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WeatherBrains 548: Hang Out at Mr. Wang’s All Day

| 5:15 am July 21, 2016

WeatherBrains Episode 548 is now online (July 20, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Angela FritzTonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a Lead Forecaster for the Capital Weather Gang. Angela Fritz, welcome to WeatherBrains.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 120 at Death Valley, CA, and 24 at Bodie State Park, CA
  • Severe risk areas across northern tier of US
  • Stormy night in DC on July 19th
  • NW US hit 80 degrees
  • Heat across much of the Central and eastern US
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer has the latest from our listeners.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: It has lasted for five decades and seen six US presidents, but late last month it was placed in a “graveyard” orbit. We’re talking about GOES-3 which has seen a long history of service in a geostationary orbit. GOES-3 is the topic of this episode of WeatherBrains 101.

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Web Sites from Episode 548:

Capital Weather Gang web site

NWS Hazard Simplification Project

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Picks of the Week:

Angela Fritz – Incredible microburst

Bill Murray – Which app should you trust?

Morgan Palmer – Sunrise and sunset in United States

Brian Peters – Gets the fog horn!

James Spann – AMS Panel on Outdoor Events

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Satellite view of dust off Chile

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, 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 547:

| 5:15 am July 12, 2016

WeatherBrains Episode 547 is now online (July 11, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is the Director of the Oklahoma Climatological Survey, Dr. Kevin Kloesel. He is also the Associate Dean for Public Service & Outreach in the College of Atmospheric & Geographic Sciences at the University of Oklahoma. He is also an Associate Professor at OU.

Dr. Kevin KloeselDr. Kloesel is Associate Dean for Public Service and Outreach in the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences at the University of Oklahoma. He is directly responsible for outreach programs and tours for the over 30,000 people that visit the National Weather Center facility in Norman annually. In addition, he is an Associate Professor in the OU School of Meteorology with teaching and research interests ranging from synoptic meteorology to societal impacts and decision making in weather-impacted situations. He led the team that won the Innovations in American Government Award from Harvard University and the Ford Foundation for their work with the emergency management community in Oklahoma.

Currently, he works directly with thousands of K-12 students and teachers, as well as hundreds of emergency management agencies, in finding appropriate applications for weather data in local education and decision making. He was also a content designer for Scholastic’s The Magic School Bus Kicks Up a Storm children’s museum exhibit that is currently touring the US. He works closely with the Norman Chamber of Commerce and Norman Economic Development Coalition to provide continuing education opportunities to the growing private weather enterprise in Norman. Previously, he was Director of Outreach for the largest state climate office in the country, the Oklahoma Climatological Survey, and served as director of the Florida Climate Center in Tallahassee, FL. While a tenured faculty member at Florida State University, he served as a research fellow with the Cooperative Institute for Tropical Meteorology, and co-directed an outreach project, EXPLORES!, which provided NOAA satellite data ingest capabilities to over 200 schools throughout Florida.

Dr. Kloesel has appeared on WeatherBrains twice before on episodes 397 and 455.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 110 at Borger, TX, Carlsbad, NM, Guymon, OK, Imperial, CA, & Phoenix, AZ and 28 at Boca Reservoir, CA
  • Tropical Atlantic is quiet
  • Celia and Five-E swirling in the Eastern North Pacific
  • Severe weather occurring next three days from Iowa to Michigan
  • Snow at higher elevations in Idaho
  • Potential for horrible heat
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer brings everyone up to date on the incoming messages from our listeners.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: It’s a word that has actually been used 11 times in previous 101 segments, but it has never had its own segment. So tonight the professor brings to live the term tropopause and what it means in the scheme of things.

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Web Sites from Episode 547:

Emergency Preparedness of OU

Presentation on HazSimp

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Picks of the Week:

Nate Johnson – NWS Twitter account

Kevin Kloesel – Book about the Chicago Heat Wave of 1995

Brian Peters – gets fog horn!

Kevin Selle – Anchor discussion of weather on Facebook Live

Rick Smith – YouTube video by Brad Panovich

James Spann – Dry/dusty air over Atlantic

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Mark Reynolds’ blog on tornado versus straight line wind event

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, 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 546: Flooding Events in WV

| 5:15 am July 6, 2016

WeatherBrains Episode 546 is now online (July 5, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Sheldon KusselsonTonight’s first Guest WeatherBrain is a show alum, having appeared on show number 223 on May 4, 2010. He is a retired operational satellite meteorologist who worked for 36 years for NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service (NESDIS) located in Maryland. Working as a meteorologist and specializing in the satellite analysis of precipitation, he interacted daily and around the clock with NOAA/National Weather Service (NWS) weather and river forecasters, who are tasked with issuing flood, flash flood ,and winter weather advisories, watches, and warnings to support NOAA’s mission of protecting lives and property. Sheldon Kusselson, welcome back to WeatherBrains!

Mike CharnickGuest WeatherBrain number 2 is a forecaster at the National Weather Service in Charleston, WV. His undergraduate degree and Masters is from Millersville University. He started working for the NWS in late winter of 2015. He loves weather photography as well. Mike Charnick, welcome to the show!

Spencer AdkinsAnd rounding out the trifecta for the show tonight is the Chief Meteorologist at WOWK in Charleston, WV. Spencer Adkins, welcome to WeatherBrains!

Joining us tonight is our guest WeatherBrain, Morgan Palmer.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes:
  • Atlantic tropical basin quiet
  • Blas and another disturbance in Eastern Pacific
  • Super Typhoon Nepartak in Western Pacific heading for Taiwan
  • More numerous thunderstorms in Southeast US
  • Kevin describes the weather there as “icky”
  • Cool in the Northwest but warm now
  • Some troughiness across Eastern US
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer is back and handles the incoming messages from our listeners.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: This edition of 101 is a brief discussion of trough and ridges. Interesting that the weather pattern which is normally unchanging for much of the summer has, so far, been changing pretty regularly.

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 546:

WOWK-TV weather site

Morgan Palmer at KIRO-TV

The Weather Social

NWS Charleston, WV web page

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

Picks of the Week:

Spencer Adkins – Picks Bama & Nick Saban and Mountain Mission

Nate Johnson – Science behind the awesome thunderstorm photo

Sheldon Kusselson – Satellite pick

Bill Murray – Gets fog horn!

Morgan Palmer – How much water falls during a storm?

Brian Peters – Striking thunderstorm photograph

Kevin Selle – High quality graphics for GFLevelX and WeatherStudio

James Spann – NWS Guam Facebook page

Aubrey Urbanowicz – “And Soon I heard the Roaring Wind”

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, 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 545: Longhorn in the Office

| 5:15 am June 28, 2016

WeatherBrains Episode 545 is now online (June 27, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

James Hocker, OK-FirstOur first Guest WeatherBrains is James Hocker, OK-First Program Manager. In this capacity, James serves as a lead instructor at all OK-First classes, develops training content, provides input and direction for software and tool development, and manages the program budget. The program is about 20 years old. James has B.S. and M.S. degrees in meteorology from the University of Oklahoma.

Andrea Melvin, OK-FirstAnd our second guest WeatherBrains also comes from OK-First. Andrea Melvin is the Outreach Program Coordinator for OK-First. She serves as instructor at many OK-First certification and re-certification classes and develops laboratory exercises and case studies for use at OK-First classes. Andrea has a B.S. degree in meteorology from the University of Oklahoma.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 124 at Death Valley, CA, and 31 at Leadville, CO
  • Severe weather along eastern slope of Rockies
  • June 23, 2016, Tornado killed 99 in China
  • Atlantic Basin quiet for now
  • Tropical cyclone in Arabian Sea
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer is AWOL again but we have to let her off on this one since her excuse is the horrific weather in her area during the last week.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: This occurrence has not happened for nearly 50 years and will not happen again until 2062. It was the coincidence of a June full moon and the summer solstice and the moon has a special name.

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 545:

OK-First web site

NWA 41st Annual Meeting

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

Picks of the Week:

Justin Gehrts – Twitter feed for NWSPodunk

Nate Johnson – OK Mesonet Twitter

Bill Murray – Hazard Mapping System Fire and Smoke Product

Brian Peters – Your chance to own “Dorothy” from Twister

Rick Smith – Science of Mammatus Clouds

James Spann – GOES Project Science

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, 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 544: Pushing Buttons in the Elevator

| 5:15 am June 21, 2016

WeatherBrains Episode 544 is now online (June 20, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you! Show was actually recorded on Thursday, June 16, 2016.

Dr. James Fleming, Colby CollegeOur guest WeatherBrain for this show is Dr. James Fleming, the Charles A. Dana Professor of Science, Technology, and Society at Colby College. Dr. Fleming has a BS in Astronomy from Pennsylvania State University, an MS in Atmospheric Science from Colorado State University, and an MA and PH.D. in History of Science from Princeton University.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 107 at Carlsbad, NM, and 25 at Winnemucca, NV
  • Disturbed area in western Caribbean but over land
  • Northwest flow storms in Mid-Atlantic and Southeast US
  • Big heat ridge over Southwest US
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer tries to get a handle on the incoming messages from our listeners for the last couple of weeks.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: There is no WeatherBrains 101 segment for this podcast. It should return on the next episode.

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 544:

Colby College, Waterville, ME

Colby College, Science, Technology, and Society Dept.

Fixing the Sky

Inventing Atmospheric Science

Blog by Dr. Fleming

History of Project Cirrus

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

Picks of the Week from the WeatherBrains Gang:

Dr. James Fleming – Courses at Colby

Bill Murray – gets the fog horn!

Brian Peters – WeatherRadio app by WDT

Kevin Selle – can’t find it!

James Spann – National Data Buoy Center

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, 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 543: Money I Laid Down at the Venetian

| 5:15 am June 14, 2016

WeatherBrains Episode 543 is now online (June 13, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Todd Lericos, MIC, NWS Las Vegas, NVOur Guest WeatherBrain for this episode is Todd Lericos, the Meteorologist-in-Charge (MIC) of the National Weather Service (NWS) Office in Las Vegas, NV, a position he has held since November, 2012. Todd grew up in Southwest Florida and began his career in meteorology by joining the Air Force in 1991 as a Weather Observer. His first assignment was Homestead AFB, arriving just eight months before Hurricane Andrew hit the base in August, 1992. A passion for weather forecasting in high impact situations was instilled in Todd by that event and he later deployed all over the world to provide weather forecast support to various military operations. This included a deployment to Haiti in 1994 for Operation Uphold Democracy and an assignment to the Middle East to support Operation Southern Watch in 1995.

After leaving the Air Force in 1997 to pursue a civilian career in meteorology, Todd attended Florida State University (FSU) from 1997 to 2002. While at FSU he conducted award-winning research projects in both the use of lightning data in operational forecasting and theoretical modelling of squall lines at land-sea interfaces. He holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Meteorology. An opportunity to serve in the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) at the Tallahassee, FL, NWS office in 1999 began Todd’s career in the NWS.  That opportunity led to a permanent position in the NWS in 2002 as Journeyman Forecaster in Spokane, WA. Todd then served as Science and Operations Officer (SOO) at the NWS office in Caribou, Maine from 2006 to 2011. He moved to become the SOO at the NWS Office in Tallahassee replacing his long time mentor in that position. When the opportunity emerged to lead a Weather Forecast Office in October, 2012, he accepted his current position at NWS Las Vegas.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 106 at Death Valley, CA, & Pecos, TX, and 26 at Mount Washington, NH, & Bridgeport, CA
  • Tropical Atlantic remains quiet after Colin
  • Tropical Pacific has one area of disturbed weather
  • Severe weather threat along eastern slopes of Rockies
  • Severe threat moves out into Plains States Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer is out this week trying to do some catching up at her own station. And the accelerant, Kevin, is also out this week due to illness. Both are expected to return next week.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: Last week our guest WeatherBrain introduced the audience to something that many have heard little about. That was certainly my case, so this week the topic is the Wet Bulb Global Temperature used to provide a better index to quantify heat stress, especially in direct sunlight.

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 543:

NWS Las Vegas, NV, web site

NWS Announcement about TDWR Upgrades

Caesars Flood of 1975

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

Picks of the Week:

Justin Gehrts – Cli – MATE, Midwestern Regional Climate Center

Bill Murray – Tornado hits Norfolk Southern Train

Brian Peters – Cliff Mass blog post on need for local NWS offices

Rick Smith – The Weather Social

James Spann – Extreme and Weird Weather of the World

SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, 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 542: Smells Like Crunchberries

| 5:15 am June 7, 2016

WeatherBrains Episode 542 is now online (June 6, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Steve PiltzOur Guest WeatherBrain this episode is Steve Piltz, Meteorologist in Charge of the Tulsa NWS office. Steve has been with the NWS for over 28 years, the last 15 years as MIC at the Tulsa office. He started in the NWS Office in Key West, FL. The Tulsa office covers 25 counties in Oklahoma and seven in Arkansas. Steve was on WeatherBrains 464.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 115 at Death Valley, CA, and 35 at Leadville, CO, Dillon, CO, & Burgess Junction, WY
  • James Spann being inducted into the University of Alabama College of Communications Hall of Fame
  • Tropical Storm Colin making landfall this evening in Big Bend area of Florida, SSE of Tallahassee
  • Heavy rain over Florida and along Southeast US coast
  • Introduction of Justin Gehrts as longer term guest WeatherBrain
  • Heat in the West
  • Colin very asymmetrical
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer, Aubrey, digs into the incoming messages from our listeners.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: The tweeting world has been full of pictures of this somewhat unusual cloud formation, so for this episode of WeatherBrains 101, the professor will take a look at the topic of mammatus clouds.

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 542:

NWS Tulsa, OK

Wet-bulb globe temperature

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

Picks of the Week:

Justin Gehrts – Dr. Doswell’s discussion on decision-making in the face of uncertainty

Brian Peters – Turn Around, Don’t Drown

Steve Piltz – picks his friend Rick Smith

Rick Smith – Capital Weather Gang article about summer storms

James Spann – Do we still need weather forecasters?

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Tropical Storm Allison

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, 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 541: Debunking Weather Safety Myths

| 5:15 am June 1, 2016

WeatherBrains Episode 541 is now online (May 31, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest Panelist is the Founder of the Capital Weather Gang, a weather blog that started in 2004 and was absorbed by The Washington Post in 2008. He is currently the Weather Editor for the Post. Jason Samenow, welcome to the show!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is President and CEO of the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes. Leslie Chapman-Henderson welcome to WeatherBrains!

Jason Samenow Leslie Henderson

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 113 at Death Valley, CA, and 25 at West Yellowstone Gate, MT
  • The unofficial start to summer came with Memorial Day
  • June 1st marks the start of hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin
  • Bonnie made landfall in SC with rain plaguing the East Coast
  • Warm across the eastern half of US and hot in Southwest US
  • Severe weather in Central US
  • 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:

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 541:

Capital Weather Gang

Federal Alliance for Safe Homes

Chaser article on Slate by Eric Holthaus

Hurricane Awareness Week 2016

Hurricane Strong

ICC/NSSA Standard for the Design/Production of Storm Shelters

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

Picks of the Week:

Leslie Henderson – Watch video on hurricanestrong.org

Nate Johnson – Hurricane and climate change by Kerry Emanuel

Bill Murray – Blue Print for Safety

Brian Peters – Colorado tornado near Peetz from Rayce Wood

Jason Samenow – ranting on tornado selfies

Kevin Selle – Tweet by Kevin and his son on lightning chase

Rick Smith – Summer Weather Safety

James Spann – NCAR Tropical Cyclone Guidance Project

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Spaghetti models

SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, 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 540: Your Pop Filter is the Same Size as Mine

| 5:15 am May 24, 2016

WeatherBrains Episode 540 is now online (May 23, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain #1 is Jane Cage, the former Chairman of the Joplin Citizens Advisory Recovery Team and head of the Joplin Proud Committee. Jane Cage, welcome to WeatherBrains.

And tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain #2 is a broadcast journalist who is writing a book on the Joplin tornado and how it relates to the larger picture of disaster recovery. Likes loitering, trading insults with his girlfriend, and frozen yogurt. Steve Holmes, welcome to WeatherBrains.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 102 at Persimmon Gap, TX, and 21 at Walden, CO, & Bondurant, WY
  • Nearly a week of severe weather for central US
  • Warm across much of the country
  • Active weather keeps Rick Smith busy in Oklahoma
  • 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: It’s only a little more than a week to the start of the 2016 hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin. So many weather enthusiasts will be watching the official National Hurricane Center forecasts for any storms that form. And that forecast has a cone that widens in time. So what is that cone and what does it mean?

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 540:

Joplin Proud

Telestar by the Tornados (found by WeatherBrains listener Scott)

Apical Ballooning Syndrome

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

Picks of the Week:

Jane Cage – Tuscaloosa, AL, Recovery

Steve Holmes – Fatal tornado in India

Nate Johnson – Prototype Storm Surge Watch/Warning Graphic

Bill Murray – Center for Satellite Application and Research

Brian Peters – new Joint Typhoon Warning Center page

Kevin Selle – No Pick

James Spann – Tornado warning for Val Verde

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Close and far Martian oppositions

SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, 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 539: Abandoned Ship

| 6:06 am May 17, 2016

WeatherBrains Episode 539 is now online (May 16, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s  Guest WeatherBrain is the Meteorologist in Charge at the NWS Mobile, Alabama.  Jeff Medlin, welcome to WeatherBrians. 

Jeffrey Medlin currently serves as the Meteorologist in Charge of the NWS Mobile-Pensacola. Between 1994 and 2014, he served as the Science and Operations Officer in Mobile, AL. He has worked for the following NWS Offices since 1987: Norman, OK, Charleston, WV, Cincinnati, OH and Columbia, SC. Internal to the NWS, he has devoted a great deal of his time to Intern and Forecaster Development, objective mesoanalysis, satellite and radar interpretation, thunderstorm structure, the forecast process and local modeling. He has served on numerous national and regional teams. Externally, he served as Editor in Training, Assistant Editor and Editor of the NWA E-Journal from 2007-10 and also on several regional mesonet committees since 2002. He is the author of numerous refereed publications which span a variety of mesoscale topics and has run a mesoscale model in real-time since the mid 1990s. He obtained a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from NC State University in 1988 and a Master’s Degree in Atmospheric Science from the University of Alabama-Huntsville in 2001. Outside of work, Jeffrey enjoys flounder fishing, weight lifting, walking and landscaping.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Looking back at Hurricane Frederic of 1979
  • The 2016 Pensacola tornado
  • The dangers of coastal rip currents
  • 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: Brian is out tonight so no WeatherBrains 101 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 539:

TV Meteorologist Shamed for Dress On-Air

NWS Mobile

Don’t forget to vote for Ginger Zee on Dancing with the Stars.

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

Picks of the Week:

Nate Johnson – Out this week!

Brian Peters – Out this week!

Kevin Selle – Out this week!

Bill Murray – Rip current module

Jeff Medlin – NWS Hurricane Awareness Tour

James Spann – University of Arizona Atmospheric Sciences

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Bison Photo

SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, 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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