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WeatherBrains 486: Pickles All Over It

| 5:20 am May 19, 2015

WeatherBrains Episode 486 is now online (May 18, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

David DrobnyTonight’s Guest Panelist is a show alum, having appeared on episode 395 in August, 2013. He is responsible for suggesting tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain, which we will punish by making him appear as the Guest Panelist. Indeed, no good deed goes unpunished. David Drobny, welcome back.

Kelton HalbertTonight’s Guest WeatherBrain was born in Nashville. He comes from a traveling musical family. He plays the guitar, banjo, and bass guitar, but his first love is meteorology. He is currently a junior at the University of Oklahoma School of Meteorology in Norman, where he is a research assistant with the Arctic and Antarctic Atmospheric Research Group. He is currently the Director of Development at the Oklahoma Weather Lab. Kelton Halbert, welcome to WeatherBrains.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 96 at Presidio, TX, and 22 at Scobey, MT
  • Trio of WeatherBrains gang in Norman, OK
  • Severe weather somewhat limited
  • Cold in North Central US
  • Drought busting rain in parts of Texas and Oklahoma
  • And more rain possible for those areas
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is out once again.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: Last week there was a mention of cloud iridescence, so for this weekly episode we’ll take a look at what that is and why it is sometimes hard to see.

    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 486:

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

    SHARPpy software

    Oklahoma Weather Lab

    AARG at OU

    Link to Windows version of SHARPpy

    Link to Mac OS X version of SHARPpy

    Tempest Storm Chasing

    Picks of the Week:

    David Drobny – Tornado Forecasting Workshop with Rich Thompson

    Kelton Halbert – WRF Model

    Nate Johnson – Early May, 2015, Storms Time-lapse

    Bill Murray – Experimental sounding page at SPC

    Brian Peters – Gets the fog horn!

    John Scala – FACETS at NSSL

    Kevin Selle – Elmer, OK, Tornado time lapse

    Rick Smith – Online Damage Report, May 6, 2015, Great Plains Event

    James Spann – Sea surface Temperature Contours

    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 485: Tornado Stories

    | 5:15 am May 12, 2015

    WeatherBrains Episode 485 is now online (May 11, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Holly BaileyTonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a National Correspondent for Yahoo and former reporter for Newsweek. She is an Oklahoma native who currently lives in Brooklyn. She has a new book being released tomorrow that is an account from several different perspectives focusing on OKC media, victims and NWS of the May, 2013, tornadoes. Author of The Mercy of the Sky, Holly Bailey, welcome to WeatherBrains!

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 100 at Death Valley, CA, and 16 at West Yellowstone, MT
  • Weather lost a legend today in the passing of JB Elliott
  • Long lasting severe weather for North Central Texas and Oklahoma
  • Good rains for a parched area
  • Severe weather dampening out for next several days
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is out tonight, so she’ll have a long mail bag next week.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: Clouds have got to be one of the biggest and most interesting visual element that attracts people to weather. So for this episode of 101 we take a look at an interesting cloud called the pileus cloud.

    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 485:

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

    Spann’s Tribute to JB Elliott

    Mercy of the Sky book (one of many)

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – On-air meteorologists bridge gap

    Bill Murray – Gets fog horn!

    Brian Peters – Tropical cyclone climatology

    John Scala – Hurricane drought due to luck

    Kevin Selle – Sam Barricklow photos of Electra, TX, storm

    Rick Smith – Video of tornado in Norman, OK, on May 6, 2015

    James Spann – Farewell to Birmingham Weather Legend

    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 484: Snowball Thingy!

    | 5:15 am May 5, 2015

    WeatherBrains Episode 484 is now online (May 4, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Our guest WeatherBrain comes from Nate’s neck of the woods, in fact, he works with Nate at WRAL-TV. Greg Fishel, welcome to WeatherBrains.

    Fishel began his broadcast meteorology career in 1979 with WMDT in Salisbury, MD. He has been at WRAL since 1981 and became the station’s chief meteorologist in 1989. Fishel was the first certified broadcast meteorologist in the United States. He chaired the American Meteorological Society Broadcast Board Committee to develop the 100-question exam for the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist program. He has a degree from Pennsylvania State University.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 104 at Death Valley, CA, and 24 at northeast of Poplar, MT, and at Olney, MT
  • Quiet weather across the country over the weekend
  • Severe weather outlooked in narrow band in Central Plains
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: Last week our email bag officer noted a letter from a listener that mentioned hail cannons. So I thought it might be an interesting topic to briefly explore hail cannons and their theoretical purpose.

    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 484:

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

    WRAL-TV weather page

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – GIS course for atmospheric sciences

    Brian Peters – Weather teletype code

    John Scala – China bans unofficial weather reports

    Kevin Selle – SPC mobile

    James Spann – NHC audio briefings

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – eruption

    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 483: Very Chaotic Start

    | 5:15 am April 28, 2015

    WeatherBrains Episode 483 is now online (April 27, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s guest WeatherBrain works with the Capitol Weather Gang and joins us at the last minute. Jason Samenow, welcome to WeatherBrains.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: High 96 at Fort Lauderdale (Executive Airport), FL, and Death Valley, CA
  • Low: 17 at Eureka, NV, and Stanley, ID
  • MCS created disaster to regatta on Mobile Bay Sunday
  • Severe weather again along Gulf Coast
  • Anniversary of historic tornado event in 2011
  • MCS with wind knocking train off tracks in New Orleans
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer continues to bring us the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: Weather is a visual field and weather geeks often review weather conditions with pictures referred to as maps or charts. On those maps are contour lines that have special names.

    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 483:

    Dauphin Island Regatta disaster

    Interactive project looking back at Tuscaloosa on April 27, 2011

    Capitol Weather Gang site

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

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – Animated gif of storms near Dallas/Fort Worth April 26, 2015 (note, large file)

    Bill Murray – Bows out for an early flight

    Brian Peters – Gets fog horn!

    John Scala – Alabama leads Nation in tornado deaths

    Kevin Selle – Train being blown off tracks

    Rick Smith – Don’t park under an overpass in a hailstorm
    NWS BHM coming to a channel near you
    James Spann and lessons of April 27, 2011

    James Spann – NCAR Ensemble Forecasts

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – NWS Blacksburg, VA, summary on April 27-28, 2011

    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 482: Good Looking Bald Men

    | 4:15 am April 21, 2015

    WeatherBrains Episode 482 is now online (April 20, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Rick MitchellTonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a graduate of the University of Nebraska. He is in his 25th year of Broadcast Meteorology, starting right out of college with AccuWeather and then doing television in Des Moines before moving on to Oklahoma City where he would stay for 18 years. He has spent the last three years in Dallas. Rick Mitchell, welcome to WeatherBrains.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: The weather enterprise has seen the impact of events and inventions that have helped promote the understanding of our atmosphere in some huge ways. So what invention lead to one of the major explosion in weather data? Some may disagree, but you’ll find the answer 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.

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

    Picks of the Week:

    Bill Murray – Federal web analytics

    Kevin Selle – California Drought Pictures

    Rick Smith – Scary Looking Cloud Club

    James Spann – Day Of The Killer Tornadoes – 1974 Documentary

    Rick Mitchell – Lubbock, TX Supercell Time Lapse

    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 481: Floating Dumpsters

    | 5:15 am April 14, 2015

    WeatherBrains Episode 481 is now online (April 13, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Neal Dorst, Hurricane ResearcherTonight’s Guest WeatherBrain has worked for the Hurricane Research Division of NOAA for over 30 years. He is the Data Archivist for the Division and this led into his becoming the keeper of its history. He is the author of the recent book published by the AMS: Hurricane Pioneer, Memoirs of Robert Simpson. Neal Dorst was named NOAA’s Employee of the Month for October, 2014! Neal serves crucial roles as HRD’s historian and webmaster and has been their data manager, tape librarian, and archivist for all analog, digital, and film data from the early beginnings of the “U. S. Weather Bureau” hurricane flights in 1956 to the present day. He also led the project to preserve all this archived analog data into a digital state for use by future hurricane research scientists in perpetuity. Neal Dorst, welcome to WeatherBrains!

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 98 at Death Valley, CA, and 11 at Antero Reservoir, CO
  • Fairly wet pattern from Texas to the Carolinas
  • Relatively little severe weather in the US at midweek
  • Rain in driest parts of Oklahoma
  • Active southern and northern portions of the jet stream
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is under the weather for the show, so others will tackle at least one email.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: It was no April Fool’s joke with what happened on April the first 55 years ago. It was the launch of the world’s first meteorological satellite and definitely was a huge milestone in keeping an eye on the weather on our planet. So we look back a few years to that first satellite.

    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 481:

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

    1954 Hurricane Season

    Book, Memoirs of Bob Simpson

    Hurricane Center’s Wallet Project

    Information on Project Stormfury

    2015 Seasonal Hurricane Forecast from Klotzbach and Gray

    Picks of the Week (POW):

    Nate Johnson – Supercell video from Lubbock

    Brian Peters – Timeline of Weather Service History

    John Scala – Impact of Snow Storms on Boston’s Economy

    Kevin Selle – Panorama of gravity wave

    Rick Smith – NWS Damage Assessment Toolkit

    James Spann – Warning Polygons

    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 480: Fire and Brimstone

    | 4:00 am April 7, 2015

    WeatherBrains Episode 480 is now online (April 6, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s WeatherBrain is the Chief Operating Officer for the National Weather Service Central Region… Mike Hudson.

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

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: There are a number of ways to measure the atmosphere, and one of those relatively new ways is the atmospheric profiler. So what is a profiler and how does it do its job? This week on 101 we take a look at the use of profilers.

    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 480:

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

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – Crap apps strike again

    John Scala – Two horrific but largely forgotten tornadoes:

    Rick Smith – Don’t Fall for Weather Hoaxes and Hype as We Head Into Tornado Season

    James Spann – Weather Joke Maker

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – SOS Telegram from Titanic

    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 479: Put Your Pants Back On

    | 4:00 am March 31, 2015

    WeatherBrains Episode 479 is now online (March 30, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s guests are Dr. John Knox, Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Georgia. His Bachelors is from the University of Alabama- Birmingham and his doctorate is from the University of Wisconsin. Also joining us is David Lepchitz with KFDX-TV in Wichita Falls, Texas (yep, he work with Kevin Selle)

    WeatherBrains 101: The professor misses class 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.

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

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – Latest RadarScope release

    John Scala – Review of Roger Pielke Jr’s new book, “The Rightful Place of Science: Disasters & Climate Change”

    Kevin Selle – TWC vs AccuWeather

    Rick Smith – Mar. 25, 2015, Moore, OK, Tornado Survey

    James Spann – Time lapse video at the Columbia Metro Airport of Undulatus Asperatus Clouds

    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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