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WeatherBrains 453: Bringing Out the Manure

| 5:15 am September 30, 2014

WeatherBrains Episode 453 is now online (September 29, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Danielle Dozier, KOCOTonight’s Guest Panelist forecasts weather on weekend mornings and reports weekdays for KOCO 5 News in Oklahoma City. She joined KOCO 5’s First Alert Storm Team in 2011. Dozier holds the CBM (Certified Broadcast Meteorologist) seal of approval from the American Meteorological Society, the highest professional certification from the nation’s premier organization for broadcast meteorologists.

Dozier started her broadcast career in Abilene, Texas, where she worked for more than four years forecasting weather on the southern fringe of “Tornado Alley.” She helped produce and edit an AP-award-winning 30-minute weather show while serving there. Danielle Dozier, welcome to WeatherBrains.

Tony RiceTonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is the show’s Resident Astronomer. He is a regular contributor as well. He is a Solar System Ambassador with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Tony Rice, welcome to the show.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 99 at Death Valley, CA, and 23 at Bodie State Park, CA
  • Kevin is moving to Wichita Falls, TX
  • Slight risk for severe storms next couple of days in Central US
  • Lots of Hail in Colorado today
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer details the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: Diagnosing the atmosphere to make a forecast requires lots of resources, so for this episode of 101 we take a look at one of the indices that helps to identify instability, the lifted index.

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    Web Sites from Episode 453:

    Solar Ambassadors Web Page

    KOCO-TV Weather Page

    Kevin’s New Station

    WeatherBrains T-shirt Selfies

    Picks of the Week:

    Danielle Dozier – About Bowling

    Nate Johnson – Flight Dumps Fuel for Emergency Landing

    Brian Peters – Hail Pictures from Colorado

    Tony Rice – Picture Pointers for Astronomy Photography

    John Scala – 1927 St. Louis Tornado Destruction

    Kevin Selle – Fog Video

    Rick Smith – Article: Why Rumors Outrace the Truth Online

    James Spann – ello Web Page

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – AMS Bookstore

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, 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 452: My Bulb is Not Connected

    | 5:15 am September 23, 2014

    WeatherBrains Episode 452 is now online (September 22, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest Panelist is a senior forecaster at the NWS Forecast Office in Paducah, KY. Chris Noles got his start in weather in 1991 with WeatherData and joined the NWS in 1992. Chris appeared on Episode 328 on May 7, 2012, as the Guest WeatherBrain. He talked about ridiculously large tornado warning polygons.

    Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrains are students at Millersville University in Pennsylvania. Mike Yalch is a meteorology major with a math minor. Rachel Coulter is a senior in Meteorology.

    WB Episode 452 Brains

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 108 at Death Valley, CA, and 26 at Doe Lake, MI
  • Flash flood watches in New Mexico and frost advisory in part of the Appalachians
  • No specific slight risk areas for the next three days
  • Cool across the eastern US
  • Tropics are quiet
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: This episode coincides with the autumnal equinox, so 101 takes a look at what the equinox is, where the name originates, and some of the characteristics of what an equinox is.

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    Web Sites from Episode 452:

    Twitter Severe Weather Preparedness Q & A on Sep. 23rd

    NWS Paducah, KY

    Millersville University of Pennsylvania

    Impact-based Warnings

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – Hurricane Hugo Review

    Chris Noles – Facebook Paducah

    Brian Peters – Gets the Fog Horn!

    John Scala – Open Atmospheric Society

    Kevin Selle – Didn’t give one!

    Rick Smith – Southmoore High School Band Half Time Show including NOAA Weather Radio

    James Spann – Live Science article on Hurricane Drought

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Fall Foliage Guide

    Mike Yalch & Rachel Coulter – Weather Watch

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, 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 451: Too Much In My Pocket

    | 4:15 am September 16, 2014

    WeatherBrains Episode 451 is now online (September 15, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight, we are honored to have a trio of young meteorologists on the program to talk about their role in weather for their social communities. Karl Schneider is the webmaster for the Huntsville Joint Chapter of the National Weather Association and American Meteorology Society. He is a co-owner of the US Weather Plus website. Lenny Mendola is a senior who is an administrator on Karl’s US Weather Page. He lives in Roseland NJ. And, Steve Hallet is a freshman at Penn State University. He is a website administrator for the Eastern PA Weather Authority.

    This week’s guest panelist is Carl Schreck, who works with WeatherBrains alum Jarred Rennie at the NCDC in Asheville NC. He has been working recently on a project called Cyclone Center.

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

    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:

    John Scala – Spectacular video of the aurora from last Friday as viewed from Mount Washington

    Kevin Selle – OVATION Aurora – Aurora Forecast from NOAA

    Rick Smith – Storify

    James Spann – iPhone 6 barometer

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Janice Dean’s Freddy the Frogcaster book

    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 450: He’s Been Tested

    | 5:15 am September 9, 2014

    WeatherBrains Episode 450 is now online (September 8, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest Panelist is the co-founder and Chief Science Officer for Mano Nanotechnologies, Inc., a New York-based startup company focusing on research and development of advanced environmental sensor technology. He holds advanced degrees in meteorology and atmospheric science from Florida State University with 25 years of experience as a leader in technology and business management. He is currently working on an exciting new start up project. Dr. John Manobianco, welcome to WeatherBrains!

    Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a suggestion by listener Erick Church. He is the Chief Meteorologist for KTUZ-TV in Oklahoma City. Michael Saenz, welcome to WeatherBrains!

    Guests for WeatherBrains Episode 450

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 106 at Needles, CA, and Ojai, CA, and 25 at Stanley, ID
  • Tropics fairly quiet with just one area of concern south of the Cape Verde Islands
  • Small slight risk area in Iowa for today and expanding on Day 2 in much the same area
  • Discussion on Warning Coordination Meteorologist job
  • Last Super Moon of the year going on during the show
  • August a very low month for tornadoes since 1960
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is trying to catch up on incoming messages from our listeners. It’s a never ending job!

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: This week we take a peek into history and try to find a connection between a Lutheran minister, weather observations, and a big award for cooperative weather observers. It’s interesting to see who some of the past weather geeks are.

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    Web Sites from Episode 450:

    WeatherBrains Limited Edition T-shirt

    KTUZ-TV Web Site

    Spot the International Space Station

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – Upper Air Climatology Plots

    John Manobianco – Coastal Flooding and Sea Level Rise

    Brian Peters – Galveston Meteorologist Isaac Cline

    John Scala – Great Galveston Hurricane of 1900

    Kevin Selle – Sounding Data for KDFW

    Rick Smith – Taking Turbulence out of Air Travel

    James Spann – EKDMOS version 2 Meteorgrams

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Tornado Warning Graphic

    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 449: Remembering AM Weather

    | 4:30 am September 3, 2014

    WeatherBrains Episode 449 is now online (September 2, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is the Program Lead for New and Enhanced Products for NOAA’s National Weather Service. She is better known to this audience as one of the hosts of AM Weather, the long running show produced by NOAA and Maryland Public Broadcasting in the 70s, 80s and 90s. Joan von Ahn, welcome back to WeatherBrains. Joan gets a welcome back because she appeared on show 196 in October, 2009.

    Tonight’s Guest Panelist has over 25 years of experience in forecasting Gulf Coast weather…tracking hundreds of tropical storms and hurricanes including major Louisiana storms such as Andrew, Lili, Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike. He is the Chief Meteorologist at KATC in Lafayette LA. Rob Perillo, welcome to the show.

    Our email bag officer is looking into the backlog of incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: This week the 101 segment continues looking into the topic of air pressure. Last week we talked about pressure in a container, but the Earth’s atmosphere is not a container exactly.

    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 449:

    KATC – TV

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – What we know and don’t know about tornado formation

    John Scala – Labor Day 1935 Hurricane Monthly Weather Review Article

    Kevin Selle – WxSat App for iPhone

    Rick Smith – NWS Enhanced Data Display

    James Spann – Spann Instagram feed

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, Kevin Selle, Dr. 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 478: Everyone Gets an Outflow

    | 5:25 am August 26, 2014

    WeatherBrains Episode 448 is now online (August 25, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Our Guest WeatherBrain this week is a returning Guest in the form of Dr. Marshall Shepherd. Dr. Marshall was one of the panelists on WeatherBrains 384. J. Marshall Shepherd is a meteorologist, professor at the University of Georgia’s Department of Geography, the director of the university’s atmospheric sciences program, and was the president of the American Meteorological Society for 2013. Dr. Shepherd has a Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology (1991), Master of Science degree in Physical Meteorology, and a Ph.D. in Physical Meteorology, all obtained at Florida State University. For a complete list of his many accomplishments and undertakings, go here. Dr. Shepherd is the host of a new show on The Weather Channel called Weather Geeks.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 111 at Death Valley, CA, and 28 at West Yellowstone Gate, MT
  • Cristobal meandering in the vicinity of the Bahamas (just east)
  • Another tropical wave in the South Atlantic 1100 miles east of the Lesser Antilles
  • Nice wedge pattern bringing cooler/drier air to the Southeast
  • Kevin Selle makes a comeback as the salt on the popcorn
  • Special appearance by Matthew Selle
  • Lots of action in the tropical Pacific
  • Snow reported in Billings, MT
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: Air exerts a force, so this week our 101 segment looks at air pressure. Air pressure can change through a couple of different ways, so we look at that, too..

    TWIWH: Bill Murray is AWOL for this 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 448:

    Florida State University Meteorology

    Press release on Weather Geeks

    American Meteorological Society Insights

    WeatherBrains teeshirts

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – GOES-14 SRSOR Imagery

    Brian Peters – Earth Observing System Data and Information System

    John Scala – Lightning in super slow motion

    Kevin Selle – Android App Hobbles NWS Web Page

    Marshall Shepherd – Weather Geeks TWC Facebook Page

    James Spann – Rumor about Hurricane Heading to New Orleans

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Gets the Fog Horn

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

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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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