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WeatherBrains 534: Tales from the Tropics

| 5:20 am April 12, 2016

WeatherBrains Episode 534 is now online (April 11, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Eric Blake, National Hurricane CenterIn this episode of WeatherBrains, we’re going to visit with Eric Blake. Eric is a Hurricane Specialist at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, FL.

Blake received his Bachelor’s Degree in Atmospheric Science from the University of Louisiana at Monroe in 1998 and his Master’s Degree in Atmospheric Sciences from Colorado State University in 2001. His graduate studies were under the tutelage of Dr. William Gray, a renowned expert on tropical meteorology and hurricanes.

Blake began his career with the National Hurricane Center in 2000 as a student intern. He advanced to a full-time position at NHC in 2002 and became a hurricane specialist in 2006. The specialist position involves the issuance of track, intensity, and wind radii forecasts as well as associated watches and warnings for tropical cyclones in the Atlantic and eastern Pacific oceans. Blake also performs post-season analyses of hurricanes and hurricane forecasts for the Atlantic and eastern Pacific basins, and recently was the lead author of the Hurricane Sandy tropical cyclone report.
Blake is an instructor for classes at NHC, including the FEMA and NWS courses, which help to educate partners on hurricane-related dangers. In addition, he is a frequent presenter and participant in meteorological meetings, including the National Hurricane Conference, to promote hurricane awareness and preparedness.

Blake specializes in medium- to long- range forecasting, and received a Department of Commerce Bronze medal for work related to extended-range tropical cyclone forecasting. He helped create the 5-day Tropical Weather Outlook and is also a member of the NOAA Atlantic and Eastern Pacific seasonal hurricane forecast teams.

Blake serves on the Tropical Cyclone Best Track Change Committee, which considers proposals to change the hurricane record, important for long-term studies of climate. He has authored numerous scientific articles on hurricanes, serves as a reviewer for scientific journals, and is also the lead author for the book Eastern North Pacific Tropical Cyclones, 1949-2006.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 92 at Cotulla, TX, Del Rio, TX, Laredo, TX, McAllen, TX, & McGregor, TX and 6 at Hettinger, ND, and Mount Washington, NH
  • North Texas experienced tremendous hail damage with baseball size hail
  • Severe weather in corridor from E Texas to SW Alabama
  • Rest of week a bit calmer in severe weather department
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer is out this evening due to house guests. Email bag will have a triple play next week.

Special congratulations goes out to our friend, Patrick Marsh, at the SPC who became a first time dad this evening around 7 pm. Patrick made the announcement in a “local stork report” commonly seen in the NWS as an LSR or Local Storm Report.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: In this episode we’re going to take a look at the history of weather radar. Radar is a relatively new discovery having come about with early pioneering efforts in the late 1800s.

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Web Sites from Episode 534:

Solving the Jigsaw Puzzle of Hurricane History by Eric Blake and Todd Kimberlain

National Hurricane Center

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Picks of the Week:

Nate Johnson – NWS abandoning all caps in messages

Bill Murray – not sure!

John Scala – Physics Today article on tornadoes and flash floods

Rick Smith – Joplin Disaster Recovery Summit

James Spann – Accu-Weather Extends Forecast to 90-Days

SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Dr. John Scala, 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 533: Grecian Formula Works Well

| 5:20 am April 5, 2016

WeatherBrains Episode 533 is now online (April 4, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain has been a meteorologist at WDBJ-TV in Roanoke since 1982. He recently became the Director of Weather Operations. Robin Reed, welcome to WeatherBrains! Besides weather, he is a big baseball fan and actually played some baseball.

Tonight’s other Guest WeatherBrain is the Chief Meteorologist at WDBJ. Brent Watts, welcome to the show! Brent has had a rather non-traditional career path to meteorology, and he has a serious focus on social media and apps.

Robin Reed and Brent Watts, WDBJ-TV Roanoke

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 99 at Death Valley, CA, and 1 at Mount Washington, NH
  • Marginal risk for severe weather on Day 2 and 3
  • Cold from Great Lakes to New England
  • Quite warm in Southwest US
  • Cold coming for the weekend, too
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer has to handle company, so she just peeks in for a few minutes.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: In this episode of 101, we take a look at another aspect of our atmosphere, the interface with water surfaces. Did you know that about 70 percent of the Earth is covered by water, and the oceans hold about 97 percent of all of our water? You’ll even learn the name of the top most layer of the oceans, actually both names!

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 533:

WDBJ-TV Weather site

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

Picks of the Week:

Brian Peters – Mighty Wind in the East

Robin Reed – Tornado Club in Wisconsin

John Scala – Runners run half marathon through hail

Kevin Selle – Anatomy of a Weather Tweet

James Spann – School Closings in Hazardous Weather, Part 1 and Part 2

Aubrey Urbanowitz – peeks in for just a few minutes

Brent Watts – Davis WeatherLink

SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Dr. John Scala, 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 532: Saw Them Guns

| 5:25 am March 29, 2016

WeatherBrains Episode 532 is now online (March 28, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Jon PorterTonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is the Vice President of Innovations Development for AccuWeather. He is responsible for the teams that collect weather data from all over the world. Jon Porter, welcome to WeatherBrains!

Jonathan joined the AccuWeather team in June, 2004, just a few weeks after graduating from the Pennsylvania State University with a degree in meteorology and minor in Information Technology. Jon does double duty at AccuWeather — he spends much of his time working as a meteorological programmer within the IT department tasked to projects ranging from improvements in the AccuWeather digital forecast database to building specialized applications for a wide variety of clients. In addition, he is a broadcast meteorologist, appearing on wireless videos, the Local AccuWeather Channel and WPSU–TV.

A New England native, Jon grew up in the small town of Killingly, CT – in Northeastern Connecticut’s Windham County. He has always been interested in the weather and decided that he wanted to be a meteorologist in the fourth grade. Some family members contend it is in his genes as Jon’s father holds a degree in meteorology. Growing up, Jon was always fascinated with East Coast snowstorms particularly the Blizzard of 1993 and the April Fool’s Day Nor’easter of 1997.

After graduating from Marianapolis Preparatory School in Thompson, CT, Jon followed his dream and arrived at Penn State University. While at Penn State, Jon was fortunate to have the opportunity to get his start in television on Penn State’s nightly weather program, Weather World. He appeared on air during major winter storms, severe weather outbreaks and in the days leading up to Hurricane Isabel’s effects on Pennsylvania in 2003.
Jon is a member of the American Meteorological Society and serves on an alumni committee for the Department of Meteorology at Penn State.

In his free time, Jon likes to spend time with friends and family. He also volunteers his IT skills at a clinic that provides free healthcare to the working poor. He likes to listen to 80’s music – especially Chicago and Earth Wind & Fire. Jon also enjoys TV dramas, especially NYPD Blue and Law & Order.

Ryan VaughnTonight’s Guest Panelist is the Chief Meteorologist at KAIT-TV in Jonesboro, AR. He is Western Kenticky Hilltopper. (Thanks for beating UAB and letting Middle Tennessee win the Conference USA Basketball Tournament so they could beat Michigan State and break Bill Murray’s bracket!) Welcome to the show Ryan Vaughan!

Jon’s career included a short period with a television in the Montgomery, AL, area, but moved back to the Jonesboro, AR, area due in part to it being a great place to raise a family.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 91 at Miami, FL, and 10 at Alamosa, CO
  • Don’t forget to vote for Ginger Zee in Dancing with the Stars
  • Some severe weather Wednesday/Thursday
  • Heavy rain possible across Southeast US, too
  • Ash advisory for parts of Alaska
  • Snowy weather in the western states
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer brings to life messages from our listeners.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: There are many processes going on in the atmosphere, and one of those is referred to as the hydrologic cycle. Often called the water cycle, too, it identifies the various processes going on in the atmosphere as water comes and goes.

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 532:

KAIT-TV Weather page

GOES satellite communications at risk

NWA/AMS joint letter on this topic

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

Picks of the Week:

Brian Peters – Gets the fog horn!

John Scala – Relationship of extreme weather and climate change

Kevin Selle – Scott Kelly’s pictures from space

James Spann – Fight over empty seat at graduation

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Cat digs igloo!

SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Dr. John Scala, 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 531: His Head Symmetrical Without Potholes

| 5:15 am March 22, 2016

WeatherBrains Episode 531 is now online (March 21, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Dr. Jordan GerthTonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a Research Meteorologist at the University of Wisconsin Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies. He is a lifelong Wisconsin Badger. We’re happy to welcome Dr. Jordan Gerth to WeatherBrains.

Dr. Jordan Gerth is an assistant researcher at the University of Wisconsin in Madison affiliated with the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies. His primary area of expertise is satellite meteorology. His dissertation work involved producing a blended sky cover analysis and short-term sky cover forecasts. He currently works to transition new and experimental satellite products directly to operational meteorologists in the field as part of the GOES-R and JPSS Proving Grounds, a readiness activity to prepare forecasters for the next-generation weather satellites. His other research includes studying the impact of retrieved atmospheric parameters from satellite observations in numerical weather prediction model solutions. Jordan also pursues interests infusing new technology into the weather forecasting process and has served on professional committees for both the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association.

Tonight’s Special Guest is a senior at Mississippi State University, studying meteorology. She is the President of the East Mississippi Joint Chapter of the AMS/NWA. She is in charge of the upcoming Severe Weather Symposium (link below). Welcome to WeatherBrains, Meagan Massey.

Meagan MasseyMeagan Massey is from the Dallas–Fort Worth area of Texas and joined the Campus Connect Forecasting Team in August, 2015. At a young age, two tornado outbreaks in DFW piqued Meagan’s interest for weather. During the stormiest/wettest year on record in 2015 for Dallas, Meagan interned with the WFAA–TV Weather Team while assisting on severe weather coverage as well as giving reports live on-air to Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus. She even had her first flight experience during a feature story with Meteorologist Colleen Coyle. Her forecast skills were also put to the test while interning at KAIT–TV in Jonesboro, AR, with Chief Meteorologist Ryan Vaughan. Every week Meagan adds comedy and creativity into forecast blogs for NashSevereWX.com. Meagan is a 2015 Harold Taft Scholar.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 96 at Death Valley, CA, and 4 at Herman, MI
  • Cast your vote for Ginger Zee at http://vote-e.abc.go.com/shows/dancing-with-the-stars/vote/season-22
  • (voting until 8 pm EDT Tuesday, March 22)
  • Windy in Kevin’s area especially tomorrow
  • Cold in the Southeast US and much of the East
  • Relatively benign weather across much of US
  • Severe weather possible Thursday, March 24th
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer squeezes in the latest emails from our listeners before doing the evening weather!

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: When you get weather information off a METAR, the visibility is followed by what if anything is reducing the visibility. Other than precipitation, there are a number of items that can be responsible for the reduced visibility. One of those is volcanic ash, but there are several others. In this edition of the 101 segment, we take a look at what those are and how they get reported.

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 531:

Mississippi State Severe Weather Symposium

Summary of work of Dr. Jordan Gerth

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Picks of the Week:

Jordan Gerth – CIMSS Satellite Blog

Nate Johnson – Team Zappa

Meagan Massey – MS State Severe Weather Symposium

Bill Murray – NOAA Geostationary Satellite Server

Brian Peters – New capital of lightning

John Scala – Lightning kills festival goer in New Orleans area

Kevin Selle – Tornado Pod Story – Part 1
Tornado Pod Story – Part 2

Rick Smith – NWS lightning statistics

James Spann – Radarscope 3.0 released on March 22, 2016

Aubrey Urbanowicz – 2016 Bloom Watch

SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Dr. John Scala, 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 530: Engineer Roy Makes an Appearance

| 5:15 am March 15, 2016

WeatherBrains Episode 530 is now online (March 14, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Diane McAlileyAs a special treat to this show, we begin with Mrs. Diane McAliley, 6th Grade Science Teacher, Pizitz Middle School, Vestavia, AL. She and her 6th grade class just completed a successful balloon launch with the help of Bill Murray, and she’ll recap the whole project. The balloon went to an altitude of 106,000 feet and their chase team was able to recover the whole assembly including spectacular 6-second data an two GoPro cameras complete with stunning video.

Dr. Joseph P. (Joe) Bassi is an Assistant Professor of Arts and Sciences at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University/Worldwide Campus. He is also an (online) adjunct lecturer at the National Security Studies Institute, University of Texas/El Paso. Dr. Bassi completed his PhD in History at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in June, 2009. He specialized in the history of modern US science and technology. He was a senior project engineer with the Aerospace Corporation supporting national security space efforts at Vandenberg AFB from 2009-2010. During his PhD program, Dr Bassi was a Guggenheim pre-doctoral fellow in Space History at the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution. His recent book, “A Scientific Peak: How Boulder Became a World Center for Space and Atmospheric Science,” recently was selected as one of the best books in atmospheric sciences for 2015 in the history category by Atmospheric Sciences Librarians International.

Dr. Joseph BassiA retired US Air Force officer with twenty-six years of active duty, he at various points in his military career served as Director of the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (Guam), Professor of Strategic Studies at a DOD college, Headquarters US Air Force Action Officer and Program Element Manager, Chief of the Acquisition Meteorology Office at Air Force Space Systems Division, and Assistant Professor of Physics at the USAF Academy. After retirement from active service, Professor Bassi served as a space policy analyst in the Office of the Secretary of Defense while working for the Aerospace Corporation.

In addition to the PhD, he has graduate degrees in Meteorology from Penn State, Astrophysics from the University of Colorado, and History from the George Washington University. While at GWU, he was a NASA Space Grant Research Fellow at the Space Policy Institute, Elliot School of International Affairs. He graduated from Manhattan College in 1974 with a BS in Physics (Phi Beta Kappa) and was a distinguished graduate of the Air Force ROTC program.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 98 at Cotulla, TX, and 11 at Caribou, ME, and Presque Isle, ME
  • Risk of severe weather in Carolinas
  • Risk of severe weather in Indiana, Illinois Day 2
  • Tremendous flooding in AR, LA, and East TX
  • Warmth is the word for much of the eastern 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: Tornadoes are ranked on a scale from 0 to 5 and hurricanes are ranked, too. But did you know that the National Climatic Data Center ranks winter storms? That’s right, they do, so in this episode the professor delves into how winter storms are ranked.

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 530:

Video and story on the Pizitz Middle School balloon launch

Dr. Bassi’s book, A Scientific Peak

Book on Halsey’s Typhoon

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

Picks of the Week:

Bill Murray – Pizitz Middle School balloon launch

Brian Peters – Oklahoma City modifies tornado warning system

Kevin Selle – We Love Weather Community

James Spann – SSEC Geostationary Satellite Imagery

Aubrey Urbanowicz – 100+ female meteorologists wearing THE DRESS

SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Dr. John Scala, 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 529: Attacked by a Possum

| 5:15 am March 8, 2016

WeatherBrains Episode 529 is now online (March 7, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is an atmospheric scientist with deep roots in severe convective storms, synoptic meteorology, applied climatology, GIS techniques, operational meteorology, and hazards. He is an Associate Professor of Meteorology at the College of DuPage. Victor Gensini, welcome to WeatherBrains!

Dr. Victor GensiniDr. Gensini has a relatively diverse background, but he considers himself first and foremost an atmospheric scientist. His research interests are primarily rooted in: severe convective storms, synoptic meteorology, applied climatology, GIS techniques, operational meteorology, and hazards. He is currently researching the relationship between historical observed convective variables and those produced by reanalyses datasets. Of interest is the relative utility of using reanalysis to approximate atmospheric environments conducive to severe convective storms. Additionally, he is researching aspects surrounding high-resolution dynamical downscaling of global climate model data using the WRF model for purposes of resolving convection under future SRES emissions scenarios. And if that doesn’t fill your plate, he is investigating linkages between various climate teleconnections and severe weather activity across the US.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 92 at Zapata, TX, and 4 at Presque Isle, ME
  • Major rain event setting up on the western side of the Lower Mississippi River
  • Risk of severe storms in Texas and Oklahoma during the show
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer is now the chief at her station, so she does the show from the studio. And for the first time ever, we get the email segment in at the top of the show.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: Oops! The professor completely forgot to record his 101 segment after getting it ready. So tune in next week for a look at ranking winter storms.

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 529:

Texas Severe Storms Association

American Weather and Climate Industry Association

College of DuPage

College of DuPage Meteorology

College of DuPage Next Generation Weather Lab

Forecasting tornadoes 2-3 weeks in advance

Extended Range Tornado Activity Forecasts (ERTAF)

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

Picks of the Week:

Victor Gensini – Columbia University Severe Weather Seminar

25th advanced spotter seminar

Time lapse weather video collection

Bill Murray – Tim Vasquez’ Weather Map Handbook

Brian Peters – A global map of wind, weather, and ocean conditions

John Scala – Time-lapse video of the weather of 2015

Kevin Selle – Update on NHC products and services in 2016

James Spann – Review of the WeatherBrains podcast

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Twitter post of Wisconsin Thunderstorms

SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Dr. John Scala, 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 528: Roughy, Scruffy Woodsfest

| 5:15 am March 1, 2016

WeatherBrains Episode 528 is now online (February 29, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Dennis MersereauOur guest WeatherBrain for this evening is Dennis Mersereau. Dennis was born in New Jersey during a massive heat wave, likely predisposing him to an intense interest in the weather. He moved to Virginia at the age of three, where he lived in Woodbridge and graduated from Woodbridge Senior High School in 2009. His love for the weather only grew when storms like Hurricane Isabel, the President’s Day Blizzard of 2003, the June 4, 2008, derecho, and the many tornadoes spawned by Hurricane Ivan’s remnants blasted through the D.C. area. He is recently graduated from the University of South Alabama in the rainiest city in the contiguous United States, Mobile AL, pursuing a major in political science and a minor in meteorology. For the last several years, he has provided weather information for readers at Daily Kos, as well as his followers on Twitter and Facebook. He writes occasionally for the Capital Weather Gang.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 91 at Imperial, CA, and Death Valley, CA, and -11 at Flag Island, MN
  • Day 2 Outlook from SPC has slight risk over large portion of Southeast US
  • Fairly mild across US except small portion of North Central US
  • Severe thunderstorm watch large portion of OK during our show
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer has been burning it at both ends, so she is out this evening. Hopefully she’ll return next week with a full email bag!

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: This week our 101 episode tackles the term “mixing ratio.” You might be surprised to find that it is used in other fields besides meteorology. So be sure to listen in to learn more about this term and the property that makes it appealing in the field of weather.

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 528:

Dennis Mersereau’s blog, WeatherDAM

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Picks of the Week:

Nate Johnson – Facebook post on Candidates comments at Chasers

Brian Peters – Minnesota Severe Storms Conference

John Scala – EF2 Tornado near White Horse, PA, on Feb. 24, 2016

Kevin Selle – Gets the fog horn!

Rick Smith – VORTEX SOUTHEAST

James Spann – Chaser book by Gabriel Cox

SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Dr. John Scala, 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 526: Aubrey After Dark

| 5:25 am February 16, 2016

WeatherBrains Episode 526 is now online (February 15, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Andrew Oldaker, SimuAWIPSTonight’s Guest WeatherBrain, Andrew Oldaker, is back after appearing on episode 290 in August, 2011. We have all been big fanboys and girls, nod to Aubrey, of his SimuAWIPS site. There have been some changes to the site recently, and we thought we would bring Andrew back to discuss those. As you can tell from the image, Andrew is really into hot sauce!

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 95 at Lake Forest, CA, and -26 at Saranac Lake, NY
  • Severe weather across Central Gulf Coast today
  • 18 reported tornadoes produced damage in AL and MS
  • Winter weather from eastern TN to ME
  • Cold air from western Great Lakes to VA and up to New England
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Unlike the Post Office, our email bag officer is letting a little icing get in the way of her appointed rounds! Listener emails next week.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: In this episode we’ll take a look at VIIRS. No, it’s not a case of bad spelling, but rather stands for the instrumentation on the Suomi NPP satellites. So listen in to find out how you can access this data, too.

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 526:

SimuAWIPS

Raytheon AWIPS web site

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

Picks of the Week:

Nate Johnson – Shepherd Smith on Fox News

Bill Murray – Gets the fog horn!

Andrew Oldaker – SPC Storm Reports

Brian Peters – NASA HD time lapse movie of the Sun

John Scala – Fatal 50-car pileup on I-78 involving whiteout

Kevin Selle – Tornado Pod during missile test

Rick Smith – National Tornado Summit

James Spann – Century, FL, Tornado Entrapment

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Man-made constellation in night sky

SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Dr. John Scala, 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 524: Groundhog Ensemble

| 5:15 am February 2, 2016

WeatherBrains Episode 524 is now online (February 1, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Jason Bowman, My Weather ConciergeOur Guest WeatherBrain for this episode is Jason Bowman. For over 30 years, he has been studying and forecasting the weather. Over the past 10 years, he’s found that social media has provided atmospheric scientists and broadcast meteorologists with the ability to follow our passion, as well as share our knowledge to keep people safe and also entertained. Like many atmospheric scientists, Jason was born with the love of the weather. At a young age, Jason would create winter forecasts for his family and classmates, dreaming for the day he could provide millions with their personalized weather conditions.

In 1992, Jason went to the State University of New York in Albany. Jason forecasted at WNYT, the NBC affiliate in Albany NY. After graduation in May, 1996, Jason shifted his focus to the advertising industry, working for organizations such as National Geographic and MTV. While fine tuning his business management skills, Jason would continue to forecast on the Facebook page he created prior to Hurricane Sandy in 2012. With rapid growth of the Facebook forecast page, Jason co-created My Weather Concierge®, a new and unique mobile weather app, powered by a group of tremendously talented forecasters. My Weather Concierge provides you with handcrafted weather forecasts for cities across the country, 365 days a year with direct access to their forecaster to help them through any weather related situation. Planning a trip? Getting married? Safety of children at camp or on snow days for school. Jason’s goal for the mobile app was to provide a personalized forecast for any occasion.

In late winter of 2015, Jason was approached by The Weather Channel to appear on a new video based show called “Weather Gone Viral” and appeared on STARS XM SIRIUS as a weather expert to discuss the Blizzard of 2014. Today, Jason continues to develop his mobile platform forecasting center and is a winter weather expert and a Long Range Forecasting Analyst.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 95 at Cotulla, TX, and -21 at Old Faithful, WY
  • SPC has enhanced risk area for Day 2 in the Southeast US
  • Same storm kicking up blizzard from Colorado to Wisconsin
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer has her hands on the pulse of our email and comments from listeners.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: This week on the 101 episode we take a look at the latest on the polar orbiting satellites under the name of Suomi-NPP. What does that name stand for and just what do the polar orbiting satellites provide?

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 524:

My Weather Concierge

John Huntington’s Snow Time Lapse

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Picks of the Week:

Jason Bowman – Shoutout to Mayor of New York City who dropped Charlotte, the groundhog

Nate Johnson – GOES 1-Minute Data

Brian Peters – SPC Interactive Tornado Outbreak site

John Scala – Meteorological Model Ensemble River Forecasts

Kevin Selle – Gets the fog horn!

James Spann – SPC state-by-state outlook graphics

Aubrey Urbanowicz – NCDC Groundhog Day web site

SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Dr. John Scala, 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 523: Between Storms

| 5:15 am January 28, 2016

WeatherBrains Episode 523 is now online (January 27, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s guest on this slightly delayed episode of WeatherBrains are Jeff Piotrowski and John Huntington. This will be Jeff’s fifth appearance on our podcast having appeared in Episodes 384, 354, 289, and 282. John Huntington is also a repeat guest having been on Episode 290. Both of our guests were at ChaserCon 2016 along with our own Rick Smith.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 83 at Opa Locka, FL, and -23 at Antero Reservoir, CO, & Crested Butte, CO
  • What a difference a week makes
  • Snow storm is gone but some of that snow is still around
  • Lower 48 snow cover stands at 44 percent
  • SPC has defined severe wx area for Day 7 (next Tue-Wed)
  • This could mean a severe episode for Lower Mississippi River Valley
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer is just like the Post Office – neither rain nor sleet nor snow shall keep her from the email bag and those wonderful emails from our listeners. But a cold or some other bug has taken her out before the show reached the email segment. But we also have an audio file from our Estonia correspondent.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: This week in our 101 segment we take a look at one of those early pioneers who studied lightning. G. W. Richmann also became the poster child for lightning safety. Listen in to learn how he accomplished this feat.

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 523:

Human Element in Weather Forecasting by Chuck Doswell

Chaser Con 2016 recorded sessions

John Huntington Photography

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

Picks of the Week:

John Huntington – Coney Island Cam

Bill Murray – Incredible snow time lapse

Brian Peters – NASA’s web site on Suomi-NPP

Jeff Piotrowski – 3 inch hail in California

John Scala – Summary of DC Snowstorms (scroll to bottom)

Kevin Selle – Tornado Pod

Rick Smith – Time Lapse of Washington, DC, Snowfall

James Spann – Over Reliance on Models?

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Summary of Snowzilla by Capital Weather Gang

SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Dr. John Scala, 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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