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WeatherBrains 443: Gary England

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 04:00

WeatherBrains Episode 443 is now online (July 21, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight is sort of a Best of Show. But unlike other Best of Shows that are usually recorded, this is a live show bringing back three of our favorite all time guests. Tonight’s Guest Panelist won an opportunity to attend an NBA game with Bill Murray during the AMS in Atlanta. But she got to Phillips Arena and it was the guy from WeatherBrains, not the star of Groundhog Day. She recently is a recent graduate of the University of Oklahoma and a rising superstar at KFSM in Fort Smith, Arkansas, where she does mornings. Shelby Hays, congratulations and welcome back!

Since we already had a Guest Panelist, we had to make up a title for tonight’s third guest. James has five fantasy voices from the show over the years, and Morgan Palmer might be his favorite. When James’ rolls out the Big Pipes description, you know it’s big time. So tonight we welcome back Guest Big Pipes: Morgan Palmer, Chief Meteorologist none other than KIRO-Seattle. How you doin’ Morgan?

It is an oft-used line in introducing Guest WeatherBrains lately, that tonight’s GWB needs no introduction to our audience. And that is as true tonight as any time I have ever invoked it. He is a return Guest WeatherBrain, having appeared in December 2009 on show #202. He is an icon in Oklahoma, where he recently retired as arguably one of the most admired television meteorologists in America. Gary England, welcome back to the show!

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 115 at Death Valley, CA, and 35 at Bryce Canyon, UT
  • New tropical depression in the Central Atlantic
  • and more!
  • 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.

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – Updraft: A weather forecasting toolkit for iPad

    Bill Murray – WeatherBrains episode 202

    John Scala – Anomalous Mid-Summer Cold Air Intrusion of July 14–16, 2014

    Rick Smith – AMS Summer Community Meeting

    James Spann – WxGeeks Review

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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

    Categories: Weather

    WeatherBrains 442: Eskimo Bad Breath

    Tue, 07/15/2014 - 04:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 442 is now online (June 14, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Guest WeatherBrains for this episode include a new face and a veteran face. Joining us tonight are Mark Suddth of HurricaneTrack.com who just completed a hurricane chase on Arthur. Mark has joined us on WeatherBrains before, so he is the veteran face.

    Joining us for the first time is Blake Naftel, a huge weather enthusiast with 17 years in television news including having been an avid storm chaser since 1997. Blake knew Tim and Carl, the chasers killed in the El Reno, OK, tornado last year, and in November he started floating the idea of a film/documentary on storm chasing. The idea went forward as a KickStarter project, see the link below, and got fantastic support in just a few days.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: There is no WeatherBrains 101 for this episode.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at weather for the week of July 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 442:

    Kickstarter Project – Storm Chasing Anthology

    HurricaneTrack.com

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson –

    Bill Murray –

    John Scala – Myth Crushers on Lightning

    Rick Smith –

    James Spann – Viewers outraged at tornado coverage during World Cup soccer match (Language warning!)

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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

    Categories: Weather

    WeatherBrains 441: Plenty of Time for a Snafu

    Tue, 07/08/2014 - 04:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 441 is now online (July 7, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is currently serving as Acting Director of the National Weather Service (NWS) Operations Proving Ground (OPG) in Kansas City, MO. His career in operational meteorology spans more than 35 years, first with the US Air Force, then with NOAA and the NWS. Kim Runk, welcome to WeatherBrains!

    Three WCMs are on the show tonight, including Kim, of course Rick and a retired WCM in Brian. Going to put Rick and Brian in the hot seats with Kim tonight for a little world of WCM discussion.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

    • Extremes: 119 at Death Valley, CA, and 38 at Stanley, ID, and Snake River, WY
    • Severe storm risk from Nebraska eastward to southern New England
    • Since our last show, Hurricane Arthur came and went along East Coast
    • Tropics quiet for now
    • and more!

    Our email bag officer is out again, so the mail bag is getting heavy.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: This episode of WeatherBrains 101 puts in a plug for child safety in hot cars. Did you know that 15 children have died this year already from heat stroke brought on by being left in an unattended automobile. There needs to be more attention drawn to this danger of hot weather.

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

    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 441:

    NWS Operations Proving Ground Charter

    NOAA Testbed and Proving Grounds

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – Lamp Simulates Thunderstorm

    Bill Murray – Kim Runk’s Video on Culture Change in the NWS

    Brian Peters – Kids and Cars on Heat Stroke

    Kim Runk – @nwstornado – all NWS tornado warnings will be automatically transmitted by this username, and you can follow it to be apprised of ongoing warnings all over the country. There is also a companion username @NWSSevereTstorm, for SVR/SVS issuances.

    Rick Smith – Leading Culture Change in the NWS

    James Spann – Joint Typhoon Warning Center

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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

    Categories: Weather

    WeatherBrains 440: Got The Mojo Working

    Mon, 06/30/2014 - 23:55

    WeatherBrains Episode 440 is now online (June 30, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain, Jim Edds, has wowed and amazed with his tropical cyclone chasing exploits.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: Lightning is a big threat during the summer months. But even though lightning is common, the odds of being struck are pretty low, though, that is still no reason to disregard lightning when it is nearby. But what are the odds of being struck seven times in your lifetime? That figure must be astronomical, but it a life long park ranger holds that awesome record.

    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 440:

    Picks of the Week:

    Bill Murray – Chaser, visual journalist and filmmaker Blake Naftel is in the process of raising funds via Kickstarter to complete what will become a six-part documentary anthology series focused on the full history of storm chasing culture.

    John Scala -

    Rick Smith – JetStream… meteorology education site

    James Spann – Live tracking site for Hurricane Hunters

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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

    Categories: Weather

    WeatherBrains 439: The 13th Meteorologist

    Tue, 06/24/2014 - 04:50

    WeatherBrains Episode 439 is now online (June 23, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain needs no introduction in this show’s circle. He is one of the original On Camera Meteorologists at The Weather Channel, a position he held from 1982 until 2009. He currently is an Expert and Video Broadcaster at Accu-Weather. Mark Mancuso, it is an honor to welcome you to WeatherBrains!

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 117 at Death Valley, CA, and 28 at West Yellowstone, MT
  • Severe weather in Central Plains states last week
  • Quieter weather this week
  • Some heavy rains in the ArkLaTx area
  • Rains helping drought situation in Oklahoma and Texas
  • Tropics are quiet
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer had Internet problems, so look for a double mail bag next week.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: Summer is now in full swing and that brings on the season for lightning. NOAA and the NWS are trying to improve awareness to this summertime hazard with Lightning Awareness Week.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of June 23rd.

    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 439:

    Record Hailstone Information

    BusinessInsider article on weather

    Picks of the Week:

    Bill Murray – Weather Channel’s Debut May, 1982

    Brian Peters – Storm Track

    John Scala – Worst Spots for Weather Extremes Found

    Rick Smith – Lightning Safety Awareness Week

    James Spann – Terrible Tuesday video

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Meteorology crossword puzzle

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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

    Categories: Weather

    WeatherBrains 438: Who Turned On Aubrey?

    Tue, 06/17/2014 - 04:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 438 is now online (June 16, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a Professor of Communications in the Department of Communications Studies at the University of California at Pennsylvania. She is one of the leaders in the field of study communicating the weather. Dr. Susan Jasko, welcome to WeatherBrains.

    Dr. Jasko taught at several institutions, including Ohio University, Nassau Community College, and Montclair State University before coming to Cal U in 1998. She is the founding president of the New Jersey Communication Association, a past president and officer of the New York State Communication Association, and a frequent unit planner for the Eastern Communication Association. She has been a basic course director, graduate program coordinator, and a department chair. She has served as an assistant to several deans of the College of Liberal Arts. She has served on and chaired numerous committees and regularly presents her work at the National Communication Association conventions. She is on the editorial board of two journals, has published articles, and is the co-author of one book. She has received the Neil Postman Mentoring Award.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 109 at Death Valley, CA, and 26 at Shirley Basin, WY
  • Moderate risk of severe weather centered on Iowa Monday night
  • Numerous tornadoes in Nebraska
  • June 17th is the 16th Anniversary of CoCoRaHS
  • 3-digit heat in the Southwest
  • Closed low over the Northwest with ridge over the eastern US
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is continues to shuffle through the incoming messages from our listeners. And does a right fine job of it, too!!

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: We’re coming up on hurricane season for the Atlantic Basin, so that means hurricane forecasters have had six months off, right? Not exactly. While we might think a job focusing on just six months leaves the rest of the year free, it really doesn’t as we see in this episode of 101.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of June 16th.

    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 438:

    Cal U

    StormFest at Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh

    CoCoRaHS web page

    Picks of the Week:

    Susan Jasko – Western Pennsylvania Weather Posse

    Nate Johnson – International Business Times Article

    Bill Murray – Gets The Horn

    Brian Peters – NOAA Wallpaper and Poster

    John Scala – Alaska Weather Radio Get Computer Voices

    Rick Smith – WCM National Conference Notes

    James Spann – Blitzortung.org

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Tornado Picture from Sean Schoefer

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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

    Categories: Weather

    WeatherBrains 437: Mountain Dew in My TrackPad

    Tue, 06/10/2014 - 04:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 437 is now online (June 9, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Our Guest Panelist tonight is Jeff Craven, President of the National Weather Association, and our Guest WeatherBrain is Ken Heideman.

    There are two major professional organizations for meteorologists, and they’re both represented on this show. First, our Guest Panelist is the President of the National Weather Association, Jeff Craven. He has appeared on WeatherBrains previously, back on show 339 in July, 2012. He is the Science and Operations Officer at the NWS Milwaukee/Sullivan office. He is one of few guests ever to appear on the show who actually has a severe weather index named for him.

    Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a suggestion of Sara Jane Shangraw. She suggested we have AMS Director of Publications Ken Heideman on the show. So tonight he joins us from Boston.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 120 at Death Valley, CA, and 25 near Dillon, CO, and Gould, CO
  • Severe storms in Southeast US
  • Including the Birmingham DMA
  • Beautiful weather in Harrisonburg, WV
  • Rick Smith in Silver Spring, MD, for WCM Conference
  • This episode falls on the 61st anniversary of the Worcester, MA, tornado
  • and more!
  • Our email officer does her normally stupendous job of recapping the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: It was just a couple of weeks ago that San Diego County, California, was suffering through several wildfires which included some spectacular shots of fire whirls. So in this episode of 101, we take a look at what fire swirls are and are not, and some of the dynamics that go along with them.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of June 9th.

    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 437:

    NWS Milwaukee/Sullivan, WI

    National Weather Association

    American Meteorological Society

    AMS Publications Page

    AMS Bookstore

    High Plains Weather Conference

    Picks of the Week:

    Jeff Craven – Experimental Tornado Probability Forecasts

    Bill Murray – Rapid City Flood

    Brian Peters – 2012 Australian Fire Swirl video

    John Scala – Capital Weather Gang – Record Heat and Ice

    Rick Smith – WeatherReady Nation

    James Spann – Who Knows?

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Interesting Lightning Facts Infographic

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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

    Categories: Weather

    WeatherBrains 436: Uncomfortable Conversations With Management

    Tue, 06/03/2014 - 04:30

    WeatherBrains Episode 436 is now online (June 2, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest TV Met is the Chief Meteorologist at WXVT-TV in Greenville MS. We met at the Southeast Severe Storms Symposium at Mississippi State University this spring. Vernon Turner, welcome to the show.

    Tonight’s Guest Social Media Expert is a Strategist, Entrepreneur, Author, and Speaker. She appeared on show 341 in August, 2012. Welcome back Tiffany Sunday!

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

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: This marks the beginning of the hurricane season for the tropical Atlantic, so our 101 segment features a little information on the various issuances coming from NHC with each named system.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of June 2nd.

    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 436:

    hurricanes.gov

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – Article on Female Named Storms Killing More

    Bill Murray – Dr. Pam Knox’s Blog, On the Case

    John Scala – Lightning Restores Sight and Hearing

    Rick Smith – NWS Resources Link

    James Spann – Sea Surface Temperature Contour Charts

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Delhi dust storm

    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 435 – What The Heck Am I Doing Wrong

    Fri, 05/30/2014 - 04:00

    WeatherBrains Episode 435 is now online (May 29, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is the Director of Summit Operations at the home of the world’s worst weather, the famous Mt. Washington Observatory, Cyrena Briede. Tonight’s Guest Panelist has been a Guest WeatherBrain previously in his capacity as the Science and Operations Officer for the National Weather Service in Birmingham… Kevin Laws.

    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.

    Picks of the Week:

    Bill Murray – National Hurricane Center blog

    Rick Smith – Spotter/chaser safety lessons learned from the El Reno tornado last year

    John Scala – Recently published article in the NWA’s Journal of Operational Meteorology

    James Spann – Drones to be used in hurricane observations

    Cyrena Briede – Extreme Mount Washington

    Kevin Laws – W.A. Gayle Planetarium

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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

    Categories: Weather

    WeatherBrains 434: Buzzing Both Sides

    Tue, 05/20/2014 - 04:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 434 is now online (May 19, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is no stranger to anyone who follows tropical meteorology. He has been a research meteorologist with the Hurricane Research Division of the Atlantic Oceanographic & Meteorological Laboratory at NOAA. Chris Landsea now is the Science and Operations Officer at the National Hurricane Center.

    Tonight’s in person Guest WeatherBrain is back for his fourth appearance on the show, fresh off a gig as the speaker. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Georgia. Dr. John Knox is a good friend of the podcast.

    Tonight’s Guest Panelist is a junior at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, NH, majoring in meteorology. He was a student meteorologist for the local public access channel this past semester. He is very involved, serving as the president of the American Meteorological Society chapter at PSU, the Student Rep to the Faculty, the Student Body President, and the Senior Class President. So Hail to the Chief, Alex Herbst!

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 102 at Pecos, TX, Death Valley, CA, Presideo, TX, Russell, TX, and 24 at Bridgeport, CA, and Mt. Washington, NH
  • Rick Smith joins the WeatherBrains crew
  • Transforming from the core of severe weather season to the heat of summer
  • Wildfire danger pretty high due to lack of rain in Oklahoma and New Mexico
  • Weather fairly quiet across the country
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer handles the incoming messages from our listeners, a great job for the daughter of a mail carrier.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: Anybody played a good game of horseshoes lately? Maybe you’d like to play with horseshoe vortices. What the heck are those and when will I see one? Those and other questions answered in this episode of WeatherBrains 101.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of May 19th.

    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 434:

    NWS Norman, OK

    WeatherRate

    Picks of the Week:

    Alex Herbst – Plymouth State Weather Center

    Nate Johnson – Disaster Distress Help Line

    Bill Murray – Award Nominations

    Brian Peters – Gets the Fog Horn!

    Rick Smith – first regular pick: A Lasting Image

    James Spann – Warnings of a monster super El Nino

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Meteor Shower Fizzle?

    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 433: Patriot Act Sucks

    Tue, 05/13/2014 - 04:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 433 is now online (May 12, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    It’s a three for one special on tonight’s show as we have a surplus of WeatherBrains. They’ll be going for a dime a dozen.

    And an important panel announcement: Rick Smith, the Warning Coordination Meteorologist (WCM) at the NWS Norman and one of the of most respected voices in weather will be joining the panel next week and will be with us regularly from then on. He will provide a good NWS perspective on the show.

    Tonight’s first guest WeatherBrain is a meteorologist for BAM Chase.net. Michael Clark works with the storm chase/weather consulting company in Indianapolis, IN.

    Tonight’s other Guest WeatherBrains are from How The Weather Works. Mike Mogil is the founder of How The Weatherworks, which focuses on providing a wide array of services including forensic support, school learning programs, writing and editing, photography and forecasting. He serves as the Director of the National Weather Camp Program (now with more than a fourteen camp sites in operation). He and his wife also own and operate Mathworks, a tutoring company in Naples, FL, serving more than 150 students a year. He recently formed The Learningworks Foundation, Inc., a not-for-profit company, dedicated to encouraging learning.

    He is joined by Matt Bolton, a student and an intern at How The Weather Works. Matt has had a life-long interest in meteorology and has been active in the West Central Florida weather community since 2008.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • 96 at Dryden, TX, Laredo, TX, and Death Valley, CA, and 17 at Leadville, CO, and Yellowstone Lake, WY
  • Long line of thunderstorms from near Chicago to South Texas
  • Main severe weather threat in the vicinity of southern Lake Michigan
  • Big ridge in the East and deep trough in the West
  • Denver’s football field covered in snow
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer, Aubrey, is on the point bringing you the latest comments from the listeners who write.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: In this episode of WeatherBrains 101, we focus on streakers – jet streaks, that is. Jet streaks are part of the overall global flow of air called the jet stream.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of May 12th.

    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 433:

    How the Weather Works

    Learningworks Foundation, Inc.

    BAM Chase.Net

    Picks of the Week:

    Matt Bolton – Polar Water Vapor

    Michael Clark – Hail picture (no link)

    Nate Johnson – James Spann selfie at Chik-Fil-A

    Mike Mogil – Precipitable Water Chart

    Bill Murray – Realtime GOES-14 Super Rapid Scan Operations

    Brian Peters – ISS images and streaming video

    James Spann – Tropical Cyclone Guidance Project

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – SPC Storm Reports page

    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 432: Looking out to Space

    Tue, 05/06/2014 - 04:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 432 is now online (May 5, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a Solar System Ambassador with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Tony Rice is based in Raleigh where he tries to keep Nate Johnson straight.

    Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain #2 is Research Associate at Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites in Asheville NC. Jared Rennie, welcome to the show.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 107 at Altus, OK, and 24 at Mount Washington, NH, at Doe Lake, MI, and 6 miles east of Champion, MI
  • Wildfires in Oklahoma and Arizona
  • Wichita Falls hit 102 today
  • Drought very bad in Texas
  • One week since big severe weather outbreak in Southeast
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer continues to review the incoming messages from our listeners and brings those comments to the show.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: WeatherBrains 101 is missing tonight but plans to return next week.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of May 5th. Snow and tornadoes make the history books along with hail.

    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 432:

    National Climatic Data Center

    Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – National Digital Forecast Database

    Bill Murray – SPC Experimental Storm Reports

    Brian Peters – Tropical Storms Floaters Page

    Jared Rennie – Plymouth State Weather Center
    Python in the Atmospheric Sciences

    Tony Rice – Heavens Above

    James Spann – Satellite Convection Analysis and Tracking Numerical Weather Predication

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Meteor over Toronto

    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 431: Sex, Sports, Storms, and Snow

    Fri, 05/02/2014 - 03:00

    WeatherBrains Episode 431 is now online (May 1, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Our guest this week is Dr. Rick Knabb, the director of the National Hurricane Center. Tonight’s Guest Panelist is the AM Meteorologist at WAAY-TV in Huntsville, AL. He is a Badger from the University of Wisconsin. You would have thought he would have learned how to play hockey while there, but he is taking it up now. He loves radar and working severe weather.

    Our email bag officer has been off, but she’s back with a look at the contents of the old email bag and what listeners are saying, good, bad, or ugly.

    WeatherBrains 101: Last week in our 101 segment, we took a look at the overall NOAA Weather Radio program and some of its history. This week we delve into the two primary alerting methods that are available via NOAA Weather Radio to keep you informed during severe weather, even waking you up if necessary.

    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.

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – U.S. Drought Monitor

    Bill Murray – Dr. David Prevatte’s initial assessment of damage from the April 27th outbreak.

    James Spann – CIMSS Tropical Page

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – TRMM satellite view of April 28 severe weather event

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like 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 430: It’s in the Can

    Tue, 04/22/2014 - 04:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 430 is now online (April 21, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    You can’t get much higher in the weather enterprise than tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain. He might well be the most powerful man in weather. He is in charge of the weather service that is the envy of the world. Officially, he is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Assistant Administrator for Weather Services and Director of the National Weather Service. Join us in welcoming Dr. Louis Uccellini to WeatherBrains. Our discussion with Dr. Uccellini actually took place last week in a pre-recorded interview that is airing tonight. As you might imagine, getting the schedule of this man and that of the WeatherBrains crew together was a major undertaking.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 102 at Death Valley, CA, and 15 at Bodie State Park, CA
  • Hurricane Conference going on in Florida
  • Severe weather ongoing in Texas
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is on a hot date tonight, so no mail bag segment.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: We’re going to take a look at something that most weather enthusiasts already know something about. NOAA Weather Radio is a nationwide system that provides the baseline for getting severe weather information. So we take a look at some of the basics to weather radio.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of April 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 430:

    National Weather Service

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

    Cheerwine web page

    Dr. Uccellini’s Book

    WeatherUnderground Redesign

    SPC Outlook Change Public Comment Page

    2014 National Hurricane Conference

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – Time to Smell the Breezes

    Bill Murray – America’s PrepareAthon

    Brian Peters – Gets the Fog Horn

    James Spann – NWS Geographic Information Systems Resources

    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 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