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WeatherBrains 447: Dogs Days of Summer

| 5:15 am August 19, 2014

WeatherBrains Episode 447 is now online (August 18, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest Panelist is a recommendation of WB Alum Kevin Myatt. He is a leader on the Virginia Tech stormchasing team. Chris White, welcome to the show.

And tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a fixture in television weather in the Mid-South area. Dave Brown is Weather Director and Chief Weathercaster at WMC TV in Memphis, TN, a position he’s held for the past 37 years. This past June, Dave celebrated 52 years of broadcasting, and he has spent that entire time in and around the Memphis area. Dave has a degree from the University of Memphis and holds both the AMS and NWA broadcaster seals. And while he is well-respected for his meteorological abilities, he also spent nearly 40 years as a member of what many aficionados call one of the best announcing teams ever in professional wrestling. Yes, I said professional wrestling. Rick Smith grew up watching this guy and is excited to talk to him tonight! Dave Brown, welcome to WeatherBrains!

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 117 at Death Valley, CA, and 30 at Boca Reservoir, CA
  • Two disturbances were moving across the South Central Atlantic and not expected to develop in the next couple of days
  • Westerlies running along northern tier of US
  • MCV moved across North Alabama today
  • Summer showing up after a mostly cool summer
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is working the early morning shift a-g-a-i-n, so the mail bag is postponed until the next show.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: It’s really still there, but the band of cloudiness that often delineates the ITCZ – or Inter-tropical Convergence Zone – has been tough to find due to drier air and Saharan dust this year. So what is the ITCZ – besides tough to say fast – and what are some of the characteristics of it? That’s the topic for this week of 101.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of August 18th.

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    Web Sites from Episode 447:

    Virginia Storm Chase link

    WMC-TV Weather Page

    Astronomy Links:

    * MAVEN mission
    * Science@NASA on the Jupiter/Venus conjunction
    * ISS pass predictions

    Picks of the Week:

    Dave Brown – Fly Bys App

    Bill Murray – Bows Out Early

    Brian Peters – Satellite Liaison Blog

    John Scala – Camille/Katrina SLOSH run comparison

    Rick Smith – NWA Annual Meeting Agenda

    James Spann – MCV Satellite Loop 1-minute Intervals

    Chris White – NWS Baltimore/Washington Sep. 17, 2004, Tornado Event

    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, and Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

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    WeatherBrains 446: Ubiquitous Data Availability and Social Media

    | 4:00 am August 12, 2014

    WeatherBrains Episode 446 is now online (August 11, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    This week’s guest weather brain is Rachael Witter, chief meteorologist at WUTR-TV in Utica, NY, and developer of a new app called “Updraft”. Software engineer Aaron Nelsen joins us as well. “Updraft” is a version of the BUFKIT analysis tool that can be run on a tablet or phone.

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

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: In this episode of WeatherBrains 101, we’ll take a look at a weather term that has one rather universal meaning but a slightly different meaning in the field of weather.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of August 11th.

    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 446:

    Updraft App

    BUFKIT for Mac

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – The AMS journals page

    John Scala – Ocean Prediction Center

    Rick Smith – The Vane blog

    James Spann – Iowa State online BUFKIT tool

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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

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    WeatherBrains 444: Holding Nate Back

    | 5:15 am July 29, 2014

    WeatherBrains Episode 444 is now online (July 28, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest Panelist is the Morning and Midday Meteorologist at KFSN, the ABC O&O in Fresno, CA. She is a recent graduate of Mississippi State University. She is famous for her 3D weather cakes which have attracted a cult following.

    When you look in the dictionary for the definition of the word climatologist, you see tonight’s picture next to it. She served in state climatology offices for nearly twenty years, serving in the position of State Climatologist for Wisconsin from 1989-1996 and Assistant State Climatologist for Georgia from 2001-11. She is a Past President of the American Association of State Climatologists and she is a CCM as well. She currently serves as the Agricultural Climatologist for the Crop and Soil Sciences Department at UGA. And she does all this while keeping one of our favorite guests, Dr. John Knox, straight. Dr. Pam Knox, welcome to WeatherBrains!

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 111 at Glendale, AZ, and 33 at Pahaska, WY and at Snake River Ranger Station, WY
  • Atlantic quiet but a wave moving through South Central Atlantic may become second named storm
  • Bill eating Indian food in Calgary, Alberta
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: Sometimes there are terms which just don’t seem to fit the meaning that they have. We’re not making fun of this word, but when put in context of other things in life, it seems to be contrary in meaning. So see how this applies to extratropical.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of July 28th.

    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 444:

    ABC 30 Fresno, Shelby’s station

    On the Case – Knox Blog

    John Christy/Kerry Immanuel Climate Discussion

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – KickStarter Project – Forecasting toolkit for iPad

    Bill Murray – Experimental

    Brian Peters – Gets the Fog Horn!

    James Spann – Atlantic Wind Shear

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Blog on El Nino Status

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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

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    WeatherBrains 443: Gary England

    | 4:45 am July 22, 2014

    WeatherBrains Episode 443 is now online (July 21, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight is sort of a Best of Show. But unlike other Best of Shows that are usually recorded, this is a live show bringing back three of our favorite all time guests. Tonight’s Guest Panelist won an opportunity to attend an NBA game with Bill Murray during the AMS in Atlanta. But she got to Phillips Arena and it was the guy from WeatherBrains, not the star of Groundhog Day. She recently is a recent graduate of the University of Oklahoma and a rising superstar at KFSM in Fort Smith, Arkansas, where she does mornings. Shelby Hays, congratulations and welcome back!

    Since we already had a Guest Panelist, we had to make up a title for tonight’s third guest. James has five fantasy voices from the show over the years, and Morgan Palmer might be his favorite. When James’ rolls out the Big Pipes description, you know it’s big time. So tonight we welcome back Guest Big Pipes: Morgan Palmer, Chief Meteorologist none other than KIRO-Seattle. How you doin’ Morgan?

    It is an oft-used line in introducing Guest WeatherBrains lately, that tonight’s GWB needs no introduction to our audience. And that is as true tonight as any time I have ever invoked it. He is a return Guest WeatherBrain, having appeared in December 2009 on show #202. He is an icon in Oklahoma, where he recently retired as arguably one of the most admired television meteorologists in America. Gary England, welcome back to the show!

    Best of the Best Show Guests

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 115 at Death Valley, CA, and 35 at Bryce Canyon, UT
  • New tropical depression in the Central Atlantic
  • and more!
  • 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.

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – Updraft: A weather forecasting toolkit for iPad

    Bill Murray – WeatherBrains episode 202

    John Scala – Anomalous Mid-Summer Cold Air Intrusion of July 14–16, 2014

    Rick Smith – AMS Summer Community Meeting

    James Spann – WxGeeks Review

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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

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    WeatherBrains 442: Eskimo Bad Breath

    | 4:45 am July 15, 2014

    WeatherBrains Episode 442 is now online (June 14, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Guest WeatherBrains for this episode include a new face and a veteran face. Joining us tonight are Mark Suddth of HurricaneTrack.com who just completed a hurricane chase on Arthur. Mark has joined us on WeatherBrains before, so he is the veteran face.

    Joining us for the first time is Blake Naftel, a huge weather enthusiast with 17 years in television news including having been an avid storm chaser since 1997. Blake knew Tim and Carl, the chasers killed in the El Reno, OK, tornado last year, and in November he started floating the idea of a film/documentary on storm chasing. The idea went forward as a KickStarter project, see the link below, and got fantastic support in just a few days.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: There is no WeatherBrains 101 for this episode.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at weather for the week of July 14th.

    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 442:

    Kickstarter Project – Storm Chasing Anthology

    HurricaneTrack.com

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson –

    Bill Murray –

    John Scala – Myth Crushers on Lightning

    Rick Smith –

    James Spann – Viewers outraged at tornado coverage during World Cup soccer match (Language warning!)

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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

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    WeatherBrains 441: Plenty of Time for a Snafu

    | 5:15 am July 8, 2014

    WeatherBrains Episode 441 is now online (July 7, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Kim RunkTonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is currently serving as Acting Director of the National Weather Service (NWS) Operations Proving Ground (OPG) in Kansas City, MO. His career in operational meteorology spans more than 35 years, first with the US Air Force, then with NOAA and the NWS. Kim Runk, welcome to WeatherBrains!

    Three WCMs are on the show tonight, including Kim, of course Rick and a retired WCM in Brian. Going to put Rick and Brian in the hot seats with Kim tonight for a little world of WCM discussion.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 119 at Death Valley, CA, and 38 at Stanley, ID, and Snake River, WY
  • Severe storm risk from Nebraska eastward to southern New England
  • Since our last show, Hurricane Arthur came and went along East Coast
  • Tropics quiet for now
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is out again, so the mail bag is getting heavy.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: This episode of WeatherBrains 101 puts in a plug for child safety in hot cars. Did you know that 15 children have died this year already from heat stroke brought on by being left in an unattended automobile. There needs to be more attention drawn to this danger of hot weather.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of July 7.

    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 441:

    NWS Operations Proving Ground Charter

    NOAA Testbed and Proving Grounds

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – Lamp Simulates Thunderstorm

    Bill Murray – Kim Runk’s Video on Culture Change in the NWS

    Brian Peters – Kids and Cars on Heat Stroke

    Kim Runk – @nwstornado – any NWS tornado warning will have this hashtag

    Rick Smith – Leading Culture Change in the NWS

    James Spann – Joint Typhoon Warning Center

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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

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    WeatherBrains 439: The 13th Meteorologist

    | 5:15 am June 24, 2014

    WeatherBrains Episode 439 is now online (June 23, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Mark MancusoTonight’s Guest WeatherBrain needs no introduction in this show’s circle. He is one of the original On Camera Meteorologists at The Weather Channel, a position he held from 1982 until 2009. He currently is an Expert and Video Broadcaster at Accu-Weather. Mark Mancuso, it is an honor to welcome you to WeatherBrains!

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 117 at Death Valley, CA, and 28 at West Yellowstone, MT
  • Severe weather in Central Plains states last week
  • Quieter weather this week
  • Some heavy rains in the ArkLaTx area
  • Rains helping drought situation in Oklahoma and Texas
  • Tropics are quiet
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer had Internet problems, so look for a double mail bag next week.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: Summer is now in full swing and that brings on the season for lightning. NOAA and the NWS are trying to improve awareness to this summertime hazard with Lightning Awareness Week.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of June 23rd.

    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 439:

    Record Hailstone Information

    BusinessInsider article on weather

    Picks of the Week:

    Bill Murray – Weather Channel’s Debut May, 1982

    Brian Peters – Storm Track

    John Scala – Worst Spots for Weather Extremes Found

    Rick Smith – Lightning Safety Awareness Week

    James Spann – Terrible Tuesday video

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Meteorology crossword puzzle

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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

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    WeatherBrains 438: Who Turned On Aubrey?

    | 5:15 am June 17, 2014

    WeatherBrains Episode 438 is now online (June 16, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Dr. Susan JaskoTonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a Professor of Communications in the Department of Communications Studies at the University of California at Pennsylvania. She is one of the leaders in the field of study communicating the weather. Dr. Susan Jasko, welcome to WeatherBrains.

    Dr. Jasko taught at several institutions, including Ohio University, Nassau Community College, and Montclair State University before coming to Cal U in 1998. She is the founding president of the New Jersey Communication Association, a past president and officer of the New York State Communication Association, and a frequent unit planner for the Eastern Communication Association. She has been a basic course director, graduate program coordinator, and a department chair. She has served as an assistant to several deans of the College of Liberal Arts. She has served on and chaired numerous committees and regularly presents her work at the National Communication Association conventions. She is on the editorial board of two journals, has published articles, and is the co-author of one book. She has received the Neil Postman Mentoring Award.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 109 at Death Valley, CA, and 26 at Shirley Basin, WY
  • Moderate risk of severe weather centered on Iowa Monday night
  • Numerous tornadoes in Nebraska
  • June 17th is the 16th Anniversary of CoCoRaHS
  • 3-digit heat in the Southwest
  • Closed low over the Northwest with ridge over the eastern US
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is continues to shuffle through the incoming messages from our listeners. And does a right fine job of it, too!!

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: We’re coming up on hurricane season for the Atlantic Basin, so that means hurricane forecasters have had six months off, right? Not exactly. While we might think a job focusing on just six months leaves the rest of the year free, it really doesn’t as we see in this episode of 101.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of June 16th.

    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 438:

    Cal U

    StormFest at Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh

    CoCoRaHS web page

    Picks of the Week:

    Susan Jasko – Western Pennsylvania Weather Posse

    Nate Johnson – International Business Times Article

    Bill Murray – Gets The Horn

    Brian Peters – NOAA Wallpaper and Poster

    John Scala – Alaska Weather Radio Get Computer Voices

    Rick Smith – WCM National Conference Notes

    James Spann – Blitzortung.org

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Tornado Picture from Sean Schoefer

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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

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