Category: WeatherBrains

WeatherBrains 562: Your Ball Saved My Life

| October 25, 2016 @ 5:15 am

WeatherBrains Episode 562 is now online (October 24, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Perlan Glider

Elizabeth KennickTonight’s Guest WeatherBrain #1 is the President of the Teachers in Space organization. She is formerly the Vice President of Client Technology at Morgan Stanley, but now she splits her time between developing and sharing exciting ways to bring space into the classroom and speaking at aerospace and education conferences. Elizabeth Kennick, welcome to WeatherBrains!

Dr. Elizabeth AustinAnd tonight’s second Guest WeatherBrains is President of WeatherExtreme, Ltd, a research and consulting firm. She has served in the NWA and AMS for many years and is the Chair of the Board of the CCMs for the AMS. Her CV is too long to read and includes many prestigious honors and accomplishments. Her recent book, Treading on Thin Air, was published by Penguin Books. Dr. Elizabeth Austin, welcome to WeatherBrains!

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 95 at McAllen, TX, and 17 at Mount Washington, NH
  • For first time in weeks, the tropical Atlantic is quiet;
  • Little severe weather threats next several days;
  • High wind Northwest US coastline;
  • Drought worsening in Southeast US;
  • 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’ve probably noticed that there are several definitions for the seasons, one based on astronomical events and the other based more on our calendar. In this episode, we’ll take a look at the variations in definitions and some reasons why this occurs.

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Web Sites from Episode 562:

Falling Water

The Perlman Project

Weather Extreme Ltd.

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Picks of the Week:

Elizabeth Austin – NASA Goddard Ozone Watch

Nate Johnson – GOES-R prep for launch

Liz Kennick – John Huntingdon photography

Bill Murray – Book Treading on Thin Air>

Brian Peters – Gets the fog horn!

Kevin Selle – NWS Birmingham tweet

Rick Smith – Major hurricane drought overblown

James Spann – Rare double moonbow

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Great blue norther of 1911

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, 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 561: What site was that?

| October 18, 2016 @ 5:45 am

WeatherBrains Episode 561 is now online (October 17, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Matthew ParkerTonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a Senior Fellow Meteorologist at the Savannah River National Laboratory and is the 2016 President Elect of the American Meteorological Society (AMS). Matt Parker, an active AMS Member, an active Fellow of the AMS, and an AMS Certified Consulting Meteorologist. He is a Fellow Meteorologist with the Atmospheric Technologies Group at DOE’s Savannah River National Laboratory. He serves the AMS Community as Past Commissioner from 2014 to 2016 of the AMS Commission on the Weather, Water, and Climate Enterprise, having completed terms as Future Commissioner (2010 to 2012) and Commissioner (2012 to 2014). Mr Parker has expertise in boundary layer meteorology, meteorological instrumentation and field experiments, real-time data acquisition, synoptic meteorology, and consequence assessment for emergency response. He has extensive experience with programmatic oversight of ATG’s meteorological monitoring system, wind tunnel testing of meteorological sensors, developing meteorological standards and procedures, industrial weather forecasting, and the development of innovative meteorological sensors and monitoring systems. He has BS and MS degrees in meteorology from North Carolina State University. He was the Inaugural Chair of the AMS Board on Enterprise Communication, Co-Chair of the drafting team for the AMS Statement on National Weather and Climate Priorities, and is a former member of numerous other AMS boards and committees. Mr. Parker is Past President of the National Council of Industrial Meteorologists, a member of the ANS/ANSI 3.11 Working Group, a member of the Nuclear Utility Meteorological Data Users Group, and an individual member of the American Weather and Climate Industry Association. Matthew Parker, welcome to the show!

Alex ForbesAnd tonight’s Guest Panelist is currently a senior high school student who plans on pursuing a degree in meteorology. He wants to be a television meteorologist in a top ten market or at one of the networks. Alex Forbes, welcome to WeatherBrains!

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 102 at Gage, OK, and 26 at Gunnison, CO
  • Little severe weather threats across the US over next few days
  • Tropics quieter as Nicole fades into North Atlantic
  • Drought in Southeast US
  • 29 days without rain in Birmingham
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer develops audio trouble, so no incoming messages from our listeners.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: The professor skipped out this weekend, so unfortunately there is no 101 episode for this week. It should return next episode.

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 561:

Savannah River National Laboratory

American Meteorological Society

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

Picks of the Week:

Alex Forbes – Picture of NC flooding

Bill Murray – Video of 2016 NWA WeatherFest

Brian Peters – Vermont foliage 2016 by Matt Benedetto

Kevin Selle – Kevin hung up!

James Spann – New York Times article

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Nature photographer Jen Johnson Twitter
Nature photographer Larry Brown Twitter

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, 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 560: Sending Out Investigators

| October 11, 2016 @ 5:45 am

WeatherBrains Episode 560 is now online (October 10, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Pumpkins for Fall 2016

Mark SudduthTonight’s Guest WeatherBrain was on Episode 416. 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: 100 at Death Valley, CA. & Imperial, CA, and 20 at Mount Washington, NH
  • Very limited risk of severe weather across US
  • Nicole still churning in Central Atlantic, and
  • Nicole likely to become hurricane with direct hit on Bermuda Thursday
  • Death toll from Matthew climbs to 21, so far
  • Power outages/flooding still happening in North Carolina
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice, sort of!
  • 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 101 episode features somewhat of a mini rant from the professor taking on the topic of landfall or landfalling. It seems this term was used a lot with Matthew and many times it was used improperly, so we take a look at what this term means and how it should be used.

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 560:

hurricanetrack.com

KVOE article about tornado warnings from KTA

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

Picks of the Week:

Bill Murray – Big picture from Boston Globe

Brian Peters – Eagle saved after Matthew

Kevin Selle – Story about hatching Twitter

Rick Smith – Mashable article about hurricane ratings

James Spann – Haitian City’s race into 21st century

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Lightning sprites over Matthew

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, 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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Pumpkin picture courtesy of Kevin Selle. Putting the credits way down low so Kevin doesn’t get a big head ! !

WeatherBrains 559: Give Me That and I Can Forecast the World

| October 4, 2016 @ 5:15 am

WeatherBrains Episode 559 is now online (October 3, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Our Guest WeatherBrain for this show is Dr. Phil Klotzbach, a Research Scientist in the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University. He received his Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from CSU in 2007. Dr. Klotzbach has been employed in the Department of Atmospheric Science for the past fourteen years where he has been co-author on the Atlantic basin hurricane forecasts with Dr. William Gray. He became first author on the seasonal hurricane forecasts in 2006. Klotzbach developed the two-week forecasts currently being issued during the peak months of the hurricane season between August-October. He developed the Landfalling Hurricane Probability Webpage (available online at http://www.e-transit.org/hurricane) in partnership with the GeoGraphics Laboratory at Bridgewater State College. This webpage provides hurricane landfall probabilities for the entire United States coastline from Brownsville, Texas, to Eastport, Maine, as well as the Caribbean. He has published over 20 articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Climate, Weather and Forecasting, and Geophysical Research Letters.Dr. Philip Klotzbach

Klotzbach graduated from Bridgewater State College with a BS degree in Geography in 1999. He then attended Colorado State University where he received his Masters degree in Atmospheric Science in 2002. After receiving his Masters degree in 2002, Klotzbach thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine (2100+ miles). He has also climbed all 54 14,000 foot peaks in Colorado, and has completed eight marathons and five ultra-marathons. He’s crazy about hurricanes and just plain crazy about other things!

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 98 at Rio Grande Village, TX, and 21 at Burns, OR, & Truckee, CA
  • Category 4 Hurricane Matthew approaching western end of Hispaniola
  • Floyd, David, Hazel are reasonable analogs for Matthew
  • Enhanced outlook for severe storms parts of OK & KS Tuesday
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

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From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: Did you know that there is a space weather satellite orbiting the Earth about 1 million miles away? Well, there is, so this week the professor has the low down on this satellite known by the initials of DSCOVR.

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Web Sites from Episode 559:

New York Times article on Piedmont, AL, tornado by Rick Bragg

Discussion of blob east of Matthew center

Satellite image of Super Typhoon Chaba

Colorado State University tropical page

Seasonal hurricane predictions

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

Picks of the Week:

Nate Johnson – Tropical Tidbits

Brian Peters – Jamaica weather radar

Kevin Selle – Deep insights from weather data

James Spann – Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee hurricane forecast model output

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Gets the fog horn!

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, 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 558: Fat Fingers, Long Day

| September 27, 2016 @ 5:15 am

WeatherBrains Episode 558 is now online (September 26, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Joining us tonight from the Kansas Turnpike Authority are Chief Executive Officer Steve Hewitt and Eric Becker, Roadway Operations Director. They employ about 500 employees and handle roughly 236 miles of turnpike. They use a private weather firm, AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions, and they have been using them since 2000. Mr. Hewitt was the City Manager of Greensburg, KS, when the EF5 hit that community wiping out 95 percent of the town.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 107 at Fullerton, CA, and 21 at Climax, CO
  • Cold front passing through Southeast US finally bringing cooler air
  • Flooding in South Central Texas
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer brings the latest in messages from our listeners.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: Two tools used for visualizing the weather include radar and satellite. Sometimes these images get names when they are associated with a specific feature. Such is the case of the V-notch, a feature in radar echoes that often is associated with supercells that produce tornadoes – often, but not always.

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 558:

Kansas Turnpike Authority

Story about Turnpike issuing tornado warning

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Picks of the Week:

Bill Murray – no pick this week

Brian Peters – mPing web site for crowdsourcing weather reports

Kevin Selle – Time-lapse image of NOAA weather balloon at South Pole

James Spann – Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Total precipitable water satellite product

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, 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 557: Looking at a Big Outbreak in Indiana

| September 20, 2016 @ 5:15 am

WeatherBrains Episode 557 is now online (September 19, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

On August 24th of this year, an outbreak of about 23 tornadoes touched down across Central Indiana, northwestern Ohio, and into Ontario, Canada. The event was well warned, but created a controversy because the event was unusual in that it was unforecast by them.

Listener Jay Farlow, ham radio call of W9LW (Whiskey Niner Lima Whiskey), suggested we talk about the outbreak on tonight’s show. Fortunately there were no deaths or serious injuries in the event.

Our Guest WeatherBrains with insight into this event include Dan McCarty, Danielle Dozier, and Dr. Jeff Frame.

Our first Guest WeatherBrain is Dan McCarthy, the Meteorologist in Charge (MIC) of the National Weather Service in Indianapolis, IN. Dan is a veteran of WeatherBrains.

Our second Guest WeatherBrain is a meteorologist with Fox 59 in Indianapolis, IN. Danielle Dozier, welcome to the show.

And our final Guest WeatherBrain is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Frame teaches courses on introductory meteorology, synoptic-scale weather systems, weather forecasting, and severe thunderstorm dynamics. Dr. Jeff Frame, welcome to WeatherBrains!

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 110 at Death Valley, CA, and 24 at Crested Butte, CO
  • TD 13 in far eastern Atlantic
  • TS Karl in Central Atlantic
  • Hurricane Paine in the eastern Pacific
  • Discussion of weather response at OU
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer was fighting weather computer issues, so the email bag gets pushed off.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: With this episode the 101 segment will end the three-part series on air pressure with some notes from the 1800s about the meaning of pressure 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 557:

U.S. Tornadoes post on August 24, 2016

Fox 59 Weather

Video of Starbucks collapse

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Picks of the Week:

Jeff Frame – Department of Atmospheric Science U of I

Nate Johnson – Atlantic article on use of drones in place of Hurricane Hunters

Dan McCarthy – talks about Twitter

Brian Peters – Himawari satellite animation of Typhoon Malakas (large file)

Rick Smith – Article on Fighting Fatigue in the weather enterprise

James Spann – NWS overview of August 24, 2016, tornado outbreak

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Layoffs end flag reports in West Virginia

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, 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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