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January-February 2015

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Uncovering Bangladesh Supercells

It's 10 p.m. on a warm spring evening in Norman, Oklahoma. In the air-conditioned comfort of my home office, I'm poring over satellite pictures of Bangladesh while the mellow sound of Derek Trucks Band plays over Internet radio. Over 8,300 miles away, it's mid-morning and an Emirates Boeing 777 from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is making a sharp right turn over the capital city of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Scott Olson is on board, looking down onto the city through the thick morning haze. Hailing from the Central Coast of California, Scott is an Internet entrepreneur with a background in physics and mathematics. He is a veteran of Great Plains storm chasing, and this year he became the first known storm chaser to tackle the storms of Bangladesh, a fertile delta region between India and Burma (Myanmar).

TIM VASQUEZ is a former Air Force forecaster and author of Digital Atmosphere, a weather forecasting software program. He lives in Norman, Oklahoma, where he keeps busy as a weather consultant and software developer.

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