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WeatherBrains 429: Not a Cheerwine Virgin

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 04:30

WeatherBrains Episode 429 is now online (April 14, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is Doug Hilderbrande, the Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador initiative lead at National Weather Service Headquarters within the Director’s office. He has been at the National Weather Service for 12 years now, starting at NCEP’s Weather Prediction Center, then moving on to the Office of Science and Technology and a 2-year stint as the NOAA Policy Adviser for weather and satellites. He has a Bachelors Degree from Bucknell University in Central Pennsylvania, a masters in geology from University of South Florida, and a masters in meteorology from North Carolina State University.

Tonight’s Guest Panelist, Todd Foisy, is a repeat performer and a friend of the podcast. He is a WeatherBrains alum having appeared as the guest panelist on show 204 on December 21, 2009, and as the Guest Weatherbrain on Show 346 in December, 2012. He is the Science and Operations Officer, or SOO, from the National Weather Service in Caribou, ME. He joins us from his home in northern Maine.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 100 at Death Valley, CA, and -7 at Lake Yellowstone, WY
  • Severe thunderstorm watches in effect this evening for Gulf Coast area
  • Severe weather risk shifts to Southeast US coast on Tuesday
  • Cold air once again invading the eastern US
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer finally makes a show so perhaps she’ll catch up on the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: In honor of the fact that three of the WeatherBrains crew were at the 2014 National Tropical Weather Conference this past week, this episode of 101 takes a brief look at the naming of hurricanes in the Atlantic Basin as well as the names we’ll see on the advisories and statements issued during the upcoming season.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of April 14th.

    Listener Surveys: Okay, we continue to drive this topic into the ground, but we really do like to hear from you. Many thanks to everyone who has taken the time to fill out the Listener Survey. The survey takes just a minute or two to complete and provides us with an opportunity to learn where you are and hear your thoughts and comments on the show. Click here to take the survey.

    Web Sites from Episode 429:

    Weather-Ready Nation

    Preparathon

    Picks of the Week:

    Todd Foisy – Enhanced Weather Display

    Doug Hildebrand – Living on the real world

    Nate Johnson – Colorado State seasonal hurricane forecast

    Bill Murray – book called Infinite Monster

    Brian Peters – National Tropical Weather Conference

    James Spann – College of DuPage Weather Lab

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Virtual Telescope

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, and Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

    Categories: Weather

    WeatherBrains 428: Jackass What?

    Fri, 04/11/2014 - 04:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 428 is now online (April 10, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    This is the regular weekly WeatherBrains podcast, but it is a somewhat special edition because it was recorded on a Thursday night AND 75 percent of the available WeatherBrains crew were together on South Padre Island, TX, attending the National Tropical Weather Conference. The topic for the show is, of course, tropical weather. And we weare fortunate to have two previous WeatherBrains guests on the show, both former National Hurricane Center directors, Max Mayfield and Bill Read. Listen to the show to get the inside stories from some very experienced meteorologists who have dealt with some major issues surrounding tropical weather. This is the behind the scenes stuff that you cannot get anywhere else.

    The WeatherBrains crew and guests on episode 428 at the National Tropical Weather Conference in South Padre Island, TX.(L to R: Brian Peters, Nate Johnson, Bill Read, Max Mayfield, and Bill Murray).

    Our email bag officer was not available, so a double dose of the mail bag will probably come next week.

    Listener Surveys: Okay, we continue to drive this topic into the ground, but we really do like to hear from you. Many thanks to everyone who has taken the time to fill out the Listener Survey. The survey takes just a minute or two to complete and provides us with an opportunity to learn where you are and hear your thoughts and comments on the show. Click here to take the survey.

    Web Sites from Episode 428:

    National Tropical Weather Conference

    National Hurricane Center

    Picks of the Week:

    There were not any this week due to the special nature of the show.

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, and Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

    Categories: Weather

    WeatherBrains 427: SWERVing

    Thu, 04/03/2014 - 04:15

    WeatherBrains Episode 427 is now online (April 2, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Another week with numerous guests. Guest WeatherBrain 1 is Michael Hill. He was born and raised in Tuscaloosa, AL, where he grew up watching James Spann and for this reason, he became a meteorologist. A 2009 graduate of Mississippi State University, he did some broadcasting while in school at Weathervision in Jackson, MS. He was a student volunteer at WFO Jackson, MS, before being hired into the weather service at WFO Caribou, ME, in October, 2009, as an intern. In March, 2012, he was promoted to Forecaster at the WFO Slidell office.

    Guest WeatherBrain 2 is Kenneth Graham who is currently the Meteorologist-in-Charge of the New Orleans WFO located in Slidell, LA.

    And Guest WeatherBrain 3 is Matthew Moreland. Matthew is a 1996 graduate from the University of Oklahoma and a member of the VORTEX 1 project, he is now the team lead for the Impact-Based Decision Support Pilot Project at the NWS New Orleans/Baton Rouge office. The project began in December 2011 and has deployed for several major events including Hurricane Isaac and the Super Bowl in New Orleans, and developed a “whole office” approach to decision support. Prior to coming to New Orleans, he worked at the NWS Houston/Galveston office for almost 14 years. His forte is tropical weather and he has worked several big tropical cyclones including TS Allison, Hurricane Rita, and Hurricane Ike.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 100 at Laredo, TX, and -11 at Hallock, MN
  • Severe weather shaping up as the tornado season is underway
  • Moderate risk area from SPC centered over Arkansas and Southeast Missouri
  • 80′s into the Southeast US yesterday and today
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: This episode we take a question from Terry about the cap and how we know – or don’t know – if the cap will or won’t break. We take a look at cap and what it means to the development of thunderstorms and severe weather.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of April 1st.

    Listener Surveys: Okay, we continue to drive this topic into the ground, but we really do like to hear from you. Many thanks to everyone who has taken the time to fill out the Listener Survey. The survey takes just a minute or two to complete and provides us with an opportunity to learn where you are and hear your thoughts and comments on the show. Click here to take the survey.

    Web Sites from Episode 427:

    SWERV – Significant Weather Emergency Response Vehicle

    Slidell NWS Office web page

    Coast Guard story on SWERV

    Picks of the Week:

    Ken Graham – first home to WB in New Orleans

    Matthew Moreland – Experimental Response Tool

    Brian Peters – Tropical Weather Conference

    James Spann – The Druid City, story of Tuscaloosa tornado in 2011

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus another notable geek Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

    Categories: Weather

    WeatherBrains 426: In the Beginning When I was Trying

    Tue, 03/25/2014 - 04:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 426 is now online (March 24, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    The GBO, or Guest Booking Officer, has outdone himself tonight and the WeatherBrains podcast will once again test the limits of Google+. We don’t have two guests or even three, but FOUR guests.

    Appearing as our guest panelist is Cheryl Nelson, also known as Mrs. Virginia International 2014. She is a TV personality, meteorologist, and model. She is a natural disaster preparedness ambassador.

    Adding to the guest list, we have a big crowd of WeatherBrains for tonight’s show, all NWS folks, and all involved in an innovative forecasting project that intrigued our very own Aubrey.

    Joining us as guest WeatherBrains we have Steve Zubrick, Science and Operations Officer (SOO) at the NWS office in Sterling, VA, which serves the Washington, DC area.

    From the NWS office, Taunton, MA, we have Joe Dellacarpini, who is the Science and Operations Officer (SOO) for the office serving the Boston area.

    And rounding out this fabulous lineup, we have Dave Novak who is not a SOO but serves as the Chief of the Development and Training Branch at Weather Prediction Center (WPC).

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 96 at Death Valley, CA, and -27 at Embarrass, MN
  • Winter storm shaping up for Mid-Atlantic and New England states
  • Some discussion of the Polar Vortex
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: It happened worldwide at exactly 1657 GMT! That’s when the vernal equinox occurred – or is the autumnal equinox? What exactly is an equinox? All the answers to these questions on this episode of WeatherBrains 101.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of March 24th.

    Listener Surveys: Okay, we continue to drive this topic into the ground, but we really do like to hear from you. Many thanks to everyone who has taken the time to fill out the Listener Survey. The survey takes just a minute or two to complete and provides us with an opportunity to learn where you are and hear your thoughts and comments on the show. Click here to take the survey.

    Web Sites from Episode 426:

    NWS Baltimore/Washington web site

    NWS Boston web site

    Weather Prediction Center web site

    Cheryl Nelson’s web page

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – USGS Beta Product Site

    Cheryl Nelson – Storm Blok

    Brian Peters – NWS San Antonio bats on radar

    James Spann – James Spann at UGA AMS Meeting

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Lightning Safety Article

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Aubrey Urbanowicz, and Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

    Categories: Weather

    WeatherBrains 425: Space Special

    Tue, 03/18/2014 - 04:00

    WeatherBrains Episode 425 is now online (March 17, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is the Senior Reviews Editor for Ars Technica. He is the author of a recent article about a potential rescue of the Space Shuttle Columbia which was destroyed on re-entry in 2003. So please welcome Lee Hutchinson to WeatherBrains.

    Our Guest Panelist is Hayden Nix, the President of East Mississippi Chapter of the NWA/AMS. He is also in charge of the upcoming Southeast Severe Storms Symposium at Mississippi State University.

    Our email bag officer is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: You’ve probably heard of fractals, but have you heard of fractus clouds? Often referred to as an accessory cloud, fractus clouds often look mean though they rarely are and can be especially helpful to storm spotters when watching for telltale signs of rotation. So in this episode of 101 we take a look at these special clouds.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of March 17th.

    Listener Surveys: Okay, we continue to drive this topic into the ground, but we really do like to hear from you. Many thanks to everyone who has taken the time to fill out the Listener Survey. The survey takes just a minute or two to complete and provides us with an opportunity to learn where you are and hear your thoughts and comments on the show. Click here to take the survey.

    Web Sites from Episode 425:

    Mississippi State University Severe Weather Symposium

    Apollo 12 reenactment

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – Journalists Need To Think More Critically About Weather maps

    Bill Murray – Central Alabama NWA Chapter First Award at Central Alabama Regional Science and Engineering Fair Winners Caroline Borden/Jaylan Jacobs

    James Spann – NCEP El Nino Forecast

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like JB Elliott, Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, and Aubrey Urbanowicz. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

    Categories: Weather

    WeatherBrains 424: Down to Just Sneakers

    Tue, 03/11/2014 - 04:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 424 is now online (March 10, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest Panelist is a forecaster for AlabamaWX.com and is the Marketing Meteorologist for the MyWARN service. He is frequently working behind the scenes to get guests hooked up with Google+ and that is the case tonight. He is a graduate of the University of South Alabama and has his Masters from Mississippi State University. He is a National Champion Weather Forecaster. Ryan Stinnett, welcome to the front of the house.

    And tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain needs no introduction to the WeatherBrains audience and nearly anyone who is remotely interested in weather. He has been the Holy Grail of WeatherBrains guests for me and all it took was AlabamaWX forecaster Ryan Stinnett asking him while they were at SECAPS at the University of South Alabama a couple of weeks ago. Special thanks to Ryan! Dr. Josh Wurman is the president and founder of the Center for Severe Weather Research in Boulder, CO.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 88 at Imperial, CA, and Death Valley, CA, & -4 at Mount Washington, NH
  • Beginning to thaw out – Chicago up to 50
  • Snow cover stands at 34 percent
  • Severe weather still limited across the US
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer was hinder by the weather last week, so look for a double douse of incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: In this episode, we’ll take a look back just a couple of shows to correct the pronunciation and look at a word that was introduced to the WeatherBrains audience in that episode – a toque! Hang onto your hats!!

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of March 10th.

    Listener Surveys: Okay, we continue to drive this topic into the ground, but we really do like to hear from you. Many thanks to everyone who has taken the time to fill out the Listener Survey. The survey takes just a minute or two to complete and provides us with an opportunity to learn where you are and hear your thoughts and comments on the show. Click here to take the survey.

    Web Sites from Episode 424:

    Center for Severe Weather Research

    Project Vortex descriptions

    Bulletin of American Meteorological Society (BAMS)

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – Daryl Herzmann Twitter

    Bill Murray – Northeast Snow Impact Scale

    Brian Peters – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

    James Spann – NWS Text Product Finder

    Ryan Stinnett – Beat the Heat, Check the Back Seat

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Icy Winter Creates Captivating Scenes

    Dr. Josh Wurman – Lake Effect Snow Research

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like JB Elliott, Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, and Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

    Categories: Weather

    WeatherBrains 423: Don’t Use Toenails

    Tue, 03/04/2014 - 05:55

    WeatherBrains Episode 423 is now online (March 4, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Dr. David Prevatt is an associate professor in the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering at the University of Florida focuses his research on the mitigation of extreme wind damage to low-rise construction and particularly the performance of existing residential structures.

    Shelby Hays is a graduating senior at OU in Norman, studying meteorology. She interned for Gary England for 2 years and for a summer at WKRN in Nashville. She starts at KFSM in Fort Smith, AR, on Thursday. She is a Student Member of the AMS Broadcast Board and was the Media Coordinator for the National Weather Festival in Norman, OK.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 85 at Vero Beach, FL, and -40 at Embarrass, MN
  • Winter weather impacts takes out a third of the WeatherBrains crew
  • Winter weather winding down – for now
  • No severe thunderstorms in any of the outlooks
  • It’s cold out there
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is missing in action, but will have the whole bag next week.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: Two words in the field of meteorology which can occasionally get used interchangeably when they should not be are weather and climate. In this episode of WeatherBrains 101, we’ll take a look at the meaning of these terms and exactly what a “normal” is.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of March 3rd.

    Listener Surveys: Okay, we continue to drive this topic into the ground, but we really do like to hear from you. Many thanks to everyone who has taken the time to fill out the Listener Survey. The survey takes just a minute or two to complete and provides us with an opportunity to learn where you are and hear your thoughts and comments on the show. Click here to take the survey.

    Web Sites from Episode 423:

    Surviving Typhoons

    KFSM-TV 5 Weather

    Dr. David O. Prevatt

    Picks of the Week:

    Shelby Hays – Icicle as golf tee

    Brian Peters – Image of nearly Frozen Great Lakes

    James Spann – Roadway Icing and Weather: A Tutorial

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus one other notable geek who made the program tonight while the rest of the crew managed to succumb to, of all things, weather, namely Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

    Categories: Weather

    WeatherBrains 422: Sand in Your Toque

    Tue, 02/25/2014 - 05:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 422 is now online (February 24, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Our primary guest this evening is Brian Neudorff who joined the Idaho’s First News family in May, 2011. The intermountain west is a far cry from the corn fields of Martinsville, IN, where Brian grew up, and the Great Lakes where he spend most of his career before moving to Southern Idaho.

    Brian graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology. During his college years, Brian was active in the Purdue bands playing trumpet. It was his love of music and performing jazz that made Brian decide to go into broadcasting with his meteorology degree. His first TV job was in Bismarck, ND, at KFYR-TV in 2001 as the weekend meteorologist and weekday reporter. From North Dakota, Brian moved to the shores of Lake Erie, in Erie, Pennsylvania in 2003. He continues on as the weekend meteorologist, it was here and later in Rochester New York that his understanding for mountain meteorology would begin.

    Brian is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM), an accreditation awarded by the American Meteorological Society. He also holds his seal of approval from the National Weather Association.

    Brian’s love for the weather began even before he entered grade school. Living in Indiana, he grew up with severe storms and the power and beauty had him hooked. As a child Brian was a regular viewer of The Weather Channel and local weather programs.

    If you have ever talked to Brian you know he has a strong passion for weather and is willing to talk about it anytime and anyplace. When he isn’t talking or looking at the weather he enjoys watching and following NASCAR. For those that don’t know, Brian is known by many in the NASCAR garage as the “NASCAR Weatherman.” He has a large social media following from Twitter and Facebook where he has teams and drivers like Danica Patrick, Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick and Jeff Burton following him, just to name a few. Besides NASCAR, he enjoys following the Indianapolis Colts, the New York Yankees, his Purdue Boilermakers in both Football and Basketball and has been known to watch a Boise State game or two pulling for the Broncos.

    Brian Lives in Twin Falls with his wife and 3 boys. His family loves calling southern Idaho their home and they especially love being involved in the community and just meeting new people when he is out.

    Tonight’s Guest Panelist is the developer of an app that Bill used as his Pick of the Week last week. The app is Weather Informant, and it is a very useful tool for monitoring NWS text information. So we welcome Pete Curran to the show.

    Also joining us is Colin MacIntyre from Long John Index Service of Canada.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 88 at West Kendall, FL, and -19 at Willow City, ND
  • Another shot of cold coming?
  • 63 inches of snow in Upper Peninsula of Michigan
  • Snow this evening in Iowa and Nebraska single digit temperatures in Idaho
  • But 63 in New Orleans
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer handles the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: Keeping up with water vapor in the atmosphere is much easier when using water vapor imagery from the GOES satellites. So what is a water vapor image and what does it tell you about the weather?

    TWIWH: No TWIWH this week.

    Listener Surveys: Okay, we continue to drive this topic into the ground, but we really do like to hear from you. Many thanks to everyone who has taken the time to fill out the Listener Survey. The survey takes just a minute or two to complete and provides us with an opportunity to learn where you are and hear your thoughts and comments on the show. Click here to take the survey.

    Web Sites from Episode 422:

    911Weather Site

    Weather Channel article on Daytona 500 weather

    Environment Canada changing wind chill

    Picks of the Week:

    Pete Curran – Picks his own site as above

    JB Elliott – Aurora Gallery

    Nate Johnson – Problem with Wind Chill

    Colin MacIntyre – Do I need a jacket

    Bill Murray – East Mississippi Chapter NWA

    Brian Peters – Get Weather Info WITHOUT an App

    James Spann – Instagram Weather Pictures

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Storm Fax

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like JB Elliott, Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, and Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

    Categories: Weather

    WeatherBrains 421: Fake Blood and Jabroni

    Tue, 02/18/2014 - 05:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 421 is now online (February 17, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain has been involved in NWS Forecast Offices for over 20 years. Most recently, he was the Meteorologist-In-Charge (MIC) at the Fort Worth Forecast Office. He worked in New York City, NY, Lansing, MI, and Kansas City, MO, as well. He is now the Operations Chief at the Storm Prediction Center, a position he has held since 2012. He is a 1984 graduate of Oklahoma University (OU). Bill Bunting, welcome to WeatherBrains!

    Raquel Nicora is a rising star, as well as a repeat Guest Panelist, having appeared in the fall. She is a graduating senior at Florida State University (FSU) where she is majoring in meteorology. She is interning at WTXL ABC 27 in Tallahassee and is a team leader for 4FSU weather. Raquel Nicora, welcome back!

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 90 at Alice, TX, and -29 at Watertown, NY
  • Winter storms last week and a winter weather event in Chicago with another 6 inches of snow
  • Severe storms may occur Thursday night and early Friday
  • Coldest air today over New England
  • Temperatures warming up in western US
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: So when you are dealing with a winter weather situation and you have surface temperatures that are cold, but not too cold, and there is a little moisture but not too much moisture, how do you figure the effects of evaporative cooling on the temperature? This week the 101 segment delves into a look at just how to do that with the one third minus 5 rule!!

    Listener Surveys: Okay, we continue to drive this topic into the ground, but we really do like to hear from you. Many thanks to everyone who has taken the time to fill out the Listener Survey. The survey takes just a minute or two to complete and provides us with an opportunity to learn where you are and hear your thoughts and comments on the show. Click here to take the survey.

    Web Sites from Episode 421:

    Bill Bunting’s web site, collection of weather links

    Florida State University Meteorology Department

    FSU Weather Show

    WTXL ABC TV 27

    FACETS Program

    Picks of the Week:

    Bill Bunting – Tornado Environment Browser

    Nate Johnson – Recap of Second Winter Storm in Raleigh

    Bill Murray – Northeast Snowstorms Volume 1 and 2

    Raquel Nicora – Predicting the Weather Using Your Cat

    Brian Peters – National Calendar of Awareness Events

    James Spann – Climate Change Misinformation

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Graph Approximating Snow Needed to Close Schools

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like JB Elliott, Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, and Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

    Categories: Weather

    WeatherBrains 420: YooHoos and Ding Dongs

    Tue, 02/11/2014 - 02:27

    WeatherBrains Episode 420 is now online (February 10, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    This week the WeatherBrains gang talks about an ongoing winter storm across parts of the Deep South. Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain enjoyed a successful career in private meteorology as well as with the National Weather Service. She recently became the new Executive Director of the National Weather Association. She joins us from the NWA’s new office in the National Weather Center in Norman, Oklahoma. She is the incomparable Janice Bunting. Janice, welcome to the show!
    Tonight’s Guest Panelist studies a range of topics including carbonaceous solids in extraterrestrial materials, meteorite falls and fall dynamics, and contamination-related issues for NASA’s sample collections. Dr. Marc Fries, welcome to WeatherBrains!

    Get ready for a lively and honest discussion from numerous angles on this winter weather event.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

    • Possible major ice storm across Deep South
    • Temperature extremes across the United States
    • Tornado Summit in Norman, OK
    • Issues at Sochi Olympics
    • Record amount of snow at Bishop, California
    • 81 in Huma, Arizona and 80 at Miami, FL
    • and more!

    Our email bag officer continues to handle the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    J. B. Elliott returns and gives up a national Weather Roundup for the week of February 10th.

    WeatherBrains 101:

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of February 10th.

    Listener Surveys: Okay, we continue to drive this topic into the ground, but we really do like to hear from you. Many thanks to everyone who has taken the time to fill out the Listener Survey. The survey takes just a minute or two to complete and provides us with an opportunity to learn where you are and hear your thoughts and comments on the show. Click here to take the survey.

    Web Sites from Episode 420:

    NWA Seal of Approval Information

    Picks of the Week:

    Dr. Marc Fries – Midwest Fireball with Sonic Booms

    Nate Johnson – Hot Air Weather Gathering

    Bill Murray – Rocket City Weather Fest

    Janice Bunting – NWA Home Page and NWA Member Portal

    James Spann – Gets the horn!

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – 1929 Yankees Vs. Red Sox

    J. B. Elliott – Winter Weather Safety Page

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like JB Elliott, Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, and Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

    Categories: Weather

    WeatherBrains 419: Talking Snow Forecasting Busts

    Tue, 02/04/2014 - 05:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 419 is now online (February 3, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    This week the WeatherBrains gang tackles the events of a week ago in the Southeast US in which two major cities, Atlanta and Birmingham, were crippled by winter storms. Our guests include Dr. John Scala, Meteorologist with WGAL, Harrisburg, PA, Jim Stefkovich, MIC of the NWS Forecast Office in Birmingham, AL, Dr. Kim Klockow, AMS/UCAR Congressional Science Fellow at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Dr. Laura Myers, Ryan Wade, researcher and winter weather expert at the University of Alabama Huntsville, and Allison Brasher Kay, a Birmingham resident who spent the night in her car on Interstate 65 in Birmingham, AL.

    Get ready for a lively and honest discussion from numerous angles on this crippling event.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 86 at New Smyrna Beach, FL, Kissimmee, FL, Orlando, FL, and Plant City, FL and -30 at Doe Lake, MI
  • Second in three winter storms affecting the US from Kansas to New England
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer continues to handle the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: We recently received a question from Richard asking why the United States sticks with the Fahrenheit scale for temperature while the rest of the world uses Celsius. Interesting question, Richard, and I probably do not have a good answer to the ‘why’ part. But let’s look at a little of the history of the Fahrenheit scale..

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of February 3rd.

    Listener Surveys: Okay, we continue to drive this topic into the ground, but we really do like to hear from you. Many thanks to everyone who has taken the time to fill out the Listener Survey. The survey takes just a minute or two to complete and provides us with an opportunity to learn where you are and hear your thoughts and comments on the show. Click here to take the survey.

    Web Sites from Episode 419:

    National Weather Service Birmingham

    Capital Weather Gang

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – Snow Coverage Bingo

    Bill Murray – 2014 Storm Surge Graphics from NHC

    Brian Peters – SPC Watch, Warning, Advisory Map

    James Spann – SPC Storm Event Database

    Jim Stefkovich – Mt. Holly NWS AFDs

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Fun Weather Facts for Connecticut

    Ryan Wade – NWS Mobile, AL and NWS Slidell, LA

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like JB Elliott, Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, and Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

    Categories: Weather

    WeatherBrains 418: No Hooters in Troy

    Tue, 01/28/2014 - 05:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 418 is now online (January 27, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Joe Samalin lives, and was born and raised, in New York City and currently works with the Mental Health Association of NYC as the national Outreach and Training Manager for the Disaster Distress Helpline. The Disaster Distress Helpline is the only national helpline dedicated to providing support to anyone in the US affected by any kind of disaster. Joe has been conducting outreach and training nationally and internationally for over 15 years, primarily on issues of gender-based violence prevention. From 2009 – 2012, Joe was the Coordinator of Training & Technical Assistance for Men Can Stop Rape and before that he was the trainer with the Anti-Stalking Program at Safe Horizon – a victim services agency in NYC. He has been a volunteer firefighter and EMT, and volunteered in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attack helping coordinate a program performing medical checks on 1st responders working at the Ground Zero site. In addition, Joe lived in Japan for over four years and is fluent in the language. He enjoys reading, video games, and playing ultimate frisbee when it is not too windy, and he gives a big thanks to meteorologists everywhere for the work they do!

    Matt Meister from KRDO-TV from Colorado Springs, CO, also joins us as one of the panelists.

    Also joining us are students from SECAPS, the Southeastern Coastal & Atmospheric Processes Symposium, to bring us up-to-date on the planning for the 2014 conference. Robin King and Lily Dickson join us to talk about the 11th SeCAPS Symposium.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 85 at McAllen, TX, and -31 at Brimson, MN
  • New category of forecasters – wishcasters
  • Southern snow storm shaping up for Tuesday into Wednesday from Mobile to the Outer Banks
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is out for this show.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: Technical issues force postponement of WeatherBrains 101 to next week.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray will do This Week in Weather History next week.

    Listener Surveys: Okay, we continue to drive this topic into the ground, but we really do like to hear from you. Many thanks to everyone who has taken the time to fill out the Listener Survey. The survey takes just a minute or two to complete and provides us with an opportunity to learn where you are and hear your thoughts and comments on the show. Click here to take the survey.

    Web Sites from Episode 418:

    Disaster Distress Hotline

    SeCAPS Conference

    Picks of the Week:

    JB Elliott – GoPro Video of Balloon Launch

    Nate Johnson – Gets the Fog Horn

    Bill Murray – NCEP SREF Plume forecasts

    Brian Peters – Gets the Fog Horn

    James Spann – Blows the Fog Horn on Himself!!

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like JB Elliott, Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, and Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

    Categories: Weather

    WeatherBrains 417: Murphy in a Hurricane

    Tue, 01/21/2014 - 05:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 417 is now online (January 20, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is about 416 shows overdue for an appearance. He needs no introduction to weather fans which is most of our audience. He has worked in hurricane awareness and education since graduating from UNC-Wilmington in 1995. Over the past eighteen years, he has had the privilege of working with local, state and federal agencies to develop award-winning hurricane awareness projects. In addition, his work with business and industry to reach out to communities on a local level has led to several large-scale hurricane preparedness campaigns from Texas to Maine. He is the Founder of HurricaneTrack.com. Mark Sudduth, welcome to WeatherBrains.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 86 at Riverside, CA, and -17 at Grand Marais, MN
  • Winter storm poised to dump sizable snowfall and cold on the eastern US
  • Snowing on Aubrey
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer gets an early spot just because she’s handling a big snow storm.

    Nate is not here, but he still sends in a news bit!

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: So what’s the big brouhaha over the polar vortex – cue the panic music! Egads, it’s a frozen hurricane or something akin to a frozen Margarita, right? Well, no, not exactly. And you may be surprised to learn how long it has been around!

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of January 20th.

    Listener Surveys: Okay, we continue to drive this topic into the ground, but we really do like to hear from you. Many thanks to everyone who has taken the time to fill out the Listener Survey. The survey takes just a minute or two to complete and provides us with an opportunity to learn where you are and hear your thoughts and comments on the show. Click here to take the survey.

    Web Sites from Episode 417:

    Hurricane Track

    Hurricane Analytics

    Hurricane Impact app

    Sprint news item on Hurricane Karen

    Picks of the Week:

    Bill Murray – Historical Sounding Data

    Brian Peters – Solar Calculator from NOAA

    James Spann – Weather+ on Google+

    Mark Sudduth – Chris Allington Facebook

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Snow to Liquid Ratio Climatology

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your witty host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, and Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

    Categories: Weather

    WeatherBrains 416: This is Only the Second One

    Tue, 01/14/2014 - 05:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 416 is now online (January 13, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is currently a Ph.D. student at Virginia Tech studying different aspects of the weather warning process. Jen Henderson is studying different aspects of the weather warning process looking at the historical origins of technologies that influence forecasting today; she learns from meteorologists about how they conduct the day-to-day operations of keeping people safe from severe weather; she studies how students learn to become meteorologists and atmospheric scientists; and she considers different technical, ethical, and sociopolitical issues that arise as these experts interact with different kinds of publics. At its most basic, I follow those experts who follow the weather.

    She has been fascinated with weather since she was twelve-years-old when she saw a waterspout dance across the Great Salt Lake in Utah. Nothing had ever seemed so magical before. Ever since then, she’s been drawn to the skies, whether it’s a simple summer thunderstorm or a massive tornadic supercell spinning like a top over the red dirt of Oklahoma.

    Her field is called Science and Technology Studies, or STS. It’s an interdisciplinary program that intersects with three main disciplines: history, sociology, and philosophy. By interweaving the theories and methods of these disciplines, alongside those developed within STS itself, scholars in her field become scientists who study scientists–or scholars interested in different kinds of expertise and the process of knowledge creation.

    Before returning to graduate school in 2011, she studied creative nonfiction at Goucher College, where she received her MFA and wrote essays, poems, and articles for different magazines. She enjoys writing, especially as I learn more about the complex nature of weather and forecasting. Her most recent essay about her experience storm chasing with a group of Virginia Tech undergraduate meteorology students, “What We Chase,” is available in the autumn 2013 issue of the American Scholar.

    Tonight’s Guest Panelist is the morning/midday Meteorologist at KHAS-TV in Hastings, NE. Travis Klanecky has his Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology/Climatology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Travis joined the Skywatch 5 Weather Team in June, 2008. He is a St. Paul native.

    While in college, he was an intern at KOLN/KGIN in Lincoln. After graduating, he moved on to become the morning meteorologist at KDLT in Sioux Falls, SD. After a year in Sioux Falls, Travis and his wife moved back to Central Nebraska to be closer to family and friends. Travis’ interest in weather began at a very young age. When he was two, St. Paul was struck by a tornado. His favorite aspect of meteorology is severe weather. During the spring and summer months, he joins the News 5 storm chase team in the field, working to bring live coverage of severe weather as it happens.

    Travis enjoys presenting his forecast to the people of Nebraska and Northern Kansas. He says, “because I grew up here, I have a great understanding of how the weather works in the Central Plains. Having a career that I love makes those early mornings so much easier to handle.”

    Besides the weather, Travis enjoys spending his free time with wife and two kids. He is an avid Husker fan, which is pretty obvious if you’re a regular watcher of News 5 Today.

    Also joining us with some “breaking news” is Jesse Ferrell from Accu-Weather, Inc.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 84 at Harlingen, TX, and Santa Ana, CA and -5 at Alamosa, CO
  • Niagara Falls Freezes – but not completely
  • Weather has turned milder after record-breaking cold
  • Don’t say “polar vortex”
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is BACK with the latest from our listeners.

    Nate’s News Links:

    Weather Channel Urging Viewers to Pressure DirecTV

    Los Angeles Times Article on Weather Channel/DirecTV

    Weather Channel Campaign

    NCEP’s New Director

    NWA Councilors

    Final Bill for 2013 Extreme Weather

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: This episode of WeatherBrains 101 goes especially geeky as we delve into the formation processes for snow, that white stuff falling from the sky that absolutely puts people in the Southeast US on one ear.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of January 13th. Snow and tornadoes grab the headlines.

    Listener Surveys: Okay, we continue to drive this topic into the ground, but we really do like to hear from you. Many thanks to everyone who has taken the time to fill out the Listener Survey. The survey takes just a minute or two to complete and provides us with an opportunity to learn where you are and hear your thoughts and comments on the show. Click here to take the survey.

    Web Sites from Episode 416:

    American Scholar, Autumn 2013 – “What We Chase”

    Accu-Weather Launches 24-Hour TV Channel

    Weather Nation

    Picks of the Week:

    Jennifer Henderson – Superstorm Research Lab

    Nate Johnson – The Weather Trap

    Travis Klanecky – National Geographic Top 5 Sky Events of 2014

    Bill Murray – SeCAPS Seminar

    Brian Peters – Explanation of ENSO from NASA

    James Spann – Aurora Forecast App

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – NASA’s AIRS View of Polar Vortex

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, and Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

    Categories: Weather

    WeatherBrains 415: Less Popular than Toe Fungus

    Wed, 01/08/2014 - 05:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 415 is now online (January 7, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a student at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, where he is a senior Meteorology student. Brandon Sullivan is an avid storm chaser and photographer. He owns his own company, Hazard Notifications.

    Tonight’s Guest Panelist is no stranger to the WeatherBrains crowd having starred in Episode 286: Help, McDonald’s is Following Me. Dr. Kim Klockow is a recent Doctoral graduate from the University of Oklahoma who received an exciting Fellowship for Science Policy on Capitol Hill where she is working right now.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 75 at San Pasqual Valley, CA, and -35 at Brimson, MN, and Embarrass, MN
  • Cold across the eastern half of the country
  • 48 percent of Lower 48 covered by snow
  • So cold there are no severe weather threats
  • Media gone nuts over “polar vortex”
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer has been AWOL for several weeks and claims she’s sick tonight.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: Professor Peters takes a look at what liquid equivalent is when dealing with snow. Believe it or not, snow can be wet or dry. Listen to this episode for the whole story on water equivalent.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of January 7th.

    Listener Surveys: Okay, we continue to drive this topic into the ground, but we really do like to hear from you. Many thanks to everyone who has taken the time to fill out the Listener Survey. The survey takes just a minute or two to complete and provides us with an opportunity to learn where you are and hear your thoughts and comments on the show. Click here to take the survey.

    Web Sites from Episode 415:

    Hazard Notifications

    University of Oklahoma, Meteorology Department

    Polar Vortex discussion by Dr. Shepherd

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – Nate’s Notes on Weather Hacks for Chrome

    Dr. Kim Klockow – Weather Forecasting Improvement Bill

    Bill Murray – Hurricane Amanda, 1863

    Brian Peters – Cliff Mass Discussion of Ultra-Long Daily Forecasts

    James Spann – Cliff Mass Blog on cold and global warming

    Brandon Sullivan – crowd source modeling

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, and Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

    Categories: Weather

    WeatherBrains 414: Looking Back at 2013

    Tue, 12/31/2013 - 05:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 414 is now online (December 30, 2013). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Our WeatherBrains guest for the last show of 2013 is Greg Carbin, Warning Coordination Meteorologist (WCM) with the Storm Prediction Center (SPC). He’ll be providing us with the rundown on the 10 biggest weather events for 2013. Greg is a big star on WeatherBrains with perhaps the greatest number of appearances on the show.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Aubrey & Nate are missing; Aubs is traveling and Nate is supposedly working
  • Extremes: 81 at Fort Lauderdale,Hollywood, & Miami, FL, & North Island NAS, CA, and -40 at Embarrass, MN
  • Snow coverage across the continental US stands around 33 percent
  • European model goes for record cold event next week
  • Spann rants about social media and rogue cable channel
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer has been getting some mail from listeners, but she’s on the road for this episode.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: Most weather folks use the word “normal” when talking about climatological averages. So just what does that word “normal” mean? This week the 101 segment takes a look at how “normal” is defined.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of December 30th.

    Listener Surveys: Okay, we continue to drive this topic into the ground, but we really do like to hear from you. Many thanks to everyone who has taken the time to fill out the Listener Survey. The survey takes just a minute or two to complete and provides us with an opportunity to learn where you are and hear your thoughts and comments on the show. Click here to take the survey.

    Web Sites from Episode 414:

    Storm Prediction Center web site

    SPC WCM Page

    WeatherBrains Episode 404 with Mike Morgan

    Outside Magazine’s Review of Yarnell Fire

    Detrended Tornado Count

    Picks of the Week:

    Bill Murray – Bill’s Top US Weather Events of 2013

    Brian Peters – Brian’s dream car

    James Spann – Beautiful Downtown Chicken, AK

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like JB Elliott, Bill Murray, and Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

    Categories: Weather