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WeatherBrains 536: I Knew Nothing About Tornadoes

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 04:45

WeatherBrains Episode 536 is now online (April 25, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

This episode of WeatherBrains will look back five years to the historic weather events of April 27, 2011, in the Southeast US, especially Alabama. Joining us tonight is Kim Cross, author of What Stands in a Storm, a story that traces the events that day through compelling stories from the people who survived that day. Also part of the discussion includes Stephen Latimer, Forecaster NWS Huntsville, AL, and Jim Stefkovich, Meteorologist-in-Charge, NWS Birmingham, AL.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 101 at Cotulla, TX, and Laredo, TX, and 13 at Mount Washington, NH
  • Moderate risk for severe weather in Nation’s heartland for Day 2 (see graphic below)
  • Drought still strong in southern California
  • Very little cold weather in US
  • High wind/dry conditions in Southwest US
  • Some winter weather in Central Rockies
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer (Aubrey) is back with a summary of emails from our listeners.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: No WeatherBrains 101 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.

Web Sites from Episode 536:

NOAA’s Natural Disaster Survey Report on April 27, 2011

Summary of Historic Tornado Event of April 27, 2011, from NWS Birmingham

NWS, Huntsville, AL, Remembering April 27, 2011

Kim Cross’s What Stands in a Storm

Article on families accepting diplomas after April 27, 2011

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

Picks of the Week:

Kim Cross – Bo Bikes Bama

Nate Johnson – ASCII weather art

Stephen Latimer & Jim Stefkovich – NWS interactive site for April 27, 2011, stories/pictures

Bill Murray – NOAA Interactive Maps for April 27, 2011

Brian Peters – SPC WCM 25-Year tornado averages

Kevin Selle – Turn Around, Don’t Drown

James Spann – NWS Louisville, KY, Shareholders Report

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Rocky Mtn Fire 2016, Shenandoah Valley

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, 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 535: I Didn’t Use The Bail Money

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 04:45

WeatherBrains Episode 535 is now online (April 18, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Our Guest WeatherBrain tonight is Kory Hartman. Kory is a veteran of WeatherBrains having appeared on episodes 385, 315, 126, and 117. Kory Hartman is the CEO at SevereStudios, a site that is familiar to everyone on this show. He is also a member of the weather staff at KSFY in Sioux Falls as a weekend meteorologist and webmaster.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 97 at Death Valley, CA, and 15 at Big Piney, WY
  • Absolutely incredible flooding in Houston/Harris County Texas
  • Authorities performed over 1,200 high water rescues today
  • And the rain continued to fall in Southeast Texas
  • Cyclone Fantala churning in the South Indian Ocean
  • Other areas relatively quiet
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer is trying to catch up, so the email bag will be summarized fully next week.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: The 101 segment will occasionally profile a person who has had a major impact on the science. So in remembrance of the passing of Dr. Bill Gray, hurricane researcher at Colorado State University, this episode details his life and some of the major accomplishments he achieved in more than 50 years in weather.

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 535:

Severe Studios

Chaser-Spotter article 1

Chaser-Spotter article 2

Chaser-Spotter article 3

ARRL/NWS Memorandum of Understanding

NWS SKYWARN Weather Spotter Program

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

Picks of the Week:

Kory Hartman – Video discussing safety lessons from El Reno Tornado

Nate Johnson – NEXLAB Models for iPhone

Brian Peters – Houston Chronicle viewer flooding pictures

John Scala – Weather for previous Boston Marathons

Kevin Selle – Practical Meteorology, An Algebra-based Survey of Atmospheric Science and Meteorology for Scientists and Engineers, 3rd Edition

Rick Smith – Photographer experiences rising water firsthand

James Spann – Is There Any Hope for TV Meteorologists

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Shenandoah National Park fire

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Dr. John Scala, Aubrey Urbanowicz, 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 534: Tales from the Tropics

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 04:45

WeatherBrains Episode 534 is now online (April 11, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

In this episode of WeatherBrains, we’re going to visit with Eric Blake. Eric is a Hurricane Specialist at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, FL.

Blake received his Bachelor’s Degree in Atmospheric Science from the University of Louisiana at Monroe in 1998 and his Master’s Degree in Atmospheric Sciences from Colorado State University in 2001. His graduate studies were under the tutelage of Dr. William Gray, a renowned expert on tropical meteorology and hurricanes.

Blake began his career with the National Hurricane Center in 2000 as a student intern. He advanced to a full-time position at NHC in 2002 and became a hurricane specialist in 2006. The specialist position involves the issuance of track, intensity, and wind radii forecasts as well as associated watches and warnings for tropical cyclones in the Atlantic and eastern Pacific oceans. Blake also performs post-season analyses of hurricanes and hurricane forecasts for the Atlantic and eastern Pacific basins, and recently was the lead author of the Hurricane Sandy tropical cyclone report.
Blake is an instructor for classes at NHC, including the FEMA and NWS courses, which help to educate partners on hurricane-related dangers. In addition, he is a frequent presenter and participant in meteorological meetings, including the National Hurricane Conference, to promote hurricane awareness and preparedness.

Blake specializes in medium- to long- range forecasting, and received a Department of Commerce Bronze medal for work related to extended-range tropical cyclone forecasting. He helped create the 5-day Tropical Weather Outlook and is also a member of the NOAA Atlantic and Eastern Pacific seasonal hurricane forecast teams.

Blake serves on the Tropical Cyclone Best Track Change Committee, which considers proposals to change the hurricane record, important for long-term studies of climate. He has authored numerous scientific articles on hurricanes, serves as a reviewer for scientific journals, and is also the lead author for the book Eastern North Pacific Tropical Cyclones, 1949-2006.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 92 at Cotulla, TX, Del Rio, TX, Laredo, TX, McAllen, TX, & McGregor, TX and 6 at Hettinger, ND, and Mount Washington, NH
  • North Texas experienced tremendous hail damage with baseball size hail
  • Severe weather in corridor from E Texas to SW Alabama
  • Rest of week a bit calmer in severe weather department
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer is out this evening due to house guests. Email bag will have a triple play next week.

Special congratulations goes out to our friend, Patrick Marsh, at the SPC who became a first time dad this evening around 7 pm. Patrick made the announcement in a “local stork report” commonly seen in the NWS as an LSR or Local Storm Report.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: In this episode we’re going to take a look at the history of weather radar. Radar is a relatively new discovery having come about with early pioneering efforts in the late 1800s.

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 534:

Solving the Jigsaw Puzzle of Hurricane History by Eric Blake and Todd Kimberlain

National Hurricane Center

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

Picks of the Week:

Nate Johnson – NWS abandoning all caps in messages

Bill Murray – not sure!

John Scala – Physics Today article on tornadoes and flash floods

Rick Smith – Joplin Disaster Recovery Summit

James Spann – Accu-Weather Extends Forecast to 90-Days

SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Dr. John Scala, Aubrey Urbanowicz, 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 533: Grecian Formula Works Well

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 04:45

WeatherBrains Episode 533 is now online (April 4, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain has been a meteorologist at WDBJ-TV in Roanoke since 1982. He recently became the Director of Weather Operations. Robin Reed, welcome to WeatherBrains! Besides weather, he is a big baseball fan and actually played some baseball.

Tonight’s other Guest WeatherBrain is the Chief Meteorologist at WDBJ. Brent Watts, welcome to the show! Brent has had a rather non-traditional career path to meteorology, and he has a serious focus on social media and apps.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 99 at Death Valley, CA, and 1 at Mount Washington, NH
  • Marginal risk for severe weather on Day 2 and 3
  • Cold from Great Lakes to New England
  • Quite warm in Southwest US
  • Cold coming for the weekend, too
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer has to handle company, so she just peeks in for a few minutes.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: In this episode of 101, we take a look at another aspect of our atmosphere, the interface with water surfaces. Did you know that about 70 percent of the Earth is covered by water, and the oceans hold about 97 percent of all of our water? You’ll even learn the name of the top most layer of the oceans, actually both names!

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 533:

WDBJ-TV Weather site

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

Picks of the Week:

Brian Peters – Mighty Wind in the East

Robin Reed – Tornado Club in Wisconsin

John Scala – Runners run half marathon through hail

Kevin Selle – Anatomy of a Weather Tweet

James Spann – School Closings in Hazardous Weather, Part 1 and Part 2

Aubrey Urbanowitz – peeks in for just a few minutes

Brent Watts – Davis WeatherLink

SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Dr. John Scala, Aubrey Urbanowicz, 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 532: Saw Them Guns

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 04:45

WeatherBrains Episode 532 is now online (March 28, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is the Vice President of Innovations Development for AccuWeather. He is responsible for the teams that collect weather data from all over the world. Jon Porter, welcome to WeatherBrains!

Jonathan joined the AccuWeather team in June, 2004, just a few weeks after graduating from the Pennsylvania State University with a degree in meteorology and minor in Information Technology. Jon does double duty at AccuWeather — he spends much of his time working as a meteorological programmer within the IT department tasked to projects ranging from improvements in the AccuWeather digital forecast database to building specialized applications for a wide variety of clients. In addition, he is a broadcast meteorologist, appearing on wireless videos, the Local AccuWeather Channel and WPSU–TV.

A New England native, Jon grew up in the small town of Killingly, CT – in Northeastern Connecticut’s Windham County. He has always been interested in the weather and decided that he wanted to be a meteorologist in the fourth grade. Some family members contend it is in his genes as Jon’s father holds a degree in meteorology. Growing up, Jon was always fascinated with East Coast snowstorms particularly the Blizzard of 1993 and the April Fool’s Day Nor’easter of 1997.

After graduating from Marianapolis Preparatory School in Thompson, CT, Jon followed his dream and arrived at Penn State University. While at Penn State, Jon was fortunate to have the opportunity to get his start in television on Penn State’s nightly weather program, Weather World. He appeared on air during major winter storms, severe weather outbreaks and in the days leading up to Hurricane Isabel’s effects on Pennsylvania in 2003.
Jon is a member of the American Meteorological Society and serves on an alumni committee for the Department of Meteorology at Penn State.

In his free time, Jon likes to spend time with friends and family. He also volunteers his IT skills at a clinic that provides free healthcare to the working poor. He likes to listen to 80’s music – especially Chicago and Earth Wind & Fire. Jon also enjoys TV dramas, especially NYPD Blue and Law & Order.

Tonight’s Guest Panelist is the Chief Meteorologist at KAIT-TV in Jonesboro, AR. He is Western Kenticky Hilltopper. (Thanks for beating UAB and letting Middle Tennessee win the Conference USA Basketball Tournament so they could beat Michigan State and break Bill Murray’s bracket!) Welcome to the show Ryan Vaughan!

Jon’s career included a short period with a television in the Montgomery, AL, area, but moved back to the Jonesboro, AR, area due in part to it being a great place to raise a family.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 91 at Miami, FL, and 10 at Alamosa, CO
  • Don’t forget to vote for Ginger Zee in Dancing with the Stars
  • Some severe weather Wednesday/Thursday
  • Heavy rain possible across Southeast US, too
  • Ash advisory for parts of Alaska
  • Snowy weather in the western states
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer brings to life messages from our listeners.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: There are many processes going on in the atmosphere, and one of those is referred to as the hydrologic cycle. Often called the water cycle, too, it identifies the various processes going on in the atmosphere as water comes and goes.

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 532:

KAIT-TV Weather page

GOES satellite communications at risk

NWA/AMS joint letter on this topic

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

Picks of the Week:

Brian Peters – Gets the fog horn!

John Scala – Relationship of extreme weather and climate change

Kevin Selle – Scott Kelly’s pictures from space

James Spann – Fight over empty seat at graduation

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Cat digs igloo!

SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Dr. John Scala, Aubrey Urbanowicz, 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 531: His Head Symmetrical Without Potholes

Tue, 03/22/2016 - 04:45

WeatherBrains Episode 531 is now online (March 21, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a Research Meteorologist at the University of Wisconsin Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies. He is a lifelong Wisconsin Badger. We’re happy to welcome Dr. Jordan Gerth to WeatherBrains.

Dr. Jordan Gerth is an assistant researcher at the University of Wisconsin in Madison affiliated with the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies. His primary area of expertise is satellite meteorology. His dissertation work involved producing a blended sky cover analysis and short-term sky cover forecasts. He currently works to transition new and experimental satellite products directly to operational meteorologists in the field as part of the GOES-R and JPSS Proving Grounds, a readiness activity to prepare forecasters for the next-generation weather satellites. His other research includes studying the impact of retrieved atmospheric parameters from satellite observations in numerical weather prediction model solutions. Jordan also pursues interests infusing new technology into the weather forecasting process and has served on professional committees for both the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association.

Tonight’s Special Guest is a senior at Mississippi State University, studying meteorology. She is the President of the East Mississippi Joint Chapter of the AMS/NWA. She is in charge of the upcoming Severe Weather Symposium (link below). Welcome to WeatherBrains, Meagan Massey.

Meagan Massey is from the Dallas–Fort Worth area of Texas and joined the Campus Connect Forecasting Team in August, 2015. At a young age, two tornado outbreaks in DFW piqued Meagan’s interest for weather. During the stormiest/wettest year on record in 2015 for Dallas, Meagan interned with the WFAA–TV Weather Team while assisting on severe weather coverage as well as giving reports live on-air to Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus. She even had her first flight experience during a feature story with Meteorologist Colleen Coyle. Her forecast skills were also put to the test while interning at KAIT–TV in Jonesboro, AR, with Chief Meteorologist Ryan Vaughan. Every week Meagan adds comedy and creativity into forecast blogs for NashSevereWX.com. Meagan is a 2015 Harold Taft Scholar.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 96 at Death Valley, CA, and 4 at Herman, MI
  • Cast your vote for Ginger Zee at http://vote-e.abc.go.com/shows/dancing-with-the-stars/vote/season-22
  • (voting until 8 pm EDT Tuesday, March 22)
  • Windy in Kevin’s area especially tomorrow
  • Cold in the Southeast US and much of the East
  • Relatively benign weather across much of US
  • Severe weather possible Thursday, March 24th
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer squeezes in the latest emails from our listeners before doing the evening weather!

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: When you get weather information off a METAR, the visibility is followed by what if anything is reducing the visibility. Other than precipitation, there are a number of items that can be responsible for the reduced visibility. One of those is volcanic ash, but there are several others. In this edition of the 101 segment, we take a look at what those are and how they get reported.

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 531:

Mississippi State Severe Weather Symposium

Summary of work of Dr. Jordan Gerth

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

Picks of the Week:

Jordan Gerth – CIMSS Satellite Blog of eclipse

Nate Johnson – Team Zappa

Meagan Massey – MS State Severe Weather Symposium

Bill Murray – NOAA Geostationary Satellite Server

Brian Peters – New capital of lightning

John Scala – Lightning kills festival goer in New Orleans area

Kevin Selle – Tornado Pod Story – Part 1
Tornado Pod Story – Part 2

Rick Smith – NWS lightning statistics

James Spann – Radarscope 3.0 released on March 22, 2016

Aubrey Urbanowicz – 2016 Bloom Watch

SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Dr. John Scala, Aubrey Urbanowicz, 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 530: Engineer Roy Makes an Appearance

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 04:45

WeatherBrains Episode 530 is now online (March 14, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

As a special treat to this show, we begin with Mrs. Diane McAliley, 6th Grade Science Teacher, Pizitz Middle School, Vestavia, AL. She and her 6th grade class just completed a successful balloon launch with the help of Bill Murray, and she’ll recap the whole project. The balloon went to an altitude of 106,000 feet and their chase team was able to recover the whole assembly including spectacular 6-second data an two GoPro cameras complete with stunning video.

Dr. Joseph P. (Joe) Bassi is an Assistant Professor of Arts and Sciences at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University/Worldwide Campus. He is also an (online) adjunct lecturer at the National Security Studies Institute, University of Texas/El Paso. Dr. Bassi completed his PhD in History at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in June, 2009. He specialized in the history of modern US science and technology. He was a senior project engineer with the Aerospace Corporation supporting national security space efforts at Vandenberg AFB from 2009-2010. During his PhD program, Dr Bassi was a Guggenheim pre-doctoral fellow in Space History at the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution. His recent book, “A Scientific Peak: How Boulder Became a World Center for Space and Atmospheric Science,” recently was selected as one of the best books in atmospheric sciences for 2015 in the history category by Atmospheric Sciences Librarians International.

A retired US Air Force officer with twenty-six years of active duty, he at various points in his military career served as Director of the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (Guam), Professor of Strategic Studies at a DOD college, Headquarters US Air Force Action Officer and Program Element Manager, Chief of the Acquisition Meteorology Office at Air Force Space Systems Division, and Assistant Professor of Physics at the USAF Academy. After retirement from active service, Professor Bassi served as a space policy analyst in the Office of the Secretary of Defense while working for the Aerospace Corporation.

In addition to the PhD, he has graduate degrees in Meteorology from Penn State, Astrophysics from the University of Colorado, and History from the George Washington University. While at GWU, he was a NASA Space Grant Research Fellow at the Space Policy Institute, Elliot School of International Affairs. He graduated from Manhattan College in 1974 with a BS in Physics (Phi Beta Kappa) and was a distinguished graduate of the Air Force ROTC program.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 98 at Cotulla, TX, and 11 at Caribou, ME, and Presque Isle, ME
  • Risk of severe weather in Carolinas
  • Risk of severe weather in Indiana, Illinois Day 2
  • Tremendous flooding in AR, LA, and East TX
  • Warmth is the word for much of the eastern US
  • 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: Tornadoes are ranked on a scale from 0 to 5 and hurricanes are ranked, too. But did you know that the National Climatic Data Center ranks winter storms? That’s right, they do, so in this episode the professor delves into how winter storms are ranked.

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 530:

Video and story on the Pizitz Middle School balloon launch

Dr. Bassi’s book, A Scientific Peak

Book on Halsey’s Typhoon

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

Picks of the Week:

Bill Murray – Pizitz Middle School balloon launch

Brian Peters – Oklahoma City modifies tornado warning system

Kevin Selle – We Love Weather Community

James Spann – SSEC Geostationary Satellite Imagery

Aubrey Urbanowicz – 100+ female meteorologists wearing THE DRESS

SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Dr. John Scala, Aubrey Urbanowicz, 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 529: Attacked by a Possum

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 05:45

WeatherBrains Episode 529 is now online (March 7, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is an atmospheric scientist with deep roots in severe convective storms, synoptic meteorology, applied climatology, GIS techniques, operational meteorology, and hazards. He is an Associate Professor of Meteorology at the College of DuPage. Victor Gensini, welcome to WeatherBrains!

Dr. Gensini has a relatively diverse background, but he considers himself first and foremost an atmospheric scientist. His research interests are primarily rooted in: severe convective storms, synoptic meteorology, applied climatology, GIS techniques, operational meteorology, and hazards. He is currently researching the relationship between historical observed convective variables and those produced by reanalyses datasets. Of interest is the relative utility of using reanalysis to approximate atmospheric environments conducive to severe convective storms. Additionally, he is researching aspects surrounding high-resolution dynamical downscaling of global climate model data using the WRF model for purposes of resolving convection under future SRES emissions scenarios. And if that doesn’t fill your plate, he is investigating linkages between various climate teleconnections and severe weather activity across the US.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 92 at Zapata, TX, and 4 at Presque Isle, ME
  • Major rain event setting up on the western side of the Lower Mississippi River
  • Risk of severe storms in Texas and Oklahoma during the show
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer is now the chief at her station, so she does the show from the studio. And for the first time ever, we get the email segment in at the top of the show.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: Oops! The professor completely forgot to record his 101 segment after getting it ready. So tune in next week for a look at ranking winter storms.

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 529:

Texas Severe Storms Association

American Weather and Climate Industry Association

College of DuPage

College of DuPage Meteorology

College of DuPage Next Generation Weather Lab

Forecasting tornadoes 2-3 weeks in advance

Extended Range Tornado Activity Forecasts (ERTAF)

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

Picks of the Week:

Victor Gensini – Columbia University Severe Weather Seminar

25th advanced spotter seminar

Time lapse weather video collection

Bill Murray – Tim Vasquez’ Weather Map Handbook

Brian Peters – A global map of wind, weather, and ocean conditions

John Scala – Time-lapse video of the weather of 2015

Kevin Selle – Update on NHC products and services in 2016

James Spann – Review of the WeatherBrains podcast

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Twitter post of Wisconsin Thunderstorms

SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Dr. John Scala, Aubrey Urbanowicz, 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 528: Roughy, Scruffy Woodsfest

Tue, 03/01/2016 - 05:45

WeatherBrains Episode 528 is now online (February 29, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Our guest WeatherBrain for this evening is Dennis Mersereau. Dennis was born in New Jersey during a massive heat wave, likely predisposing him to an intense interest in the weather. He moved to Virginia at the age of three, where he lived in Woodbridge and graduated from Woodbridge Senior High School in 2009. His love for the weather only grew when storms like Hurricane Isabel, the President’s Day Blizzard of 2003, the June 4, 2008, derecho, and the many tornadoes spawned by Hurricane Ivan’s remnants blasted through the D.C. area. He is recently graduated from the University of South Alabama in the rainiest city in the contiguous United States, Mobile AL, pursuing a major in political science and a minor in meteorology. For the last several years, he has provided weather information for readers at Daily Kos, as well as his followers on Twitter and Facebook. He writes occasionally for the Capital Weather Gang.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 91 at Imperial, CA, and Death Valley, CA, and -11 at Flag Island, MN
  • Day 2 Outlook from SPC has slight risk over large portion of Southeast US
  • Fairly mild across US except small portion of North Central US
  • Severe thunderstorm watch large portion of OK during our show
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer has been burning it at both ends, so she is out this evening. Hopefully she’ll return next week with a full email bag!

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: This week our 101 episode tackles the term “mixing ratio.” You might be surprised to find that it is used in other fields besides meteorology. So be sure to listen in to learn more about this term and the property that makes it appealing in the field of weather.

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 528:

Dennis Mersereau’s blog, WeatherDAM

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Picks of the Week:

Nate Johnson – Facebook post on Candidates comments at Chasers

Brian Peters – Minnesota Severe Storms Conference

John Scala – EF2 Tornado near White Horse, PA, on Feb. 24, 2016

Kevin Selle – Gets the fog horn!

Rick Smith – VORTEX SOUTHEAST

James Spann – Chaser book by Gabriel Cox

SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Dr. John Scala, Aubrey Urbanowicz, 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 527: Show Me The Size Of Your Desk

Tue, 02/23/2016 - 02:31

WeatherBrains Episode 527 is now online (February 22, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a 2007 graduate of the University of South Alabama with a BS in Meteorology. He obtained his Masters atm Florida State University in 2009, and he has been an instructor in the Meteorology Department at South Alabama since 2010. Andrew Murray, welcome to WeatherBrains!

Like many people in meteorology, Andrew has had a passion for meteorology from an early age. One event in particular that sparked his interest was the passing of the remnants of Hurricane Andrew near his parents’ home in Columbus, MS, an event which also resulted in the spawning of a tornado which knocked a tree onto their house. This experience fostered a love for the weather, and the tropics in particular, that has evolved into his career. Immediately following completion of his M.S., Andrew joined the faculty of the University of South Alabama in January, 2010. He routinely teaches Introduction to Meteorology and General Meteorology as well as assisting Dr. Blackwell in the Synoptic Meteorology labs. Other courses taught include Weather Forecasting and Atmospheric Analysis. Andrew’s research interests include tropical and synoptic meteorology.

In addition to his teaching duties, Andrew is a member of the staff of the Coastal Weather Research Center, providing severe weather warnings to clients. Dr. Blackwell and Andrew also provide hurricane forecasts and graphics during the Atlantic hurricane season.

When not involved in meteorology, Andrew can usually be found either participating in or watching sports. He played basketball and baseball in high school, and as co-advisor of the Meteorology Club, he often joins the students in intramural sports activities. He also enjoys playing golf. Andrew lives in Mobile with his wife, Marisa, who is also a graduate of the University of South Alabama.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 89 at Imperial, CA, and -13 at Ely, MN
  • Severe weather threat Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Cyclone Winston
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

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From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: We’re just one week away from the day that only comes up once every four years since this is a Leap Year. So what is a Leap Year and why the heck do we need such a thing? You’ll find the answers in this episode of 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 527:

Coastal Weather Research Center

University of South Alabama

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Picks of the Week:

Nate Johnson – Event Safety Alliance

Bill Murray – Weather Map Handbook from Tim Vasquez

Brian Peters – Ice stacking on Lake Superior

John Scala – America’s PrepareAthon

Kevin Selle – Virga and Gravity Waves

Andrew Murray – Is Cyclone Winston the strongest ever tropical system in the South Pacific?

James Spann – BloomSky

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Studying mountain weather

SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Dr. John Scala, Aubrey Urbanowicz, 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 526: Aubrey After Dark

Tue, 02/16/2016 - 05:45

WeatherBrains Episode 526 is now online (February 15, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain, Andrew Oldaker, is back after appearing on episode 290 in August, 2011. We have all been big fanboys and girls, nod to Aubrey, of his SimuAWIPS site. There have been some changes to the site recently, and we thought we would bring Andrew back to discuss those. As you can tell from the image, Andrew is really into hot sauce!

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 95 at Lake Forest, CA, and -26 at Saranac Lake, NY
  • Severe weather across Central Gulf Coast today
  • 18 reported tornadoes produced damage in AL and MS
  • Winter weather from eastern TN to ME
  • Cold air from western Great Lakes to VA and up to New England
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Unlike the Post Office, our email bag officer is letting a little icing get in the way of her appointed rounds! Listener emails next week.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: In this episode we’ll take a look at VIIRS. No, it’s not a case of bad spelling, but rather stands for the instrumentation on the Suomi NPP satellites. So listen in to find out how you can access this data, too.

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 526:

SimuAWIPS

Raytheon AWIPS web site

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Picks of the Week:

Nate Johnson – Shepherd Smith on Fox News

Bill Murray – Gets the fog horn!

Andrew Oldaker – SPC Storm Reports

Brian Peters – NASA HD time lapse movie of the Sun

John Scala – Fatal 50-car pileup on I-78 involving whiteout

Kevin Selle – Tornado Pod during missile test

Rick Smith – National Tornado Summit

James Spann – Century, FL, Tornado Entrapment

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Man-made constellation in night sky

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The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Dr. John Scala, Aubrey Urbanowicz, 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 525: Flake Chasing

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 05:45

WeatherBrains Episode 525 is now online (February 8, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Joining us from Dallas, TX, tonight is the gentleman who covered the tornado event in Alabama last week, Jacob Rascon, correspondent for NBC News. In case you have forgotten, the NBC Nightly news led with a graphic proclaiming “Without Warning.”

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 92 at Lake Forest, CA, and -11 at Gunnison, CO
  • Cold across the Nation keeps thunderstorms down
  • Big storm off US East Coast over weekend was a “bomb”
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer works on bringing to life the emails coming in from our listeners.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: In this episode of WeatherBrains 101 we take a look at another important name in the field of Meteorology, Verner Suomi. His contributions have earned him the title of “father of satellite meteorology.”

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 525:

NBC Nightly News

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Picks of the Week:

Nate Johnson – Fibonacci Spiral

Bill Murray – drops out with Internet issues

Brian Peters – Washington Post article about cruise ship vs mega-storm

John Scala – Dirty weather words by Skilling and WGN weather guys

Kevin Selle – Twitter Reordering Tweets?

James Spann – NWS Enhanced Data Display

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Nor’easters

SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Dr. John Scala, Aubrey Urbanowicz, 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 524: Groundhog Ensemble

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 05:45

WeatherBrains Episode 524 is now online (February 1, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Our Guest WeatherBrain for this episode is Jason Bowman. For over 30 years, he has been studying and forecasting the weather. Over the past 10 years, he’s found that social media has provided atmospheric scientists and broadcast meteorologists with the ability to follow our passion, as well as share our knowledge to keep people safe and also entertained. Like many atmospheric scientists, Jason was born with the love of the weather. At a young age, Jason would create winter forecasts for his family and classmates, dreaming for the day he could provide millions with their personalized weather conditions.

In 1992, Jason went to the State University of New York in Albany. Jason forecasted at WNYT, the NBC affiliate in Albany NY. After graduation in May, 1996, Jason shifted his focus to the advertising industry, working for organizations such as National Geographic and MTV. While fine tuning his business management skills, Jason would continue to forecast on the Facebook page he created prior to Hurricane Sandy in 2012. With rapid growth of the Facebook forecast page, Jason co-created My Weather Concierge®, a new and unique mobile weather app, powered by a group of tremendously talented forecasters. My Weather Concierge provides you with handcrafted weather forecasts for cities across the country, 365 days a year with direct access to their forecaster to help them through any weather related situation. Planning a trip? Getting married? Safety of children at camp or on snow days for school. Jason’s goal for the mobile app was to provide a personalized forecast for any occasion.

In late winter of 2015, Jason was approached by The Weather Channel to appear on a new video based show called “Weather Gone Viral” and appeared on STARS XM SIRIUS as a weather expert to discuss the Blizzard of 2014. Today, Jason continues to develop his mobile platform forecasting center and is a winter weather expert and a Long Range Forecasting Analyst.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 95 at Cotulla, TX, and -21 at Old Faithful, WY
  • SPC has enhanced risk area for Day 2 in the Southeast US
  • Same storm kicking up blizzard from Colorado to Wisconsin
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer has her hands on the pulse of our email and comments from listeners.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: This week on the 101 episode we take a look at the latest on the polar orbiting satellites under the name of Suomi-NPP. What does that name stand for and just what do the polar orbiting satellites provide?

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 524:

My Weather Concierge

John Huntington’s Snow Time Lapse

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Picks of the Week:

Jason Bowman – Shoutout to Mayor of New York City who dropped Charlotte, the groundhog

Nate Johnson – GOES 1-Minute Data

Brian Peters – SPC Interactive Tornado Outbreak site

John Scala – Meteorological Model Ensemble River Forecasts

Kevin Selle – Gets the fog horn!

James Spann – SPC state-by-state outlook graphics

Aubrey Urbanowicz – NCDC Groundhog Day web site

SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Dr. John Scala, Aubrey Urbanowicz, 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 523: Between Storms

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 05:45

WeatherBrains Episode 523 is now online (January 27, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s guest on this slightly delayed episode of WeatherBrains are Jeff Piotrowski and John Huntington. This will be Jeff’s fifth appearance on our podcast having appeared in Episodes 384, 354, 289, and 282. John Huntington is also a repeat guest having been on Episode 290. Both of our guests were at ChaserCon 2016 along with our own Rick Smith.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 83 at Opa Locka, FL, and -23 at Antero Reservoir, CO, & Crested Butte, CO
  • What a difference a week makes
  • Snow storm is gone but some of that snow is still around
  • Lower 48 snow cover stands at 44 percent
  • SPC has defined severe wx area for Day 7 (next Tue-Wed)
  • This could mean a severe episode for Lower Mississippi River Valley
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer is just like the Post Office – neither rain nor sleet nor snow shall keep her from the email bag and those wonderful emails from our listeners. But a cold or some other bug has taken her out before the show reached the email segment. But we also have an audio file from our Estonia correspondent.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: This week in our 101 segment we take a look at one of those early pioneers who studied lightning. G. W. Richmann also became the poster child for lightning safety. Listen in to learn how he accomplished this feat.

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 523:

Human Element in Weather Forecasting by Chuck Doswell

Chaser Con 2016 recorded sessions

John Huntington Photography

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Picks of the Week:

John Huntington – Coney Island Cam

Bill Murray – Incredible snow time lapse

Brian Peters – NASA’s web site on Suomi-NPP

Jeff Piotrowski – 3 inch hail in California

John Scala – Summary of DC Snowstorms (scroll to bottom)

Kevin Selle – Tornado Pod

Rick Smith – Time Lapse of Washington, DC, Snowfall

James Spann – Over Reliance on Models?

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Summary of Snowzilla by Capital Weather Gang

SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Dr. John Scala, Aubrey Urbanowicz, 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 522: Real Cold or Alabama Cold?

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 05:20

WeatherBrains Episode 522 is now online (January 18, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Ben Reppert is a ‘home-grown’ Pennsylvanian, living the first 18 years of his life in the farmlands of Eastern Pennsylvania – an area prone to tropical storms, wind whipped Nor’easters and big snow storms. His love for weather is no surprise. Dairy farming is an interest of his, having worked on the 300 acre dairy farm that he grew up next to for six summers. Ben attended college at Penn State University from 2011 until graduation in May 2015 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Meteorology. In August of 2015, Ben was rehired by the Department of Meteorology at Penn State to join the Weather Communications Group full time as a research assistant, social media developer, and co-host of the 32-year old weather magazine show, Weather World. Ben also has done fill-in work at WTAJ, the CBS affiliate in Altoona, PA, as a weekend evening meteorologist. He is happy to call central Pennsylvania his new home.

Born in a small town outside of Pittsburgh, PA, Jacob DeFlitch known to his friends as Jake has interests that have led to many experiences, incorporating his interest for meteorology with his love for photography. Jake attended Pennsylvania State University from August, 2011, to May, 2015, where he earned his Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Meteorology. Jake was a founding member of the Penn State Storm Chase Team, an organization that continues today. As a photographer for Pennsylvania State University, he captured the beauty of the State College campus. Jake interned with Good Morning America and ABC World News the Summer of 2014. He then volunteered at the National Weather Service in State College from January-May of 2015. After graduation, Jake participated in the Plains Elevated Convection at Night (PECAN) project, where he assisted the Center for Severe Weather Research (CSWR) in the collection of data to better improve forecasting night thunderstorms. In September, 2015, Jake was hired as a meteorologist for AccuWeather, a position he continues today.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 74 at Harlingen, TX, & Tucson, AZ, -31 at Cotton, MN
  • Eastern US snowstorm shaping up
  • Models going nuts with snowfall projections
  • Issues with what to put into forecast
  • Especially when dealing with events 5 to 7 days out
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer is on top of the messages coming in from our listeners.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: This edition of the 101 segments delves into those things called teleconnections. What are they and what kind of impact do they have on the weather.

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 522:

Sunset Weather

Contrail Education Project

AMS 2016 Annual Conference

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Picks of the Week:

Jacob DeFlitch – xmACIS web site

Brian Peters – Climate Prediction Center (CPC)

Ben Reppert – Cool Weather Records

John Scala – Potential for Very Snowy Winter in Mid-Atlantic States

Kevin Selle – Gets the Fog Horn

Rick Smith –
Part 1: Web Conference for this missing #AMS2016
Part 2: Part 2 of >Web Conference for this missing #AMS2016

James Spann – COD Radar and Satellite Pages

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Northeast Snowstorms (Vol. 1: Overview & Vol. 2: The Cases)

SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Dr. John Scala, Aubrey Urbanowicz, 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 521: Bunch of WCMs Drunk

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 05:45

WeatherBrains Episode 521 is now online (January 12, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s guest WeatherBrain needs no introduction to the WeatherBrains community. He is known as the Atmospheric Avenger and the Raging Weatherbull on his blog. He is the Chief Forecaster at WeatherBell Analytics. Mr. Joe Bastardi, welcome back to WeatherBrains!

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 74 at Corona, CA, and -27 at Fosston, MN, & Kremmling, CO
  • Winter storm warnings Northwest US
  • Winter storm warnings New England states
  • High pressure over Southeast US
  • No significant severe weather next several days
  • Joe B. forecasts cold from Texas to the New England states for this winter
  • Hurricanes return in summer/fall 2016
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer gets clobbered by the wind with a power hit, so look for the email bag next week.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: Blame it on the National Championship, but the WeatherBrains 101 was written and not recorded. So this topic will 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 521:

WeatherBell Analytics

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Picks of the Week:

Joe Bastardi – Tropical Tidbits

Brian Peters – Gets the fog horn!

John Scala – Is light snow more dangerous?

Kevin Selle – Experimental El Nino Forecast

James Spann – AMS 2016 Twitter feed

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Interactive Snow Information

SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Dr. John Scala, Aubrey Urbanowicz, 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 520: Drop the Bomb and Leave

Tue, 01/05/2016 - 05:15

WeatherBrains Episode 520 is now online (January 4, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Our guest WeatherBrain tonight comes from an encounter at the NWA national conference in Oklahoma City. We’re pleased to welcome Carol Fowler to the show.

Carol Fowler is a senior content strategist and entrepreneur dedicated to great writing, impactful headlines, engaging social conversations, and the best SEO practices. For two decades, she led award-winning media operations, bringing them into the digital age. Carol is committed to combining the best of proven storytelling with social media and new technologies to maximize engagement through relevant, quality content. She’s experienced with using data on daily basis to guide content decisions about audience interest, i.e. Google Analytics, Webmaster Tools, AdWords, and is partial to Word Press and Adobe Photoshop for content creation. Carol has been recognized for her exceptional skills in marrying various mediums (i.e. text, video, social media) to provide context for new audiences, with shorter attention spans, who self-select content and find out what’s happening on-the-go.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 72 at Pembroke Pines, Opa-Locka, & Key West, FL, and -19 at Moose, WY
  • There is a lack of severe weather across the country
  • Rather cold weather across eastern much of US
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer was overcome by unexpected guests, so she’ll have your notes and emails next week. But James promised to read at least one email.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: Just about everyone interested in the weather has heard about the jet stream. But just what is a jet stream and what role does it play in weather? That’s the topic for the latest 101 episode for the start of 2016.

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 520:

KloboMedia

The Soc Reports

Lake Superior State University banned words

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Picks of the Week:

Brian Peters – Summary of historic flooding and tornado, Dec. 23-25, 2015

Carol Fowler – would love feedback

James Spann – Spann’s Discussion of “Social Media-orologists”

Kevin Selle – Troll complains about pregnant OKC meteorologist

Nate Johnson – Map of outlook days in 2015

Rick Smith – Examples of Horrific Construction

SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Dr. John Scala, Aubrey Urbanowicz, 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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