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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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    WeatherBrains 430: It’s in the Can

    | 5:15 am April 22, 2014

    WeatherBrains Episode 430 is now online (April 21, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Dr. Louis Uccellini, Director of the NWSYou can’t get much higher in the weather enterprise than tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain. He might well be the most powerful man in weather. He is in charge of the weather service that is the envy of the world. Officially, he is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Assistant Administrator for Weather Services and Director of the National Weather Service. Join us in welcoming Dr. Louis Uccellini to WeatherBrains. Our discussion with Dr. Uccellini actually took place last week in a pre-recorded interview that is airing tonight. As you might imagine, getting the schedule of this man and that of the WeatherBrains crew together was a major undertaking.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 102 at Death Valley, CA, and 15 at Bodie State Park, CA
  • Hurricane Conference going on in Florida
  • Severe weather ongoing in Texas
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is on a hot date tonight, so no mail bag segment.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: We’re going to take a look at something that most weather enthusiasts already know something about. NOAA Weather Radio is a nationwide system that provides the baseline for getting severe weather information. So we take a look at some of the basics to weather radio.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of April 20th.

    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 430:

    National Weather Service

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

    Cheerwine web page

    Dr. Uccellini’s Book

    WeatherUnderground Redesign

    SPC Outlook Change Public Comment Page

    2014 National Hurricane Conference

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – Time to Smell the Breezes

    Bill Murray – America’s PrepareAthon

    Brian Peters – Gets the Fog Horn

    James Spann – NWS Geographic Information Systems Resources

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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

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    WeatherBrains 429: Not a Cheerwine Virgin

    | 5:15 am April 15, 2014

    WeatherBrains Episode 429 is now online (April 14, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Doug HilderbrandTonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is Doug Hilderbrande, the Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador initiative lead at National Weather Service Headquarters within the Director’s office. He has been at the National Weather Service for 12 years now, starting at NCEP’s Weather Prediction Center, then moving on to the Office of Science and Technology and a 2-year stint as the NOAA Policy Adviser for weather and satellites. He has a Bachelors Degree from Bucknell University in Central Pennsylvania, a masters in geology from University of South Florida, and a masters in meteorology from North Carolina State University.

    Todd FoisyTonight’s Guest Panelist, Todd Foisy, is a repeat performer and a friend of the podcast. He is a WeatherBrains alum having appeared as the guest panelist on show 204 on December 21, 2009, and as the Guest Weatherbrain on Show 346 in December, 2012. He is the Science and Operations Officer, or SOO, from the National Weather Service in Caribou, ME. He joins us from his home in northern Maine.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 100 at Death Valley, CA, and -7 at Lake Yellowstone, WY
  • Severe thunderstorm watches in effect this evening for Gulf Coast area
  • Severe weather risk shifts to Southeast US coast on Tuesday
  • Cold air once again invading the eastern US
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer finally makes a show so perhaps she’ll catch up on the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: In honor of the fact that three of the WeatherBrains crew were at the 2014 National Tropical Weather Conference this past week, this episode of 101 takes a brief look at the naming of hurricanes in the Atlantic Basin as well as the names we’ll see on the advisories and statements issued during the upcoming season.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of April 14th.

    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 429:

    Weather-Ready Nation

    Preparathon

    Picks of the Week:

    Todd Foisy – Enhanced Weather Display

    Doug Hildebrand – Living on the real world

    Nate Johnson – Colorado State seasonal hurricane forecast

    Bill Murray – book called Infinite Monster

    Brian Peters – National Tropical Weather Conference

    James Spann – College of DuPage Weather Lab

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Virtual Telescope

    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 428: Jackass What?

    | 5:15 am April 11, 2014

    WeatherBrains Episode 428 is now online (April 10, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    This is the regular weekly WeatherBrains podcast, but it is a somewhat special edition because it was recorded on a Thursday night AND 75 percent of the available WeatherBrains crew were together on South Padre Island, TX, attending the National Tropical Weather Conference. The topic for the show is, of course, tropical weather. And we weare fortunate to have two previous WeatherBrains guests on the show, both former National Hurricane Center directors, Max Mayfield and Bill Read. Listen to the show to get the inside stories from some very experienced meteorologists who have dealt with some major issues surrounding tropical weather. This is the behind the scenes stuff that you cannot get anywhere else.

    The WeatherBrains crew and guests on episode 428 at the National Tropical Weather Conference in South Padre Island, TX.WeatherBrains crew and guests for Episode 428(L to R: Brian Peters, Nate Johnson, Bill Read, Max Mayfield, and Bill Murray).

    Our email bag officer was not available, so a double dose of the mail bag will probably come next week.

    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 428:

    National Tropical Weather Conference

    National Hurricane Center

    Picks of the Week:

    There were not any this week due to the special nature of the show.

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

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    WeatherBrains 427: SWERVing

    | 5:15 am April 3, 2014

    WeatherBrains Episode 427 is now online (April 2, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Another week with numerous guests. Guest WeatherBrain 1 is Michael Hill. He was born and raised in Tuscaloosa, AL, where he grew up watching James Spann and for this reason, he became a meteorologist. A 2009 graduate of Mississippi State University, he did some broadcasting while in school at Weathervision in Jackson, MS. He was a student volunteer at WFO Jackson, MS, before being hired into the weather service at WFO Caribou, ME, in October, 2009, as an intern. In March, 2012, he was promoted to Forecaster at the WFO Slidell office.

    Guest WeatherBrain 2 is Kenneth Graham who is currently the Meteorologist-in-Charge of the New Orleans WFO located in Slidell, LA.

    And Guest WeatherBrain 3 is Matthew Moreland. Matthew is a 1996 graduate from the University of Oklahoma and a member of the VORTEX 1 project, he is now the team lead for the Impact-Based Decision Support Pilot Project at the NWS New Orleans/Baton Rouge office. The project began in December 2011 and has deployed for several major events including Hurricane Isaac and the Super Bowl in New Orleans, and developed a “whole office” approach to decision support. Prior to coming to New Orleans, he worked at the NWS Houston/Galveston office for almost 14 years. His forte is tropical weather and he has worked several big tropical cyclones including TS Allison, Hurricane Rita, and Hurricane Ike.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 100 at Laredo, TX, and -11 at Hallock, MN
  • Severe weather shaping up as the tornado season is underway
  • Moderate risk area from SPC centered over Arkansas and Southeast Missouri
  • 80′s into the Southeast US yesterday and today
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: This episode we take a question from Terry about the cap and how we know – or don’t know – if the cap will or won’t break. We take a look at cap and what it means to the development of thunderstorms and severe weather.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of April 1st.

    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 427:

    SWERV – Significant Weather Emergency Response Vehicle

    Slidell NWS Office web page

    Coast Guard story on SWERV

    Picks of the Week:

    Ken Graham – first home to WB in New Orleans

    Matthew Moreland – Experimental Response Tool

    Brian Peters – Tropical Weather Conference

    James Spann – The Druid City, story of Tuscaloosa tornado in 2011

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus another notable geek Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

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