WeatherBrains 159: Dave Schwartz

| February 9, 2009 @ 10:45 pm | 7 Replies

WeatherBrains Episode 159 is now online (February 9, 2009). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Dave Schwartz
We have another great guest this week thanks to Dr. Tim Coleman. We chat with Dave Schwartz formerly of The Weather Channel. A lifelong weather buff, Dave loves tracking and discussing nor’easters, hurricanes, and other dramatic weather. Naturally, the Blizzard of ’93 is tops as one of his favorite weather event. A native of Philadelphia, PA, Dave attended Arizona State University and graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Before The Weather Channel, Dave worked for twelve years in the mental health field. He joined The Weather Channel in 1985, working both in the Forecast Center and as a radio broadcaster, before honing his camera work through The Weather Channel’s Apprentice Program. He first appeared on-air full time at The Weather Channel in June, 1991. Dave traces his interest in weather to watching the sky and the tornado from the wonderful movie, “The Wizard of Oz.” Beside old movies and cloud watching, Dave has a variety of interests including physical fitness, dancing, singing, and art.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • this week features a bit of a mid-winter thaw
  • moderate risk for the Southern Plains for Tuesday, February 10th
  • hottest 86 in Texas
  • viscous fires in Australia
  • and more!
  • Our mail bag has been postponed until next week.

    A future guest will also come from The Weather Channel, Stu Ostro, in about two weeks and next week we’ll have Doug Gilliam from Mississippi State University talking about the work flow for forecasting – and he should know since he’s won many a forecasting contest.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: The professor delves into a bit of history this week as he looks at how old the field of meteorology really is. Most people probably think it is a rather young topic, but some of the earliest study and writings can be traced all the way back to Aristotle and Hippocrates.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray takes a look at This Week in Weather History with a look at the week of February 11th through February 18th. And as you might expect, cold weather made some headlines with brutally cold air and a major snow event that stretched from Florida to Maine.

    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 159:

    Story about The Weather Channel Layoffs

    Dave Schwartz’ Facebook page

    Some Dave Schwartz video clips

    Picks of the Week:

    Dr. Tim Coleman – Dave’s Dictionary

    Kevin Selle –

    James Spann – Severe Studios

    Bill Murray – iPhone app called radarscope.

    JB Elliott – he forgot!

    Brian Peters – A Mobile Handset for Tim

    Join your host for this episode, James Spann, along with JB Elliott, Kevin Selle, Dr. Tim Coleman, Bill Murray, and Brian Peters as they bring together another riveting netcast about the weather.

    We love to hear from you! To leave a recorded message, call 1-888-247-8627. Some calls may be used in future episodes. Also, feel free to post comments to the site and drop us an email at email at (at symbol) weatherbrains dot com.


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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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    1. jay says:

      IMHO, TWC has really gone downhill since NBC bought it. There has been less and less “face time” with live mets and more canned shows. After seeing the one on the Titanic twice, it was enough for me. It’s as if NBC doesn’t know what to do with TWC since they’ve bought it.

    2. Rory In Atlanta says:

      Here’s my favorite Dave Schwartz story:

      In April, 1998, I had recently moved to the Atlanta area and at the time was living in a mobile home.

      The forecast that evening was rather ominous as conditions indicated that a tornado outbreak over North Georgia was iminent. The forecast indeed verified, as I counted four distinct waves (or “swarms”) of supercell thunderstorms that moved in from Alabama over a six hour period, each about 90 minutes apart. As each wave of storms moved off to the east of Atlanta, new warnings would be issued along the Georgia/Alabama line for the next series of storms. One of those supercells dropped a destructive tornado that tore through Atlanta’s northern suburbs, from I-75 @ Windy Hill Road, through Sandy Springs and Dunwoody, and over to Peachtree Corners in Norcross.

      Since I was living in a mobile home, I felt it necessary to monitor the weather situation closely in case I needed to find a safe haven. I flipped around the various tv stations and honestly, the coverage I saw of this weather event was either vague or insufficient for my needs.

      That is, except for the Weather Channel.

      Dave Schwartz was on the air that evening at TWC, and I must say he was better than any of the local meteorologists in depicting the exact location and track of the individual supercells as they passed through Atlanta.

      I stayed put in my mobile home that night (the event went on into the early morning hours). That fourth and final wave of storms actually delivered some strong winds and hail to my neighborhood, but no tornado warnings were ever issued for my area (southwestern Gwinnett County).

      Dave Schwartz essentially became a live and local meteorologist that stormy night, kept me company and kept me informed. I’ll always remember that stellar performance.

      Keep on, Dave!!

    3. Whit says:

      Boy, NBC Universal really didn’t have a clue what they were doing when they dumped Dave Schwartz. During this Weatherbrains episode I think somebody made the comment that he was the face of the network (along with Cantore). That is so true. People like Schwartz are hard to come by–somebody who can lighten the mood, yet who also comes across as trustworthy to the viewers. I wouldn’t trust Stephanie Abrams or Mike Bettes if my life depended on it.

      Perhaps with more people getting laid off there, we will see a reduction in the ‘weatherdrama’ shows and a return to their roots. Too bad Schwartz won’t be around if it happens.

    4. Bummer—–NBC axed the one guy who made forecasts ‘full of interesting facts’ and enjoyable to watch. We’ve been watching TWC since it’s inception. Between Dave, Alexandra Steel and Jim Cantore, they were “stars” of the Weather Channel. Too bad the folks at NBC didn’t check things out first, before letting Dave go! Shame on NBC!!!!!!

    5. don says:

      Never watch the weather channel anymore–like watching the Today show. I don’t have time for filler crap. I want weather, low, highs,fronts, temps and forecasts. My job depends on this. Listening to Abrams talk is like squeaky chalk and the guy aacts like his IQ and his belt measurement are the same.
      Where’s Dave Schwartz and some of the other people who understood weather is important. Miss you, my friends.
      NBC has goofed again. No old pros, just young squeaky skinny females and young jocks with not much experience.
      Now I am being blown away and they are showing Storm Stories for the fifteened time. Wonder if I will be on there next year if I live through this one.
      Where’s Dave!!!!

    6. Ignacia Yann says:

      Love these blogs, keep em coming! bye 😀

    7. Brian Presley Davis says:

      This is the bad part about broadcasting in weather. Makes me want to go to school a little longer and work with the weather service. I have seen it all in my years of TV, but I was shocked that they let Dave go from the Weather Channel. Not to mention the years he was there and the trust he had built. It is unsettling to say the least. I have watched TWC for 27 years, I guess since they are letting all the known personalities go that many of us trust, I will not watch them anymore!!

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