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WeatherBrains 933: A Unicorn Puked On It

| December 6, 2023 @ 1:00 pm

WeatherBrains Episode 933 is now online (December 4th, 2023). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE podcast for you!

Tonight’s show is all about fire warnings and wildfire forecasting.

Our first Guest WeatherBrain is the Science and Operations Officer with the NWS Norman.  He’s previously worked in Amarillo, Lubbock, Midland and Tulsa NWS.  He recently received the Charles L Mitchell Award for his years of work in fire weather forecasting.  Todd Lindley, thanks for joining us tonight.

Forecasters must look to ground for wildfires, researcher says | The Journal Record

Second Guest WeatherBrain is the Deputy Fire Management Chief of the Oklahoma Forestry Services.  He’s responsible for both fighting fires on the ground as well as prescribed fire management.  He’s also part of the Northern Rockies Incident Management Team One.  Drew Daily, thanks for being a part of the show.

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

  • What is a Deputy Fire Management Chief?  (09:10)
  • NWS Fire Weather Program (13:30)
  •  Current state of fire prediction (17:45)
  • What are fuels and how do we acquire that information and account for it?  (23:00)
  • Red Flag Thread Index (27:00)
  • Role of media in wildfire preparation and awareness (36:00)
  • Invasive species/Red Cedar and fire threat (40:00)
  • Outside variables for controlled burns (45:30)
  • Diurnal range of energy release component (58:00)
  • Satellites and wildfire detection (01:02:00)
  • What is column collapse?  (01:30:00)
  • The Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice (01:41:27)
  • This Week in Tornado History With Jen (01:43:30)
  • National Weather Round-Up (01:49:30)
  • E-Mail Segment (01:45:30)
  • and more!

Web Sites from Episode 933:

Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 1

Picks of the Week:

Drew Daily – Oklahoma Wildfire Situation Report

Todd Lindley – NOAA GSL Fire Weather Testbed

James Aydelott – Fire Mike Tomlin on X

Jen Narramore – The Immeasurable Cost of the December 10-11th 2021 Tornado Outbreak

Rick Smith – Wildfire Weather Safety

Neil Jacobs – Octopus tornado on YouTube

Troy Kimmel – NTSB Docket open on Feb 2023 FedEx/Southwest Airlines Near Miss at KAUS

Troy Kimmel – NYT Investigation of Air Traffic Controllers Pushed to the Brink

Kim Klockow-McClain – Mesonet OK-FIRE

Bill Murray – Foghorn

James Spann – National Reflectivity Mosaic

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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