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WeatherBrains 397: We’ve Got You Now

| 5:15 am September 4, 2013

WeatherBrains Episode 397 is now online (September 2, 2013). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is the Director of the Oklahoma Climatological Survey, Dr. Kevin Kloesel. He is also the Associate Dean for Public Service & Outreach in the College of Atmospheric & Geographic Sciences at the University of Oklahoma. He is also an Associate Professor at OU.

Dr. Kevin KloeselDr. Kloesel is Associate Dean for Public Service and Outreach in the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences at the University of Oklahoma. He is directly responsible for outreach programs and tours for the over 30,000 people that visit the National Weather Center facility in Norman annually. In addition, he is an Associate Professor in the OU School of Meteorology with teaching and research interests ranging from synoptic meteorology to societal impacts and decision making in weather-impacted situations. He led the team that won the Innovations in American Government Award from Harvard University and the Ford Foundation for their work with the emergency management community in Oklahoma.

Currently, he works directly with thousands of K-12 students and teachers, as well as hundreds of emergency management agencies, in finding appropriate applications for weather data in local education and decision making. He was also a content designer for Scholastic’s The Magic School Bus Kicks Up a Storm children’s museum exhibit that is currently touring the US. He works closely with the Norman Chamber of Commerce and Norman Economic Development Coalition to provide continuing education opportunities to the growing private weather enterprise in Norman. Previously, he was Director of Outreach for the largest state climate office in the country, the Oklahoma Climatological Survey, and served as director of the Florida Climate Center in Tallahassee, FL. While a tenured faculty member at Florida State University, he served as a research fellow with the Cooperative Institute for Tropical Meteorology, and co-directed an outreach project, EXPLORES!, which provided NOAA satellite data ingest capabilities to over 200 schools throughout Florida.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 115 at Death Valley, CA, and 31 at Brimson, MN
  • National Weather Association meeting in Birmingham, AL, next Monday evening
  • JB has never had shrimp or raw oysters
  • 100-degree readings in Texas and Southwest US
  • Numerous severe thunderstorm warnings across parts of the US plus some flash flood warnings, too
  • 30-day outlook calls for cooler weather across Mid-west into Southeast
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer has a lot to cover from our listeners – and we thank you!

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: This week on 101 we take a look at some of the benefits we get from the GOES satellites with a mini-review of what the satellites are and how they do their job keeping tabs on our hemisphere.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of September 2nd.

    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 397:

    OU Atmospheric & Geographic Sciences

    Sky Daver’s Fog Bank

    Jeweler Refunds Purchase due to Rain

    Picks of the Week:

    JB Elliott – A Retreating Thunderstorm

    Dr. Kevin Kloesel – Tweeting a Football Game with Weather

    Bill Murray – Waterspout in Pensacola Bay

    Brian Peters – Japanese Tornado video

    James Spann – Hurricane Reconnaissance

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Freddy the Frogcaster

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like JB Elliott, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, and Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

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