WeatherBrains 322: 17 Inches of Yellow Crud

| March 27, 2012 @ 2:15 am

WeatherBrains Episode 322 is now online (March 26, 2012). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Jack Hales, Retired Forecaster, SPCTonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a legend. He needs no introduction to any person who has read the text of more than a couple of severe weather watches written since 1975. Jack Hales recently retired after 46 years of Federal service including 36 years at the Storm Prediction center, formerly the National Severe Storms Forecast Center. During his 36 consecutive years as a SELS/SPC Lead Forecaster, Jack issued over 5500 tornado and severe thunderstorm watches nationwide since 1975. Jack was the presented the Department of Commerce Silver Medal along with six other meteorologists who collaborated in the forecast of the April 2, 1982, outbreak that successfully used the terms “High Risk” and “Particularly Dangerous Situation” (PDS Watch) for the first time.

Jack was born in Long Beach, CA, and like many current meteorologists became intensely interested in weather during grad school and followed up on his interested with a 46 year career. His first job with the Weather Bureau at the Seattle-Tacoma airport from 1967 to 1969.

Joining us as a guest panelist for this show is Tim Hedrick, Chief Meteorologist at Local 12, WKRC, CBS Cincinnati, OH.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes 91 at Pecos, TX, and Roswell, NM; 12 at Kenton, MI
  • More snow for Pacific Northwest
  • Minus 35 in northern Alaska
  • 85 inches of snow at Valdez, AK
  • and more!
  • Our mail bag overflows with great notes from listeners, so has been getting some attention and Kevin puts it in perspective.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: This week the topic has to do with weather maps and the use of the various symbols found on them.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of March 27th. As you might imagine, tornadoes make big headlines, but how about a firing and some flooding and a snow event.

    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 322:

    Storm Prediction Center (SPC)

    Star Valley, WY, Weather

    Jack Hales’ Weather Blog

    Tim Hedrick’s Blog

    Picks of the Week:

    JB Elliott – Dust Storm Photos

    Bill Murray – When The Ice Worms Nest Again

    Brian Peters – Loves the Horn ! !

    Kevin Selle – Aeroweather Lite app

    James Spann – 2012 Severe Storms & Doppler Radar Conference

    JP Spann – Survey of Tornado near Troy, AL, on March 23, 2012

    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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    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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