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WeatherBrains 524: Groundhog Ensemble

| 5:15 am February 2, 2016

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

Jason Bowman, My Weather ConciergeOur 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 SurveyListener 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

| 5:15 am January 28, 2016

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 SurveyListener 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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Tonight’s WeatherBrains Postponed ’til Wednesday Night

| 7:02 pm January 25, 2016

wxbrainslogo 2 300Hey WeatherBrains Fans!

Tonight’s show has been postponed til Wednesday night due to the big nor’easter on the East Coast. No, not really.

The show has been postponed til Wednesday night because the Eveready Bunny that is our host is under the weather.

Yes, you heard me right. James is under the weather. He should be back Wednesday.

The rest of the team will be filling in for him until he returns.

– Bill

WeatherBrains 522: Real Cold or Alabama Cold?

| 5:15 am January 19, 2016

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

Ben ReppertBen 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.

Jacob DeFlitchBorn 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 SurveyListener 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 520: Drop the Bomb and Leave

| 5:15 am January 5, 2016

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 FowlerCarol 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 SurveyListener 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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WeatherBrains 518: We’re Really Off

| 5:15 am December 22, 2015

WeatherBrains Episode 518 is now online (December 21, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Andrew OldakerUnable to connect with our guest tonight, so we’ll plan of having Andrew Oldaker back to discuss SimuAWIPS.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 87 at Naples, FL, and -3 at Boulder, WY
  • Today marks the winter solstice, the official beginning of winter
  • It is also the shortest day of the year in northern hemisphere
  • Arctic Oscillation strongly positive
  • Very warm over the eastern half of the country
  • Discussion of El Nino and impact on US weather
  • Talk of long range outlooks
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice talking about solstice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer is on the job just like Santa’s elves processing the incoming messages from our listeners. And we love to get them.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: It’s all around us made up of a fairly constant set of elements. But this thing we call the atmosphere is a fluid that you cannot see, making it challenging to forecasters. This episode of 101 takes a look at air with some interesting facts thrown in for good measure.

Listener SurveyListener 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 518:

SimuAWIPS web site

National Snow Analysis

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Picks of the Week:

Brian Peters – Dreaming of a White Christmas

John Scala – Arctic Oscillation Analysis and Forecasts

Rick Smith – NOAA Weather Radio voice sings Deck the Halls

James Spann – SPC SWODY images by state

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Maps of the Arctic Area

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 517: Tugged On It In Oklahoma

| 5:37 am December 15, 2015

WeatherBrains Episode 517 is now online (December 14, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

The BrainChild behind tonight’s show is no stranger to the show, having appeared several times.  He is the Science and Operations Officer at the National Weather Service in Birmingham.  Kevin Laws, welcome back to WeatherBrains! Tonight’s second Guest WeatherBrain is one of the world’s leasing experts on mesoscale meteorology, severe convective storms, forecasting of storms and tornadogenesis.  He was the field coordinator of the first VORTEX and he will be the Program Manager for the upcoming VORTEX SE field experiment.  Dr. Erik Rasmussen, welcome to WeatherBrains!  

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Reliability of storm chaser/spotter reports
  • Drone usefulness in storm reporting
  • FogBank with SkyDaver
  • 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: Did you know that there are bombs in meteorology? Well, actually the more correct term would be bombogenesis which is frequently shortened to bomb. So what are these and where do they occur? You’ll get the answers in the 101 segment this week.

Listener SurveyListener 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 517:

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Picks of the Week:

Nate Johnson – NOAA Hiring

Kevin Laws – NWS Birmingham Twitter Account

John Scala – California Weather Blog

Bill Murray – RAP data from Brian McNoldy

Rick Smith – The Science Of Weather In Star Wars

James Spann – ENSO Blog

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Sunrise and Sunset Forecast

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 516: Tootsie Pop Fast Ball

| 5:15 am December 8, 2015

WeatherBrains Episode 516 is now online (December 7, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a suggestion of loyal listener, George Chisenhall. He has been a meteorologist for over 40 years, including the past 31 years on television in Columbia. He is on vacation this week and is joining us from his family’s place in the mountains. Jim Gandy, welcome to WeatherBrains.

Jim GandyGandy assumed the position of News 19 Chief Meteorologist on December 31, 1999. In 1974, Jim graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Meteorology. He continued his education from 1992 to 1997 by doing postgraduate work in Atmospheric Science at the University of South Carolina. His first job was with the Center for Storm Research in Houston, TX. In 1975, he went to work at WREG-TV in Memphis, TN, as the first meteorologist ever to appear regularly on television in that city. Jim moved to Oklahoma City in 1977 to join the meteorology staff of KTVY-TV (now KFOR-TV). Five years later, he joined the consulting firm WeatherData, Inc. in Wichita, KS, where he served as Director of Technical Operations, providing weather forecasts for the Kansas State Network.

In June, 1984, Jim joined WIS-TV in Columbia as Chief Meteorologist. During his 14-year tenure, he became well known for his forecast of Hurricane Hugo, his coverage of the 1993 superstorm, and the Lexington County tornado outbreak in 1994. Jim was awarded the American Meteorologist Society’s Seal of Approval for weathercasting in 1985 and in 2009 became a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) becoming the first CBM in the Columbia area. The State newspaper named Gandy Best TV Weather Forecaster in 1993, and “Columbia Metropolitan Magazine” named him Best TV Weather Personality for five consecutive years. The South Carolina Broadcasters Association presented the Masters Award to Jim in 2004. The award has only been given to 12 South Carolina broadcasters and he was the first meteorologist to receive the award.

In 1998, Jim joined Gannett Television, where he worked as a meteorological consultant with the weather staffs of the company’s 22-station broadcast group.

Gandy is a member of the American Meteorological Society, the National Weather Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Geophysical Union and the Planetary Society. In an effort to bring the science of meteorology to schools, Jim has taught a course called Weather Science for Teachers through the Center for Science Education at the University of South Carolina.

Recently Jim partnered with the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University and Climate Central to develop a program called Climate Matters. The program is presented during the weathercasts to explain how and why our climate is changing. Jim received the 2013 Award for Excellence in Science Reporting by a Broadcast Meteorologist for Climate Matters. In addition, Climate Matters has its own webpage on the WLTX website. Jim started a blog to write about weather and climate which has the original title of Weather and Climate Matter. The blog is viewed worldwide and attempts to make weather and climate understandable.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 86 at Lake Forrest, CA, and -3 at 4 miles SE of Gould, CO
  • Warm in the East
  • Temperatures not too extreme across Lower 48
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer brings you the latest in incoming messages from our listeners.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: This week we take a look at a different type of weather station, one that images the sky providing visual weather reports as well as other readings. The professor unboxed and installed the station from BloomSky and give you a peek into what it does and what kind of station this is.

Listener SurveyListener 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 516:

BloomSky

WLTX-TV Weather

Florida State University Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science

Hurricane Hugo, 1989

Hurricane Diane, 1984, Summary

Tribute to George Winterling

Weather & Climate Matter

James Spann’s editorial on Climate Change

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Picks of the Week:

Jim Gandy – South Carolina Flood

Nate Johnson – Gets the fog horn!

Brian Peters – Regional Radar Composites from NWS

John Scala – Meet the Pilots Who Risk Their Lives to Change the Weather

Kevin Selle – NOAA Recap of 2015 Hurricane Season

James Spann – updraft, a forecasting toolkit for iPad

Aubrey Urbanowicz – EarthSky Review of 2015 Hurricane Season

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 515: Highlight of My Day

| 5:15 am December 1, 2015

WeatherBrains Episode 515 is now online (November 30, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tyler Radford, Executive Director, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap TeamTonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is the Executive Director at the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT). Prior to HOT he has led diverse, people-focused, technology-enabled projects across the public, private, non-profit, and international humanitarian sectors. As former supervisor for the American Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Long-Term Recovery Program, Tyler led the strategy development and implementation of community recovery efforts across all 12 affected counties in New York State including directing a team of community recovery specialists engaging affected residents and community organizations. Before joining the Red Cross, Tyler worked in a number of post-disaster and community development contexts nationally and internationally; serving as a United Nations ICT officer in the UN Secretariat New York, and community development consultant for Save the Children in Bolivia and the Neelan Tiruchelvam Trust in Sri Lanka. While at the UN, Tyler served on the board of the UN Staff “1% for Development” Fund.

Immediately prior to joining HOT, Tyler served as Executive Director of the International Center for Disaster Recovery, a disaster technology nonprofit, as a Senior Program Officer and consultant for the National Disaster Interfaiths Network (NDIN), and as an Adjunct Professor in Metropolitan College of New York’s Emergency Management Program. In his role with NDIN, he developed training curriculum in religious and cultural competency in disaster for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency. Tyler holds a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and a Bachelor of Science degree in Management/Computer Science from Boston College Wallace E. Carroll School of Management. Tyler Radford, welcome to WeatherBrains!

Willie DryeTonight’s Guest Panelist appeared on the show back on Labor Day talking about the 1935 Florida Keys Hurricane. He has a new book recently published about the real estate boom of the 1920s in Florida, and of course, the story is intertwined with hurricanes. Willie Drye, welcome back the show.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • US Extremes: 85 at Punta Gorda & Fort Myers, FL, and -15 at Boulder, WY
  • Hurricane season ends today in the Atlantic Basin
  • Oklahoma recovering from ice event
  • Ice storm in West Oklahoma and flash flooding in Southeast OK
  • Severe weather prospects way down
  • Snow storm in Central Plains
  • December starting out fairly mild
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer is doing the “parents thing” so the mail bag comes early in the program.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: If you ask most people to describe a raindrop, they would probably describe one with a teardrop shape. But raindrops are actually more like pancakes, or as we discuss in this episode of 101, something like the top half of a hamburger bun.
raindrops

Listener SurveyListener 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 515:

Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team

For donations to HOT

OpenStreetMap

Books by Willie Drye

Great Miami Hurricane of 1926

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Picks of the Week:

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Faith in the Flakes (Aubrey ordered the blue one)

Bill Murray – Willie Drye’s latest book

Brian Peters – Snowflake photography

James Spann – Editorial by James about common ground

Kevin Selle – Weather Channel launches The Lift

Rick Smith – Oklahoma Mesonet videos

SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

Willie Drye – Rob Jones photo post on Facebook

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 514: How Many Times Have You Done That?

| 5:15 am November 24, 2015

WeatherBrains Episode 514 is now online (November 23, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Dr. Henry NeemanOur Guest WeatherBrain for this show is Dr. Henry Neeman. Dr. Neeman is the Assistant Vice President, Information Technology – Research Strategy Advisor and Director of the OU Supercomputing Center for Education & Research (OSCER), as well as Associate Professor, College of Engineering and an Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Computer Science at The University of Oklahoma. He received his Ph.D. in UIUC’s Department of Computer Science in May, 1996. Before UIUC, he went to the University of Buffalo, State University of New York, where he got a BS in Computer Science and a BA in Statistics. He also obtained his MS in Computer Science.

Tim HartWe also have the Information Technology Strategist at OU and Business Manager for a program called IRADS. He is retired military and has been with OU since 2007. Tim Hart, welcome to the show!

Also joining us is Elliot Robertson. He is an information technology analyst at OU and a technical advisor for IRADS.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 84 at San Diego (Miramar), CA, and -6 at West Yellowstone, MT
  • Tropical Atlantic is quiet as the 2015 hurricane season winds to a close
  • Next 7 days appear free of severe weather across the Lower 48 states
  • And for the rest of tonight, no thunderstorms anywhere in Lower 48
  • Oklahoma warming up after a chill and getting wet
  • But weather turning messy around Thanksgiving
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer said something about family coming and cleaning, so the email bag input gets put off until next week.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: No, the 101 professor is NOT swearing. There really are crepuscular rays. Find out where the word gets it origin and what these things actually are.

crepuscular_rays

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Web Sites from Episode 514:

IRADS – Integrated Robust Assured Data Services

OU Meteorology

OU Supercomputing Center (OSCER)

Amazon and NOAA Announce Big Data Project

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

Picks of the Week:

Bill Murray – World War II Weathermen Recognized

Brian Peters – Tensions between NOAA and Congressman

Elliot Robertson – Gets the fog horn as he draws a blank!

Henry Neeman – Top 500 List

James Spann – Tornado Counts and ENSO Phase Strength

John Scala – November 21-22, 1992, Tornado Outbreak

Rick Smith – Accessibility in Emergency Public Information

SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

Tim Hart – Fishing Deluxe

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 513: Internet is Full of It ! !

| 5:15 am November 17, 2015

WeatherBrains Episode 513 is now online (November 16, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is the Science and Operations Officer for the NWS in Paducah, KY. He is a show alum, having appeared on show 203. That was ancient history, and he is back tonight to talk about more history, the Tri-State Tornado of 1925. Pat Spoden, welcome back to WeatherBrains.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 89 at Brownsville, TX, and McAllen, TX, and 12 at Lakeview, OR
  • Numerous tornado watches from Big Bend Country northward to SW Nebraska
  • Tornado outbreak going on in Texas Panhandle
  • Severe weather Tuesday in Lower Mississippi River Valley into early Wednesday
  • Blizzard warnings eastern slopes of Rockies
  • Flash flood watches for much of Lower Mississippi River Valley
  • Surface low moving from eastern Colorado to western Great Lakes
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer grabs the handle of the email bag with those incoming messages from our listeners.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: This week we look back to the 1940s and an incredible feat accomplished by another big name in meteorological circles who was a pilot and not a meteorologist. Col. Joseph Duckworth is lauded for being the first person to intentionally fly through a hurricane. And I bet you won’t believe some of the facts surrounding his flight. Be sure to listen in on this one.

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Web Sites from Episode 513:

Article on The 1943 “Surprise” Hurricane

Electronic Journal of Severe Storms Meteorology

NWS Office, Paducah, KY

Paducah NWS 1925 Tri-State Tornado page

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

Picks of the Week:

Nate Johnson – Bios for candidates for NWA leadership

Bill Murray – Observer’s Guide to Clouds and Weather

Brian Peters – SPC’s WCM page

John Scala – SPC Sounding Climatology Page

James Spann – Pivotal Weather

Pat Spoden – SREF site at SPC

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Fall tornado statistics

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 512: Chest Sexiness

| 6:10 am November 10, 2015

WeatherBrains Episode 512 is now online (November 9, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is the General Editor at fivethirtyeight.com. Walter Hickey, welcome to WeatherBrains!

Tonight’s Guest Panelist is a show alum and is a Research Associate at Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites in Asheville NC.  He is a graduate of Plymouth State University where he also received his Masters degree.  Jared Rennie, welcome to the show. 

Jared is on the AMS Board for Early Career Professionals and our conference at the AMS Annual Meeting.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 91 at Orlando, FL, and 8 at Alamosa, CO, and 1 west of Waverly, CO
  • Tropical Storm Kate arrived earlier in the day
  • Yet another tropical cyclone for Yemen
  • and more!

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

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: In this weeks 101 episode, we take a look back with a followup on the review last December of the Netatmo weather station. Included in this is some great news about cost and the performance of the equipment.

From the Heavens: Tony Rice, our ambassador to NASA, brings the WeatherBrains audience the latest on what’s happening in those vast areas of outer space.

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Web Sites from Episode 512:

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Picks of the Week:

Jared Rennie – What 12 Months Of Record-Setting Temperatures Looks Like Across The U.S.

Walter Hickey – Harry Enten/@forecasterenten, and Stephen Stirling/@sstirlling

Nate Johnson – 2015 UAV Hobbyist Workshop

John Scala – Edmund Fitzgerald

Kevin Selle – Kevin Lightning Shot

Rick Smith – Stormtrack

James Spann – The Science of Color in Autumn Leaves

Aubrey Urbanowicz – AMS Glossary random term (lower right corner of page)

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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