WeatherBrains 261: Two Bars of Woodpecker

| January 24, 2011 @ 11:56 pm | 4 Replies

WeatherBrains Episode 261 is now online (January 24, 2011). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Nicole Misencik, WTHROur guest panelist is Nicole Misencik (pronounced Miz-CEN-sick). She is weekend sunrise meteorologist at WTHR – Channel Indianapolis. She studied at Mississippi State University. Nicole’s first television job was in Flagstaff, Arizona, where she “did it all” including producing, reporting, anchoring the news, and forecasting the weather for northern Arizona, all in one day. Nicole graduated from Northern Arizona University majoring in Broadcast Journalism and Women’s Studies and also studied meteorology at Mississippi State University. She has been a part of the SkyTrak weather team at the NBC affiliate in Indianapolis since August, 2007.

Scott Blair, ForecasterGuest WeatherBrain for the show comes from the heart of the Nation’s breadbasket. Scott Blair is a general forecaster with the NOAA National Weather Service (NWS) in Topeka, Kansas. Prior to arriving in Topeka, he served as a meteorologist with the NWS in Goodland, KS. In 2005, he graduated from the University of Louisiana at Monroe with a Bachelor of Science degree in Atmospheric Sciences. While in Louisiana, Scott was employed by KEDM-FM in Monroe, LA, as a broadcast meteorologist. He was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, so he is well versed in all the different weather an area can experience. Scott is an avid photographer with a special interest in severe storms which he has been actively documenting since 1996.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Bill Murray is AWOL so who fills in for him?
  • 27 inches of snow already in Indianapolis – a whole winter’s worth
  • Cold, cold, cold
  • Snow cover stands at 47 percent – down a little from a week ago
  • 36 Below at Saranac Lake, NY
  • Wind Chill on Mt. Washington was 66 below
  • New winter weather for the Southeast again – a storm system that will bring snow to Northeast, too
  • and more!
  • Our email officer is on the job with a rundown on the email bag.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: If you are a weather enthusiast of modern time, you’ve probably never been without satellite imagery. After all, satellites have been around since the latter part of the 60s, over 50 years. But one of the more interesting aspects of satellite images is water vapor imagery. So this week we delve into that topic to explain what water vapor images are.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at some sports/aviation disasters where weather was a factor.

    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 261:

    Nicole’s full bio

    NWS Topeka, KS

    Scott Blair’s web site

    Picks of the Week:

    Scott Blair – Electronic Journal of Meteorology

    Dr. Tim Coleman – KAKEland Weather Plex Tour

    JB Elliott – Gets the Fog Horn – and some Sons of the Pioneers

    Nicole Misencik – NWS Chat

    Brian Peters – High Res Rapid Refresh Data

    Kevin Selle – Decoding METAR Observations

    James Spann – Snow Model Stuff

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

    Category: WeatherBrains

    About the Author ()

    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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