Category: WeatherBrains

WeatherBrains 568: Calling the Ambulance Now

| December 6, 2016 @ 5:20 am

WeatherBrains Episode 568 is now online (December 5, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Brian CosgroveTonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a Research Hydrologist for the National Weather Service (NWS). He is the National Water Model Lead. He has been responsible for the implementation of the groundbreaking and gamechanging technology for the National Weather Service. Brian Cosgrove, welcome to WeatherBrains!

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 88 at Tampa (Vandenburg), FL, and -9 at Stanley, ID;
  • Slight risk of severe weather over extreme SE US;
  • National snow analysis shows 32 percent snow cover across Lower 48;
  • Going to get cold across the eastern half of the country;
  • Nice rains over Southeast US but more flood issue in SE Texas; and
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer encounters a bunch of technical problems, so the email bag will be summarized next week.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101:

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Web Sites from Episode 568:

Office of Water Prediction

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Picks of the Week:

Brian Cosgrove – Office of Water Prediction

Bill Murray – Gets the fog horn!

Brian Peters – BloomSky weather station

Kevin Selle – Fog time lapse from Wichita Falls

James Spann – SPC Storm-Scale Ensemble of Opportunity

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Fog dome caught on camera

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 567: Get the Scoop on Scope – RadarScope

| November 29, 2016 @ 5:15 am

WeatherBrains Episode 567 is now online (November 28, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a cult hero in these parts. He is the Founder of Radarscope, the wildly popular radar app for the Mac OS and Apple iOS. He works for Weather Decision Technologies (WDT) in Norman, OK. Mike Wolfinbarger, welcome to WeatherBrains!

Also joining us as our guest panelist is Nick Walker from The Weather Channel.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 99 at McAllen, TX, and -4 at Monte Vista, CO
  • Southeast US getting significant rain for 1st time in 4 months
  • Hurricane season in Atlantic Basin winding down
  • Forest fire spreading into Gatlinburg, TN
  • GOES-R continues to work well as it heads to its orbit
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

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

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: There was a news item that came in about a weather event that occurred in the land down under, Australia. And in 50 years of meteorology, the professor had to admit that he had never heard of such a thing happening. But apparently thunder asthma is a real thing that actually occurs around the world when thunderstorms and pollen counts collide. Listen in for the scoop on this phenomena.

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 567:

Warning Decision Technologies

Guy Walton’s You Caring site

There is a new WCM at SPC – Patrick Marsh

mPing web site

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

Picks of the Week:

Nate Johnson – Pleas for real pictures from Gatlinburg

Bill Murray – summarizes our guests

Brian Peters – Gets the fog horn!

Kevin Selle – Departs before POWs

Rick Smith – Mental Floss article on snow forecasts

James Spann – IEM NWS Text Product Finder

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Report from Gatlinburg before station went offline

Nick Walker – Guy Walton’s You Caring site

Mike Wolfinbarger – Shout out to WDT and RadarScope staff and users

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 566: You Da Man

| November 22, 2016 @ 4:32 am

WeatherBrains Episode 566 is now online (November 21, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is the founder and CEO of Intellovations, a small company that created the ForecastWatch product.  His degree is in computer science from the Ohio State University.  Eric Floehr, welcome to WeatherBrains!

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Alabama’s Drought situation
  • Tropical Storm Otto
  • November 15, 1989 Huntsville tornado
  • New WeatherBrains shirts
  • 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: The 101 segment is missing since the professor is off celebrating Thanksgiving with family.

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 566:

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

Picks of the Week:

Eric Floehr – Python

Nate Johnson –  Out this week!

Bill Murray – Mike Wilhem GoFundMe

Kevin Selle – Weatherbrains T-shirts

Rick Smith – GOES-R LAUNCH

James Spann – EKDMOS

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Buffalo Lake Effect

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 565: I Choose the Canned Response

| November 15, 2016 @ 5:45 am

WeatherBrains Episode 565 is now online (November 14, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Ray Russell, Ray's WeatherOur guest WeatherBrain this evening is Dr. Ray Russell from Ray’s Weather from the mountains of North Carolina. He calls Ray’s Weather his hobby gone berserk. Dr. Russell is a Computer Science professor at Appalachian State University. His PhD is in Computer Science from Georgia Tech (1989); weather has been a long-time passion. He started posting a “snow forecast” on the university website back in the mid 1990’s; this evolved into RaysWeather.Com in 2000. Ray lives in Boone and has taught at Appalachian State since 1991.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 94 at Lake Elsinore, CA, & Riverside, CA, and 12 at Alamosa, CO, & Waverly, CO
  • Tropical Atlantic is quiet
  • Severe weather scene is also quiet
  • Drought extreme in SE and southern California
  • Drought extends into western NC
  • Warm in North Central Texas
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer, Aubrey, is out tonight, but she is expected back next week.

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 565:

Ray’s Weather

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

Picks of the Week:

Nate Johnson – GOES-13 images of smoke in SE US

Brian Peters – Reed Timmer goes to work for Accuweaher

Ray Russell – Come ski in the high country this Thanksgiving

Kevin Selle – 2nd generation WeatherBrains teeshirt

James Spann – HRRR Smoke Forecast

Aubrey Urbanowicz – What is the moon illusion?

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 564: Kevin Is Smoking Something

| November 8, 2016 @ 4:15 am

WeatherBrains Episode 564 is now online (November 7, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain #1 is currently a forecaster for the National Weather Service at Blacksburg, VA. His interest in remote sensing and drone technology was piqued during his time spent at NOAA/NESDIS “flying” GOES weather satellites. During his time outside of the weather office, Mike is an avid mountain biker and self-professed “bird nerd”.  Michael Sporer, welcome to WeatherBrains!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain #2 has been the Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the National Weather Service Office in Charleston, SC for 8 years, and has been in the NWS for 25 years.   He has been a Lead Forecaster in Tampa and a SOO at CRP.    Ron Morales, welcome to WeatherBrains.
Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain #3 is an Unmanned Systems Atmospheric Scientist at Cherokee Nation Technologies (CNT), working in support of the NOAA UAS Program Office.  Prior to that, John worked in various positions, supporting the NASA Natural Environments branch in development of the Space Launch System heavy-lift rocket, the University of Alabama in Huntsville as a research meteorologist, and the Von Braun Center for Science and Innovation as a consultant meteorologist.  John Walker, welcome to the show!

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 91 at Lake Elsinore, CA, and 12 at Mount Washington, NH
  • Extra-Super Moon coming on Monday the 14th; last one wa in 1984, next one in 2034
  • And we have an audio note from Tarmo, our Estonian correspondent
  • The future of the use of drones in covering severe weather
  • Drought issues
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer takes a look at the incoming messages from our listeners.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: Clouds come in a variety of flavors with most classifications coming from the height of the clouds. In the lower troposphere, there are two types of low clouds known as cumulus and stratus. In this edition of WeatherBrains 101, we take a look at these two types of clouds and their differences.

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Web Sites from Episode 564:

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Picks of the Week:

Nate Johnson –

Bill Murray –

Kevin Selle – Kevin’s post about weather forecasts from Facebook

Rick Smith – The Weather Has A Vote!

James Spann – Evolving the National Weather Service

Aubrey Urbanowicz – EOSDIS Worldview

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 563: Keep Your Pants On!

| November 2, 2016 @ 5:45 am

WeatherBrains Episode 563 is now online (November 1, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Guest information typically goes here, but for tonight we are guest-less, so you are stuck with the WeatherBrains gang and whatever topics they bring to the digital mahogany table. Plus the episode is being recorded on Tuesday night, not the typical Monday night. There was a gasoline pipeline explosion and fire in Central Alabama on Halloween, so our moderator assisted with our on-air coverage of the event, so we moved the show to tonight.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 98 at McAllen, TX, and 18 at Saranac Lake, NY
  • Tropical Atlantic is quiet for now
  • Severe weather risk areas pretty small next three days
  • Drought in California and Southeast US
  • Pattern shift appears likely next 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: As October slips into the rearview mirror, we are getting close to the start of meteorological winter. And with winter will come a varied of hazards. One of those hazards is glaze which can create extremely dangerous black ice situations for motorists. So in this edition of WeatherBrains 101, we take a look at glaze and the conditions surrounding its formation.

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 563:

AP style book

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

Picks of the Week:

Bill Murray – Article on 2016 hurricane season

Brian Peters – Boston Globe autumn brilliance

Kevin Selle – WeatherBrains t-shirt round 2

Rick Smith – Evolving the NWS

James Spann – Gulf water temperatures and summer tornadoes

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary twitter feed

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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