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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.

    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 478:

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

    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.

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

    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:

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

    aWhere web site

    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.

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

    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

    WeatherBrains 465: Good Placement of the Blobs

    Mon, 12/22/2014 - 22:47

    WeatherBrains Episode 465 is now online (December 22, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Our guest for this episode is Jesus Haro, Meteorologist of the NWS office in El Paso, TX. Jesse will be talking about issues that they face on the international border and using hangouts to reach schools in the local area.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 84 at Hollywood, FL, & West Palm Beach, FL, and 0 at Saranac Lake, NY
  • Severe weather potential along the Central Gulf Coast region Tuesday
  • Heavy rains also possible with the system
  • Colder weather likely toward the end of December
  • and more …
  • Our email bag officer is here so you get to hear what our listeners have to say. And that is followed by Nate’s News.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: This episode of WeatherBrains 101 goes off on a tangent, but a tangent we think you might enjoy. How about a review of a new weather station system that has crossed the pond and is a big rage in Europe? Listen as the Professor unboxes it to bring you the scoop on a neat weather station.

    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 465:

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

    You can still get a WeatherBrains hoodie or teeshirt, sign up here.

    Information on Dr. Robert Simpsonfrom wunderground and Wikipedia and Washington Post

    NWS El Paso web page

    Netatmo web site

    Picks of the Week:

    Jesus Haro – 2013 NWS Virtual Border Conference Presentations

    Nate Johnson – Article about Dr. Robert Simpson

    Brian Peters – Deck the Halls sung by the Weather Radio voice

    John Scala – William Rankin, the man who rode the thunder

    Kevin Selle – Photos of Storms Pounding West Coast

    Rick Smith – NWS warnings plot by office

    James Spann – Climate Prediction Center Oscillations page

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Earth from Space: 15 Amazing Things in 15 Years

    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 Special Announcement

    Mon, 12/22/2014 - 13:02

    The gang at WeatherBrains would like to thank everyone who has been listening to our podcast and we’d also like to announce the creation of an email newsletter to accompany our podcast. The newsletter will be issued sporadically with the goal to try to email one once a week with news and notes from the weather enterprise coming from the cast of characters that do this podcast.

    The newsletter was begun in the middle of January, 2015. But what good is a newsletter without subscribers? You can use the form below to to subscribe to the mailing list so that you won’t miss a single riveting issue of the WeatherBrains newsletter. Oh, yes, we’re going to call the newsletter SkyWritings with a banner like that one below.

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    Categories: Weather

    WeatherBrains 464: Lift My Parcels

    Tue, 12/16/2014 - 05:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 464 is now online (December 15, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    We don’t have one guest WeatherBrain, nor two guest WeatherBrains, but three guest WeatherBrains.

    First is James Aydelott, Chief Meteorologist from KOKI, Fox23, in Tulsa, OK. James grew up in Tulsa and is a fourth generation Okie. His great grandparents moved into Indian Territory before 1900 and his grandfather was born in Howe. His parents were both teachers in Tulsa Public Schools. James has always been fascinated by the severe weather that seems to hit Tulsa with fearsome regularity. James’s dad piled the family in the station wagon and toured the damage after each round of severe weather, and all that destruction made quite an impression on him. After graduating from Tulsa’s East Central High School, James headed to the University of Oklahoma and graduated with a degree in meteorology.

    James has worked in Sherman, TX, Savannah, GA, Wichita, KS, Dallas, TX, and Tulsa, OK, seeing and forecasting everything from tornadoes to hurricanes to blizzards. He has years of tornado chasing experience and is a severe weather and Doppler radar expert. James is an instrument-rated pilot and enjoys flying his Cessna Cardinal. James and his wife Robyn have two children and golden retriever, Mia, who also loves to fly. He also likes to cook and has even been a celebrity chef in Tulsa’s own Chef Fest. James is involved in Tulsa’s Iron Gate Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry, and Tulsa’s Restore Hope Ministry.

    Guest WeatherBrain number 2 is Steve Piltz, Meteorologist in Charge of the Tulsa NWS office. Steve has been with the NWS for over 26 years, the last 13 years as MIC at the Tulsa office. The Tulsa office covers 25 counties in Oklahoma and seven in Arkansas.

    And Guest WeatherBrain number 3 is Shelby Hays. Shelby is a WB Alum, having appeared on shows 443, 423, and 403. Shelby joined the KOCO 5 First Alert weather team in November, 2014, where she will be the weekend meteorologist. She is a native Oklahoman who grew up wanting nothing more than to be a meteorologist. From a very young age Shelby was fascinated by storms. It began with fear but grew into a passion for learning about the weather. One of the reasons she loved weather so much was that it’s always changing. She knew this would provide for a rewarding career. Shelby pursued her dream at one of the finest meteorology schools in the world, the University of Oklahoma. She spent her time in college studying weather and also studying the television business. Shelby completed internships in both Oklahoma City and Nashville, TN. She graduated from OU with a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology. She also spent time in New York City at Good Morning America learning from ABC Meteorologist Ginger Zee. Shelby began her broadcast career at KFSM, the CBS affiliate in Fort Smith, AR, as the weekend morning meteorologist. The chance to come home to Oklahoma City was a dream come true for Shelby.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 84 at Edinburg, TX, and 3 at Conrad, MT
  • Storm system moving through Great Lakes area
  • Another cold wave coming down the eastern side of the Rockies
  • Weather relatively quiet, but tornado in Oklahoma on Sunday
  • Small tornado in southern Mississippi today
  • 2014 may go into the records as a low end year for tornadoes
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: We’re going to go full tilt into the topic of tilted troughs in this episode of WeatherBrains 101. You’ve got three kinds of tilted troughs, neutral, positive, and negative. Be sure to listen to see which one is the most ominous.

    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 464:

    KOKI-TV Fox 23 Weather web page

    NWS Tulsa, OK, web page

    KOCO-TV Weather web page

    Doswell and Lemon 1979 paper on thunderstorm evolution

    Doswell paper on human in forecasting

    Picks of the Week:

    Shelby Hays – KOCO-TV Weather App

    Nate Johnson – A Day at the Weather Channel

    Bill Murray – No Pick this week

    Brian Peters – Weather forecasts for Rose Bowl

    John Scala – Localized snow event in Chicago, IL

    Kevin Selle – No Pick of the Week

    James Spann – Mike Smith Blog post on Ginger Zee story

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Capital Weather Gang Tweet on Gemini meteor shower

    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 463: Football Brains

    Tue, 12/09/2014 - 05:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 463 is now online (December 8, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Kathryn Miles is an award-winning science writer and the author of three books: Adventures With Ari, All Standing, and Superstorm: Nine Days Inside Hurricane Sandy, which was published by Dutton earlier this year. Her essays and articles have appeared in dozens of publications including Best American Essays, Ecotone, The New York Times, Outside Magazine, and Popular Mechanics. Miles holds a Ph.D. from the University of Delaware and currently serves as a faculty member for the graduate programs at Green Mountain College and Chatham University.

    Gary Szatkowski began his career with the National Weather Service in 1980 after graduating from St. Louis University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology. Gary has worked at duty stations for the National Weather Service in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Oklahoma City, OK and Washington, DC. Since 1997, Gary has been the Meteorologist-in-Charge at the National Weather Service Office in Mt. Holly, NJ. The Mt. Holly office provides weather forecast and warning services for the residents of New Jersey, Delaware, eastern Pennsylvania, and northeast Maryland. As Meteorologist-in-Charge at the Mt. Holly office, he is responsible for all products and services provided by that office. Gary is a member of the American Meteorological Society & the National Weather Association. Gary has been recognized as a ‘Hurricane Sandy Hero’ by the Newark Star-Ledger newspaper and received the Weather Hero Award for 2012 from the Weather Research Center for his work during Hurricane Sandy.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 82 at Corona, CA, & Yorba Linda, CA, and -19 at Masardis, ME
  • Another shot of cold air moving through the Central US
  • Wet in Northwest and along Mid-Atlantic States
  • Bill, John, and Aubrey out for this show
  • Snow in the some of the mountain areas
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is out working the early morning shift – sleep is for sissies, Aubrey. Look for the complete email bag next week. But James handles an email that came in during the show.

    And Nate has some weather news, brief as it is.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: There have been a slew of sun dog pictures from listeners thanks to the cirrus across the Southeast US yesterday. Since sun dogs are one of my favorite sights, I figured it would be a great time to talk about them even though they were the topic back in May, 2007.

    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 463:

    Link for Kathryn Miles books

    Mt. Holly, NJ, NWS web site

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – Why Did NORAD Track Santa

    Brian Peters – Sun Dog & Moon Dog photo gallery

    Kevin Selle – Twitter picture of foggy tower cam

    Rick Smith – Snow crystal information

    James Spann – CIMSS GOES Realtime Derived Products

    Gary Szatkowski – BAMS article on hurricane risk

    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 462: Bringing in the Strange People

    Tue, 12/02/2014 - 05:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 462 is now online (December 1, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Our guest WeatherBrain this week include Paul Iniquez from the National Weather Service office in San Jaoquin/Hanford, CA. Paul is the SOO, Science and Operations Officer, at the NWS in Hanford, CA. He is from Minnesota but has worked in NWS offices all over. His undergraduate degree is from St. Cloud State University and his MS is from Arizona State. Paul Iñiquez, welcome to WeatherBrains!

    Also joining us as Guest Panelist is Joseph Rentken. Joseph became a super moderator of the Accuweather.com forums in 2008. Since then, he has become a storm spotter for the various NWS offices where he has lived. He is a storm chaser and now serves as the volunteer meteorologist at KOPN.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 84 at Naples, FL, and -24 at Tioga, ND
  • Start of meteorological winter
  • Nice temperature contrast across a front with 73 at Birmingham and 17 at Chicago
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is out again, so we’re docking her Christmas bonus. Look for the email bag next week. But Nate is johnny on the spot with Nate’s News.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: Bill Murray mentioned tule fog last week, so it seemed a great topic for this week’s 101 segment. Spelled T U L E it is pronounced like “tool e.” At least I hope it is.

    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 462:

    NWS Hanford, CA, web page

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – Forecasters forced to lies to us

    Bill Murray – Winter Weather Safety

    Brian Peters – Davis Vantage Pro 2

    Joseph Rentken – 39th Annual Climate Diagnostics and Prediction Workshop

    John Scala – Tornado days article

    Kevin Selle – KFDX Christmas Video

    James Spann – The Weather Station for Smartphones

    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