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WeatherBrains 470: I’d Rather Be Here

| 4:37 am January 27, 2015

WeatherBrains Episode 470 is now online (January 26, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Our special guest panelist this week is Dr. Marshall Shepherd, host of “Weather Geeks” on The Weather Channel, and a professor at the University of Georgia. Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a suggestion of listener Barry in Rochester (MN not NY)… John Wetter, who is the Technical Services Manager with Hopkins (MN) Public Schools.

We also spend some time analyzing the “Blizzard of 2015″, in progress on the upper Atlantic coast of the U.S.

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

WeatherBrains 101: We all know that the wind changes direction and speed with height. But what does the change in direction mean for forecasting the weather? This week we explore the backing and veering nature of the wind and what it means.

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 – Conference on broadcast meteorology

Bill Murray – Ensemble prediction systems

Dr. Marshall Shepherd – Low level wind streamlines

Brian Peters – A Wind Tree?

John Scala – January 2011 Northeast U.S. winter storm

Kevin Selle – Funny or Die Weather

Rick Smith – Tornado Forecasting Workshop Announcement

James Spann – Ten things every Oklahoman should know about snow forecasts

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Weatherwise Magazine – The Intertropical Convergence Zone

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 469: Better Than a Thong

| 5:15 am January 20, 2015

WeatherBrains Episode 469 is now online (January 19, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Paul Suffern, NTSBPaul Suffern is a senior meteorologist investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board, NTSB. He has been with the NTSB since January, 2011, serving in the Office of Aviation Safety. He has served as a meteorologist investigator in more than two hundred accidents, including Asiana flight 214 in San Francisco, Caribbean Airlines flight 523 in Guyana, Southwest Airlines flight 1919 in Chicago, and a few hundred of general aviation accidents in the United States.

Guest panelists for this episode are Chris Dunn, Chief Meteorologist, KPHO CBS-5, Phoenix, AZ, and Jay Prater, Managing Meteorologist, KAKE-TV, Wichita, KS.

Chris is chief meteorologist for CBS 5, KPHO-TV, in Phoenix, AZ. Before moving to Arizona, Chris worked in Miami and Ft. Myers, FL, and Chico, CA. In addition to a BS from Cal State Chico, he has a master’s in aviation safety from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is an instrument-rated private pilot. He holds the AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) designation and the NWA Seal of Approval.

Jay is the managing meteorologist at KAKE-TV in Wichita, KS, where he’s been forecasting for 11 years. Prior to Wichita, he worked in Nashville, TN; Huntsville and Birmingham, AL; and Panama City, FL. He’s a extra-class amateur radio operator, and most germane to this episode, he is a licensed private pilot with endorsements for tailwheel, high-performance, and complex aircraft. He’s the proud owner of a Cessna Skyhawk. He holds the AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) designation and the NWA Seal of Approval.

Dunn & Prater on WeatherBrains

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 81 at Del Rio, TX, and -8 at Gunnison County, CO
  • NO thunderstorms forecast across the vast US for next three days
  • The weather is Q U I E T !
  • Big ice storm in the Northeast US over the weekend
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer has once again let work get in the way of her weekly report! Working the early morning shift is a bear!

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: Radar is one of the most important tools we have in unlocking the mystery of the atmosphere, but like any good tool, it does have some limitations. This episode of 101 talks about how the radar beam can bend more than we want or less than we want.

    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 469:

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

    NTSB Web Page

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – Aviation Weather Center

    Brian Peters – TAF Forecasts

    John Scala – California Megaflood: Lessons from a Forgotten Catastrophe

    Kevin Selle – Wichita Mountains

    Rick Smith – FlightAware, Live Flight Tracking

    James Spann – Aviation Safety Network

    Paul Suffern – Southwest Aviation Weather Seminar

    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 468: The View from Atlanta

    | 5:15 am January 15, 2015

    WeatherBrains Episode 468 is now online (January 14, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Katherine ProcivTonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a recommendation from show alum Chris White. Kathryn Prociv obtained her Masters and Undergraduate degrees from Virginia Tech. Currently she is a weather content producer for The Weather Channel, specifically supporting the AMHQ production.

    Kathryn Prociv has loved weather since age six. Like most kids, Kathryn was afraid of thunderstorms until her fear transformed to awe one day when a green funnel cloud screamed over her head while caught outside in a severe thunderstorm. The rest is history, and she has since dedicated her life to the science of meteorology. Kathryn received both her B.A. and M.S. at Virginia Tech in geography with an emphasis in geospatial technology and meteorology. Her master’s research investigated the influence of the Appalachian Mountains on the intensity of supercell thunderstorms and associated tornadogenesis. While a lover of all weather, severe weather is her passion. A member of the Virginia Tech Hokie Storm Chasers 2010-2012, Kathryn has intercepted nearly a dozen tornadoes on the Great Plains. Her most notable intercept includes the Bowdle, SD, EF4 tornado on May 24th, 2010. She is currently teaching meteorology and geography at Northern Virginia Community College and is a meteorologist and contributor for the Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang. She is a member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), National Weather Association (NWA), an amateur radio operator (KK4BWP), and a SKYWARN Spotter. Her hobbies include local storm chasing, playing guitar, and amateur photography. If there is a storm approaching, you can find Kathryn outside with camera in hand!

    Tony RiceIt is hard to call tonight’s Guest Panelist a Guest any longer. Tony Rice is a fixture. We welcome our resident astronomer, Tony Rice, to the show.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 81 at Pompano Beach, FL, and -34 at Van Buren, ME
  • Relatively quiet weather pattern across the US
  • No severe weather outlooked for next 4 to 8 days
  • Fairly cold from Idaho to Maine
  • Not a single watch, warning, or advisory anywhere in the US
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center: This episode goes back about 7 years to a segment on radiosondes. These are so important to sampling the atmosphere, and since a listener asked a question about this, it seems a great topic to kick off the year of 2015.

    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 468:

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

    AMHQ on The Weather Channel

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – Variety story on Weather Channel Morning Mix

    Bill Murray – Ensemble Prediction Systems

    Brian Peters – United States Tornadoes, Past, Present and Future

    Katherine Prociv – Not Ready for It! Earth Cam

    Tony Rice – Astronomy 2015 Days

    John Scala – NCDC State of the Climate page

    Kevin Selle – El Nino Theme Page

    James Spann – NOAA Investing in New Supercomputers

    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 467: Live From AMS 2015

    | 4:41 am January 6, 2015

    WeatherBrains Episode 467 is now online (January 5, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    This week Bill Murray, Dr. John Scala, and Rick Smith anchor the show from the annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society in Phoenix. They interviewed an all star cast from the weather enterprise.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: The data from radiosondes is absolutely critical to generating weather forecasts and for providing meteorologists with a snapshot of the condition of the atmosphere. So after a listener brought up a question about radiosondes, I decided to revisit the topic for this episode of 101 since it has been nearly 8 years since I discussed the subject. And radiosondes rank up there as one of the most crucial data for computer modeling.

    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.

    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 466: Big Blingy Chain

    | 5:15 am December 29, 2014

    WeatherBrains Episode 46? is now online (December 29, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    A recap of major weather in 2014 with Greg Carbin, WCM at the Storm Prediction Center, Norman, OK

    Joining this episode is the National Warning Coordination Meteorologist, Greg Carbin, from Storm Prediction Center, Norman, OK. He’ll be providing us with the rundown on the 10 biggest weather events for 2014. Greg is a big star on WeatherBrains with perhaps the greatest number of appearances on the show.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Greg Carbin reviews the his biggest weather events of 2014
  • Greg’s review includes drought, bombs, heavy rain, wildfires, and tornadoes
  • Show recorded earlier than it aired, so no weather summary
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is working and Nate is AWOL with whatever he has going on in Raleigh.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: A recent WeatherBrains guest made mention of side lobe contamination on weather radars. I hadn’t given much thought to that topic, but I thought it might make a good topic for 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 466:

    Storm Prediction Center web site

    Don’t miss out on the upcoming newsletter, SkyWritings, for the WeatherBrains gang. Sign up by clicking here.

    Picks of the Week:

    No Picks of the Week for this show

    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 465: Good Placement of the Blobs

    | 5:15 am December 23, 2014

    WeatherBrains Episode 465 is now online (December 22, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Our guest for this episode is Jesus Haro, Meteorologist of the NWS office in El Paso, TX. Jesse will be talking about issues that they face on the international border and using hangouts to reach schools in the local area.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 84 at Hollywood, FL, & West Palm Beach, FL, and 0 at Saranac Lake, NY
  • Severe weather potential along the Central Gulf Coast region Tuesday
  • Heavy rains also possible with the system
  • Colder weather likely toward the end of December
  • and more …
  • Our email bag officer is here so you get to hear what our listeners have to say. And that is followed by Nate’s News.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: This episode of WeatherBrains 101 goes off on a tangent, but a tangent we think you might enjoy. How about a review of a new weather station system that has crossed the pond and is a big rage in Europe? Listen as the Professor unboxes it to bring you the scoop on a neat weather station.

    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 465:

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

    You can still get a WeatherBrains hoodie or teeshirt, sign up here.

    Information on Dr. Robert Simpsonfrom wunderground and Wikipedia and Washington Post

    NWS El Paso web page

    Netatmo web site

    Picks of the Week:

    Jesus Haro – 2013 NWS Virtual Border Conference Presentations

    Nate Johnson – Article about Dr. Robert Simpson

    Brian Peters – Deck the Halls sung by the Weather Radio voice

    John Scala – William Rankin, the man who rode the thunder

    Kevin Selle – Photos of Storms Pounding West Coast

    Rick Smith – NWS warnings plot by office

    James Spann – Climate Prediction Center Oscillations page

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Earth from Space: 15 Amazing Things in 15 Years

    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 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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