WeatherBrains 649: Don’t Touch Anything

| June 26, 2018 @ 5:36 am

WeatherBrains Episode 649 is now online (June 25, 2018). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Joining us on this episode of WeatherBrains are guest WeatherBrains Benjamin May and Joe Tankersley. Ben came to marketing as a senior executive at Chateau St. Michelle winery. He left this to develop public safety-related “edu-tainment” programs at Disney in Orlando.

Teaming with Disney Imagineer Joe Tankersley, they managed to get together a huge pot of funding and create a program that successfully improved preparedness behaviors for hundreds of thousands of people. They teamed with FLASH, and through that, connected with many of the big names in our field. Through those connections, both men continue to be involved with NWS safety campaigns.

Also joining us from KMBC-TV in Kansas City is guest panelist Nick Bender. Nick is the morning meteorologist there and the proud father of a new baby boy.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 120 at Death Valley, CA, and 30 at Gothic, CO
  • Large slight risk area Tuesday centered on IL and MO
  • Hot in Southwest US into TX
  • Atlantic Basin quiet for now
  • Eastern Pacific Basin has Daniel and another disturbed area
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: In this episode of 101 we take a look at one of those cloud features you might see as developing updrafts work upward to create a thunderstorm.

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 649:


Disney Imagineering


Be sure to scroll to the bottom for a special picture.

Picks of the Week:

Nick Bender – Instability, Skew-T, and Hodograph Handbook

Nate Johnson – Make Maps Beautiful

Kim Klockow-McClain –

Brian Peters – RadarScope Blog

Kevin Selle – What Journalists Can Learn from Local TV Meteorologists

Rick Smith – Harvey Service Assessment

James Spann – Cullman Tornado of June 22, 2018

Aubrey Urbanowicz – see picture at the bottom of the page

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 knowledge and experience from various views for another fascinating netcast about weather. graphic

Several of the WeatherBrains gang are in Norman, OK, where they took this picture on June 25, 2018. From left to right, Rick Smith, Kim Klockow-McClain, Aubrey Urbanowicz, and 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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