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WeatherBrains 510: We’re All Hung Over

| 6:24 am October 27, 2015

WeatherBrains Episode 510 is now online (October 26, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for your interest!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain leads R&D for new products and intelligence to support business decisions at Weather Analytics in the role of Chief Science Officer. Previously, he worked on product development at the National Hurricane Center and served as the Science and Operations Officer at the Weather Prediction Center. He holds a PhD in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences from the University of Maryland. Dr. Wallace Hogsett, welcome to WeatherBrains. Tonight’s second Guest WeatherBrain is a show alum, having appeared on episode #434 in May 2014 when she was the Director of Summit Operations for the Mount Washington Observatory. She now works at Weather Analytics as the Director of Product Sciences. She is a meteorology graduate of Metropolitan State University of Denver with an emphasis in mathematics. Cyrena Arnold, welcome back to the show.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Heavy rain and tropical storm force winds along Gulf Coast
  • Hurricane Patricia and the media response
  • Fog Bank with Skydaver
  • 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: This week the professor and 101 have gone missing thanks to travel to the NWA annual conference in Oklahoma City as well as a stop over in Chicago. This segment will return 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 510:

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

Picks of the Week:

Wallace Hogsett – Hurricane Patricia at Peak Intensity

Cyrena Arnold – Recon Photo of Hurricane Patricia

John Scala – NOAA Winter Weather Outlook

Kevin Selle – Group WeatherBrains Picture

James Spann – Univ. of Arizona Atmospheric Sciences

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 509: I Can Give You a Finger !

| 5:15 am October 20, 2015

WeatherBrains Episode 509 is now online (October 19, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Lots of guest tonight thanks to the great attendance at the NWA annual meeting. Our parade of guests include:

  • Janice Bunting, NWA Executive Director
  • John Toohey-Morales, Chief Meteorologist at WSCV in Miami, FL
  • Bradon Long, President of the Oklahoma Weather Lab
  • Eleanor Talbot from NWS Boston, MA
  • Steve Harned, previous Executive Director of NWA
  • Wendy Abshire, Senior Program Manager, COMET
  • John Knox, University of Georgia
  • Lynette Grant and Alis Smith, current students
  • Paul Schlatter, Vice President of the NWA, and Deputy Chief of Staff of NWS
  • Stephen Neslage, The Weather Channel
  • CoCoRaHS representatives
  • And a very special thank you to the guys in the IT department at the National Weather Center for doing all of the work to make this show possible. We could not have done it without them!

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

    • Extremes: 94 at El Centro, CA, and 4 at Mount Washington, NH
    • Good weather across the eastern US
    • Big trough coming into the West Coast
    • No Astronomy Outlook from Tony Rice< for this show/li>
    • and more!

    No email bag tonight since Aubrey could not make it to the NWA

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: No 101 tonight due to the special live WeatherBrains from the National Weather Center in Norman, OK.

    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 509:

    Oklahoma Weather Lab

    NWS Boston, MA

    COMET Web Site

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

    Picks of the Week:

    Normally go here, but there won’t be any tonight due to the special show at the National Weather Center.

    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 508: Worst Four Years Of My Life

    | 5:07 am October 13, 2015

    WeatherBrains Episode 508 is now online (October 12, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is the Chief of the Fire and Public Weather Services Branch of the National Weather Service. He currently serves as the Leader of the NWS Training and Professional Development Program. He is a graduate of SUNY Stonybrook and has his Masters from SUNY Albany.  Eli Jacks, welcome to WeatherBrains!

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

    • Extreme warm in the Southwest U. S.
    • 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: You simply do not get any of these winds in Alabama since we have an absence of especially high terrain. But in areas where there are tall mountains, you may experience a chinook that can really mess with your senses through some very rapid weather changes.

    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 508:

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

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – Choosing Science Stewardship in Understanding Climate Change

    Eli Jacks – Through the Eyes of the Experts: Meteorologists’ Perceptions of the Probability of Precipitation

    John Scala – Columbus Day Storm of 1962

    Kevin Selle – Weather Rugs

    Rick Smith – 5 Incredibly Dangerous Weather Myths

    James Spann – Waterspout tornado causes damage to mail truck

    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 507: It All Got Weird When Chuck Showed Up

    | 5:15 am October 6, 2015

    WeatherBrains Episode 507 is now online (October 5, 2015). If you are crazy about weather or just like it a little, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Dr. Chuck DoswellTonight’s Guest WeatherBrain needs absolutely no introduction to WeatherBrains listeners. This is his fourth appearance on the show, and it is always a pleasure to welcome Dr. Chuck Doswell back to WeatherBrains! By the way, his real name is Charles A. Doswell, III.

    Dr. Doswell is an American meteorologist and prolific severe convective storms researcher. Doswell is a seminal contributor, along with Leslie R. Lemon, to the modern conception of the supercell, which was developed originally by Keith Browning. He also has done research on forecasting and forecast verification, especially for severe convective storms, and is an advocate of ingredients-based forecasting. Doswell was an early storm chaser; in fact, among the first scientific storm chasers, and still actively chases recreationally. He was the lead forecaster for the first project VORTEX in 1994/1995 and has produced more than 100 refereed publications and several contributions to books and encyclopedias. He edited the American Meteorological Society Monograph Severe Convective Storms as well as coauthored two papers therein. Doswell is a semiprofessional photographer, with a special emphasis on storm photographs and also is a Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM). Doswell hosts the blues program Juke Joint and co-hosted with Gene Rhoden the severe storms program High Instability on the ShockNet internet radio station.

    Morgan PalmerAnd tonight’s Guest Panelist is also no stranger to the show either. He is a two time winner of the James Spann Best Pipes Award. He is the morning meteorologist at KIRO-TV in Seattle, but will be moving to the evenings as Chief Meteorologist at KIRO-TV starting Monday, October 12th. Morgan Palmer, welcome back to the show!

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

    • Extremes: 93 at Laredo, TX, and McAllen, TX, and 22 at Olney, MT
    • There has almost been too much weather to write about
    • Hurricane Joaquin did a number on the Bahamas and Bermuda
    • Joaquin also appears to have been responsible for sinking a ship
    • Tropical moisture from Joaquin brought record rainfall to South Carolina along with record flooding
    • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
    • and more!

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

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101:

    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 507:

    Chuck Doswell’s Flame

    NWA Annual Meeting

    WeatherBrains Episode 404 with Mike Morgan

    Meteorology Behind South Carolina’s Catastrophic, 1,000-year Rainfall Event

    Paper on Severe Thunderstorm Evolution and Mesocyclone Structure

    Gene Rhoden’s Web Site

    Tempest Tours, a storm chasing company

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

    Picks of the Week:

    Chuck Doswell – Flash Flood Forecasting

    Nate Johnson – Monsoon II video

    Bill Murray – Gets the Fog Horn!

    Morgan Palmer – The Storm King, Historical Weather Events in the Pacific NW

    Brian Peters – NY Times article on Model Differences with Joaquin

    John Scala – The Human Element in Weather Forecasting

    Kevin Selle – Terry Heaton’s Pomo Blog

    James Spann – Interactive Global Geostationary Weather Satellite Images

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – The Foliage Network

    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 505: Voodoo Science Involved

    | 5:15 am September 22, 2015

    WeatherBrains Episode 505 is now online (September 21, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Jim DigbyTonight’s Guest WeatherBrain #1 is a 30+ year veteran of the entertainment industry. He is the founder and Executive Director of the Event Safety Alliance and owner of Collaborative Endeavor Group (CEG), providing international touring strategies and complete production solutions for the live entertainment industry. He currently serves as Director of Touring and Production for the multi-million selling artists Linkin Park and has previously worked with artists as diverse as The Backstreet Boys, Bon Jovi, and Marilyn Manson. He is a four-time recipient of Tourlink’s “Production Manager of the year” award, as well as Parnelli’s “Production Manager of the Year” award for 2012. A fierce advocate for event safety and ethical touring models, he is a highly-regarded keynote speaker on life safety issues and a member of the advisory board for the International Music Festival Conference (IMFCON). Jim Digby, welcome to WeatherBrains!

    Dave VandenHeuvelTonight’s Guest WeatherBrain #2 is a show alum, appearing on our Hurricane Sandy Sunday Night Special in October, 2012. He formerly worked with Weather Decision Technologies, but recently left to work on a new venture. Dave VandenHeuvel, welcome back to the show.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

    • Extremes: 113 at Death Valley, CA, and 23 at Chemult, OR
    • Weather fairly quiet across the continental US
    • Tropics fairly quiet with Ida in the Atlantic and no organized systems in Pacific
    • Monsoon rains in the Southwest US thanks to Pacific moisture
    • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
    • and more!

    Our email bag officer is still out, but keep those emails coming and we’ll do something with them.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: The two GOES satellites providing the view from space for US meteorologists actually produce three types of images. Those are visible, infrared or IR, and water vapor. In this episode of 101 we’ll take a look at each once of these and how they help us view the weather on the ground.

    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 505:

    ESA – Event Safety Alliance

    StormReady Program

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

    Picks of the Week:

    Jim Digby – Severe Weather Summit

    Nate Johnson – Washington Post Op Ed Piece

    Bill Murray – Dr. Marshall Op Ed Piece on Opinion in Weather

    Brian Peters – Uprooted Tree Reveals 1,000 Year Old Skelton

    John Scala – Lightning Safety and Large Stadiums

    Kevin Selle – Naming Winter Storms, Time for Community Cooperation

    Rick Smith – Capital Weather Gang features Jimmy Fallon Spoof

    James Spann – Explanation of SPC Severe Weather Parameters

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    Dave VandenHeuvel – Lightning Myths and Facts and
    Severe Weather Evacuation

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, Dr. John Scala, 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 504: Somebody Just Lost Their Job

    | 5:15 am September 15, 2015

    WeatherBrains Episode 504 is now online (September 14, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Joining us tonight is David Clark who serves as president of The Weather Company’s TV Division. David oversees all aspects of programming, strategy, and operations for the television network, including live and long form programming. He reports to David Kenny, CEO and Chairman of The Weather Company.

    David ClarkA former Madison Square Garden and Fuse executive, David brings broad experience across all areas of media and television to his role, which will uphold the brand promise of The Weather Channel network while super serving its core audience of weather enthusiasts.

    David joined TWC in November, 2012, from The Madison Square Garden (MSG) Company, where he was executive vice president, sales and partnership development. In that role he was responsible for all media sales, strategy, and partnership development across the MSG’s media brands. Previously, he was executive vice president and general manager of Fuse, a national network devoted entirely to music. At Fuse he was responsible for the network’s direction and growth strategy and oversaw all of the network’s day-to-day business operations including programming, production, marketing, and ad sales. While at Fuse, he built a news division and production infrastructure, green-lit seven original series into production for the 12/13 season and initiated Fuse’s move into long-form programming.

    Prior to joining MSG, David was a founding member of JOOST.com, a leading online aggregator of premium video entertainment, where he held a variety of management roles. Previously he served as vice president, global marketing partnerships for MTV Networks where he built MTV’s global partnerships to leverage the network’s assets. He also worked as chief operating officer of Shanah.com, a community and commerce web portal and held several management positions at Simon & Schuster.

    David holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and international relations from Tulane University.

    Morgan PalmerAppearing once again as our Guest WeatherBrain is Morgan Palmer. Morgan Palmer serves as meteorologist for weekday editions of KIRO 7 Eyewitness News. Morgan began “chasing” storms as a Skywarn severe storm spotter while a teenager and continues to pursue severe storms when time permits. He also served several years as a moderator of Stormtrack, the world’s largest online forum for storm chasers. Morgan is also a licensed amateur radio operator and enjoys hiking and exploring, especially in the mountains.

    He completed advanced meteorology studies at Mississippi State University. He also holds a prior degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and spent the early years of his career at a Texas television station as a news anchor, reporter, and meteorologist. He is a native of Abilene, TX. Morgan has family who have called Western Washington home for many years.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

        • Extremes: 107 at Death Valley, CA, and 26 at Antero Reservoir, CO
        • Atlantic Basin still fairly quiet with three areas of disturbed weather
        • The two areas in the far Atlantic are not likely to affect the US
        • Severe weather in continental US confined to some marginal risks
        • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice will be back next week
        • and more!

        Our email bag officer is out once again.

        From The Weather Center:

        WeatherBrains 101: Episode postponed to 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 504:

        Weather Channel web site

        The Weather Channel Apps

        KIRO-TV Weather Web Site

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

        Picks of the Week:

        David Clark – Flooding in Japan
        NCAA taking weather and games seriously

        Nate Johnson – Meteorologist pronounced what?

        Bill Murray – NWS Experimental Week 3-4 Forecasts

        Brian Peters – Sunrise/sunset for any place in the world

        John Scala – Time to Replace Saffir-Simpson Scale?

        Kevin Selle – Met Office Loses BBC Weather Forecasting contract

        Rick Smith – Official Blog of the National Hurricane Center

        James Spann – History of The Weather Channel

        The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, Dr. John Scala, 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 503: Polar Bears Prefer Climatologists

        | 5:15 am September 8, 2015

        WeatherBrains Episode 503 is now online (September 7, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

        It’s a triple header tonight on WeatherBrains with not one, not two, but THREE guests.

        Author Willie DryeTonights first Guest WeatherBrain is a veteran journalist who has written three books over his 33 year career including The Storm of the Century, The Labor Day Hurricane of 1935, published by National Geographic Books. He is a Contributing Editor for National Geographic News who resides in North Carolina. He is a graduate of the UNC Chapel Hill. Willie Drye, welcome to WeatherBrains.

        Author Thomas KnowlesThomas Neil Knowles was born in Key West, FL, and was raised there during the 1940s and 1950s. His ancestors came over to the Island City from the Bahamas in the mid-1850s. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology then served as a naval officer during the Vietnam conflict. After leaving the Navy he obtained a Master’s degree in business administration from the Florida State University and worked as a university administrator for 32 years.

        He began researching the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane in the 1990s, and during a ten year period located forgotten Weather Bureau records and interviewed survivors of the storm and family members of victims. He collected much historical information about the hurricane, the weather service, and the Florida Keys and Key West. These resources formed the basis for ten, nonfiction articles published in historical journals from 2004 through 2011 and for two nonfiction books, Category 5: the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane (2009-University Press of Florida) and Long Key: Flagler’s Island Getaway for the Rich & Famous (2014 University Press of Florida).

        Retired, he resides in Tallahassee and continues to enjoy delving into history and sharing his findings with others through his writings and presentations.

        Greg Nordstrom, Mississippi State University, Starkeville, MSAnd last, but certainly not least, we have tonight’s third guest who is a show alum and an Instructor in Meteorology and Climatology in the Distance Learning program at Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS. He was born in Hollywood, CA, and grew up in Los Angeles, CA, until he was almost 12 years old. After a brief stop in Raleigh, NC, he moved to Arlington, VA, in March, 1992. He always had a strong interest for weather but when the Superstorm of 1993 hit, his interest became his passion. The pressure dropped to 28.53″ at his house during the peak of the storm! Greg enjoys studying all types of weather from Nor’easters to tornadoes, but his favorite is hurricanes. Some of his storm chases have included Lili (Abbeville, LA), Isabel (Oriental, NC), Charley (Charlotte Harbor, FL), Frances (Fort Pierce, FL), Ivan (Spanish Fort, AL), Cindy (Pass Christian, MS), Dennis (Pensacola, FL), Katrina (Gulfport, MS), Rita (Orange, TX), Gustav (Lafayette, LA), and Ike (Galveston Island, TX). Greg Nordstrom, Welcome to WeatherBrains again!

        Hurricane Tracks for 1935

        Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

        • Extremes: 107 at Needles, CA, Palm Springs, CA, & Death Valley, CA, and 19 at West Yellowstone, MT
        • Grace moving toward the northern section of the Leeward Islands, but also weakening
        • Relatively quiet weather across the Nation
        • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
        • and more!

        Our email officer has decided to take a little time off.

        From The Weather Center:

        WeatherBrains 101: Geostationary satellites, better known as GOES, are the mainstay of weather observations and forecasting. This is part one of two parts about these essential tools.

        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 503:

        Love cut short by hurricane

        Willie Drye’s book, Storm of the Century

        Story of the first flight into a hurricane

        Thomas Knowles’ book, Category 5: The 1935 Labor Day Hurricane

        1943 Surprise Hurricane

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

        Picks of the Week:

        Willie Drye – Blog – Dryegoods

        Thomas Knowles – favorite author from Tallahassee Democrat

        Brian Peters – Dust devil video from eastern Arkansas

        Bill Murray – Key West Weather Reports from 1935

        Greg Nordstrom – Jim Leonard web page

        John Scala – 30th Anniversary of Hurricane Elena

        Kevin Selle – NE US schools early release due to heat

        Rick Smith – Alex’s Weather Notes – Football Climatology

        James Spann – Meteorologist Compendium App

        SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

        The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, Dr. John Scala, 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 502: Talking Aviation and Weather

        | 5:15 am September 1, 2015

        WeatherBrains Episode 502 is now online (August 31, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

        Our special guests this week are Paul Suffern and Brian Soper. They bring a wealth of knowledge on aviation weather which is our topic of this show.

        Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

        • Extremes: 112 at Death Valley, CA, and 27 at Island Park, ID
        • Three Hurricanes in the Pacific and struggling Fred in the Atlantic
        • And Fred has degenerated to a tropical storm
        • Weather somewhat calm with no severe weather risks
        • Hot weather developing for the Central US
        • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
        • and more!

        Our email bag officer has been shirking her duties, so she’ll try to catch up on the messages from our listeners.

        From The Weather Center:

        WeatherBrains 101: This episode wraps up our look at storm surge by taking a look at the vulnerability of the United States. And the level of vulnerability may be surprising to many.

        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 502:

        The Pickle Juice web page

        NTSB web site

        Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

        ForeFlight app web page

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

        Picks of the Week:

        Nate Johnson – How to start a hurricane

        Brian Peters – 10 Years After Katrina, pictorial scrapbook

        John Scala – US Coastlines Vulnerability to Hurricanes

        Kevin Selle – Katrina: Then and Now

        Rick Smith – Why Today was the End of Meteorological Summer

        James Spann – Tropical Cyclones – a Satellite Perspective

        Aubrey Urbanowicz – Women in the Weather Bureau during WW II

        SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

        The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, Dr. John Scala, 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 501: Brushing My Tongue

        | 5:15 am August 28, 2015

        WeatherBrains Episode 501 is now online (August 27, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

        Dr. Keith Blackwell, University of South AlabamaTonight’s Guest WeatherBrain #1 is a show alum and one of the leading tropical experts in the world. He is an Associate Professor in the Meteorology Department at the University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL, and is part of the Coastal Weather Research Center. As a meteorologist, he achieved the rank of Major in the Air Force and Lt. Colonel in the Air Force Reserve. He was the Director of Meteorology at the Air Force Academy. Dr. Keith Blackwell, welcome back to WeatherBrains.

        Ken Graham, MIC NWS Slidell, ALTonight’s 2nd Guest WeatherBrain began his NWS career in Slidell, LA. After stops in Corpus Christi, Birmingham, Fort Worth, and NWS Headquarters, he is now back in Slidell, LA, as the Meteorologist in Charge. Ken Graham, welcome back to the show!

        Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

        • Extremes: 118 at Death Valley, CA, and 32 at Stanley, ID, and Baraga Plains, MI
        • Tropical storm Erika passing Puerto Rico
        • Potential for storm to affect Florida
        • Fairly mild temperatures across the Continental US
        • and more!

        Aubrey will be back in the next show to handle the incoming mail.

        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 This Episode:

        NOAA Natural Disaster Survey Report

        If you want information on Katrina, just perform a search using your favorite search engine; you’ll get many!

        Dr. Scala’s article for the Capital Weather Gang

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

        Picks of the Week:

        No Picks in this Special

        The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, Dr. John Scala, 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 500: Takes His Hat off for More than One Reason

        | 5:15 am August 25, 2015

        500th Weather Brains Episode

        WeatherBrains Episode 500 is now online (August 31, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

        The tables are turned on the WeatherBrains crew with Bruce Thomas holding down the role of host and firing the questions.

        Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

        • Extremes: 118 at Death Valley, CA, and 28 at West Yellowstone, MT
        • Danny Dying in the Northern Leeward Islands
        • Atlantic basin more active with Danny and two other potential systems
        • Tropical Storm Erika has formed in the Atlantic Basin
        • 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: Our guest WeatherBrain two weeks mentioned storm surge and how it is often overlooked as being deadly. This prompted a little research on the topic from the helpful archives of the National Hurricane Center. And this will be the second of three episodes on storm surge. This episode we look at some of the variables that make the storm surge different from storm to storm.

        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 500:

        Tribute to JB Elliott

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

        Picks of the Week:

        Nate Johnson – Interpreting Tropical “Spaghetti Model” Plots

        Bill Murray – Gets the honorary foghorn

        Brian Peters – Hurricane Hunters web page

        John Scala – NASA to Build Hurricane-Probing Micro-Satellite Fleet

        Kevin Selle – Cooling Off

        Rick Smith – Agenda for the NWA’s 40th Annual Meeting

        James Spann – NOAAVIEW Data Exploration Tool

        SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

        Aubrey Urbanowicz – World Weather Forecast and Climate History

        The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, Dr. John Scala, 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 499: Aubrey Can’t Go Own

        | 5:15 am August 18, 2015

        WeatherBrains Episode 499 is now online (August 17, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

        Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is co-founder and CTO of Green Electronics, the makers of the RainMachine. He is managing a team of hardware and software developers that focus on the industrial design, network architecture and hardware implementation aspects of the RainMachine product line. He is a strong proponent of OpenSource frameworks involving water conservation projects where increased conservation and efficiency can be achieved though better access of environmental information. Andrei Bulucea, welcome to WeatherBrains.

        Tonight’s Guest Panelist is a native of Southern California and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He worked with Gary England in Oklahoma City before moving to Kansas City in 1992. He became the Chief Meteorologist at KSHB in 1999, where he has been ever since. Gary Lezak, welcome to WeatherBrains.

        Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

        • Extremes: 122 at Death Valley, CA, and 27 at Stanley, ID
        • Tropics still quiet but disturbed area in far Atlantic
        • Next week is show #500!
        • Heat in Oklahoma but about to change
        • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
        • and more!

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

        From The Weather Center:

        WeatherBrains 101: Our guest WeatherBrain last week mentioned storm surge and how it is often overlooked as being deadly. This prompted a little research on the topic from the helpful archives of the National Hurricane Center. And this will be the first of three episodes on storm surge.

        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 499:

        Weather2020

        WeatherRate web site

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

        Picks of the Week:

        Bill Murray – How California is winning the drought

        Brian Peters – Old Farmers Almanac gets ripped

        Kevin Selle – Digital Meteorologist story

        Rick Smith – Do You Have What It Takes to Predict the Future?

        James Spann – Tropical Cyclone Guidance Project

        SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

        Aubrey Urbanowitcz – These countries have the best weather

        The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, Dr. John Scala, 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 498: Talking Tropics

        | 5:20 am August 11, 2015

        WeatherBrains Episode 498 is now online (August 10, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

        Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from MIT. He started with NOAA’s Hurricane Division in 1984 before coming to the National Hurricane Center in 1999 where he was a Hurricane Specialist for ten seasons. He was named Branch Chief of the Hurricane Specialist Unit in January, 2009. James Franklin, welcome to WeatherBrains!

        Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

        • Extremes: 114 at Death Valley, CA. and 30 at Walden, CO
        • Hilda may affect Hawaiian Islands
        • Atlantic Basin remains quiet
        • 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: For this episode of WeatherBrains 101 we take a look at a common occurrence during the summer months, haze!

        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 498:

        ATCF: Automated Tropical Cyclone Forecasting System

        National Hurricane Center web site

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

        Picks of the Week:

        James Franklin – Hurricane Forecast Accuracy

        Nate Johnson – NOAA weatherView

        Brian Peters – Lightning Compilation

        Bill Murray – Layered Precipitable Water product

        John Scala – 10 Years Later: 2005 Hurricane Season

        Rick Smith – Scary tornado in Taiwan

        James Spann – Resurgence in Podcasts

        SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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