WeatherBrains 223: WKU and All About Satellites

| May 4, 2010 @ 11:55 pm | 1 Reply

WeatherBrains Episode 223 is now online (May 4, 2010). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Dr. Joshua DurkeeGuest panelist on WeatherBrains tonight is Dr. Josh Durkee. Dr. Durkee is a Professor of Meteorology at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY, and has been since 2008. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Western Kentucky University and his Masters Degree and doctorate from the University of Georgia. WKSU has a small and relatively new meteorology program with the first graduating class coming soon.

Sheldon KusselsonJoining us this week as our special guest WeatherBrain is Sheldon Kusselson. Sheldon is a graduate of Penn State University. He is an Accu-Weather alumnus and has spent the last 31 years as a part of NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service (NESDIS). His branch actually does all hazards analysis besides precipitation.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • find out what a hill topper is
  • another wild, wild week
  • Nashville, TN, declared a disaster area due to flooding
  • Cumberland River in Nashville crested about 13 feet above flood stage
  • 29 fatalities in the flooding across Tennessee
  • over 17 inches of rain in the vicinity of Nashville
  • windy day across Rockies – gust to 113 mph in Colorado
  • and more!

Our mail bag gets the attention of Kevin. Listener surveys are great to get.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: They are called bright bands, but what the heck are these thinks. The WeatherBrains professor emeritus takes a look at another radar feature and demystifies the how that makes these appear. It’s another look at the wonderful tool of radar.

TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of May 5th. 2000 saw a tornado that got a warning from a family dog, a hail storm damaged a shuttle tank delaying the flight, 1915 saw a weather kite go to a record height, and Mothers Day saw a deadly tornado in Texas.

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 223:

NESDIS Operational Blended TPW Products

Heavy Rains in Ireland and UK in November, 2009

WKSU Meteorology Blog

CIMMS Satellite Blog

Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies

NESDIS Satellite Products


WR601 Oregon Scientific portable weather radio

Picks of the Week:

Dr. Joshua Durkey – Nashville Red Cross and Tovas data

JB Elliott – Weather Underground severe weather page

Bill Murray – 6th Annual Eastern US Weather Conference

Brian Peters – Comfort in a Cold Climate

Kevin Selle – NOAA Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill – Gulf of Mexico

James Spann – OSEI Image of the Day

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like JB Elliott, Kevin Selle, Bill Murray, and Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

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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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