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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.

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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.

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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.

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Web Sites from Episode 542:

NWS Tulsa, OK

Wet-bulb globe temperature

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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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WeatherBrains 538: I Lost Out to Swedish Meatballs

| 5:15 am May 10, 2016

WeatherBrains Episode 538 is now online (May 9, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

We’ll be hosting Eric Berger, formerly of the Houston Chronicle and now with Ars Technica for this episode. He wants to get our thoughts about the questions for a piece he’s writing for AT that has to do with the future of weather forecasting. Ars Technica is an online information source covering primarily technical topics.

Eric Berger, Ars Technica

Eric Berger is the senior space editor at Ars Technica, covering everything from astronomy to private space to wonky NASA policy. Eric has an astronomy degree from the University of Texas and a master’s in journalism from the University of Missouri. He previously worked at the Houston Chronicle for 17 years, where the paper was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2009 for his coverage of Hurricane Ike. A certified meteorologist, Eric lives in Houston.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 98 at Death Valley, CA, and 10 at Mount Washington, NH
  • Fairly extensive severe weather ongoing centered on Arkansas
  • Risk of severe weather over Central Mississippi River Valley into Ohio River Valley next two days
  • 2 fatalities in Oklahoma earlier today
  • 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: Probably every single listener or viewer of WeatherBrains has seen a rainbow. But how many of them have seen a moonbow? That’s right, I said moonbow. Just what is a moonbow and how can you see one. Get the full low down in this episode of 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 538:

Ars Technica web page

Space City Weather

Commercial interests may negatively impact transmission of vital weather data

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 – Article about Amateur Cloud Society

Brian Peters – National Geographic Kids freaky weather facts

Kevin Selle – Retweeting makes you forget

James Spann – Podcasts surge

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Freddy the Forecaster and the Terrible Tornado

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 537: I’m Not Wearing Any Pants

| 5:15 am May 3, 2016

WeatherBrains Episode 537 is now online (May 2, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Thomas Niziol of the Weahter ChannelComing from the Weather Channel for this episode is Thomas Niziol, winter weather expert. Weather Channel celebrating it’s anniversary from the start in 1982.

He worked his whole NWS career, 32 years, in the office at Buffalo, NY. He also served on the Olympic Weather Support Team to the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City.

A 32-year forecasting veteran, Tom joined The Weather Channel after working as the meteorologist-in-charge at the National Weather Service in Buffalo, NY. While in Buffalo, he also directed research and science operations working with partners like Emergency Management and other local and national government agencies. Before that, Tom was an associate atmosphere scientist at Calspan Corporation in Buffalo, NY, where he conducted scientific research from field studies through contract publications for atmospheric studies. Throughout his career, Niziol has authored several research papers and poster sessions on winter weather forecasting and has toured the country speaking at numerous meteorological conferences.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 93 at Orlando, FL, Thermal, CA, & Death Valley, CA, and 12 at Aspen Springs, CO, & Walden, CO
  • After an active weekend, convective weather abating some this week
  • Decidedly cooler over eastern half of the US at the end of week
  • 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:In this episode of WeatherBrains 101 we take a look at another major player who made significant contributions to the field of meteorology. Namely, Herbert Riehl whose name was mentioned a couple of week ago as a colleague of Dr. Bill Gray and who is often thought of as the father of tropical meteorology.

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 537:

The Weather Channel

BUF Kit home page

To subscribe to the brand new SkyWritings, an email newsletter from the WeatherBrains gang, click HERE. The latest issue is set to hit the internet this evening.

Picks of the Week:

Bill Murray – Buffalo flakes

Thomas Niziol – NASA worldview

Brian Peters – Windows 10 Upgrade photo bombs weather segment

Kevin Selle – Storm Warriors

Rick Smith – SPC Product Descriptions

James Spann – Drone footage of tornado warned storm near DC

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Drone video of severe storm over Harrisonburg

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 536: I Knew Nothing About Tornadoes

| 5:15 am April 26, 2016

WeatherBrains Episode 536 is now online (April 25, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

This episode of WeatherBrains will look back five years to the historic weather events of April 27, 2011, in the Southeast US, especially Alabama. Joining us tonight is Kim Cross, author of What Stands in a Storm, a story that traces the events that day through compelling stories from the people who survived that day. Also part of the discussion includes Stephen Latimer, Forecaster NWS Huntsville, AL, and Jim Stefkovich, Meteorologist-in-Charge, NWS Birmingham, AL.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 101 at Cotulla, TX, and Laredo, TX, and 13 at Mount Washington, NH
  • Moderate risk for severe weather in Nation’s heartland for Day 2 (see graphic below)
  • Drought still strong in southern California
  • Very little cold weather in US
  • High wind/dry conditions in Southwest US
  • Some winter weather in Central Rockies
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Day 2 Severe Weather Outlook

Our email bag officer (Aubrey) is back with a summary of emails from our listeners.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: No WeatherBrains 101 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 536:

NOAA’s Natural Disaster Survey Report on April 27, 2011

Summary of Historic Tornado Event of April 27, 2011, from NWS Birmingham

NWS, Huntsville, AL, Remembering April 27, 2011

Kim Cross’s What Stands in a Storm

Article on families accepting diplomas after April 27, 2011

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

Picks of the Week:

Kim Cross – Bo Bikes Bama

Nate Johnson – ASCII weather art

Stephen Latimer & Jim Stefkovich – NWS interactive site for April 27, 2011, stories/pictures

Bill Murray – NOAA Interactive Maps for April 27, 2011

Brian Peters – SPC WCM 25-Year tornado averages

Kevin Selle – Turn Around, Don’t Drown

James Spann – NWS Louisville, KY, Shareholders Report

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Rocky Mtn Fire 2016, Shenandoah Valley

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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