Category: WeatherBrains

WeatherBrains 574: Never Used It on Either End

| January 17, 2017 @ 6:00 am

WeatherBrains Episode 574 is now online (January 16, 2017). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Jesus Haro, MIC, NWS San FranciscoTonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is the Meteorologist in Charge at the National Weather Service in San Francisco Bay Area/Monterey. Mr. Haro was on a previous WeatherBrains show (Episode 465) when he was the MIC at the NWS Office in El Paso, TX. Jesus Haro, welcome back to WeatherBrains!

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 84 at Harlingen, TX, & Marathon, FL, and -37 at Stanley, ID
  • Big ice storm winding down in Central US
  • Only marginal severe weather risks in southern US next few days
  • Unseasonably warm across the Southeast US
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer is out this week.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: Snow covered 49 percent of the Lower 48 at last check, so when the weather turns warmer, snow melt could become an issue. So what is snow melt and how does it contribute to flooding? That’s the topic for this episode of WeatherBrains 101.

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Web Sites from Episode 574:

NWS San Franciso

Tsunami Warning Center

Drought Monitor

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Picks of the Week:

Bill Murray – Gets the fog horn!

Brian Peters – WPC Probabilistic Winter Precipitation Guidance

James Spann – Interactive weather satellite imagery

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 573: Fastest Thing on the Highway

| January 11, 2017 @ 8:06 am

WeatherBrains Episode 573 is now online (January 10, 2017). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

John Murphy, COO NWSTonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the National Weather Service. He was formerly the Director of the NWS Office of Science and Technology. He served as a career meteorologist in the United States Air Force for 29 years before joining the NWS in 2011. He was the Commander of the Air Force Weather Agency. His meteorology degree is from Lyndon State and his Masters is from Penn State. John Murphy, welcome to WeatherBrains!

The Office of the Chief Operating Officer (OCOO) manages the day-to-day mission execution units responsible for delivering NWS weather, water, climate and space weather products, services, and information as well as the budgetary planning for 11 National Service Programs. The Office is responsible for coordinating and integrating all aspects of mission execution to ensure consistency of NWS products and services. The Office is responsible for enforcing National Service Program policy. The Office manages the NWS Operations Center (NWSOC) and provides liaison services to other partnering agencies. The Office is the lead for Continuity of Operations (COOP) planning to ensure organizational and management continuity. The Office monitors and reports service delivery performance measures, conducts and evaluates operational service efficiency, effectiveness, and customer satisfaction, and develops NWS policy delineating NWS’s mission and its public sector responsibility to produce and disseminate information. The Office manages and oversees resources to maintain and sustain effective mission execution, identifies and validates needed service requirements, and ensures those needs are incorporated into cross-portfolio planning activities. These activities require active coordination and collaboration with all members of the climatological, hydrometeorological, space weather, and oceanographic communities as well as all weather-sensitive constituent communities including other Federal, state, and local government agencies; the media; the private weather information sector; academic institutions; non-governmental organizations; constituent organizations; and the public.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 88 at McAllen, TX, & Edinburg, TX, and -17 at Lewistown, MT
  • Cold relinquishing it’s grip for now
  • New storm on the horizon for next weekend for Central US
  • With cold, little severe weather next several days
  • 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: There’s a lot of cold over the eastern US the last several days, and cold weather can lead to some issues later in the year. These issues can be ice jams produced by ice forming on the surface of rivers, streams, and creeks. Debris jams are similar, but can occur at anytime of the year.

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Web Sites from Episode 573:

Jobs web site

Occupational workforce analysis (NWS)

NWS Office of Chief Operating Officer web page

NWS organizational structure

Warn on Forecast program

HR-1561, Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2016

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

Picks of the Week:

Nate Johnson – Weather video by Mike Olbinski

Bill Murray – gets the fog horn!

Brian Peters – Weather and inauguration days

Kevin Selle – Skybrary, a single point of reference for aviation safety

James Spann – Interactive snow information

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Sierra Nevada cam with 8 feet of snow

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 572: Two Doctors and a SOO!!

| January 4, 2017 @ 9:42 am

WeatherBrains Episode 572 is now online (January 3, 2017). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s GuestPanelist needs no introduction to our audience. He is a former President of the AMS and the host of The Weather Channel’s WxGeeks show. Dr. Marshall Shepherd, welcome to WeatherBrains!

And tonight’s Guest WeatherBrains are both alumni of the show. She is a prominent social scientist in the area of meteorology and preparedness at the University of Alabama. Dr. Laura Myers, welcome to the show! He is the Science and Operations Officer at the National Weather Service Office in Birmingham, Alabama. Kevin Laws, welcome to the program!

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 88 at McAllen, TX, Marathon, FL, & Stuart, FL, and -25 at Jordan, MT
  • Severe weather across southern US on January 2nd
  • 4 tornado deaths in Alabama
  • Snow potential for Southeast US at end of week
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer is watching incoming messages from our listeners, but topics, technical issues, and a weather show puts off the mail bag again.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: The initial review of the Netatmo weather equipment was in Episode 465 with a follow-up in Episode 512. Now for this segment of WeatherBrains the Professor does yet another follow-up as the Netatmo weather equipment continues to impress with new equipment elements to flesh out your weather station.

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Web Sites from Episode 572:

Bryan Woods’ article on snow forecasting

AMS guideline on use of “meteorologist”

Forbes article by Dr. Shepherd on viral weather forecasts

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

Picks of the Week:

Kevin Laws – Pivotal weather data

Laura Myers – Suggests following local WFO on Twitter like @NWSBirmingham and @NWSJackson

Bill Murray – Gets the fog horn!

Brian Peters – Pictorial essay, Winter Is Coming

Kevin Selle – Attention Merchants

Rick Smith – Forbes article on viral weather forecasts

James Spann – NCEP sref plumes

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Mother lode of weather links

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 571: Got Out of Norman

| December 27, 2016 @ 9:44 am

WeatherBrains Episode 571 is now online (December 26, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you! This show was actually recorded on December 21, 2016, due to vacation scheduling.

Our guest for the year-ending show is Greg Carbin who will be listing his top 10 weather events of 2016.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 87 at Fort Myers, FL, and -15 at Stanley, ID
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer is handling the incoming messages from our listeners.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: There is no WeatherBrains 101 for this episode, but the 101 segment will return in 2017.

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Web Sites from Episode 571:

WCM Page at SPC

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

Picks of the Week:

Brian Peters – National Centers for Environmental Prediction

Kevin Selle – NWS Wind Chill page (great picture)

James Spann – CIPS Historical Analog Guidance

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Snow falls in Sahara town

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 570: Doing Something Obscene Off Camera

| December 20, 2016 @ 5:25 am

WeatherBrains Episode 570 is now online (December 19, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a six time Emmy-winning meteorologist at 41 Action News, KSHB in Kansas City. Gary developed a passion for weather as he learned his first words. Growing up in Southern California, he was fascinated by clouds and rain, but always wondered why the weather seemed to be more exciting in other places. After graduating from high school in 1980, he decided to pursue a Bachelors of Science degree in Meteorology and headed off to the University of Oklahoma.

Gary LezakShortly after receiving his degree in 1985, Gary became an intern at the CBS affiliate in Oklahoma City. It was there that he got his first big break when he was hired as Meteorologist of the morning show and midday news program for the number one station in the market. In 1992, Gary made the move to Kansas City. In 1999 Gary became Chief Meteorologist at KSHB, 41 Action News. He established himself and his weather team as the most accurate in Kansas City and has been #1 in forecasting not only during his time at KSHB but since he arrived here in 1992.

An animal lover, Gary has been known to share air-time with his well known dogs. Windy lived to a nice old age of almost 17 years old. Breezy and Stormy now carry on Windy’s legacy of going out in the public with Gary. Both Breezy and Stormy were adopted from the Humane Society of Greater Kansas City.

By far, the biggest challenge in Gary’s life was being diagnosed with cancer in 1999. It was a very rare form called extra-skeletal osteogenic sarcoma. Only six adults a year are diagnosed with the same form of cancer in the United States. The doctors discovered it was very aggressive and recommended Gary undergo extensive chemotherapy to ensure the cancer was removed from his body. Two surgeries to remove the cancer were performed before chemotherapy treatments could begin. Gary is now cancer free since 2000 and celebrates every day! He shares his cancer experience and his passion for weather at his more the 70 public appearances a year around the viewing area.

Gary was on WeatherBrains 499.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 91 at Auburn, CA, and -29 at Antero Reservoir, CO
  • Too cold for severe weather across the Lower 48
  • Very cold air across much of the country – except Florida
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer is back and gets locked out of her email. So maybe we’ll have an email bag summary in the next show.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: The 101 segment takes on the topic of the polar vortex which has been in the news once again in recent weeks.

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Web Sites from Episode 570:

Weather at KSHB-TV in Kansas City

Lezak’s Forecasting Model Explanation

Storm Track discussion of LRC

Gary Lezak’s book, It’s a Sunny Life

LRC Forecast Experience Blog

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

Picks of the Week:

Gary Lezak – Tropical Tidbits

Bill Murray – Gets the fog horn!

Brian Peters – Largest Atlantic wave confirmed

Rick Smith – Convective Watcher newsletter from SPC

James Spann – SPC HRRR Model Browser

Aubrey Urbanowicz – NCIE’s look at where you can find a white Christmas

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 569: The 1990s Called

| December 13, 2016 @ 3:23 am

WeatherBrains Episode 569 is now online (December 12, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is recently retired from the National Weather Service after nearly 36 years.  He ended his NWS career as the Meteorologist in Charge of the Mount Holly NJ Office. He is a graduate of St. Louis University.  Gary Szatkowski, welcome to WeatherBrains!

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Forecasting Hurricane Sandy
  • Social media and it’s role in meteorology
  • WeatherBrains t-shirts are back!
  • 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 polar vortex has once again raised it’s ugly head in the media as the culprit in the extreme cold occurring across the eastern US. The professor once again provides some information on the topic of polar vortex and why this is not a “new” feature in the weather patterns of Earth.

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Web Sites from Episode 569:

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

Picks of the Week:

Nate Johnson – Gets the foghorn!

Bill Murray –  Gets the foghorn!

Kevin Selle – Twitter account for old weather pictures

Rick Smith – Gets the foghorn!

Gary Szatkowski – Know Your Zone

James Spann – Service Life Extension Program

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Penguins Dressed as Santa Claus

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 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.

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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.

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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:

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Web Sites from Episode 565:

Ray’s Weather

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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

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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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