One Hour in the Past E504 – Extreme Weather


Welcome to One Hour in the Past, a podcast series presented by the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre.

Have you ever noticed that a simple information search can lead you in strange and wonderful directions? As in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, historical research can lead you down a winding rabbit hole that might take you off your original path and lead you to new and amazing historical places!

This podcast series starts with that premise! Adrian Petry, Visitors Services Coordinator and Kathleen Powell, Supervisor of Historical Services and Curator, both from the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre, have challenged each other to explore the weird and wonderful places that one hour of research on a topic will take them. Join them as they share their findings!

Extreme Weather

On this episode of One Hour in the Past, Kathleen and Adrian explore the history of extreme weather and whether a tornado can move a 110 ton dinosaur.



1 – The 1898 Merritton Tornado

Image of a the ruined Lincoln Mill, a large brick factory building with a large chimney. The roof is mostly destroyed and the windows are smashed out. Debris is scattered around the front yard of the factory. People are seen observing the wreckage.
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2 – “We Got Cows”

3 – Dorothy, D.O.T. 3, and Toto at the National Weather Centre in Norman Oklahoma

Three garbage-can shaped machines are displayed together side-by-side behind a metal barrier. Each machine has weather sensors and weather instruments attached to the top of it. The first machine on the left is labelled 'Dorothy' with a picture of Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. The middle machine is labelled D.O.T. 3. The machine on the right shows the logo of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association on the body and is painted orange.

4 – Mike Bettes of The Weather Channel in the El Reno Tornado

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