WeatherBrains 601: Does Lightning Create Popcorn in a Corn Field?

| July 25, 2017 @ 7:44 am

WeatherBrains Episode 601 is now online (July 24, 2017). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a retired professor and sociologist. He is the director emeritus of the Natural Hazards Center. He has authored over 100 publications on mitigations, preparedness, response, and recovery for hazards and disasters. His book, “Disasters by Design” was published in 1999. Dr. Dennis Mileti, welcome to WeatherBrains!

Tonights Guest Panelist has appeared several times on the show. He is a native Texas that has been involved in broadcast meteorology since before he graduated from Texas A&M in 1984. Troy Kimmel, welcome to WeatherBrains. Troy actually has appeared on WeatherBrains once before on episode 495.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 113 at Death Valley, CA, and 35 at Snake River, WY
  • Main threat of severe storms across North Central US next couple of days
  • Drought severe in parts of Montana and Dakotas
  • Atlantic basin quiet; Eastern North Pacific active
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer is out again this week.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: There has been a bout of excessive heat in the Central US as well as the western US recently, so in this episode of 101 we’ll take a look at heat and the heat index which combines temperature and humidity to arrive at how hot it really feels.

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 601:

Dr. Mileti’s book, Disaster by Design

Information on Dr. Mileti from START

Natural Hazards Center

Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) from FCC

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

Picks of the Week:

Troy Kimmel – Surface maps from SPC

Bill Murray – Totality: Great American Eclipses

Brian Peters – NOAA/NWS Lightning Safety

Kevin Selle – Famous weathermen of the 70s
Southern Region Weather Criteria

Rick Smith – Heatstroke Deaths of Children in Vehicles

James Spann – Social Rankings

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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Brian Peters is one of the television meteorologists at ABC3340 in Birmingham and a retired NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologist. He handles the weekend Weather Xtreme Videos and forecast discussion and is the Webmaster for the popular WeatherBrains podcast.

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