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WeatherBrains 501: Brushing My Tongue

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 04:45

WeatherBrains Episode 501 is now online (August 27, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain #1 is a show alum and one of the leading tropical experts in the world. He is an Associate Professor in the Meteorology Department at the University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL, and is part of the Coastal Weather Research Center. As a meteorologist, he achieved the rank of Major in the Air Force and Lt. Colonel in the Air Force Reserve. He was the Director of Meteorology at the Air Force Academy. Dr. Keith Blackwell, welcome back to WeatherBrains.

Tonight’s 2nd Guest WeatherBrain began his NWS career in Slidell, LA. After stops in Corpus Christi, Birmingham, Fort Worth, and NWS Headquarters, he is now back in Slidell, LA, as the Meteorologist in Charge. Ken Graham, welcome back to the show!

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

      • Extremes: 118 at Death Valley, CA, and 32 at Stanley, ID, and Baraga Plains, MI
      • Tropical storm Erika passing Puerto Rico
      • Potential for storm to affect Florida
      • Fairly mild temperatures across the Continental US
      • and more!

Aubrey will be back in the next show to handle the incoming mail.

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 This Episode:

NOAA Natural Disaster Survey Report

If you want information on Katrina, just perform a search using your favorite search engine; you’ll get many!

Dr. Scala’s article for the Capital Weather Gang

To subscribe to the brand new SkyWritings, an email newsletter from the WeatherBrains gang, click HERE.

Picks of the Week:

No Picks in this Special

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

Categories: Weather

WeatherBrains 500: Takes His Hat off for More than One Reason

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 04:45

WeatherBrains Episode 500 is now online (August 31, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

The tables are turned on the WeatherBrains crew with Bruce Thomas holding down the role of host and firing the questions.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

      • Extremes: 118 at Death Valley, CA, and 28 at West Yellowstone, MT
      • Danny Dying in the Northern Leeward Islands
      • Atlantic basin more active with Danny and two other potential systems
      • Tropical Storm Erika has formed in the Atlantic Basin
      • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
      • and more!

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

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: Our guest WeatherBrain two weeks mentioned storm surge and how it is often overlooked as being deadly. This prompted a little research on the topic from the helpful archives of the National Hurricane Center. And this will be the second of three episodes on storm surge. This episode we look at some of the variables that make the storm surge different from storm to storm.

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 500:

Tribute to JB Elliott

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Picks of the Week:

Nate Johnson – Interpreting Tropical “Spaghetti Model” Plots

Bill Murray – Gets the honorary foghorn

Brian Peters – Hurricane Hunters web page

John Scala – NASA to Build Hurricane-Probing Micro-Satellite Fleet

Kevin Selle – Cooling Off

Rick Smith – Agenda for the NWA’s 40th Annual Meeting

James Spann – NOAAVIEW Data Exploration Tool

SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

Aubrey Urbanowicz – World Weather Forecast and Climate History

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

Categories: Weather

WeatherBrains 499: Aubrey Can’t Go On

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 04:45

WeatherBrains Episode 499 is now online (August 17, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is co-founder and CTO of Green Electronics, the makers of the RainMachine. He is managing a team of hardware and software developers that focus on the industrial design, network architecture and hardware implementation aspects of the RainMachine product line. He is a strong proponent of OpenSource frameworks involving water conservation projects where increased conservation and efficiency can be achieved though better access of environmental information. Andrei Bulucea, welcome to WeatherBrains.

Tonight’s Guest Panelist is a native of Southern California and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He worked with Gary England in Oklahoma City before moving to Kansas City in 1992. He became the Chief Meteorologist at KSHB in 1999, where he has been ever since. Gary Lezak, welcome to WeatherBrains.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

      • Extremes: 122 at Death Valley, CA, and 27 at Stanley, ID
      • Tropics still quiet but disturbed area in far Atlantic
      • Next week is show #500!
      • Heat in Oklahoma but about to change
      • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
      • and more!

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

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: Our guest WeatherBrain last week mentioned storm surge and how it is often overlooked as being deadly. This prompted a little research on the topic from the helpful archives of the National Hurricane Center. And this will be the first of three episodes on storm surge.

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 499:

Weather2020

WeatherRate web site

To subscribe to the brand new SkyWritings, an email newsletter from the WeatherBrains gang, click HERE.

Picks of the Week:

Bill Murray – How California is winning the drought

Brian Peters – Old Farmers Almanac gets ripped

Kevin Selle – Digital Meteorologist story

Rick Smith – Do You Have What It Takes to Predict the Future?

James Spann – Tropical Cyclone Guidance Project

SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

Aubrey Urbanowitcz – These countries have the best weather

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

Categories: Weather

WeatherBrains 498: Talking Tropics

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 04:45

WeatherBrains Episode 498 is now online (August 10, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from MIT. He started with NOAA’s Hurricane Division in 1984 before coming to the National Hurricane Center in 1999 where he was a Hurricane Specialist for ten seasons. He was named Branch Chief of the Hurricane Specialist Unit in January, 2009. James Franklin, welcome to WeatherBrains!

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

      • Extremes: 114 at Death Valley, CA. and 30 at Walden, CO
      • Hilda may affect Hawaiian Islands
      • Atlantic Basin remains quiet
      • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
      • and more!

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

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: For this episode of WeatherBrains 101 we take a look at a common occurrence during the summer months, haze!

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 498:

ATCF: Automated Tropical Cyclone Forecasting System

National Hurricane Center web site

To subscribe to the brand new SkyWritings, an email newsletter from the WeatherBrains gang, click HERE.

Picks of the Week:

James Franklin – Hurricane Forecast Accuracy

Nate Johnson – NOAA weatherView

Brian Peters – Lightning Compilation

Bill Murray – Layered Precipitable Water product

John Scala – 10 Years Later: 2005 Hurricane Season

Rick Smith – Scary tornado in Taiwan

James Spann – Resurgence in Podcasts

SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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

Categories: Weather

WeatherBrains 497: Kevin Is Frozen

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 20:41

WeatherBrains Episode 497 is now online (August 3, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is an acclaimed urbanist and a writer who splits her time between New York City and New Orleans, and is the author of the book “We’re Still Here Ya Bastards” about the rebuilding of the Crescent City of New Orleans. Roberta Brandes Gratz, welcome to WeatherBrains!

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

      • 1979 F5 tornado in Wichita Falls, TX
      • Rebuilding of New Orleans post-Katrina
      • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
      • and more!

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

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: Professor Peters is taking a few weeks off but will return soon!

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 497:

Roberta Gratz Book

To subscribe to the brand new SkyWritings, an email newsletter from the WeatherBrains gang, click HERE.

Picks of the Week:

No picks of the week this week, but will return next week!

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

Categories: Weather

WeatherBrains 496: Kernal Panic

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 21:27

WeatherBrains Episode 496 is now online (July 27, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain has done more since he retired that many people do during their careers.  He was with the NWS 34 years and retired as the MIC at the Twin Cities office. He has provided weather on NPR, written a book, “Nature’s Messenger”, and has served as the first on-site meteorologist for a major league baseball team. Craig Edwards, welcome to the show!

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

      • Changing social media landscape
      • J. B. audio clips
      • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
      • and more!

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

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: Professor Peters is taking a few weeks off but will return soon!

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 496:

Craig Edwards Book

To subscribe to the brand new SkyWritings, an email newsletter from the WeatherBrains gang, click HERE.

Picks of the Week:

Rick Smith – DUAL POL Radar detects crickets

Bill Murray – NHC Blog Post on Future of Tropical Cyclone Warnings

John Scala – DSCOVR Earth Image

James Spann – 5 Weird Disasters in 60 seconds

Kevin Selle – Chester Lampkin Blog

SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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

Categories: Weather

WeatherBrains 495: Smoking Bedbugs

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 01:25

WeatherBrains Episode 495 is now online (July 20, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a long time, renowned storm chaser, father of three brilliant children, husband to an amazing wife, erstwhile stand-up comedian, and contemporaneous Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine. He worked at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, until December, 2011, until returning to the Plains with an appointment at the University of Colorado in January, 2012 where he is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado. Dr. Jason Persoff, welcome to WeatherBrains.

Tonight’s Guest Panelist, Troy Kimmel , started doing tv weather back in 1978 in Bryan/College Station before moving to Austin when he graduated from Texas A&M. He was the Chief at KTBC and KEYE. He was the Chief at a group of radio stations in Austin. He has been teaching at the University of Texas since 1988 where he was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2007.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Issues related to storm chasing
  • 2011 Joplin tornado aftermath
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • Hot weather nationwide
  • and more!

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

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: Professor Peters is taking a few weeks off but will return soon!

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 495:

Jason Persoff Website

Troy Kimmel Website

Full Troy Kimmel biography

To subscribe to the brand new SkyWritings, an email newsletter from the WeatherBrains gang, click HERE.

Picks of the Week:

Rick Smith – Bad Weather Words

Troy Kimmel – Cliff Mass Weather Blog

Jason Persoff – Grand Theft Auto V Weather

Bill Murray – NWS Enhanced Data Display

Nate Johnson – 46th anniversary of the moon landing

John Scala – Munich Re Global Catastrophe Costs

James Spann – Important Message from Children’s Hospital

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Waterspouts over Chesapeake Bay

SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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

Categories: Weather

WeatherBrains 494: My Wife is Playing Poker

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 04:45

WeatherBrains Episode 494 is now online (July 13, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Geoff Fox had been with WTNH for 27 years, and did a brief stint at Fox CT before moving across the country to Palm Springs Ca , where I hear this time of year the average high is 107 degrees!

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 116 at Death Valley, CA, and 36 at Truckee, CA
  • TS Claudette formed off North Carolina coast
  • Claudette soon to be post tropical
  • 700+ mile squall line across Ohio Valley
  • Death ridge over Texas
  • Eastern Pacific has Hurricane Dolores and TS Enrique
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: Thanks to a tweet from a WeatherBrains fan for the topic for this episode of 101. We take a look at those interesting circles sometimes seen on the NWS Doppler radar network around dawn sometimes referred to as roosting rings.

    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 494:

    Geoff Fox Blog

    KMIR-TV weather web site

    Full Geoff Fox biography

    Wings of Carolina Flying Club

    NASA television

    To subscribe to the brand new SkyWritings, an email newsletter from the WeatherBrains gang, click HERE.

    Picks of the Week:

    Geoff Fox – Bufkit plug

    Nate Johnson – Japan’s new weather satellite

    Brian Peters – Twitter posting from SPC

    John Scala – Understanding the Madden-Julian oscillation

    Kevin Selle – Italian tornado chase

    James Spann – Drone video of Kansas tornado

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Freddy the Frogcaster and the Huge Hurricane

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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

    Categories: Weather

    WeatherBrains 493: Numerous Assets

    Tue, 07/07/2015 - 04:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 493 is now online (July 6, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a show Alum, having appeared on show 314 back in January 2012 when he was the MIC at the NWS in Atlanta. He has since served as the Deputy Chief of the Warning Research & Development Division and now serves as the Deputy Chief of the National Severe Storms Laboratory. Lans Rothfusz, welcome to WeatherBrains!

    WeatherBrains 101: Weather observations include a variety of weather data including information about the amount of clouds and cloud height. Sometimes that height can have special meaning when you get to the first broken or overcast layer. This height has a special name, too, called the ceiling height which is out topic for this episode.

    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.

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    Picks of the Week:

    John Scala – Record-breaking Solar Flight Reaches Hawaii

    Rick Smith – SPC state based convective outlook

    James Spann – Interactive typhoon plots

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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

    Categories: Weather

    WeatherBrains 492: Spritz Yourself ! !

    Tue, 06/30/2015 - 04:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 492 is now online (June 29, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest Panelist is the mastermind behind tonight’s show. He is a regular listener and commenter and is a meteorology student at York University in Canada. Elie Morrison, welcome to Weatherbrains. It was a unit on natural disasters in school that got Elie interested in the weather.

    Tonight’s first Guest WeatherBrain is Director of Meteorology for The Weather Network. He has been with the Canadian weather channel for 15 years. Chris Scott, welcome to WeatherBrains! Chris got interested in the weather from a ferocious hail storm that affected his farm.

    Tonight’s other Guest WeatherBrain is a show alum, having appeared on episode 160 back in 2009! He Grew up in Canada and was Director of Distance Learning for the Mississippi State Meteorology Department. He is now the Manager of the Forecast Center for The Weather Network. Doug Gillham, welcome back to WeatherBrains.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 124 at Death Valley, CA, and 34 at Mount Washington, NH
  • Heat across western Canada and smoke an issue
  • Cold front over the weekend reaching the Southeast US
  • Eastern Pacific and Atlantic tropical basins quiet
  • High amplitude pattern cooling the East with heat in the West
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer takes a look at some incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101:

    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 492:

    The Weather Network

    Alert Ready

    Elie Morrison’s weather blog

    Environment Canada

    To subscribe to the new SkyWritings, an email newsletter from the WeatherBrains gang, click HERE.

    Picks of the Week:

    Doug Gilliam – White Death, 77 Blizzard

    Elie Morrison – Model and Ensemble Forecast & Archive viewer and
    everypost

    Bill Murray – ducked out early

    Brian Peters – Canadian weather article with hail images

    Chris Scott – Dr. Libby Barnes

    Kevin Selle – Horseshoe vortex cloud pattern

    Rick Smith – AMS Meteorology Conference presentations

    James Spann – Picturing the Forecast

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Elephants as forecasters

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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

    Categories: Weather

    WeatherBrains 491: Milk Out of My Eyeballs

    Tue, 06/23/2015 - 04:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 491 is now online (June 22, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’ Guest WeatherBrain is the Deputy Chief of Staff for the National Weather Service. Welcoming Paul Schlatter to WeatherBrains.

    Paul Schlatter works at NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) in the Office of the Assistant Administrator, as an executive advisor to the Assistant Administrator for Weather Services and Director of the NWS. In this position, he staffs the director on a wide range of policy issues and is involved with strategic and tactical discussions with the NWS Corporate Board. His one year post began in April, 2011, and in March, 2012, he transitioned to NOAA’s Program Coordination Office (PCO). As the NWS’s PCO representative, he was a liaison between NWS leadership and NOAA leadership, and staffed Dr. Jane Lubchenco (NOAA Administrator) and Dr. Kathryn Sullivan (NOAA Deputy Administrator) for events related to the NWS mission. Prior to working at NWS headquarters, Paul worked for 8 years at the NWS Warning Decision Training Branch (WDTB) in Norman, OK, the first three years were as a contract employee through the University of Oklahoma/CIMMS. While with WDTB, he designed and delivered a wide range of training modules for the NWS, focusing on high impact weather warnings. He was the project lead for the dual-polarization radar operations course and was instrumental to the success of the development and current deployment of the upgrade to the nation’s fleet of 159 radars. As subject matter expert in the NWS for the operational application of dual-polarization radar products, he has presented at countless conferences, workshops, and meetings. He is an active member of both AMS and NWA. Paul graduated from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA with a BS in Engineering Physics, and received an MS in Meteorology from the University of Oklahoma.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 116 at Death Valley, CA, and 26 at Boca Reservoir, CA
  • May, 2015, Wettest on Record for US
  • Tropical Storm Bill came and went late last week
  • Severe weather risk across Great Lakes area
  • Bill produced more heavy rain in parts of Texas and Oklahoma
  • Pattern change coming to the eastern US in about 5 days
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: It comes around twice a year and we just passed the summer one of these. So what is a solstice, anyway? That’s the topic for this episode of WeatherBrains 101.

    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 491:

    To subscribe to the brand new SkyWritings, an email newsletter from the WeatherBrains gang, click HERE.

    NWS Web Page

    NWSEO Web Page

    Capitol Weather Gang article on Senate NWS proposal

    Picks of the Week:

    Bill Murray – Use and interpretation of Doppler Radar

    Brian Peters – doubles with John Scala!

    John Scala – May 2015 Wet Month in US

    Paul Schlatter – Gets fog horn!

    Kevin Selle – Tropical Cyclone Rainfall Data

    Rick Smith – Weather services for the Nation

    James Spann – James Spann’s roots

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Space Weather Prediction Center

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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

    Categories: Weather

    WeatherBrains 490: Zee from the Big Apple

    Tue, 06/16/2015 - 04:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 490 is now online (June 15, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is the Chief Meteorologist at ABC’s Good Morning America. She is a former intern for James and a former student of Dr. John Knox. Ginger Zee, welcome to WeatherBrains.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 121 at Death Valley, CA, and 31 at Stanley, ID, Old Faithful YNP, WY, Boca Reservoir, CA, and Bodie State Park, CA
  • Tropical disturbance in western Gulf struggling
  • Recorded on Friday, June 12th
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer was unable to make this show.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: The professor and 101 is AWOL 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 490:

    To subscribe to the brand new SkyWritings, an email newsletter from the WeatherBrains gang, click HERE.

    Ginger Zee full bio

    Picks of the Week:

    Bill Murray –

    James Spann – AMS 2015 Conference tweets

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

    Categories: Weather

    WeatherBrains 489: Therapist on Speed Dial

    Tue, 06/09/2015 - 04:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 489 is now online (June 8, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is the Chief Meteorologist at KMBC in Kansas City, a position he has held for nearly 30 years. He is a fascinating personality and icon in his market. Bryan Busby, welcome to WeatherBrains.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 114 at Death Valley, CA, and 27 at Leadville, CO
  • Marginal severe weather across Southeast & into Mid-Atlantic Region
  • Tropical Atlantic Basin quiet
  • Blanca making landfall on Baja California
  • Big storms in PA and WV with lots of rain
  • Wet in Kansas City, too
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer dips into the mail bag to review the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: Radar is one of the most visible tools used by meteorologists in watching and analyzing the atmosphere. So for this edition of 101 we take a look at some of how a radar does its job.

    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 489:

    To subscribe to the brand new SkyWritings, an email newsletter from the WeatherBrains gang, click HERE.

    George Global web site

    KMBC-TV Weather web site

    Bryan Busby full bio

    Bryan Busby on 1995 Groundhog Day

    Picks of the Week:

    Bryan Busby – caught flatfooted for a pick

    Brian Peters – Around the World Solar Flight

    John Scala – When Will it Start Raining at Your House

    Kevin Selle – Referral Driven Web

    James Spann – NOAA historical hurricane tracks

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Coldest June in Sydney

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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

    Categories: Weather

    WeatherBrains 488: Water, Water, Water

    Tue, 06/02/2015 - 04:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 488 is now online (June 1, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is an award winning environmental journalist who has reported on water from the Suwannee River to Singapore. She has authored three books including the recently released Rain: A Natural and Cultural History. She lives in Gainesville, FL. Cynthia Barnett, welcome to WeatherBrains.

    And tonight’s Guest Panelist is the Chief Meteorologist at NBC 6 in Miami. His coverage has won Emmys and recognition from the AMS and NWA. He holds all the seals and is a CBM and a CCM. So we welcome John Toohey-Morales to the show!

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 109 at Death Valley, CA, and 24 at Togo, MN
  • Texas and Oklahoma drying a bit
  • Main severe weather next few days in eastern part of Rockies
  • Finally rain for John in Pennsylvania
  • Andres went to Cat 4 but diminishing now
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: June 1st marks the beginning of a number of different weather seasons with the beginning of the Atlantic Hurricane Season probably the best known. It also marks the beginning of the unofficial lightning season, so for this episode, we’re going to take a look at some interesting information about lightning and thunder.

    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 488:

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    Barnett’s book

    Remembering Hurricane Audrey

    Picks of the Week:

    Bill Murray – Storm Evader from OU

    Brian Peters – China’s railway system (plus weather)

    John Scala – May 31, 1985, Tornado Outbreak

    Kevin Selle – Wichita Falls Potable Water Reuse Project

    Rick Smith – Experimental 1 minute visible satellite loop

    James Spann – James Spann’s article in Medium

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Hurricanes and the Middle Atlantic States

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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

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    WeatherBrains 487: Tribute to JB

    Tue, 05/26/2015 - 04:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 487 is now online (May 25, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you! This is the longest running podcast on weather having been on the air for nearly 10 years.

    Tonight’s show will be a little different as we pay tribute to our friend, JB Elliott. JB was a long time mentor for many of the WeatherBrains gang especially our host, James Spann, so it was appropriate to honor him on this Memorial Day.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 102 at Death Valley, CA, and 29 at Yellowstone Lake, WY, Santa Maria, CO, & Waverly, CO
  • Epic flooding in Texas and Oklahoma
  • Severe weather across Central Plains area
  • All time monthly record rainfall for Wichita Falls at around 14 inches
  • Wild weather in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and Louisiana with severe weather and floods
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: This episode of 101 goes off the beaten path just a little to explore something called petrichor. This is a quick explanation about that refreshingly aromatic smell that comes with a light rain after a short dry spell and how it works.

    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 487:

    To subscribe to the brand new SkyWritings, an email newsletter from the WeatherBrains gang, click HERE.

    Loss of a Legend

    November, 1989, home video of JB Elliott by David Black

    Picks of the Week:

    Bill Murray – Weather story map

    Brian Peters – Water woes for Wichita Falls

    Kevin Selle – Boston Globe Cities in the Cloud

    James Spann – WeatherBrains audio archive

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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

    Categories: Weather

    WeatherBrains 486: Pickles All Over It

    Tue, 05/19/2015 - 04:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 486 is now online (May 18, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest Panelist is a show alum, having appeared on episode 395 in August, 2013. He is responsible for suggesting tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain, which we will punish by making him appear as the Guest Panelist. Indeed, no good deed goes unpunished. David Drobny, welcome back.

    Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain was born in Nashville. He comes from a traveling musical family. He plays the guitar, banjo, and bass guitar, but his first love is meteorology. He is currently a junior at the University of Oklahoma School of Meteorology in Norman, where he is a research assistant with the Arctic and Antarctic Atmospheric Research Group. He is currently the Director of Development at the Oklahoma Weather Lab. Kelton Halbert, welcome to WeatherBrains.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 96 at Presidio, TX, and 22 at Scobey, MT
  • Trio of WeatherBrains gang in Norman, OK
  • Severe weather somewhat limited
  • Cold in North Central US
  • Drought busting rain in parts of Texas and Oklahoma
  • And more rain possible for those areas
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is out once again.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: Last week there was a mention of cloud iridescence, so for this weekly episode we’ll take a look at what that is and why it is sometimes hard to see.

    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 486:

    To subscribe to the brand new SkyWritings, an email newsletter from the WeatherBrains gang, click HERE.

    SHARPpy software

    Oklahoma Weather Lab

    AARG at OU

    Link to Windows version of SHARPpy

    Link to Mac OS X version of SHARPpy

    Tempest Storm Chasing

    Picks of the Week:

    David Drobny – Tornado Forecasting Workshop with Rich Thompson

    Kelton Halbert – WRF Model

    Nate Johnson – Early May, 2015, Storms Time-lapse

    Bill Murray – Experimental sounding page at SPC

    Brian Peters – Gets the fog horn!

    John Scala – FACETS at NSSL

    Kevin Selle – Elmer, OK, Tornado time lapse

    Rick Smith – Online Damage Report, May 6, 2015, Great Plains Event

    James Spann – Sea surface Temperature Contours

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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

    Categories: Weather

    WeatherBrains 485: Tornado Stories

    Tue, 05/12/2015 - 04:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 485 is now online (May 11, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a National Correspondent for Yahoo and former reporter for Newsweek. She is an Oklahoma native who currently lives in Brooklyn. She has a new book being released tomorrow that is an account from several different perspectives focusing on OKC media, victims and NWS of the May, 2013, tornadoes. Author of The Mercy of the Sky, Holly Bailey, welcome to WeatherBrains!

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 100 at Death Valley, CA, and 16 at West Yellowstone, MT
  • Weather lost a legend today in the passing of JB Elliott
  • Long lasting severe weather for North Central Texas and Oklahoma
  • Good rains for a parched area
  • Severe weather dampening out for next several days
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is out tonight, so she’ll have a long mail bag next week.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: Clouds have got to be one of the biggest and most interesting visual element that attracts people to weather. So for this episode of 101 we take a look at an interesting cloud called the pileus cloud.

    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 485:

    To subscribe to the brand new SkyWritings, an email newsletter from the WeatherBrains gang, click HERE.

    Spann’s Tribute to JB Elliott

    Mercy of the Sky book (one of many)

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – On-air meteorologists bridge gap

    Bill Murray – Gets fog horn!

    Brian Peters – Tropical cyclone climatology

    John Scala – Hurricane drought due to luck

    Kevin Selle – Sam Barricklow photos of Electra, TX, storm

    Rick Smith – Video of tornado in Norman, OK, on May 6, 2015

    James Spann – Farewell to Birmingham Weather Legend

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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

    Categories: Weather