The Method: Peering Into Past Weather And Turning Tires Into Power

Sep 26, 2014

Credit National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Here in East Tennessee, our thoughts turn to sunny days and cool nights as autumn sets in. But you might be surprised to learn September is typically the peak month for tropical weather, including hurricanes. Today, meteorologists use all kinds of modern tools to track hurricanes from start to finish. University of Tennessee researcher Kelsey Scheitlin goes a different route. She studies hurricanes that formed before 1851, when the only traces of a tropical weather system might be found in reports in the daily paper, telegraph warnings and samples of mud from coastal marshes. She talks to Brandon Hollingsworth about her work.

Then, Chrissy Keuper speaks with Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers Parans Paranthaman and Amit Naskar about their goal to find new ways to use old tires. They're turning your old rubber into components for lithium ion batteries.