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WeatherBrains 211: Weather from Kansas

| 11:25 pm February 8, 2010 | Comments (0)

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 Freeman, KSN-TVDave 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.

Andrea ButeraJoining 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 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:

  • Washington/Baltimore really clobbered with snow plus more coming
  • snowiest winter in history possible for Washington, DC
  • Deepest snow in high mountains of west – 213 inches highest
  • Gulf storm could bring winter weather to Southeast US later in week
  • Winter advisory/watch/warning all the way from Arkansas to Pennsylvania
  • and more!
  • Our mail bag continued to get some nice emails.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: Did you send your favorite weatherperson a card or give? What? Well you missed National Weatherperson’s Day just three days ago, so it’s not too late to send a belated card or gift. This week we take a look at where this special day came from and why it is on February 5th – no, there is not a groundhog involved!

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of February 9th.

    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 211:

    KSN-TV Channel 3

    Dave Freeman Personal Web Page

    Andrea Butera

    Tampa Weather Examiner

    Snowfall Map/Listing for Mid-Atlantic Storm System

    Picks of the Week:

    Andrea Butera – Weather Wars off Nightline and CBS News Eye on Hurricane Grandstanding

    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.

    Tennessee Snow

    | 11:21 pm February 8, 2010 | Comments (0)

    Thanks to ABC 33/40 Skywatcher Nathan Burks for these images… he writes:

    “Hey guys

    I figured I would pass these picture my cousin took about 10:30 tonight in Springfield TN. He reports heavy snow with about 3 inches on the ground.
    Keep up the good work

    Nathan Burks
    Skywatcher Hueytown”

    North Alabama Snow Images

    | 3:47 pm February 8, 2010 | Comments (4)

    Below is a collection of snow images taken across extreme North Alabama and the Tennessee Valley this morning; snow amounts were seen from a dusting, to 3 inches in few spots…

    Rain Late Tonight; Snow Flakes Tomorrow?

    | 3:20 pm February 8, 2010 | Comments (39)

    An all new edition of the ABC 33/40 Weather Xtreme video is available in the player below. You can subscribe to the Weather Xtreme video on iTunes by clicking here.

    RIGHT NOW: What a contrast across our state. As I was driving in to the ABC 33/40 studio this afternoon, I noticed the outside temperature had reached 50 degrees on the car thermometer. Sure feels better than the raw cold conditions over the weekend around here. But, just to the north, temperatures are only in the mid to upper 30s over extreme North Alabama, where some snow is still on the ground from a morning winter weather event that caught most up in the Tennessee Valley by surprise.

    TONIGHT/TOMORROW: Most of Alabama will deal with a cold rain late tonight and tomorrow. Rain continues over the far northern part of the state this afternoon, but down this way (Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Anniston, Gadsden), most of the rain will come from about 12:00 midnight tonight through 12:00 noon tomorrow. The NAM is printing 0.69″ for Birmingham; we figure most spots will get 1/2 to 1 inch, with isolated heavier totals.

    SNOW FLAKES? As the rain begins to taper off, much colder air will be pulled down into North Alabama tomorrow afternoon, with temperatures falling into the 30s. Most models suggest there will be sufficient moisture for a little light snow or snow flurries on the back side of the departing storm, and we will mention that in our forecast. They shouldn’t pose any problems with temperatures above freezing, but we will watch the situation since this system has not played nicely with forecasters to the north of here. They usually offer one or two more surprises before they leave, you know.

    WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY: These two days will be cold and dry, with highs in the low to mid 40s. The GFS MOS guidance seems to warm considering the snow cover just north of here.

    SNOW DAY FRIDAY? Confidence in some snow here Friday is very good, but how much is the big question, and something we really won’t be able to answer until tomorrow’s system gets out of here. Like football coaches and their games, we like to take storm systems one at a time. Having said that…

    Be sure and watch the Weather Xtreme video for the complete graphic set that goes with this discussion… but critical thickness values are well down into South Alabama during the day Friday, so there is little doubt the atmosphere will support all snow for North and Central Alabama Friday. The placement of the surface low and moisture field puts us on the northern periphery of the system, meaning mostly light amounts (an inch or so). The better snow could be in places like Montgomery, Auburn, Troy, Ozark, and Eufaula if the latest model runs are correct, but this is nothing but speculation right now. I think there is an excellent chance of accumulating snow for some part of Alabama Friday, and for now the most likely sweet spot will be somewhere south of I-20 and north of U.S. 84. Let’s hold off until Wednesday before we get too specific, however.

    COLD WEEKEND: Saturday and Sunday look cold and dry, with highs only around 40 degrees. We all know how poorly the GFS MOS numbers were this past weekend; and most likely they are clueless this weekend as well.

    LONG TERM/VOODOO LAND: The Arctic Oscillation remains strongly negative for the next two weeks, so cold and unsettled weather will likely continue. Maybe even more winter weather fun and games.

    LIVE CHAT: We are now offering a real time chat here on the blog… open blog comments will stay in place, of course, but this will allow a more immediate method of communication for weather geeks. We do have moderators posted over there, so be sure and play nice. Members of our weather team will be there from time to time to answer questions; we will post those times we are available here on the blog.

    STORM ALERT 2010 IS COMING TO WALKER COUNTY THURSDAY NIGHT: Our annual severe weather rolls along; our next stop will be on Thursday February 11 at Bevill State Community College in Sumiton. You can meet the ABC 33/40 Weather team, see some amazing Alabama weather stories, learn how to keep your family safe this tornado season, and win some cool stuff. The show begins at 7:00; be sure and get there early to get a good seat. See the entire tour schedule here!

    WEATHER BRAINS: Don’t forget you can listen to our weekly 30 minute netcast anytime on the web, or on iTunes. This is the show all about weather featuring many familiar voices, including our meteorologists here at ABC 33/40. You can even listen here on the blog; look for the player on the top left. We will have tonight’s new episode posted by 11:00 p.m.

    I had a great time today visiting with the 1st graders at South Shades Crest Elementary in Hoover; be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 on ABC 33/40 News! The next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow….

    Snow Reports From NWS, Huntsville

    | 2:56 pm February 8, 2010 | Comments (0)

    (Thanks to Forecaster Andy Kula for this updated list)

    204 PM CST MON FEB 8 2010



    CHEROKEE 4.0










    TRENTON 1.0


    WATERLOO 3.0
    ZIP CITY 4.5
    GREEN HILL 4.5
    KILLEN 3.0
    ANDERSON AREA 3.0 TO 6.0




    ATHENS 1.5
    ELKMONT 3.5




    TONEY 3.0
    HARVEST 3.0
    MADISON 0.8