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WeatherBrains 892: Journal of Stuff That Didn’t Work

| February 21, 2023 @ 10:00 am

WeatherBrains Episode 892 is now online (February 20th, 2023). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE podcast for you!

Our show tonight focuses on numerical weather prediction.

Tonight’s first Guest WeatherBrain is a meteorologist, oceanographer, and science educator turned historian of science.  She authored “Weather by the Numbers:  The Genesis of Modern Meteorology”.  She currently works for the Department of Science Education at the University of Copenhagen.  Dr. Kristine Harper, welcome!

Our second Guest WeatherBrain is a mesoscale/outlook forecaster at the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, OK.  She’s been at the National Weather Service since 2002, and started her career as a student volunteer at the NWS in Norman.  She’s also the first woman to ever issue a convective watch at the SPC.  Elizabeth Leitman, welcome!

Our Guest Panelist this week is is a meteorologist from Texas with a M.S. in Atmospheric Science from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.  He is an advocate for the Wet-Bulb Globe Temperature and is working with legislators in Texas to educate and implement policy changes across the state for heat safety.  In addition, he is a GitHub code developer who has made a a self install script for the Weather Research and Forecasting Model (WRF) which has had over 2500 downloads across 80 countries.  Will Hathaway, welcome!

Our email officer Jen is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners. Reach us here:

  • Deep South severe weather bust (02:00)
  • Field of geology today in the broader Earth spectrum (36:30)
  • History of woman in the field of geology (01:01:00)
  • Desalination and water shortages (01:14:20)
  • The Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice (01:46:38)
  • This Week in Tornado History With Jen (01:48:05)
  • National Weather Round-Up
  • E-Mail Segment (No segment this week)
  • and more!

Web Sites from Episode 892:

Midland Radio

HathewayWill GitHub

Elizabeth Leitman Twitter

“Make It Rain: State Control of the Atmosphere in the Twentieth-Century America” by Dr. Kristine Harper

Picks of the Week:

Will Hathaway – Michelle Pitcher new Director of Bermuda Weather Service

Elizabeth Leitman – Girls Who Chase Storms

Dr. Kristine Harper – Dutch Meteorological Institute

Bruce Jones – Japanese Balloon Bombs

James Aydelott – Tulsa native named Director of NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory

Jen Narramore – Sirens Project, Inc Tweet

Rick Smith – Weather Band Jamposium 2023

Neil Jacobs – Scientists find first observational evidence linking black holes to dark energy

Troy Kimmel – Out

Kim Klockow-McClain – Am I safe sheltering at home during a tornado?

Bill Murray – Mississippi Delta tornadoes of February 21, 1971

James Spann – Skew T Plot/Hodograph Cake Tweet

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Troy Kimmel, Bill Murray, Rick Smith, James Aydelott, Jen Narramore, Dr. Neil Jacobs, and Dr. Kim Klockow-McClain. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating podcast about weather.

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About the Author ()

Scott Martin is an operational meteorologist, professional graphic artist, musician, husband, and father. Not only is Scott a member of the National Weather Association, but he is also the Central Alabama Chapter of the NWA president. Scott is also the co-founder of Racecast Weather, which provides forecasts for many racing series across the USA. He also supplies forecasts for the BassMaster Elite Series events including the BassMaster Classic.

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