WeatherBrains 643: Get Down In The Dirt And Work

| May 15, 2018 @ 8:30 am

WeatherBrains Episode 643 is now online (May 14, 2018). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a Research Meteorologist at National Severe Storms Laboratory and a visiting Professor of Atmospheric Science at Desert Research Institute and the University of Nevada-Reno. He is the author of the recent AMS Book: Verner Soumi: The Life and Work of the Founder of Satellite Meteorology. He joins us tonight from his daughter’s home in Sacramento. Please welcome Dr. John Lewis to WeatherBrains.

Throughout his career Dr. Lewis has conducted research that has combined weather analysis with numerical weather prediction. His professional experience has been divided between work in government labs including operational prediction centers and academia. In the past decade he has led a national research project focused on the weather over the Gulf of Mexico, Project GUFMEX, explored the use of adjoint methods to study model sensitivity, and contributed to the history of science. In 1998, the Environmental Research Laboratories of NOAA assigned Dr. Lewis to Desert Research Institute on a long-term duty assignment. This assignment was made in connection with a 5-year plan to improve weather forecasting in the Western United States. Central to this effort is the use of adjoint models to clarify the relative importance of the various meteorological fields used to initialize deterministic prediction models.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 102 at Rio Grande Village, TX, and 23 at Stanley, ID, Crested Butte, CO, & Gothic, CO
  • Non-tropical low off the west coast of Florida
  • Severe weather Tuesday over Mid-Atlantic states
  • Serious drought from AZ to West TX
  • Fairly warm across the continental US
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer pulls a disappearing act so the email pouch will have to wait until next week.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: For this installment of 101, we take a look at an event that will start in about two weeks and the names that will be used for storms forming in the Atlantic Basin. But did you know there is already an area under scrutiny? All the details in the 101 segment.

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 643:

NHC Hurricane Names List

Full Bio including Publication of Dr. John Lewis

Book, Verner Suomi: The Life and Work of the Founder of Satellite Meteorology

International Geophysical Year

Picks of the Week:

Kim Klockow-McClain – Hearing on Space Weather

Bill Murray – Flood Insurance and Hurricanes

Brian Peters – Historical Hurricane Tracks (NHC)

James Spann – Tornado’s Secret Sounds

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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