WeatherBrains 620: Every Day a Tornado Day

| December 5, 2017 @ 5:12 am

WeatherBrains Episode 620 is now online (December 4, 2017). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is the Chief of the Forecast Services Division at NWS Headquarters. In this role, he oversees policy for the wide variety of services that touch the public and NWS partners. He also serves as national lead for the NWS Hazards Simplification project which, with support from the social science community, has a goal of maximizing comprehension of and effective response to NWS hazard messages. He also supports NWS Weather Ready Nation initiative via direct interactions with external partners and serves as an Expert Team Lead for Impact-based Weather Services for the United Nation’s World Meteorological Organization. Eli Jacks, welcome back to WeatherBrains!

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 89 at McAllen, TX, & Falfurrias, TX, and -5 at Stanley, ID
  • Large storm system over extreme western Great Lakes
  • Pattern change underway
  • Troughiness over eastern US to bring some cold weather
  • Drought conditions returning across southern US
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer dips into the bottom of the bag to bring the latest listener email.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: We’re just a few days into meteorological winter and the winter weather advisories, warnings, and watches have sprung up with a sizable storm moving through the North Central US. So in this episode of 101 we’ll take a look at snow and the various descriptions surrounding it.

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 620:

NWS web page

NWS Water Center

Weather Ready Nation

Overview of National Water Center, Tuscaloosa, AL

NWS Directive on severe weather products

Patrick Marsh look at Tornado Emergencies

Picks of the Week:

Eli Jacks – Astraphobia, also known as astrapophobia, brontophobia, keraunophobia, or tonitrophobia is an abnormal fear of thunder and lightning, a type of specific phobia. It is a treatable phobia that both humans and animals can develop.

Kim Klockow-McClain – NWS hazard simplification project

Bill Murray – WeatherBrains & WeatherReady Nation survey

Brian Peters – WeatherReady Ambassadors

Kevin Selle – Monthly photos

Rick Smith – Snow during a La Nina

James Spann – Leeches predicting the weather

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Devastation on the Delaware (1955)

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, Rick Smith, Kim Klockow-McClain, 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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Special photo thanks to gang member Kevin Selle.

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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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