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WeatherBrains 376: Twitter Tweeters Weather

| 5:10 am April 9, 2013

WeatherBrains Episode 376 is now online (April 8, 2013). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

author Lee SandlinLee Sandlin is a journalist and essayist who was born in Wildwood, Illinois, and grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. He briefly attended the University of Chicago and Roosevelt University before leaving school to travel and write. He lives in Chicago.

He has written feature journalism, historical studies, and music reviews on opera and classical works — mostly for the Chicago Reader, where he was also for many years the TV critic. More recently, he has become a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal.

His essay “Losing the War,” first appeared in 1997, subtitled “World War II has faded into movies, anecdotes, and archives that nobody cares about anymore. Are we finally losing the war?” It has been on university reading lists and praised in blogs of both anti-war activists and neocon crusaders. A segment was adapted for broadcast by the public radio show “This American Life” and anthologized by its host, Ira Glass, in a 2007 collection, “The New Kings of Nonfiction.”

“Saving His Life,” his biography of his father-in-law, a Russian emigre who grew up in China, was recently published in a limited edition by Sherwin Beach Press. The Distancers (2004) chronicles the American Midwest of several generations, as reflected in the history of a single house. His most recent work is “Wicked River,” a narrative history of the Mississippi River in the 19th century. An exhaustive survey of his other interests can be found on the Enthusiasms page.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 99 at Laredo, TX, and 13 at Cut Bank, MT
  • Severe thunderstorm watch in Central US
  • Severe weather possible Tuesday from San Antonio to north of Kansas City
  • Then the system moves eastward
  • Snow coverage down to about 15 percent
  • Storm system also going to produce serious snow across Upper Midwest
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners and is happy to see more email messages.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: So Superstorm Sandy created quite a stir for a number of reasons. One of those factors concerned the dropping of hurricane warnings since Sandy went non-tropical as she was headed toward shore. Well, the controversy may not be over, but there are some changes being made that may keep that sort of thing from happening again.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of April 8th.

    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 376:

    Release on Hurricane Definition Changes

    Storm Kings on Amazon

    Lee Sandlin’s web site

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – Houston Chronicle article about Dated Storm Protection

    Bill Murray – Gets the Fog Horn!!

    Brian Peters – Joplin Tornado NWS Service Assessment

    Kevin Selle – Digital Meteorologist article

    James Spann – Feedly – a Better Reader

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