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WeatherBrains 464: Lift My Parcels

| 5:15 am December 16, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

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

    From The Weather Center:

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

    Listener 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 464:

    KOKI-TV Fox 23 Weather web page

    NWS Tulsa, OK, web page

    KOCO-TV Weather web page

    Doswell and Lemon 1979 paper on thunderstorm evolution

    Doswell paper on human in forecasting

    Picks of the Week:

    Shelby Hays – KOCO-TV Weather App

    Nate Johnson – A Day at the Weather Channel

    Bill Murray – No Pick this week

    Brian Peters – Weather forecasts for Rose Bowl

    John Scala – Localized snow event in Chicago, IL

    Kevin Selle – No Pick of the Week

    James Spann – Mike Smith Blog post on Ginger Zee story

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Capital Weather Gang Tweet on Gemini meteor shower

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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

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    WeatherBrains 463: Football Brains

    | 5:15 am December 9, 2014

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

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

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

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

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

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

    From The Weather Center:

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

    Listener 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 463:

    Link for Kathryn Miles books

    Mt. Holly, NJ, NWS web site

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – Why Did NORAD Track Santa

    Brian Peters – Sun Dog & Moon Dog photo gallery

    Kevin Selle – Twitter picture of foggy tower cam

    Rick Smith – Snow crystal information

    James Spann – CIMSS GOES Realtime Derived Products

    Gary Szatkowski – BAMS article on hurricane risk

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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

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    WeatherBrains 462: Bringing in the Strange People

    | 5:15 am December 2, 2014

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

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

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

    WB Episode 462 Guests

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

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

    From The Weather Center:

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

    Listener 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 462:

    NWS Hanford, CA, web page

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – Forecasters forced to lies to us

    Bill Murray – Winter Weather Safety

    Brian Peters – Davis Vantage Pro 2

    Joseph Rentken – 39th Annual Climate Diagnostics and Prediction Workshop

    John Scala – Tornado days article

    Kevin Selle – KFDX Christmas Video

    James Spann – The Weather Station for Smartphones

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

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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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