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WeatherBrains 492: Spritz Yourself ! !

| 5:15 am June 30, 2015

WeatherBrains Episode 492 is now online (June 29, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Elie MorrisonTonight’s Guest Panelist is the mastermind behind tonight’s show. He is a regular listener and commenter and is a meteorology student at York University in Canada. Elie Morrison, welcome to Weatherbrains. It was a unit on natural disasters in school that got Elie interested in the weather.

Chris ScottTonight’s first Guest WeatherBrain is Director of Meteorology for The Weather Network. He has been with the Canadian weather channel for 15 years. Chris Scott, welcome to WeatherBrains! Chris got interested in the weather from a ferocious hail storm that affected his farm.

Doug GillhamTonight’s other Guest WeatherBrain is a show alum, having appeared on episode 160 back in 2009! He Grew up in Canada and was Director of Distance Learning for the Mississippi State Meteorology Department. He is now the Manager of the Forecast Center for The Weather Network. Doug Gillham, welcome back to WeatherBrains.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 124 at Death Valley, CA, and 34 at Mount Washington, NH
  • Heat across western Canada and smoke an issue
  • Cold front over the weekend reaching the Southeast US
  • Eastern Pacific and Atlantic tropical basins quiet
  • High amplitude pattern cooling the East with heat in the West
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer takes a look at some 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 492:

    The Weather Network

    Alert Ready

    Elie Morrison’s weather blog

    Environment Canada

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

    Picks of the Week:

    Doug Gilliam – White Death, 77 Blizzard

    Elie Morrison – Model and Ensemble Forecast & Archive viewer and
    everypost

    Bill Murray – ducked out early

    Brian Peters – Canadian weather article with hail images

    Chris Scott – Dr. Libby Barnes

    Kevin Selle – Horseshoe vortex cloud pattern

    Rick Smith – AMS Meteorology Conference presentations

    James Spann – Picturing the Forecast

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Elephants as forecasters

    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 490: Zee from the Big Apple

    | 5:15 am June 16, 2015

    WeatherBrains Episode 490 is now online (June 15, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Ginger ZeeTonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is the Chief Meteorologist at ABC’s Good Morning America. She is a former intern for James and a former student of Dr. John Knox. Ginger Zee, welcome to WeatherBrains.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 121 at Death Valley, CA, and 31 at Stanley, ID, Old Faithful YNP, WY, Boca Reservoir, CA, and Bodie State Park, CA
  • Tropical disturbance in western Gulf struggling
  • Recorded on Friday, June 12th
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer was unable to make this show.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: The professor and 101 is AWOL this 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 490:

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

    Ginger Zee full bio

    Picks of the Week:

    Bill Murray –

    James Spann – AMS 2015 Conference tweets

    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 489: Therapist on Speed Dial

    | 5:15 am June 9, 2015

    WeatherBrains Episode 489 is now online (June 8, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is the Chief Meteorologist at KMBC in Kansas City, a position he has held for nearly 30 years. He is a fascinating personality and icon in his market. Bryan Busby, welcome to WeatherBrains.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 114 at Death Valley, CA, and 27 at Leadville, CO
  • Marginal severe weather across Southeast & into Mid-Atlantic Region
  • Tropical Atlantic Basin quiet
  • Blanca making landfall on Baja California
  • Big storms in PA and WV with lots of rain
  • Wet in Kansas City, too
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer dips into the mail bag to review the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: Radar is one of the most visible tools used by meteorologists in watching and analyzing the atmosphere. So for this edition of 101 we take a look at some of how a radar does its job.

    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 489:

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

    George Global web site

    KMBC-TV Weather web site

    Bryan Busby full bio

    Bryan Busby on 1995 Groundhog Day

    Picks of the Week:

    Brian Peters – Around the World Solar Flight

    John Scala – When Will it Start Raining at Your House

    Kevin Selle – Referral Driven Web

    James Spann – NOAA historical hurricane tracks

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Coldest June in Sydney

    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 488: Water, Water, Water

    | 5:15 am June 2, 2015

    WeatherBrains Episode 488 is now online (June 1, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Cynthia BarnettTonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is an award winning environmental journalist who has reported on water from the Suwannee River to Singapore. She has authored three books including the recently released Rain: A Natural and Cultural History. She lives in Gainesville, FL. Cynthia Barnett, welcome to WeatherBrains.

    John Toohey-MoralesAnd tonight’s Guest Panelist is the Chief Meteorologist at NBC 6 in Miami. His coverage has won Emmys and recognition from the AMS and NWA. He holds all the seals and is a CBM and a CCM. So we welcome John Toohey-Morales to the show!

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 109 at Death Valley, CA, and 24 at Togo, MN
  • Texas and Oklahoma drying a bit
  • Main severe weather next few days in eastern part of Rockies
  • Finally rain for John in Pennsylvania
  • Andres went to Cat 4 but diminishing now
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: June 1st marks the beginning of a number of different weather seasons with the beginning of the Atlantic Hurricane Season probably the best known. It also marks the beginning of the unofficial lightning season, so for this episode, we’re going to take a look at some interesting information about lightning and thunder.

    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 488:

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

    Barnett’s book

    Remembering Hurricane Audrey

    Picks of the Week:

    Bill Murray – Storm Evader from OU

    Brian Peters – China’s railway system (plus weather)

    John Scala – May 31, 1985, Tornado Outbreak

    Kevin Selle – Wichita Falls Potable Water Reuse Project

    Rick Smith – Experimental 1 minute visible satellite loop

    James Spann – James Spann’s article in Medium

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Hurricanes and the Middle Atlantic States

    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 487: Tribute to JB

    | 5:15 am May 26, 2015

    WeatherBrains Episode 487 is now online (May 25, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you! This is the longest running podcast on weather having been on the air for nearly 10 years.

    Tonight’s show will be a little different as we pay tribute to our friend, JB Elliott. JB was a long time mentor for many of the WeatherBrains gang especially our host, James Spann, so it was appropriate to honor him on this Memorial Day.

    JB Elliott

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 102 at Death Valley, CA, and 29 at Yellowstone Lake, WY, Santa Maria, CO, & Waverly, CO
  • Epic flooding in Texas and Oklahoma
  • Severe weather across Central Plains area
  • All time monthly record rainfall for Wichita Falls at around 14 inches
  • Wild weather in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and Louisiana with severe weather and floods
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: This episode of 101 goes off the beaten path just a little to explore something called petrichor. This is a quick explanation about that refreshingly aromatic smell that comes with a light rain after a short dry spell and how it works.

    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 487:

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

    Loss of a Legend

    November, 1989, home video of JB Elliott by David Black

    Picks of the Week:

    Bill Murray – Weather story map

    Brian Peters – Water woes for Wichita Falls

    Kevin Selle – Boston Globe Cities in the Cloud

    James Spann – WeatherBrains audio archive

    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 486: Pickles All Over It

    | 5:20 am May 19, 2015

    WeatherBrains Episode 486 is now online (May 18, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    David DrobnyTonight’s Guest Panelist is a show alum, having appeared on episode 395 in August, 2013. He is responsible for suggesting tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain, which we will punish by making him appear as the Guest Panelist. Indeed, no good deed goes unpunished. David Drobny, welcome back.

    Kelton HalbertTonight’s Guest WeatherBrain was born in Nashville. He comes from a traveling musical family. He plays the guitar, banjo, and bass guitar, but his first love is meteorology. He is currently a junior at the University of Oklahoma School of Meteorology in Norman, where he is a research assistant with the Arctic and Antarctic Atmospheric Research Group. He is currently the Director of Development at the Oklahoma Weather Lab. Kelton Halbert, welcome to WeatherBrains.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 96 at Presidio, TX, and 22 at Scobey, MT
  • Trio of WeatherBrains gang in Norman, OK
  • Severe weather somewhat limited
  • Cold in North Central US
  • Drought busting rain in parts of Texas and Oklahoma
  • And more rain possible for those areas
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is out once again.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: Last week there was a mention of cloud iridescence, so for this weekly episode we’ll take a look at what that is and why it is sometimes hard to see.

    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 486:

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

    SHARPpy software

    Oklahoma Weather Lab

    AARG at OU

    Link to Windows version of SHARPpy

    Link to Mac OS X version of SHARPpy

    Tempest Storm Chasing

    Picks of the Week:

    David Drobny – Tornado Forecasting Workshop with Rich Thompson

    Kelton Halbert – WRF Model

    Nate Johnson – Early May, 2015, Storms Time-lapse

    Bill Murray – Experimental sounding page at SPC

    Brian Peters – Gets the fog horn!

    John Scala – FACETS at NSSL

    Kevin Selle – Elmer, OK, Tornado time lapse

    Rick Smith – Online Damage Report, May 6, 2015, Great Plains Event

    James Spann – Sea surface Temperature Contours

    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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