WeatherBrains Episode 211 is now online (Feb. 8, 2010). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!
The special guest on this episode comes from the middle of the country. Dave Freeman is the Chief Meteorologist of the KSN WeatherLab and he can be seen weeknights at 5, 6 and 10pm on KSN News. Dave has earned the Seal of Approval of both the National Weather Association and the American Meteorological Society and he holds a certificate in Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University, has taken advanced coursework from MSU, and has undergone special training in NEXRAD Doppler Radar by the company that builds the NEXRAD Radars.
Dave is the first person ever recognized two times as Broadcaster of the Year by the National Weather Association. His coverage of the Greensburg tornado in May, 2007, was recognized with the NWA 2008 Broadcaster of the Year Award. Dave first won the award in 1992. Dave has been elected to a second term as a member of the governing Council of the NWA, and, he has also served as NWA national Broadcast Meteorology Chairman and as Broadcast Seal Chairman.
Dave and other KSN staff were honored by the Kansas Association of Broadcasters for Best Single Topic News Coverage in 2008 for the live coverage of President Bush’s address to the graduates of Greensburg High School. The KAB also gave top honors to KSN for Special Program for “Greensburg, One Year Later,” which Dave co-anchored with Anita Cochran.
In addition to his work on KSN, he has been recognized for his severe weather coverage on radio. He was part of teams honored with the 1999 Kansas Association of Broadcasters Award for Best Radio In-Depth Reporting for coverage of the May 3, 1999, tornado that struck Wichita and south-central Kansas; a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award in 1998 by the Radio-Television News Directors Association for radio coverage of urban flooding that struck Wichita in 1997; and Best Radio Spot News in Kansas from the Associated Press in 1996 for coverage of a tornado near Pretty Prairie, Kansas.
Dave is one of the few journalists to have flown with the Air Force Reserve’s Hurricane Hunters. He had the privilege of flying through the eye of Hurricane Andrew (six times, no less!). Dave also covered Hurricane Hugo when it slammed into South Carolina, providing live satellite reports from the coast. Dave has also chased tornadoes with researchers from the National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, Oklahoma. In addition to anchoring the weather, Dave has also co-written a children’s book on storms, and a severe weather safety brochure for teenagers.
Dave is happily married and has three great kids. Dave is also a PADI SCUBA diving Instructor and an Emergency First Response (CPR and first aid) Instructor. He also enjoys driving his antique Cadillac!
Dave talks a little about killing sacred cows in the weather business including probability of precipitation or POP.
Joining in will be Andrea Butera who is a news producer for WESH-TV in Orlando, FL, and the Tampa Weather Examiner. Andrea has a passion for anything weather-related. She is a self-proclaimed “weather nerd” and has been ever since she was in high school. In October 2009, she became the Tampa Weather Examiner, a freelance writer for the Examiner.com. Andrea is a trained severe weather spotter with the National Weather Service, and she is experienced in covering hurricanes. She also enjoyed her time out west, experiencing the Arizona monsoon. In June, 2009, she co-produced KPHO’s 30-minute monsoon special.
Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:
Our mail bag continued to get some nice emails.
From The Weather Center:
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Picks of the Week:
JB Elliott – No Pick! But a 10-second rant!
Bill Murray – Video of James Spann in 1974!
Brian Peters – Proposed New Climate Service
Kevin Selle – Meteorological Product Identifiers
James Spann – National Weather Association
The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like JB Elliott, Kevin Selle, Bill Murray, and Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.