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WeatherBrains 421: Fake Blood and Jabroni

| 5:15 am February 18, 2014

WeatherBrains Episode 421 is now online (February 17, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Bill Bunting, NWS Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain has been involved in NWS Forecast Offices for over 20 years. Most recently, he was the Meteorologist-In-Charge (MIC) at the Fort Worth Forecast Office. He worked in New York City, NY, Lansing, MI, and Kansas City, MO, as well. He is now the Operations Chief at the Storm Prediction Center, a position he has held since 2012. He is a 1984 graduate of Oklahoma University (OU). Bill Bunting, welcome to WeatherBrains!

Raquel Nicora, FSU Graduating SeniorRaquel Nicora is a rising star, as well as a repeat Guest Panelist, having appeared in the fall. She is a graduating senior at Florida State University (FSU) where she is majoring in meteorology. She is interning at WTXL ABC 27 in Tallahassee and is a team leader for 4FSU weather. Raquel Nicora, welcome back!

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 90 at Alice, TX, and -29 at Watertown, NY
  • Winter storms last week and a winter weather event in Chicago with another 6 inches of snow
  • Severe storms may occur Thursday night and early Friday
  • Coldest air today over New England
  • Temperatures warming up in western US
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: So when you are dealing with a winter weather situation and you have surface temperatures that are cold, but not too cold, and there is a little moisture but not too much moisture, how do you figure the effects of evaporative cooling on the temperature? This week the 101 segment delves into a look at just how to do that with the one third minus 5 rule!!

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    Web Sites from Episode 421:

    Bill Bunting’s web site, collection of weather links

    Florida State University Meteorology Department

    FSU Weather Show

    WTXL ABC TV 27

    FACETS Program

    Picks of the Week:

    Bill Bunting – Tornado Environment Browser

    Nate Johnson – Recap of Second Winter Storm in Raleigh

    Bill Murray – Northeast Snowstorms Volume 1 and 2

    Raquel Nicora – Predicting the Weather Using Your Cat

    Brian Peters – National Calendar of Awareness Events

    James Spann – Climate Change Misinformation

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Graph Approximating Snow Needed to Close Schools

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like JB Elliott, 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 419: Talking Snow Forecasting Busts

    | 5:15 am February 4, 2014

    3, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    This week the WeatherBrains gang tackles the events of a week ago in the Southeast US in which two major cities, Atlanta and Birmingham, were crippled by winter storms. Our guests include Dr. John Scala, Meteorologist with WGAL, Harrisburg, PA, Jim Stefkovich, MIC of the NWS Forecast Office in Birmingham, AL, Dr. Kim Klockow, AMS/UCAR Congressional Science Fellow at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Dr. Laura Myers, Ryan Wade, researcher and winter weather expert at the University of Alabama Huntsville, and Allison Brasher Kay, a Birmingham resident who spent the night in her car on Interstate 65 in Birmingham, AL.

    Get ready for a lively and honest discussion from numerous angles on this crippling event.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 86 at New Smyrna Beach, FL, Kissimmee, FL, Orlando, FL, and Plant City, FL and -30 at Doe Lake, MI
  • Second in three winter storms affecting the US from Kansas to New England
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer continues to handle the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: We recently received a question from Richard asking why the United States sticks with the Fahrenheit scale for temperature while the rest of the world uses Celsius. Interesting question, Richard, and I probably do not have a good answer to the ‘why’ part. But let’s look at a little of the history of the Fahrenheit scale..

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of February 3rd.

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    Web Sites from Episode 419:

    National Weather Service Birmingham

    Capital Weather Gang

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – Snow Coverage Bingo

    Bill Murray – 2014 Storm Surge Graphics from NHC

    Brian Peters – SPC Watch, Warning, Advisory Map

    James Spann – SPC Storm Event Database

    Jim Stefkovich – Mt. Holly NWS AFDs

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Fun Weather Facts for Connecticut

    Ryan Wade – NWS Mobile, AL and NWS Slidell, LA

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like JB Elliott, 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 418: No Hooters in Troy

    | 5:15 am January 28, 2014

    WeatherBrains Episode 418 is now online (January 27, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Joe Samalin lives, and was born and raised, in New York City and currently works with the Mental Health Association of NYC as the national Outreach and Training Manager for the Disaster Distress Helpline. The Disaster Distress Helpline is the only national helpline dedicated to providing support to anyone in the US affected by any kind of disaster. Joe has been conducting outreach and training nationally and internationally for over 15 years, primarily on issues of gender-based violence prevention. From 2009 – 2012, Joe was the Coordinator of Training & Technical Assistance for Men Can Stop Rape and before that he was the trainer with the Anti-Stalking Program at Safe Horizon – a victim services agency in NYC. He has been a volunteer firefighter and EMT, and volunteered in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attack helping coordinate a program performing medical checks on 1st responders working at the Ground Zero site. In addition, Joe lived in Japan for over four years and is fluent in the language. He enjoys reading, video games, and playing ultimate frisbee when it is not too windy, and he gives a big thanks to meteorologists everywhere for the work they do!

    Matt Meister from KRDO-TV from Colorado Springs, CO, also joins us as one of the panelists.

    Also joining us are students from SECAPS, the Southeastern Coastal & Atmospheric Processes Symposium, to bring us up-to-date on the planning for the 2014 conference. Robin King and Lily Dickson join us to talk about the 11th SeCAPS Symposium.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 85 at McAllen, TX, and -31 at Brimson, MN
  • New category of forecasters – wishcasters
  • Southern snow storm shaping up for Tuesday into Wednesday from Mobile to the Outer Banks
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is out for this show.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: Technical issues force postponement of WeatherBrains 101 to next week.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray will do This Week in Weather History 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 418:

    Disaster Distress Hotline

    SeCAPS Conference

    Picks of the Week:

    JB Elliott – GoPro Video of Balloon Launch

    Nate Johnson – Gets the Fog Horn

    Bill Murray – NCEP SREF Plume forecasts

    Brian Peters – Gets the Fog Horn

    James Spann – Blows the Fog Horn on Himself!!

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like JB Elliott, 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 417: Murphy in a Hurricane

    | 5:15 am January 21, 2014

    WeatherBrains Episode 417 is now online (January 20, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Mark SuddethTonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is about 416 shows overdue for an appearance. He needs no introduction to weather fans which is most of our audience. He has worked in hurricane awareness and education since graduating from UNC-Wilmington in 1995. Over the past eighteen years, he has had the privilege of working with local, state and federal agencies to develop award-winning hurricane awareness projects. In addition, his work with business and industry to reach out to communities on a local level has led to several large-scale hurricane preparedness campaigns from Texas to Maine. He is the Founder of HurricaneTrack.com. Mark Sudduth, welcome to WeatherBrains.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 86 at Riverside, CA, and -17 at Grand Marais, MN
  • Winter storm poised to dump sizable snowfall and cold on the eastern US
  • Snowing on Aubrey
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer gets an early spot just because she’s handling a big snow storm.

    Nate is not here, but he still sends in a news bit!

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: So what’s the big brouhaha over the polar vortex – cue the panic music! Egads, it’s a frozen hurricane or something akin to a frozen Margarita, right? Well, no, not exactly. And you may be surprised to learn how long it has been around!

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

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    Web Sites from Episode 417:

    Hurricane Track

    Hurricane Analytics

    Hurricane Impact app

    Sprint news item on Hurricane Karen

    Picks of the Week:

    Bill Murray – Historical Sounding Data

    Brian Peters – Solar Calculator from NOAA

    James Spann – Weather+ on Google+

    Mark Sudduth – Chris Allington Facebook

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Snow to Liquid Ratio Climatology

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your witty host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like 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 416: This is Only the Second One

    | 5:15 am January 14, 2014

    WeatherBrains Episode 416 is now online (January 13, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is currently a Ph.D. student at Virginia Tech studying different aspects of the weather warning process. Jen Henderson is studying different aspects of the weather warning process looking at the historical origins of technologies that influence forecasting today; she learns from meteorologists about how they conduct the day-to-day operations of keeping people safe from severe weather; she studies how students learn to become meteorologists and atmospheric scientists; and she considers different technical, ethical, and sociopolitical issues that arise as these experts interact with different kinds of publics. At its most basic, I follow those experts who follow the weather.

    Jennifer HendersonShe has been fascinated with weather since she was twelve-years-old when she saw a waterspout dance across the Great Salt Lake in Utah. Nothing had ever seemed so magical before. Ever since then, she’s been drawn to the skies, whether it’s a simple summer thunderstorm or a massive tornadic supercell spinning like a top over the red dirt of Oklahoma.

    Her field is called Science and Technology Studies, or STS. It’s an interdisciplinary program that intersects with three main disciplines: history, sociology, and philosophy. By interweaving the theories and methods of these disciplines, alongside those developed within STS itself, scholars in her field become scientists who study scientists–or scholars interested in different kinds of expertise and the process of knowledge creation.

    Before returning to graduate school in 2011, she studied creative nonfiction at Goucher College, where she received her MFA and wrote essays, poems, and articles for different magazines. She enjoys writing, especially as I learn more about the complex nature of weather and forecasting. Her most recent essay about her experience storm chasing with a group of Virginia Tech undergraduate meteorology students, “What We Chase,” is available in the autumn 2013 issue of the American Scholar.

    Tonight’s Guest Panelist is the morning/midday Meteorologist at KHAS-TV in Hastings, NE. Travis Klanecky has his Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology/Climatology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Travis joined the Skywatch 5 Weather Team in June, 2008. He is a St. Paul native.

    Travis KlaneckyWhile in college, he was an intern at KOLN/KGIN in Lincoln. After graduating, he moved on to become the morning meteorologist at KDLT in Sioux Falls, SD. After a year in Sioux Falls, Travis and his wife moved back to Central Nebraska to be closer to family and friends. Travis’ interest in weather began at a very young age. When he was two, St. Paul was struck by a tornado. His favorite aspect of meteorology is severe weather. During the spring and summer months, he joins the News 5 storm chase team in the field, working to bring live coverage of severe weather as it happens.

    Travis enjoys presenting his forecast to the people of Nebraska and Northern Kansas. He says, “because I grew up here, I have a great understanding of how the weather works in the Central Plains. Having a career that I love makes those early mornings so much easier to handle.”

    Besides the weather, Travis enjoys spending his free time with wife and two kids. He is an avid Husker fan, which is pretty obvious if you’re a regular watcher of News 5 Today.

    Also joining us with some “breaking news” is Jesse Ferrell from Accu-Weather, Inc.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 84 at Harlingen, TX, and Santa Ana, CA and -5 at Alamosa, CO
  • Niagara Falls Freezes – but not completely
  • Weather has turned milder after record-breaking cold
  • Don’t say “polar vortex”
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is BACK with the latest from our listeners.

    Nate’s News Links:

    Weather Channel Urging Viewers to Pressure DirecTV

    Los Angeles Times Article on Weather Channel/DirecTV

    Weather Channel Campaign

    NCEP’s New Director

    NWA Councilors

    Final Bill for 2013 Extreme Weather

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: This episode of WeatherBrains 101 goes especially geeky as we delve into the formation processes for snow, that white stuff falling from the sky that absolutely puts people in the Southeast US on one ear.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of January 13th. Snow and tornadoes grab the headlines.

    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 416:

    American Scholar, Autumn 2013 – “What We Chase”

    Accu-Weather Launches 24-Hour TV Channel

    Weather Nation

    Picks of the Week:

    Jennifer Henderson – Superstorm Research Lab

    Nate Johnson – The Weather Trap

    Travis Klanecky – National Geographic Top 5 Sky Events of 2014

    Bill Murray – SeCAPS Seminar

    Brian Peters – Explanation of ENSO from NASA

    James Spann – Aurora Forecast App

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – NASA’s AIRS View of Polar Vortex

    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 415: Less Popular than Toe Fungus

    | 5:15 am January 8, 2014

    WeatherBrains Episode 415 is now online (January 7, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Brandon Sullivan, meteorology studentTonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a student at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, where he is a senior Meteorology student. Brandon Sullivan is an avid storm chaser and photographer. He owns his own company, Hazard Notifications.

    Dr. Kim KlockowTonight’s Guest Panelist is no stranger to the WeatherBrains crowd having starred in Episode 286: Help, McDonald’s is Following Me. Dr. Kim Klockow is a recent Doctoral graduate from the University of Oklahoma who received an exciting Fellowship for Science Policy on Capitol Hill where she is working right now.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 75 at San Pasqual Valley, CA, and -35 at Brimson, MN, and Embarrass, MN
  • Cold across the eastern half of the country
  • 48 percent of Lower 48 covered by snow
  • So cold there are no severe weather threats
  • Media gone nuts over “polar vortex”
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer has been AWOL for several weeks and claims she’s sick tonight.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: Professor Peters takes a look at what liquid equivalent is when dealing with snow. Believe it or not, snow can be wet or dry. Listen to this episode for the whole story on water equivalent.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of January 7th.

    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 415:

    Hazard Notifications

    University of Oklahoma, Meteorology Department

    Polar Vortex discussion by Dr. Shepherd

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – Nate’s Notes on Weather Hacks for Chrome

    Dr. Kim Klockow – Weather Forecasting Improvement Bill

    Bill Murray – Hurricane Amanda, 1863

    Brian Peters – Cliff Mass Discussion of Ultra-Long Daily Forecasts

    James Spann – Cliff Mass Blog on cold and global warming

    Brandon Sullivan – crowd source modeling

    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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    Just After Midnight

    | 12:11 am January 6, 2014

    Here are temperatures across the area at midnight:

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    Here is the radar:

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    There will still be reports of light snow flurries through the overnight that are too light to be easily detected on radar. And more snow showers will form on Monday.

    Not hearing many reports of road problems, but there will be black ice issues in some areas overnight and in the morning. Get up a little early to check road conditions before heading out. And drive with great caution.

    And dress appropriately. Temperatures will be in the teens by morning and will stay there most of the day. Wind chills will be in the single digits, dropping below zero tomorrow night as lows dropt o the single digits in most locations.

    There have been quite a few reports of trees down and minor power outages, but no significant problems.

    WeatherBrains 414: Looking Back at 2013

    | 5:15 am December 31, 2013

    WeatherBrains Episode 414 is now online (December 30, 2013). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Our WeatherBrains guest for the last show of 2013 is Greg Carbin, Warning Coordination Meteorologist (WCM) with the Storm Prediction Center (SPC). He’ll be providing us with the rundown on the 10 biggest weather events for 2013. Greg is a big star on WeatherBrains with perhaps the greatest number of appearances on the show.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Aubrey & Nate are missing; Aubs is traveling and Nate is supposedly working
  • Extremes: 81 at Fort Lauderdale,Hollywood, & Miami, FL, & North Island NAS, CA, and -40 at Embarrass, MN
  • Snow coverage across the continental US stands around 33 percent
  • European model goes for record cold event next week
  • Spann rants about social media and rogue cable channel
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer has been getting some mail from listeners, but she’s on the road for this episode.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: Most weather folks use the word “normal” when talking about climatological averages. So just what does that word “normal” mean? This week the 101 segment takes a look at how “normal” is defined.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of December 30th.

    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 414:

    Storm Prediction Center web site

    SPC WCM Page

    WeatherBrains Episode 404 with Mike Morgan

    Outside Magazine’s Review of Yarnell Fire

    Detrended Tornado Count

    Picks of the Week:

    Bill Murray – Bill’s Top US Weather Events of 2013

    Brian Peters – Brian’s dream car

    James Spann – Beautiful Downtown Chicken, AK

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like JB Elliott, 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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