WeatherBrains 603: I Wrapped Up and the Phones Went Wild

| August 8, 2017 @ 5:40 am

WeatherBrains Episode 603 is now online (August 7, 2017). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Our guest WeatherBrain for this episode is Dr. Judith Curry. Dr. Curry has a PhD in Geophysical Sciences from the University of Chicago (1982) and a B.S. in Geography from Northern Illinois University (1974). Dr. is the former chairman (2002 – 2014) and former professor at the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Curry resigned from her position at Georgia Tech on January 1, 2017, citing the “craziness” of climate science, and plans to focus on her private business, Climate Forecast Applications Network. She continues to write and speak prolifically on the climate change issue and run the blog Climate Etc. She has been invited by Republicans to testify at climate change hearings regarding alleged uncertainties regarding man-made climate change. She has also participated in a variety of blogs in the skeptical science community including Climate Audit, the Air Vent, and others. Dr. Curry has been criticized by climate scientists for her climate outreach in the blogosphere based on assertions not necessarily supported by the evidence: particularly that the “climate always changes.” Scientist Mark Serreze, director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder, points out that “Climate doesn’t change all by itself for no good reason. Something has to force it.”

Guest WeatherBrains number 2 is James Aydelott, chief meteorologist at Fox 23 in Tulsa. His great grandparents moved into Indian Territory before 1900 and his grandfather was born in Howe. His parents were both teachers in Tulsa Public Schools. James has always been fascinated by the severe weather that seems to hit Tulsa with fearsome regularity.

James’s dad piled the family in the station wagon and toured the damage after each round of severe weather, and all that destruction made quite an impression on young James. After graduating from Tulsa’s East Central High School, James headed to the University of Oklahoma and graduated with a degree in meteorology. James has worked in Sherman, TX, Savannah, GA, Wichita, KS, Dallas, TX, and in Tulsa, seeing and forecasting everything from tornadoes to hurricanes to blizzards. He has years of tornado chasing experience and is a severe weather and Doppler radar expert. James is an instrument-rated pilot and enjoys flying his Cessna Cardinal. James and his wife Robyn have two children and golden retriever, Mia, who also loves to fly. He also likes to cook and has even been a celebrity chef in Tulsa’s own Chef Fest. James is involved in Tulsa’s Iron Gate Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry, and Tulsa’s Restore Hope Ministry.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 115 at Death Valley, CA, and 28 at West Yellowstone Gate, MT
  • And our own Bill Murray was just at Yellowstone
  • Still hot in the West and Southwest US
  • Still somewhat mild over the eastern half of the country
  • Tropical Storm Franklin closing in on Yucatan Peninsula
  • Lots of rain over the Southeast US
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer is out once again, so the mail bag gets postponed again.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: For this episode of WeatherBrains 101, we take a look at the overall definition of jet stream including what it is and where they occur. Jet streams are a factor in both northern and southern hemispheres as well as other planets.

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 603:

Link to Tarmo’s video

Fox 23 Weather

More information about WEA

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

Picks of the Week:

Kim Klockow – Australian Bureau of Meteorology

Bill Murray – No pick but off doing interview.

Brian Peters – Clear air turbulence injures 10

Kevin Selle – No pick so gets the fog horn.

Rick Smith – Popular Mechanics article, “How to Stop the Wind”

James Spann – Is there any common ground?

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. graphic


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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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