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WeatherBrains 461: I’m Thinking “Oh Crap”

| 5:15 am November 25, 2014

WeatherBrains Episode 461 is now online (November 24, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Jen HendersonTonight’s Replacement Panelist is a writer and Ph.D. student at Virginia Tech in the Science and Technology Studies program. She’s currently at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, CO, where she’s studying how forecasters communicate certainty in short fused, high uncertainty events, like flash floods and tornadoes. She’s particularly interested in the challenges forecasters face in using ground truth reports by various groups in their decision making process, and in the history of citizen observation networks more generally. She is a WB Alum from show 416 last year. She is Jen Henderson.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 89 at Fort Pierce, FL, and -3 at Eagle Nest, NM
  • Thanksgiving storm for the Northeast from Virginia to Maine
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer brings us up-to-date on the latest mailings over the last couple of weeks.

    And while Nat is out tonight, he did have the forethought to send along a news clip!

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: It’s not a warm front and it’s not a cold front, but it does mix the two! So what is an occluded front? That is the question and the topic for the 101 segment for 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 461:

    Watch/Warning Map from SPC

    Picks of the Week:

    Jen Henderson – Disaster Collaboratory

    Bill Murray – SPC Sounding Climatology

    Brian Peters – National Snow Analysis

    John Scala – Governor Criticizes the NWS and then Governor’s Backstep

    Kevin Selle – picks Rick Smith as his pick of the week

    Rick Smith – AMS Conference Severe Local Storms

    James Spann – SPC Plume Forecast

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Space Weather

    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.

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    WeatherBrains 460: Slip Sliding Away

    | 5:15 am November 18, 2014

    WeatherBrains Episode 460 is now online (November 17, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Keith Stellman, MIC, NWS Peachtree City, GAJoining us as our guest WeatherBrain tonight is Keith Stellman, Meteorologist-in-Charge of the NWS office in Peachtree City, GA. Stellman earned a bachelor’s degree in atmospheric science from Northeast Louisiana University in Monroe, LA, in 1996 and a master’s degree in meteorology from Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL, in 1999.

    He started his career with the National Weather Service as a Meteorologist Intern at the Tallahassee, FL, office in 1997. He served as a Senior Hydrologic Forecaster and Senior Hydrometeorologist at the Lower Mississippi and West Gulf River Forecast Centers before joining the Southern Region Headquarters team as the Regional Training Officer and then as the Techniques Development Meteorologist. Most recently, Stellman served as the Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the NWS office in Shreveport, LA, from 2007 to August, 2012.

    During his career, Stellman has conducted hundreds of interviews with local and national media including CNN, The New York Times and The Weather Channel. He has had the opportunity to serve as the NWS liaison to the State of Texas during high impact events and worked in the Texas State Emergency Operations Center during Hurricane Rita in which he personally briefed President George W. Bush. In addition, Stellman has been deployed to the National Hurricane Center as a member of the NWS Hurricane Liaison Team in which he was responsible for briefing FEMA and The White House. Not only is Stellman well versed in communication and briefing skills, he also brings a strong technological background to the office. He was a developer for the RIDGE radar GIS webpage and the River Forecast Center Precipitation Analysis GIS website. Most recently, Stellman has been part of a group to develop the Damage Assessment Toolkit, a program to help collect detailed information on damage surveys and display this information in an interactive map and meaningful way in which partners can extract the data.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 89 at Melbourne, FL, and West Palm Beach, FL, and -23 at Big Trails, WY
  • Yet another cold blast coming across the country
  • Severe weather Sunday/Monday along Gulf Coast
  • All 50 states will see below freezing temps
  • Substantial tornado in Blountstown, FL
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is out due to technical issues, so she’ll summarize your incoming messages next week.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: A big chill is affecting the country once again, so this week in WeatherBrains 101 we take a look at wind chill or how it feels out there. Did you know the wind chill index actually changed a little more than ten years ago?

    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 460:

    NWS Peachtree City, GA, Web Page

    1982 Alabama Ice Storm

    Wireless Emergency Alert information from the FCC

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – METAR Remark

    Brian Peters – Nov. 17, 2013, Tornado Outbreak Survey

    John Scala – Info on book, Wizards, Aliens, and Starships

    Rick Smith – NWS Directives page

    James Spann – Earthquake Warning Service

    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.

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    WeatherBrains 459: Millions in the Bulls Eye

    | 5:15 am November 11, 2014

    WeatherBrains Episode 459 is now online (November 10, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Dr. Piotr DomaszczynskiTonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement Ground Validation Unit. He received his BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from The Warsaw University of Technology and PhD in Water Resources Engineering from The University of Iowa. Dr. Piotr Domaszczynski, welcome to WeatherBrains.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 88 at Blythe, CA, and Elsinore, CA, and 1 at Great Falls, MT
  • Arctic air flooding the Nation
  • Breaking News: Fropa in Norman, OK, during the show
  • Tropical Atlantic is quiet as is severe weather
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: A tweet I noted last week prompted me to take a look at the naming of moons by Native Americans. While it was the Name “Full Beaver Moon” that got my attention, it was interesting to find out that some of those names had their origins with weather events.

    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 459:

    GPM Global Precipitation Measurement

    TRMM Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission

    Sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald

    Picks of the Week:

    Piotr Domaszczynski – Humbled by Forecast Decisions

    Bill Murray – Weather Watch S6E3

    Brian Peters – NHC’s National Map of Storm Surge Risk

    John Scala – Satellite animation of Super Typhoon Nuri

    Rick Smith – Great Blue Norther of November 11, 1911

    James Spann – Sinking of SS Edmund Fitzgerald

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Winter in Less than 4 hours

    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.

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    WeatherBrains 458: Banner Boy

    | 4:26 am November 4, 2014

    WeatherBrains Episode 45? is now online (November 3, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Joining us for this episode of WeatherBrains is Lee Hutchinson from Ars Technica and Eric Berger, who is the science writer for the Houston Chronicle.

    WeatherBrains 101: After clearing up a goof in last week’s 101 episode, we’ll take a look at lake effect snow. Seems like an appropriate topic with winter just around the corner and the big snow that fell in the southern Appalachians over the weekend.

    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 458:

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – Nate gets the FOGHORN!

    John Scala – Genesis and maintenance of a long-track EF5 tornado embedded within a supercell thunderstorm

    Rick Smith – 2014 National Weather Association Annual Meeting Tagboard

    James Spann – Bill Belichick Rips Meteorologists Everywhere

    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.

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    WeatherBrains 457: Don’t Pull My Ears

    | 5:15 am October 28, 2014

    WeatherBrains Episode 457 is now online (October 27, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a show alum, having appeared on show number 300 in 2011. He is an educator at the Warning Decision Training Branch in Norman, OK. He trains meteorologists on how to use radar and satellite data so they may produce more accurate forecasts and warnings. He develops new techniques for combining satellite and radar data. Jim LaDue, welcome back to WeatherBrains.

    Tonight’ Guest Panelist is also a repeat offender. Tonight marks her fourth appearance on the show. She is a graduate of Florida State University. She just recently got a job as a Meteorologist at WHAG in Washington, DC. Congratulations and welcome back to the show Raquel Nicora.

    Nicora and LaDue on WeatherBrains 457

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 92 at Big Spring, TX, and 8 at Bodie State Park, CA
  • Hanna formed today and will move ashore tonight in Central America
  • Kevin is out starting his new job
  • Bill is headed for Calgary
  • Relatively quiet weather across the Nation
  • Some really cold air coming
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: The days are getting longer and there has been a bit of a nip in the air in some spots. So this episode we take a look at frost, specifically hoar frost.

    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 457:

    Raquel’s Station web site

    Warning Decision Training Branch

    Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science Department at FSU

    International Space Station Spotting

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – NWA Spotify comments

    Jim LaDue – Operational High Resolution Rapid Refresh Training

    Raquel Nicora – Making weather into music

    Brian Peters – Gets the Fog Horn!

    John Scala – NWS damage assessment viewer

    James Spann – Storm Prediction Center Outlook Change Page

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – spaceweather.com sun spots

    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.

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    WeatherBrains 456: NWA 2014

    | 4:01 am October 21, 2014

    WeatherBrains Episode 456 is now online (October 20, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    This week Bill Murray, Rick Smith, Dr. John Scala, and Nate Johnson join us from the 2014 National Weather Association annual meeting in Salt Lake City. Our team is joined by an assortment of great guests from across the weather enterprise.

    Our email bag officer brings us the latest in incoming messages from our listeners. Always informative and interesting!

    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 456:

    National Weather Association web site

    NWA Conference web site

    Picks of the Week:

    John Scala – NOAA Winter Outlook

    James Spann – Spann’s reaction to the NOAA Winter Outlook

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Wreckhouse Wind Warning

    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.

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    WeatherBrains 455: I Generate My Own Backlight

    | 5:15 am October 15, 2014

    WeatherBrains Episode 455 is now online (October 14, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight we talk Weather Apps. But joining us as a guest is Dr. Kevin Kloesel, University Meteorologist at Oklahoma University.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 102 at Arvin, CA, and 16 at 1 mile east of Dillon, CO
  • Gonzalo becomes a major hurricane
  • Severe weather delayed WeatherBrains last night with severe weather in the Carolinas
  • Millions in path of severe storms
  • Great Fall weather coming in behind this system
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer brings the latest information coming from our listeners. And we appreciate hearing from listeners!

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: Next week we see the implementation of some changes to the severe weather outlooks prepared by the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, OK, so for this episode of 101 we take a look at those changes and the definitions of some new terms like “marginal” and “enhanced.”

    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 455:

    Protecting Large Outdoor Campus Events from Weather

    Apps Discussed on This Episode (list may not show all of the apps discussed)

    RadarScope My-Cast Weather
    WeatherGeekPro QuickWeather
    Raindar NWS Mobile Site
    SPC Mobile Site mPing
    MyWarn.com WeatherBug
    ABC 3340 Weather App James Spann 24/7 Weather App
    AlertFM RainAware
    WeatherUnderground AeroWeather
    TweetBot Soundings by WeatherWary
    Outsider App WindScape

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – King of Click

    Kevin Kloesel – Houston/Galveston NWS Office

    Brian Peters – No Pick – gets the fog horn!

    John Scala – Arctic Seas Ice Low But Antarctic High

    Rick Smith – Tagboard for NWA

    James Spann – Tsunami Information

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Weather of Christopher Columbus

    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.

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    WeatherBrains 454: I Wasn’t the First Choice?

    | 5:15 am October 7, 2014

    WeatherBrains Episode 454 is now online (October 6, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is the Program Chair for the upcoming 39th Annual Meeting of the National Weather Association. He is the Science and Operations Officer for the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City, UT. Randy Graham, welcome to WeatherBrains! Randy has all the updates on the National Weather Association Annual Meeting for 2014.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 107 at Death Valley, CA, and 20 at Bodie State Park, CA
  • Kevin does the show on the floor with boxes
  • Bill joins to us for Ardmore, OK
  • NWA theme – research into operations and communicating the information
  • Thunderstorms with hail in the Southeast US
  • Atlantic Tropical Basin still quiet; Simon weakening and moving into Baja California
  • And don’t miss some of the football chat
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is out so no mail bag.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: We are out of the summer season but outflow boundaries are always a fascinating topic. So this episode we take a look at some of the characteristics of outflow boundaries.

    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 454:

    NWS Salt Lake City, UT

    National Weather Association Conference

    The Leonardo in Salt Lake City

    Picks of the Week:

    Randy Graham – Ensemble Situational Awareness Table

    Bill Murray – NWA Blog

    Brian Peters – Weather Prediction Center

    Kevin Selle – Bails with bandwidth issues

    James Spann – WCM Page at SPC

    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.

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