining behind-the-scenes and fan perspectives to segments and interviews of your favorite artists. The newest episode of the podcast features Umphrey’s McGee guitarist and vocalist Brendan Bayliss, featured in today’s release as the first of a two-part series.This episode features a discussion with Bayliss about how his life led him to South Bend, IN and then to Notre Dame University, all the while focusing on the formative days of Umphrey’s McGee. Rob and Seth talk to Brendan about deciding to invite Jake Cinninger into the band’s lineup, the beauty of the band’s gradual growth, and his hilariously disappointing encounter with Steve Miller.You can stream the new podcast episode in the player below!All music from the podcast is taken from Umphrey’s run at The Tabernacle in Atlanta. For more Inside Out With Seth and Turner episodes, head to their SoundCloud or their page on iTunes.
By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaGeorgians may think of spring as the beginning of tornado season, but University of Georgia experts say tornadoes can occur almost year-round. “Statistically, the odds of a tornado hitting a particular point are like 1 in 5,000 or so,” she said. Tornadoes typically occur when “the humidity is high, the winds change with height and there’s sunshine,” she said. They most often form in front of a “push of energy” like a cold front.Too cold for twisters Tornado warnings may seem to last forever, but Knox says an average tornado lasts about 15 minutes. If you live in a state like Colorado, you may be able to see a tornado coming from 20 miles away, Knox said. Georgians, unfortunately, don’t have that luxury. Tornadoes are part of what Knox calls “a whole suite of things that can happen in a thunderstorm.” “Most meteorologists get hooked on weather at an early age,” she said. “I was hooked in the third grade when a tornado hit two blocks from our house in Michigan. It took the middle of a church and left the two ends standing.” “A weather radio is one of the best purchases you can make for your family’s safety during any weather emergency,” she said. Slim odds It can be too cold for a tornado, Knox said. Remembering such dates is part of Knox’s job as assistant to Georgia state climatologist David Stooksbury. It’s also part of her nature. “Tornadoes can happen any time of year, any time of day,” said Pam Knox, Georgia’s assistant state climatologist and a researcher with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “It’s true, spring to early summer seems to be the time of year we think about tornadoes. But Georgia has had them all year.” “Sometimes tornadoes are wrapped in rain so you don’t see them,” she said. “And we have lots of hills in the Southeast, so you can’t see tornadoes coming. That’s why most tornado photographs are taken in the plains of Oklahoma or Kansas.” You can’t see them coming “They won’t happen if the temperature’s 32 degrees or lower,” Knox said. “That said, there are also isolated tornadoes that happen outside these atmospheric conditions. Many form in the right front quadrant of a hurricane like before (Hurricane) Ivan in Georgia on Sept. 15-16, 2004.” Many tornado survivors liken the sound of a tornado to that of a moving freight train or a swarm of angry bees. But don’t rely on sound or sight during a tornado warning, Knox said. Instead, rely on weather reports from the National Weather Service. Don’t trust the movies Despite this experience, Knox isn’t scared of tornadoes, because she understands how they form. She also knows the math. Knox also warns people to remember that tornado movies are often more fictional than factual. The average tornado follows a well-defined path of about 10 miles and usually touches ground for just one mile. “Sometimes a tornado will skip along the ground, and sometimes it never hits the ground,” she said. “When that happens, it’s just a funnel cloud.” “The movie ‘Twister’ significantly increased the number of students majoring in meteorology,” she said. “Unfortunately, it wasn’t very true to life. It usually takes 10 tracking trips to see one tornado. We meteorologists have to suspend our scientific beliefs when we watch tornado movies.”