WeatherBrains 632: WeatherBrains After Dark

| February 27, 2018 @ 7:44 am

WeatherBrains Episode 632 is now online (February 26, 2018). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Joining us for this episode is Gregory Mandt who has overall responsibility for the JPSS Program. In this role, Mandt oversees the development, acquisition, integration, installation, and acceptance of major system elements (spacecraft, instruments, launch services and ground systems) for all four JPSS satellites, the first of which was successfully launched in November, 2017, and the NOAA-NASA Suomi NPP satellite. Before coming to JPSS, Mandt served as System Program Director for the GOES-R Series program for nine years, culminating in the successful launch of the GOES-R/16 satellite in November, 2016.

Previously, Mandt served as Director of the National Weather Service (NWS) Office of Science and Technology where he was responsible for science and engineering planning, the acquisition and refresh of critical technologies, and the scientific developments of the Meteorological Development Laboratory. His previous assignments at NWS included Director of the Office of Climate, Water, and Weather Services from 2000 to 2005 and Chief of the Science Branch, Office of Meteorology, from 1996 to 2000.

Mandt also served as the Program Manager and Lead Engineer for the NOAA Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite (POES) Program from 1992 to 1996.

During his 14 year tenure as an officer in the United States Air Force, Mandt held several management and executive-level positions, including Acquisition Manager of the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP); Executive Officer for the Space Systems Division; Chief of the Spacecraft Engineering Branch, DMSP Program Office; Research Engineer in the Flight Dynamics Laboratory; and Flight Test Engineer.

Mandt holds Master of Science degrees in Systems Engineering and Electrical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Mechanics from the United States Air Force Academy and is also a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College Program Management Course.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 90 at Titusville, FL, and -12 at Gothic, CO
  • First tornado deaths in US late last week
  • Possible severe wx Wednesday in Lower MS River Valley
  • Relatively mild across much of Lower 48
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

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Web Sites from Episode 632:

JPSS Web Page

Central Indiana Severe Weather Symposium

Picks of the Week:

Bill Murray – Satellite Information Familiarization Tool (SIFT)

Brian Peters – Hurricane Heist (2018)

Kevin Selle – 40th anniversary of the blizzard of 1978

James Spann – GOES-16 at College of DuPage

Aubrey Urbanowicz – The StormHour

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