Fifty miles off the coast of Nantucket, 250 feet beneath the Atlantic, lies the RMS Republic and her secret treasure. As soon as Republic sank, rumors spread of a precious cargo, but the ship has kept her secrets intact for over a century, until now. Life-long treasure hunter Martin Bayerle joined Connie Willis (email) for all four hours to discuss how he has devoted the past 35 years of his life researching the shipwreck and proving the existence of her reputed cargo of 150,000 American Eagle gold coins, a bounty worth a billion dollars in today’s economy, and his quest to recover the it on his second attempt at the Republic.
I noticed a photo of some clouds in Iowa on your website. Gavin Pretor-Pinney and his England-based Cloud Appreciation Society seem to think this is some new category of cloud. This phenomenon is nothing new. I took this photo March 25th, 2009 [in Fort Worth, Texas]. I hadn't seen clouds like this since May 3rd, 1999 near Moore Oklahoma, when a record breaking F5 tornado tore a twenty mile swath across the city, leaving a path of destruction one mile wide. Fortunately the storm in this photo fizzled out pretty quickly. I feel we're in for some violent weather action sometime this summer though.