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WeatherBrains 438: Who Turned On Aubrey?

| 5:15 am June 17, 2014

WeatherBrains Episode 438 is now online (June 16, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Dr. Susan JaskoTonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a Professor of Communications in the Department of Communications Studies at the University of California at Pennsylvania. She is one of the leaders in the field of study communicating the weather. Dr. Susan Jasko, welcome to WeatherBrains.

Dr. Jasko taught at several institutions, including Ohio University, Nassau Community College, and Montclair State University before coming to Cal U in 1998. She is the founding president of the New Jersey Communication Association, a past president and officer of the New York State Communication Association, and a frequent unit planner for the Eastern Communication Association. She has been a basic course director, graduate program coordinator, and a department chair. She has served as an assistant to several deans of the College of Liberal Arts. She has served on and chaired numerous committees and regularly presents her work at the National Communication Association conventions. She is on the editorial board of two journals, has published articles, and is the co-author of one book. She has received the Neil Postman Mentoring Award.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 109 at Death Valley, CA, and 26 at Shirley Basin, WY
  • Moderate risk of severe weather centered on Iowa Monday night
  • Numerous tornadoes in Nebraska
  • June 17th is the 16th Anniversary of CoCoRaHS
  • 3-digit heat in the Southwest
  • Closed low over the Northwest with ridge over the eastern US
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is continues to shuffle through the incoming messages from our listeners. And does a right fine job of it, too!!

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: We’re coming up on hurricane season for the Atlantic Basin, so that means hurricane forecasters have had six months off, right? Not exactly. While we might think a job focusing on just six months leaves the rest of the year free, it really doesn’t as we see in this episode of 101.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of June 16th.

    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 438:

    Cal U

    StormFest at Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh

    CoCoRaHS web page

    Picks of the Week:

    Susan Jasko – Western Pennsylvania Weather Posse

    Nate Johnson – International Business Times Article

    Bill Murray – Gets The Horn

    Brian Peters – NOAA Wallpaper and Poster

    John Scala – Alaska Weather Radio Get Computer Voices

    Rick Smith – WCM National Conference Notes

    James Spann – Blitzortung.org

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Tornado Picture from Sean Schoefer

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, John Scala, Rick Smith, Aubrey Urbanowicz, and Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

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    WeatherBrains 437: Mountain Dew in my Trackpad

    | 5:15 am June 10, 2014

    WeatherBrains Episode 437 is now online (June 9, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Our Guest Panelist tonight is Jeff Craven, President of the National Weather Association, and our Guest WeatherBrain is Ken Heideman.

    There are two major professional organizations for meteorologists, and they’re both represented on this show. First, our Guest Panelist is the President of the National Weather Association, Jeff Craven. He has appeared on WeatherBrains previously, back on show 339 in July, 2012. He is the Science and Operations Officer at the NWS Milwaukee/Sullivan office. He is one of few guests ever to appear on the show who actually has a severe weather index named for him.

    Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a suggestion of Sara Jane Shangraw. She suggested we have AMS Director of Publications Ken Heideman on the show. So tonight he joins us from Boston.

    Jeff Craven and Ken Heideman on WeatherBrains.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 120 at Death Valley, CA, and 25 near Dillon, CO, and Gould, CO
  • Severe storms in Southeast US
  • Including the Birmingham DMA
  • Beautiful weather in Harrisonburg, WV
  • Rick Smith in Silver Spring, MD, for WCM Conference
  • This episode falls on the 61st anniversary of the Worcester, MA, tornado
  • and more!
  • Our email officer does her normally stupendous job of recapping the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    2012 Australian Fire SwirlWeatherBrains 101: It was just a couple of weeks ago that San Diego County, California, was suffering through several wildfires which included some spectacular shots of fire whirls. So in this episode of 101, we take a look at what fire swirls are and are not, and some of the dynamics that go along with them.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of June 9th.

    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 437:

    NWS Milwaukee/Sullivan, WI

    National Weather Association

    American Meteorological Society

    AMS Publications Page

    AMS Bookstore

    High Plains Weather Conference

    Picks of the Week:

    Jeff Craven – Experimental Tornado Probability Forecasts

    Bill Murray – Rapid City Flood

    Brian Peters – 2012 Australian Fire Swirl video

    John Scala – Capital Weather Gang – Record Heat and Ice

    Rick Smith – WeatherReady Nation

    James Spann – Who Knows?

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Interesting Lightning Facts Infographic

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, Rick Smith, John Scala, and Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

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    WeatherBrains 436: Uncomfortable Conversations With Management

    | 4:30 am June 3, 2014

    WeatherBrains Episode 436 is now online (June 2, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest TV Met is the Chief Meteorologist at WXVT-TV in Greenville MS. We met at the Southeast Severe Storms Symposium at Mississippi State University this spring. Vernon Turner, welcome to the show.

    Tonight’s Guest Social Media Expert is a Strategist, Entrepreneur, Author, and Speaker. She appeared on show 341 in August, 2012. Welcome back Tiffany Sunday!

    Tiffany and Vernon on WeatherBrains Episode 436

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

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: This marks the beginning of the hurricane season for the tropical Atlantic, so our 101 segment features a little information on the various issuances coming from NHC with each named system.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of June 2nd.

    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 436:

    hurricanes.gov

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – Article on Female Named Storms Killing More

    Bill Murray – Dr. Pam Knox’s Blog, On the Case

    John Scala – Lightning Restores Sight and Hearing

    Rick Smith – NWS Resources Link

    James Spann – Sea Surface Temperature Contour Charts

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Delhi dust storm

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, and Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

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    WeatherBrains 435 – What The Heck Am I Doing Wrong

    | 4:30 am May 30, 2014

    WeatherBrains Episode 435 is now online (May 29, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is the Director of Summit Operations at the home of the world’s worst weather, the famous Mt. Washington Observatory, Cyrena Briede. Tonight’s Guest Panelist has been a Guest WeatherBrain previously in his capacity as the Science and Operations Officer for the National Weather Service in Birmingham… Kevin Laws.

    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.

    Picks of the Week:

    Bill Murray – National Hurricane Center blog

    Rick Smith – Spotter/chaser safety lessons learned from the El Reno tornado last year

    John Scala – Recently published article in the NWA’s Journal of Operational Meteorology

    James Spann – Drones to be used in hurricane observations

    Cyrena Briede – Extreme Mount Washington

    Kevin Laws – W.A. Gayle Planetarium

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Dr. John Scala, Bill Murray, and Rick Smith. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

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    WeatherBrains 434: Buzzing Both Sides

    | 5:15 am May 20, 2014

    WeatherBrains Episode 434 is now online (May 19, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is no stranger to anyone who follows tropical meteorology. He has been a research meteorologist with the Hurricane Research Division of the Atlantic Oceanographic & Meteorological Laboratory at NOAA. Chris Landsea now is the Science and Operations Officer at the National Hurricane Center.

    Tonight’s in person Guest WeatherBrain is back for his fourth appearance on the show, fresh off a gig as the speaker. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Georgia. Dr. John Knox is a good friend of the podcast.

    Tonight’s Guest Panelist is a junior at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, NH, majoring in meteorology. He was a student meteorologist for the local public access channel this past semester. He is very involved, serving as the president of the American Meteorological Society chapter at PSU, the Student Rep to the Faculty, the Student Body President, and the Senior Class President. So Hail to the Chief, Alex Herbst!

    WeatherBrains Episode 434 Guests

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 102 at Pecos, TX, Death Valley, CA, Presideo, TX, Russell, TX, and 24 at Bridgeport, CA, and Mt. Washington, NH
  • Rick Smith joins the WeatherBrains crew
  • Transforming from the core of severe weather season to the heat of summer
  • Wildfire danger pretty high due to lack of rain in Oklahoma and New Mexico
  • Weather fairly quiet across the country
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer handles the incoming messages from our listeners, a great job for the daughter of a mail carrier.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: Anybody played a good game of horseshoes lately? Maybe you’d like to play with horseshoe vortices. What the heck are those and when will I see one? Those and other questions answered in this episode of WeatherBrains 101.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of May 19th.

    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 434:

    NWS Norman, OK

    WeatherRate

    Picks of the Week:

    Alex Herbst – Plymouth State Weather Center

    Nate Johnson – Disaster Distress Help Line

    Bill Murray – Award Nominations

    Brian Peters – Gets the Fog Horn!

    Rick Smith – first regular pick: A Lasting Image

    James Spann – Warnings of a monster super El Nino

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Meteor Shower Fizzle?

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, and Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

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    WeatherBrains 433: Patriot Act Sucks

    | 5:15 am May 13, 2014

    WeatherBrains Episode 433 is now online (May 12, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    It’s a three for one special on tonight’s show as we have a surplus of WeatherBrains. They’ll be going for a dime a dozen.

    And an important panel announcement: Rick Smith, the Warning Coordination Meteorologist (WCM) at the NWS Norman and one of the of most respected voices in weather will be joining the panel next week and will be with us regularly from then on. He will provide a good NWS perspective on the show.

    Tonight’s first guest WeatherBrain is a meteorologist for BAM Chase.net. Michael Clark works with the storm chase/weather consulting company in Indianapolis, IN.

    Tonight’s other Guest WeatherBrains are from How The Weather Works. Mike Mogil is the founder of How The Weatherworks, which focuses on providing a wide array of services including forensic support, school learning programs, writing and editing, photography and forecasting. He serves as the Director of the National Weather Camp Program (now with more than a fourteen camp sites in operation). He and his wife also own and operate Mathworks, a tutoring company in Naples, FL, serving more than 150 students a year. He recently formed The Learningworks Foundation, Inc., a not-for-profit company, dedicated to encouraging learning.

    He is joined by Matt Bolton, a student and an intern at How The Weather Works. Matt has had a life-long interest in meteorology and has been active in the West Central Florida weather community since 2008.

    Guest WeatherBrains for Episode 433

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • 96 at Dryden, TX, Laredo, TX, and Death Valley, CA, and 17 at Leadville, CO, and Yellowstone Lake, WY
  • Long line of thunderstorms from near Chicago to South Texas
  • Main severe weather threat in the vicinity of southern Lake Michigan
  • Big ridge in the East and deep trough in the West
  • Denver’s football field covered in snow
  • and more!
  • Radar Image from May 12, 2014

    Our email bag officer, Aubrey, is on the point bringing you the latest comments from the listeners who write.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: In this episode of WeatherBrains 101, we focus on streakers – jet streaks, that is. Jet streaks are part of the overall global flow of air called the jet stream.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of May 12th.

    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 433:

    How the Weather Works

    Learningworks Foundation, Inc.

    BAM Chase.Net

    Picks of the Week:

    Matt Bolton – Polar Water Vapor

    Michael Clark – Hail picture (no link)

    Nate Johnson – James Spann selfie at Chik-Fil-A

    Mike Mogil – Precipitable Water Chart

    Bill Murray – Realtime GOES-14 Super Rapid Scan Operations

    Brian Peters – ISS images and streaming video

    James Spann – Tropical Cyclone Guidance Project

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – SPC Storm Reports page

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, and Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

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    WeatherBrains 432: Looking out to Space

    | 5:15 am May 6, 2014

    WeatherBrains Episode 432 is now online (May 5, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a Solar System Ambassador with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Tony Rice is based in Raleigh where he tries to keep Nate Johnson straight.

    Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain #2 is Research Associate at Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites in Asheville NC. Jared Rennie, welcome to the show.

    Tony Rice and Jared Rennie

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 107 at Altus, OK, and 24 at Mount Washington, NH, at Doe Lake, MI, and 6 miles east of Champion, MI
  • Wildfires in Oklahoma and Arizona
  • Wichita Falls hit 102 today
  • Drought very bad in Texas
  • One week since big severe weather outbreak in Southeast
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer continues to review the incoming messages from our listeners and brings those comments to the show.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: WeatherBrains 101 is missing tonight but plans to return next week.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of May 5th. Snow and tornadoes make the history books along with hail.

    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 432:

    National Climatic Data Center

    Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – National Digital Forecast Database

    Bill Murray – SPC Experimental Storm Reports

    Brian Peters – Tropical Storms Floaters Page

    Jared Rennie – Plymouth State Weather Center
    Python in the Atmospheric Sciences

    Tony Rice – Heavens Above

    James Spann – Satellite Convection Analysis and Tracking Numerical Weather Predication

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Meteor over Toronto

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, and Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

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    WeatherBrains 431: Sex, Sports, Storms, and Snow

    | 3:00 am May 2, 2014

    WeatherBrains Episode 431 is now online (May 1, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Our guest this week is Dr. Rick Knabb, the director of the National Hurricane Center. Tonight’s Guest Panelist is the AM Meteorologist at WAAY-TV in Huntsville, AL. He is a Badger from the University of Wisconsin. You would have thought he would have learned how to play hockey while there, but he is taking it up now. He loves radar and working severe weather.

    Our email bag officer has been off, but she’s back with a look at the contents of the old email bag and what listeners are saying, good, bad, or ugly.

    WeatherBrains 101: Last week in our 101 segment, we took a look at the overall NOAA Weather Radio program and some of its history. This week we delve into the two primary alerting methods that are available via NOAA Weather Radio to keep you informed during severe weather, even waking you up if necessary.

    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.

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – U.S. Drought Monitor

    Bill Murray – Dr. David Prevatte’s initial assessment of damage from the April 27th outbreak.

    James Spann – CIMSS Tropical Page

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – TRMM satellite view of April 28 severe weather event

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, and Aubrey Urbanowicz. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

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