Stormin' Bob Swanson

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How ’bout Them Jackets?

For those who don’t know, I’m based out of Starkville, MS — home of the Starkville Yellowjackets! I had the pleasure over the summer to be involved with one of the SOCSD (Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District) educational camps — Discovery Street. This involved bringing elementary-age kids to my campus (Mississippi State University) on two separate field trips (space camp week in early June and weather camp week in early July). During weather week, I also played a “Music and Meteorology” show for the campers at Sudduth Elementary.

A professional photographer captured some of the action during the show. There were a bunch of good shots, including one taken from behind me and featuring dancing children doing “The Weather Wiggle.”

In addition to the great dancing, I was struck by how cool my jacket looks. If you’ve not been to one of my live performances, I usually wear one of two custom-designed “weather jackets” my wife made for me early in our marriage (and early in my “singing weatherman” days). One is more winter-weight and features “pom-pom” hailstones falling from my “Stormin’ Swanson” storm cloud. The blue one is lighter weight and has precipitating music notes. My wife is such a talented seamstress!

I haven’t started planning for the Summer 2023 tour, but I’m hoping that you’ll catch me and my jackets somewhere on the road next year!

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