WeatherBrains 285: Full as a Tick and a Black Eye

| July 12, 2011 @ 1:46 am | Reply

WeatherBrains Episode 285 is now online (July 11, 2011). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Our guest for the show tonight is Dr. Frank Tatom, head of Engineering Analysis, Inc., Huntsville, AL. Dr. Tatom shares a concern about the false alarm rate. From his personal research, he believes there is strong scientific evidence that tornadoes in contact with the ground produce a seismic signal which is detectable at distances of 10 to 20 miles. With a network of seismic sensors spaced roughly 15 miles apart, confirmation of a tornado touchdown could be accomplished when used in conjunction with NWS NEXRAD radar.

Dr. Tatom, a registered professional engineer, has a broad engineering background with over 39 years experience in turbulent fluid dynamics. He has pioneered research in predicting turbulence properties in a flow field based on mean flow properties. In the field of turbulent fluid dynamics he has served as a consultant to a number of government agencies including: the Army Ballistic Missile Defense Systems Command; the National Aeronautics and Space Administration; the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; the Tennessee Valley Authority; the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; the U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station; the Department of Energy; the Department of Labor; and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. He has also served as a consultant to a number of private organizations including: the Gas Research Institute; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Arthur D. Little, Inc.; Northrop Corporation; and General Dynamics Corporation. In 1983, he received NASA’s New Technology Award for his work in the simulation of atmospheric turbulence.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Heat the BIG story across the country
  • One third of US under some sort of heat advisory
  • Severe weather across Great Lakes area
  • Tuesday, July 12, slight risk in Upper Midwest and New England
  • 32 at Truckee, CA, and 107 in Fort Smith, AR, and Stillwater, OK
  • and more!
  • Our Email Officer is almost as full of it as the mail bag. He brings us up-to-date on what listeners are writing about.

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    Web Sites from Episode 285:

    Engineering Analysis Inc.

    Skydaver’s Blog, Fog Bank

    Picks of the Week:

    JB Elliott – Drought Forecast

    Brian Peters – Radar Program for the Mac

    Kevin Selle – Severe Weather in Estonia

    James Spann – Hurricane Spaghetti Models

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