WeatherBrains 266: Boneheaded Leader

| March 1, 2011 @ 1:20 am | Reply

WeatherBrains Episode 266 is now online (February 28, 2011). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Our guest Weather Brain tonight is Jeff Rosenfeld. As editor-in-chief of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, Rosenfeld will be responsible for story ideas, leads, and structuring the overall content of the Bulletin, which will be transformed into a new publication intended to better serve AMS members and the community at large.

Eye of the Storm Book CoverRosenfeld brings to the job tremendous expertise in writing, editing, and publishing-particularly in the field of weather. He previously was the managing editor of Weatherwise, the award-winning popular magazine about weather published by Heldref Publications in Washington, DC. In all, he was an editor of Weatherwise for nearly 15 years.

Though he has written about numerous scientific topics, including earthquake engineering and zoology, Rosenfeld has maintained his focus as a writer on meteorology. He authored the book, Eye of the Storm: Inside the World’s Deadliest Hurricanes, Tornadoes, and Blizzards (Plenum Press, 1999), a history of our understanding of storms that spotlights recent meteorological progress. He’s also contributed to other popular books on the atmosphere, including Weather, a guidebook published by the Discovery Channel, and Restless Earth, published by the National Geographic Society. In addition, Rosenfeld has written numerous articles on weather for publications such as Scientific American Presents and Frontiers, the National Science Foundation newsletter.

A graduate of Princeton University, Rosenfeld’s work in weather journalism has earned him several Distinguished Achievement Awards from the Educational Press Association of America. He has also taught magazine publishing for the continuing education program in journalism at George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Severe weather across the eastern half of the country
  • Lots of flooding across Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky
  • High 90 at Brownsville, TX, after 103 in Laredo, TX, yesterday
  • 35 below in Alaska
  • 148 reports of high wind and 6 tornado reports
  • and more!
  • Our mail bag officer recaps our emails.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: Every job has a tool and meteorology is no exception. One of the biggest tools used in our field is radar. But all tools have limitations, so this week we take a look at one of the limitations of radar, attenuation. What is it and how does it affect the view of storms.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of March 1st. This year, March seems to be coming in like a lamb, but that has not always been the case. Avalanches, snow depth, hail, turbulence, squalls, and more make headlines for early March.

    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 266:

    American Meteorological Society


    History (and Future) of Tornado Warning Dissemination in the United States

    Steve and Steph’s USA Blog

    Picks of the Week:

    Dr. Tim Coleman – Get’s The Horn

    JB Elliott – What We Do at Norman, OK

    Bill Murray – Level 3 Radar for Android

    Brian Peters – NOAA National Data Buoy Center

    Kevin Selle – Simulated AWIPS

    James Spann – List of Earth’s Seasons and Equinoxes

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like JB Elliott, Kevin Selle, Dr. Tim Coleman, 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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    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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