The Red River Floods of 1997 Oral History Project: Interview with Wendy Pearson
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Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Wendy Pearson was born in Iowa in 1970. She studied meteorology at Iowa State University and then worked part-time for the U.S. Weather Service in Des Moines and then Springfield. In 1996 she interned at the River Forecast Center in Chanhassen, Minnesota, specializing in hydrology, then began work at the Grand Forks, North Dakota, Weather Service office as the staff hydrologist in June of 1996. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: The techniques used to estimate the flood crests; the manner by which both the River Forecast Center and the Grand Forks office issued flood forecasts; the problems that developed in estimation and communication of the flood forecasts; post-flood controversy over the Weather Service's role in flood predictions; how the flooding and the ensuing controversy affected her and others in the Grand Forks office; and changes in prediction forecasts implemented by the Weather Service as a result of the flooding.
Quantity 2 hours sound cassette
49 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 105 minutes length
Creation Interviewee: Pearson, Wendy
Interviewer: Shoptaugh, Terry L.
Made in Grand Forks, Grand Forks County, North Dakota, United States
Subjects Made in Grand Forks, Grand Forks County, North Dakota, United States
Dates Creation: 10/29/1997
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 57
Accession Number AV1999.66.23
More Info MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'The Red River Floods of 1997 Oral History Project'

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