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WeatherBrains 482: Good Looking Bald Men

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 04:00

WeatherBrains Episode 482 is now online (April 20, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a graduate of the University of Nebraska. He is in his 25th year of Broadcast Meteorology, starting right out of college with AccuWeather and then doing television in Des Moines before moving on to Oklahoma City where he would stay for 18 years. He has spent the last three years in Dallas. Rick Mitchell, welcome to WeatherBrains.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: The weather enterprise has seen the impact of events and inventions that have helped promote the understanding of our atmosphere in some huge ways. So what invention lead to one of the major explosion in weather data? Some may disagree, but you’ll find the answer interesting.

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Picks of the Week:

Bill Murray – Federal web analytics

Kevin Selle – California Drought Pictures

Rick Smith – Scary Looking Cloud Club

James Spann – Day Of The Killer Tornadoes – 1974 Documentary

Rick Mitchell – Lubbock, TX Supercell Time Lapse

SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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

Categories: Weather

WeatherBrains 481: Floating Dumpsters

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 04:45

WeatherBrains Episode 481 is now online (April 13, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain has worked for the Hurricane Research Division of NOAA for over 30 years. He is the Data Archivist for the Division and this led into his becoming the keeper of its history. He is the author of the recent book published by the AMS: Hurricane Pioneer, Memoirs of Robert Simpson. Neal Dorst was named NOAA’s Employee of the Month for October, 2014! Neal serves crucial roles as HRD’s historian and webmaster and has been their data manager, tape librarian, and archivist for all analog, digital, and film data from the early beginnings of the “U. S. Weather Bureau” hurricane flights in 1956 to the present day. He also led the project to preserve all this archived analog data into a digital state for use by future hurricane research scientists in perpetuity. Neal Dorst, welcome to WeatherBrains!

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 98 at Death Valley, CA, and 11 at Antero Reservoir, CO
  • Fairly wet pattern from Texas to the Carolinas
  • Relatively little severe weather in the US at midweek
  • Rain in driest parts of Oklahoma
  • Active southern and northern portions of the jet stream
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is under the weather for the show, so others will tackle at least one email.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: It was no April Fool’s joke with what happened on April the first 55 years ago. It was the launch of the world’s first meteorological satellite and definitely was a huge milestone in keeping an eye on the weather on our planet. So we look back a few years to that first satellite.

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    Web Sites from Episode 481:

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    1954 Hurricane Season

    Book, Memoirs of Bob Simpson

    Hurricane Center’s Wallet Project

    Information on Project Stormfury

    2015 Seasonal Hurricane Forecast from Klotzbach and Gray

    Picks of the Week (POW):

    Nate Johnson – Supercell video from Lubbock

    Brian Peters – Timeline of Weather Service History

    John Scala – Impact of Snow Storms on Boston’s Economy

    Kevin Selle – Panorama of gravity wave

    Rick Smith – NWS Damage Assessment Toolkit

    James Spann – Warning Polygons

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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

    Categories: Weather

    WeatherBrains 480: Fire and Brimstone

    Tue, 04/07/2015 - 04:00

    WeatherBrains Episode 480 is now online (April 6, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s WeatherBrain is the Chief Operating Officer for the National Weather Service Central Region… Mike Hudson.

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

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: There are a number of ways to measure the atmosphere, and one of those relatively new ways is the atmospheric profiler. So what is a profiler and how does it do its job? This week on 101 we take a look at the use of profilers.

    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 480:

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    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – Crap apps strike again

    John Scala – Two horrific but largely forgotten tornadoes:

    Rick Smith – Don’t Fall for Weather Hoaxes and Hype as We Head Into Tornado Season

    James Spann – Weather Joke Maker

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – SOS Telegram from Titanic

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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

    Categories: Weather

    WeatherBrains 479: Put Your Pants Back On

    Tue, 03/31/2015 - 04:40

    WeatherBrains Episode 479 is now online (March 30, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s guests are Dr. John Knox, Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Georgia. His Bachelors is from the University of Alabama- Birmingham and his doctorate is from the University of Wisconsin. Also joining us is David Lepchitz with KFDX-TV in Wichita Falls, Texas (yep, he works with Kevin Selle)

    WeatherBrains 101: The professor misses class this week.

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    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – Latest RadarScope release

    John Knox – iWeathernet.com
    Steven Decker’s Analytic QG Model abstract

    John Scala – Review of Roger Pielke Jr’s new book, “The Rightful Place of Science: Disasters & Climate Change”

    Kevin Selle – TWC vs AccuWeather

    Rick Smith – Mar. 25, 2015, Moore, OK, Tornado Survey

    James Spann – Time lapse video at the Columbia Metro Airport of Undulatus Asperatus Clouds

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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

    Categories: Weather

    WeatherBrains 478: Why are We at the Days Inn?

    Tue, 03/24/2015 - 04:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 478 is now online (March 23, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a WeatherBrain alum, having appeared on show numbers 199 and 330. Mike Smith is the Accuweather Enterprise Solution Senior Vice President. In 1981, he founded Weather Data, Inc., the Wichita, KS, private weather forecasting firm that provides weather forecasting, consulting, and weather risk management to companies and organizations around the US, Canada, and Mexico. The company was acquired by Accu Weather in 2006. Mike also wrote the books, When the Sirens were Silent and Warnings: The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 91 at Miami (Kendall-Tamiami), FL, and -23 at Mount Washington, NH
  • Severe weather in March rather quiet, says SPC
  • System promises midweek storms
  • Slight risk of severe weather in Central US for Tuesday
  • Nation’s weather a bit warmer than a month ago
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer dips into the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: On a recent promotions stop for the station where I work, I had a question about lightning at the top of thunderstorms that I thought would make an interesting topic for this 101 segment.

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    Web Sites from Episode 478:

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    NOAA Hazardous Weather Testbed

    Patrick Marsh Data Mining Tornado Emergencies

    Joplin Tornado Service Assessment

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – Journalists Deciding about Candidates

    Brian Peters – Photos from Tropical Cyclone Pam

    John Scala – Easter Sunday 1913 Omaha Tornado

    Kevin Selle – No pick

    Mike Smith – mike smith enterprises blog

    James Spann – Periscope

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Vegetable Planting Schedule

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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

    Categories: Weather

    WeatherBrains 477: Tales from a Disaster

    Tue, 03/17/2015 - 04:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 477 is now online (March 16, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Our guest for this show is award winning author, Kim Cross. Kim and her family huddled in their storm shelter as the Tuscaloosa tornado of April 27, 2011, barreled toward Birmingham missing their neighborhood by only a few miles. After writing an article for Southern Living that captured the timeless stories that would ring true long after the storm had gone, Kim set about writing a book to tell the story of the biggest tornado outbreak on record in the Southeast US.

    Kim started writing for her local newspaper while in high school. Kim studied journalism at the University of Alabama and after obtaining her journalism degree, took on a graduate fellowship at UA. She gained value reporting experience working for numerous newspapers including the New Orleans Times-Picayune and the St. Petersburg Times and worked on the staff of Southern Living and Cooking Light for nearly a decade before taking time off to tackle the book. Her book took about four years and was published on March 10, 2015. It is available wherever you can find books and at the link below.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 99 at Death Valley, CA, and -5 at Whitefield, NH
  • Much warmer across the vast US
  • Large wildfire near Woodward, OK
  • Grand Isle, NE, hit 90 today
  • Late season cold snap possible
  • Monster Tropical Cyclone Pam struck Vanuatu
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is back and tackles the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101:

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

    Web Sites from Episode 477:

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    What Stands in a Storm availability

    Florida bans wording “climate change”

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – Temperature Scale Fahrenheit versus Celsius

    Brian Peters – Behind the Scenes of What Stands in a Storm

    John Scala – Need for Tornado Drills

    Kevin Selle – Seeing White in Boston

    Rick Smith – Fake and Overused Weather Pictures

    James Spann – SPC Sounding Climatology

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – How to Make a Cloud Light from Paper Lanterns

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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

    Categories: Weather

    WeatherBrains 476: APIs out the Wahzoo!

    Tue, 03/10/2015 - 04:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 476 is now online (March 9, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrian is an alumnus of the Oklahoma State University Spears School of Business where academic focus fell within Marketing and International Business. He has been a fixture in the weather industry for 20+ years where he leverages his business background. Steve Miller, welcome to WeatherBrains!

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 92 at Palm Spring, CA, and -3 at Houlton, ME
  • US watch/warning map relatively clean
  • Flash flood watches/warnings for parts of eastern Texas
  • Wet week ahead for Southeast US
  • Big thaw occurring across eastern US
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer claims she has guests tonight so won’t be on the show. Next week she’ll do double duty!

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: For this segment of WeatherBrains 101, we’ll take a look at the role temperature plays in the creation and dissipation of clouds.

    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 476:

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

    2015 Minnesota Severe Storms Conference

    Warning Decision Technology

    Chaser TV

    StormTrack

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – Daylight Savings Time History

    Steve Miller – Deep Weather App

    Brian Peters – Summary of February, 2015

    John Scala – Mars Rover Opportunity Finds Odd Mars Rocks

    Rick Smith – Standing Up for Meteorologists

    James Spann – NOAA Release on El Nino

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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

    Categories: Weather

    WeatherBrains 475: WeatherBrains After Dark

    Tue, 03/03/2015 - 05:00

    WeatherBrains Episode 475 is now online (March 2, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    We decided to do a “home grown” show this week… basically the WeatherBrains crew interviews each other. We talk the future of TV weather and much more. Fun show.

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

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: This week our 101 segment hits a snag. The old professor had nearly lost his voice, so the segment planned for this show will be postponed until 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.

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    Picks of the Week:

    Brian Peters – A Tornado Shaped Building

    John Scala – March 12, 2012 tornado outbreak

    Kevin Selle – Superstorm Sandy book

    Rick Smith – Wild Spring Weather

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Seven rare weather events

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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

    Categories: Weather

    WeatherBrains 474: Commodities and Weather

    Tue, 02/24/2015 - 05:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 474 is now online (February 23, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain has his Ph.D. from Rutgers in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics and Evolutionary Biology. He works in the climate research and commodity risk space with a focus on agriculture. He has been involved in several weather startups and is currently with aWhere. Michael Ferrari, welcome to WeatherBrains.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 85 at West Kendall (Tamiami Airport), FL, and -36 at 6 miles east of Champion, MI
  • Cold and winter weather affecting southern tier of US
  • Kevin and Nate out tonight for various reasons
  • Cold suppressing severe weather
  • Cold has grip on northern tier of US
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is trying to handle the incoming messages from our listeners and brings you

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: This episode of 101 goes into another element of clouds, the condensation nuclei. Do you know some of the things that serve as nuclei for cloud droplet formation? Well, you will when you finish 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 474:

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    Picks of the Week:

    Michael Ferrari – Mount Washington Observatory

    Bill Murray – Drops out early!

    Brian Peters – Artificial skylights

    John Scala – Re-creating a tornado in 3D

    Rick Smith – National Tornado Summit

    James Spann – Washington Post article about winter weather forecasts

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Tornado forms in Southern California

    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, Rick Smith, Aubrey Urbanowicz, Kevin Selle, and Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.


    Be sure to check out the weather station equipment from NetAtmo that was reviewed in WeatherBrains Episode 465.

    Categories: Weather

    WeatherBrains 473: Shockingly Taller

    Tue, 02/17/2015 - 05:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 473 is now online (February 16, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is the State Climatologist for Oklahoma, Gary McManus. Gary has been with Oklahoma Climatological Survey since 1999, joining the Climate Information Group in 2000. Mr. McManus has B.S. and M.S. degrees in Meteorology from the University of Oklahoma. As a climatologist, McManus studies long-term weather statistics for the Oklahoma Climatological Survey. Although he is trained to forecast the weather, he said he often tells people he chose climatology because he is better at reporting what happened than predicting it.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 87 at McAllen, TX, Edinburg, TX, and Death Valley, CA, and -35 at Mount Washington, NH
  • A surface low moving through the Southeast US creating winter problems;
  • Boston having one of their snowiest years EVER;
  • Lots of winter weather advisories/warnings from East Tennessee into Mid-Atlantic states;
  • Nate facing a serious ice storm; and,
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is out yet again because of snow – what an excuse! But we promise she’ll be back eventually to update everyone on notes from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: We see them nearly every day, and they are sometimes the thing that snags our interest in the atmosphere and weather. They are clouds. But what are they and where do they come from? This begins a multi-part segment on clouds.

    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 473:

    Oklahoma Climatological Survey

    Oklahoma MesoNet Ticker

    Twitter Exchange between Kevin and American Airlines

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

    Picks of the Week:

    Bill Murray – Summary Section Added to SPC Watch Messages

    Brian Peters – Boston Globe Snowstorms Gallery

    John Scala – A Push for Advanced Forecasts

    Kevin Selle – Cloud Seeding Operations & Research

    Rick Smith – Presentations from 95th AMS Annual Meeting

    James Spann – SPC SREF Plume Forecasts

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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

    Categories: Weather

    WeatherBrains 472: Kickapoo Puddle

    Tue, 02/10/2015 - 05:00

    WeatherBrains Episode 472 is now online (February 9, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is Jeff Tongue, the Science and Operations Officer at the NWS Upton NY, which serves New York City. He is also an Assistant Professor at Suffolk Community College and a Lecturer at Stonybrook University.

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

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: For this episode of WeatherBrains 101, the professor takes a look at the term “upper air” and what it means in the field of 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.

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    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – Send In The Weathermen

    Bill Murray – Why Weather Predictions Will Never Be Perfect

    Brian Peters – Around the World Solar-powered Flight

    John Scala – Researchers link Smoke to Tornado Intensity

    Kevin Selle – Northeast Blizzard from Boston Globe

    Rick Smith – Adaptable NWS Forecast/Warning/Observation Widget and Web Page

    James Spann – NWS Enhanced Data Display (EDD)

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – NASA’s New Solarium

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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

    Categories: Weather

    WeatherBrains 471: No One Kiss Me

    Tue, 02/03/2015 - 05:00

    WeatherBrains Episode 471 is now online (February 2, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    This week’s guest weather brain is Paul Kocin… meteorologist and winter weather expert. He grew up on Long Island, New York and received his B.S. from Cornell University, followed by his M.Sc. from Pennsylvania State University. Along with Louis Uccellini, Paul developed the Northeast Snowfall Impact Scale, which categorizes significant Northeast United States snowstorms from “notable” to “extreme”.

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

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: Yikes, with all the snow and blizzards over the last two weeks, this episode of WeatherBrains 101 tackles the definition of blizzard with some interesting information on the origin of the word used for big snow 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 471:

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

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – Advanced radar makes maiden voyage from RDU

    Bill Murray – KenTenn 2015 Weather Ready Nation Forum

    John Scala – Groundhog Day Blizzard of 2011

    Kevin Selle – Reporting on the Blizzard of ’15

    James Spann – Boston snow pictures; Boston.com

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Track the number of minutes/hours of daylight as it increases closer to spring!!!

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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

    Categories: Weather

    WeatherBrains 470: I’d Rather Be Here

    Tue, 01/27/2015 - 04:49

    WeatherBrains Episode 470 is now online (January 26, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Our special guest panelist this week is Dr. Marshall Shepherd, host of “Weather Geeks” on The Weather Channel, and a professor at the University of Georgia. Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a suggestion of listener Barry in Rochester (MN not NY)… John Wetter, who is the Technical Services Manager with Hopkins (MN) Public Schools.

    We also spend some time analyzing the “Blizzard of 2015″, in progress on the upper Atlantic coast of the U.S.

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

    WeatherBrains 101: We all know that the wind changes direction and speed with height. But what does the change in direction mean for forecasting the weather? This week we explore the backing and veering nature of the wind and what it means.

    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.

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

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – Conference on broadcast meteorology

    Bill Murray – Ensemble prediction systems

    Dr. Marshall Shepherd – Low level wind streamlines

    Brian Peters – A Wind Tree?

    John Scala – January 2011 Northeast U.S. winter storm

    Kevin Selle – Funny or Die Weather

    Rick Smith – Tornado Forecasting Workshop Announcement

    James Spann – Ten things every Oklahoman should know about snow forecasts

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Weatherwise Magazine – The Intertropical Convergence Zone

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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

    Categories: Weather

    WeatherBrains 469: Better Than a Thong

    Tue, 01/20/2015 - 05:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 469 is now online (January 19, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Paul Suffern is a senior meteorologist investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board, NTSB. He has been with the NTSB since January, 2011, serving in the Office of Aviation Safety. He has served as a meteorologist investigator in more than two hundred accidents, including Asiana flight 214 in San Francisco, Caribbean Airlines flight 523 in Guyana, Southwest Airlines flight 1919 in Chicago, and a few hundred of general aviation accidents in the United States.

    Guest panelists for this episode are Chris Dunn, Chief Meteorologist, KPHO CBS-5, Phoenix, AZ, and Jay Prater, Managing Meteorologist, KAKE-TV, Wichita, KS.

    Chris is chief meteorologist for CBS 5, KPHO-TV, in Phoenix, AZ. Before moving to Arizona, Chris worked in Miami and Ft. Myers, FL, and Chico, CA. In addition to a BS from Cal State Chico, he has a master’s in aviation safety from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is an instrument-rated private pilot. He holds the AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) designation and the NWA Seal of Approval.

    Jay is the managing meteorologist at KAKE-TV in Wichita, KS, where he’s been forecasting for 11 years. Prior to Wichita, he worked in Nashville, TN; Huntsville and Birmingham, AL; and Panama City, FL. He’s a extra-class amateur radio operator, and most germane to this episode, he is a licensed private pilot with endorsements for tailwheel, high-performance, and complex aircraft. He’s the proud owner of a Cessna Skyhawk. He holds the AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) designation and the NWA Seal of Approval.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 81 at Del Rio, TX, and -8 at Gunnison County, CO
  • NO thunderstorms forecast across the vast US for next three days
  • It’s Q U I E T !
  • Big ice storm in the Northeast US over the weekend
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer has once again let work get in the way of her weekly report! Working the early morning shift is a bear!

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: Radar is one of the most important tools we have in unlocking the mystery of the atmosphere, but like any good tool, it does have some limitations. This episode of 101 talks about how the radar beam can bend more than we want or less than we want.

    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 469:

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

    NTSB Web Page

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – Aviation Weather Center

    Brian Peters – TAF Forecasts

    John Scala – California Megaflood: Lessons from a Forgotten Catastrophe

    Kevin Selle – Wichita Mountains

    Rick Smith – FlightAware, Live Flight Tracking

    James Spann – Aviation Safety Network

    Paul Suffern – Southwest Aviation Weather Seminar

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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

    Categories: Weather

    WeatherBrains 468: The View from Atlanta

    Thu, 01/15/2015 - 05:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 468 is now online (January 14, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a recommendation from show alum Chris White. Kathryn Prociv obtained her Masters and Undergraduate degrees from Virginia Tech. Currently she is a weather content producer for The Weather Channel, specifically supporting the AMHQ production.

    Kathryn Prociv has loved weather since age six. Like most kids, Kathryn was afraid of thunderstorms until her fear transformed to awe one day when a green funnel cloud screamed over her head while caught outside in a severe thunderstorm. The rest is history, and she has since dedicated her life to the science of meteorology. Kathryn received both her B.A. and M.S. at Virginia Tech in geography with an emphasis in geospatial technology and meteorology. Her master’s research investigated the influence of the Appalachian Mountains on the intensity of supercell thunderstorms and associated tornadogenesis. While a lover of all weather, severe weather is her passion. A member of the Virginia Tech Hokie Storm Chasers 2010-2012, Kathryn has intercepted nearly a dozen tornadoes on the Great Plains. Her most notable intercept includes the Bowdle, SD, EF4 tornado on May 24th, 2010. She is currently teaching meteorology and geography at Northern Virginia Community College and is a meteorologist and contributor for the Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang. She is a member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), National Weather Association (NWA), an amateur radio operator (KK4BWP), and a SKYWARN Spotter. Her hobbies include local storm chasing, playing guitar, and amateur photography. If there is a storm approaching, you can find Kathryn outside with camera in hand!

    It is hard to call tonight’s Guest Panelist a Guest any longer. Tony Rice is a fixture. We welcome our resident astronomer, Tony Rice, to the show.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 81 at Pompano Beach, FL, and -34 at Van Buren, ME
  • Relatively quiet weather pattern across the US
  • No severe weather outlooked for next 4 to 8 days
  • Fairly cold from Idaho to Maine
  • Not a single watch, warning, or advisory anywhere in the US
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center: This episode goes back about 7 years to a segment on radiosondes. These are so important to sampling the atmosphere, and since a listener asked a question about this, it seems a great topic to kick off the year of 2015.

    WeatherBrains 101:

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

    Web Sites from Episode 468:

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

    AMHQ on The Weather Channel

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – Variety story on Weather Channel Morning Mix

    Bill Murray – Ensemble Prediction Systems

    Brian Peters – United States Tornadoes, Past, Present and Future

    Katherine Prociv – Not Ready for It! Earth Cam

    Tony Rice – Astronomy 2015 Days

    John Scala – NCDC State of the Climate page

    Kevin Selle – El Nino Theme Page

    James Spann – NOAA Investing in New Supercomputers

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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

    Categories: Weather

    WeatherBrains 467: Live From AMS 2015

    Tue, 01/06/2015 - 05:30

    WeatherBrains Episode 467 is now online (January 5, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    This week Bill Murray, Dr. John Scala, and Rick Smith anchor the show from the annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society in Phoenix. They interviewed an all star cast from the weather enterprise.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: The data from radiosondes is absolutely critical to generating weather forecasts and for providing meteorologists with a snapshot of the condition of the atmosphere. So after a listener brought up a question about radiosondes, I decided to revisit the topic for this episode of 101 since it has been nearly 8 years since I discussed the subject. And radiosondes rank up there as one of the most crucial data for computer modeling.

    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.

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

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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

    Categories: Weather

    WeatherBrains 466: Big Blingy Chain

    Tue, 12/30/2014 - 05:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 46? is now online (December 29, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Joining this episode is the National Warning Coordination Meteorologist, Greg Carbin, from Storm Prediction Center, Norman, OK. He’ll be providing us with the rundown on the 10 biggest weather events for 2014. Greg is a big star on WeatherBrains with perhaps the greatest number of appearances on the show.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Greg Carbin reviews the his biggest weather events of 2014
  • Greg’s review includes drought, bombs, heavy rain, wildfires, and tornadoes
  • Show recorded earlier than it aired, so no weather summary
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is working and Nate is AWOL with whatever he has going on in Raleigh.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: A recent WeatherBrains guest made mention of side lobe contamination on weather radars. I hadn’t given much thought to that topic, but I thought it might make a good topic for this episode of WeatherBrains 101.

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

    Web Sites from Episode 466:

    Storm Prediction Center web site

    Don’t miss out on the upcoming newsletter, SkyWritings, for the WeatherBrains gang. Sign up by clicking here.

    Picks of the Week:

    No Picks of the Week for this show

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

    Categories: Weather