Talking Tropics Tonight on WeatherBrains

| March 13, 2017 @ 8:32 am

March is a blockbuster month for WeatherBrains as the weekly netcast that’s all about weather participates in National Weather Podcast Month. This week’s episodes will be about the tropics.

Tonight, the gang will welcome Dr. Phil Klotzbach, a Research Scientist in the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University. He received his Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from CSU in 2007. Klotzbach has been employed in the Department of Atmospheric Science for the past fifteen years where he has been co-author on the Atlantic basin hurricane forecasts with Dr. William Gray. He became first author on the seasonal hurricane forecasts in 2006. Klotzbach developed the two-week forecasts currently being issued during the peak months of the hurricane season between August-October. He developed the Landfalling Hurricane Probability Webpage (available online at in partnership with the GeoGraphics Laboratory at Bridgewater State University. This webpage provides hurricane landfall probabilities for the entire United States coastline from Brownsville, Texas to Eastport, Maine as well as the Caribbean. He has published over two dozen articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Climate, Weather and Forecasting, and Geophysical Research Letters.

Klotzbach graduated from Bridgewater State College with a BS degree in Geography in 1999. He then attended Colorado State University where he received his Masters degree in Atmospheric Science in 2002. After receiving his Masters degree in 2002, Klotzbach thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine (2100+ miles). He has also climbed all 54 14,000 foot peaks in Colorado, and has completed eight marathons and five ultra-marathons.

Some things that will come up in conversation:

  • A report from the AMS Conference
  • His thoughts on the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season
  • How the ENSO works and the two phase’s impact on Atlantic hurricane seasons
  • In 1995 we entered an active phase in Atlantic hurricanes, what has been driving that and is it ending?
  • What is ACE and how does it work?
  • As the climate changes, what effects will it have on tropical cyclone structure, frequency or intensity?
  • What it was like to work with Dr. Bill Gray
  • Thoughts on the lack of U.S. hurricane landfalls
  • His most memorable hurricanes
  • His paper on the MJO and Nor’easters
  • Other research he is conducting
  • Life in San Francisco and his love for the National Parks
  • His thoughts on the reversal of the drought in California, snow amounts

It’s National Weather Podcast Month. The folks from the Carolina Weather Group, Ice Station Housman, Storm Front Freaks Podcast, The Tornado Talk Podcast, Weather Hype and The Weather Junkies are all involved in a special month of guests and promotion. We are sharing Guest Panelists and tonight we welcome Dakota Smith from the Weather Junkies!

Dakota is a third-year graduate student in the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University (CSU). His research is focus­ed on using remotely sensed data to improve the modeling of land-atmosphere interactions in seasonal grasslands.

Growing up in central Maryland, Dakota was fascinated with the powerful nature of severe storms and nor’easters. To learn more about the atmosphere, Dakota attended Pennsylvania State University to study meteorology. The summer after his freshman year, Dakota participated in Research Experience for Undergraduates at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium. During his sophomore year at Penn State, he became a NOAA Hollings Scholar. Through the Hollings program he interned at the Center for Multi-scale Modeling of Atmospheric Processes at CSU. He enjoyed his experience so much he made CSU his eventual home after graduating from Penn State with a Bachelors of Science in meteorology. Now he’s in his third year of working towards his Masters degree while also taking on a teaching assistantship.

So he will be a perfect Guest Panelist tonight, with the nor’easter bearing down on the Northeast and his ties to Colorado State as well.

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