WeatherBrains 159: Dave Schwartz

| February 9, 2009 @ 10:45 pm | 7 Replies

WeatherBrains Episode 159 is now online (February 9, 2009). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Dave Schwartz
We have another great guest this week thanks to Dr. Tim Coleman. We chat with Dave Schwartz formerly of The Weather Channel. A lifelong weather buff, Dave loves tracking and discussing nor’easters, hurricanes, and other dramatic weather. Naturally, the Blizzard of ’93 is tops as one of his favorite weather event. A native of Philadelphia, PA, Dave attended Arizona State University and graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Before The Weather Channel, Dave worked for twelve years in the mental health field. He joined The Weather Channel in 1985, working both in the Forecast Center and as a radio broadcaster, before honing his camera work through The Weather Channel’s Apprentice Program. He first appeared on-air full time at The Weather Channel in June, 1991. Dave traces his interest in weather to watching the sky and the tornado from the wonderful movie, “The Wizard of Oz.” Beside old movies and cloud watching, Dave has a variety of interests including physical fitness, dancing, singing, and art.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • this week features a bit of a mid-winter thaw
  • moderate risk for the Southern Plains for Tuesday, February 10th
  • hottest 86 in Texas
  • viscous fires in Australia
  • and more!
  • Our mail bag has been postponed until next week.

    A future guest will also come from The Weather Channel, Stu Ostro, in about two weeks and next week we’ll have Doug Gilliam from Mississippi State University talking about the work flow for forecasting – and he should know since he’s won many a forecasting contest.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: The professor delves into a bit of history this week as he looks at how old the field of meteorology really is. Most people probably think it is a rather young topic, but some of the earliest study and writings can be traced all the way back to Aristotle and Hippocrates.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray takes a look at This Week in Weather History with a look at the week of February 11th through February 18th. And as you might expect, cold weather made some headlines with brutally cold air and a major snow event that stretched from Florida to Maine.

    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 159:

    Story about The Weather Channel Layoffs

    Dave Schwartz’ Facebook page

    Some Dave Schwartz video clips

    Picks of the Week:

    Dr. Tim Coleman – Dave’s Dictionary

    Kevin Selle –

    James Spann – Severe Studios

    Bill Murray – iPhone app called radarscope.

    JB Elliott – he forgot!

    Brian Peters – A Mobile Handset for Tim

    Join your host for this episode, James Spann, along with JB Elliott, Kevin Selle, Dr. Tim Coleman, Bill Murray, and Brian Peters as they bring together another riveting netcast about the weather.

    We love to hear from you! To leave a recorded message, call 1-888-247-8627. Some calls may be used in future episodes. Also, feel free to post comments to the site and drop us an email at email at (at symbol) weatherbrains dot com.

    Category: Pre-November 2010 Posts

    About the Author ()

    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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