WeatherBrains 338: The Hats Have It ! ! !

| July 17, 2012 @ 4:45 am

WeatherBrains Episode 338 is now online (July 16, 2012). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Dr. Cliff Mass
Tonight’s GuestWeatherBrain is affectionately known as the “Godfather of Pacific Northwest Weather.” Dr. Cliff Mass is a professor of Atmospheric Science at the University of Washington. We spoke with him Sunday afternoon from one of the most beautiful places in the U.S., Seattle, WA.

Guest Panelist for the evening is Matt Ernst from Fox 34, Lubbock, TX. Matt sent us a picture of him with JB Elliott which is posted at the bottom of the episode notes.

Cliff Mass Book CoverWe are giving away a copy of Dr. Mass’ excellent book, “The Weather of the Pacific Northwest”. To win it, email your answers for these five questions from the interview to

1. Who place in the Pacific Northwest holds the record for greatest annual snowfall?

2. What sort of computing capacity machine would level the playing field for the US in NWP?

3. Name the most powerful extratropical storm to ever hit the U.S.

4. Where did the Pacific Northwest’s strongest tornado strike?

5. How much rainfall does Seattle receive on average each year?

We will draw one winner from the correct answers submitted by 5 p.m. CDT Monday, July 23, 2012.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes today: 113 in Death Valley, CA, and 36 at Truckee, CA
  • Tropics are quiet
  • Hot in the Mid-West
  • Severe weather threat relatively low
  • and more!
  • Our email officer has a big bag to summarize from all the incoming email. And he does an admirable job of it!

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: Ron in Georgetown, KY, wrote in asking about red flag warnings. Seems he heard one in reference to a tropical storm, but a web search provided information on a Red Flag Warning related primarily to dry conditions. So this week we try to unravel some of the confusion that has created.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of July 16th. This week included a hurricane simulation with a huge impact. Then Katrina came along just a year later after the exercise.

    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 338:

    Cliff Mass weather blog

    Skydaver Blog

    U. S. Drought Monitor

    Picks of the Week:

    JB Elliott – Lightning is Frightening video

    Matt Ernst – Lubbock Centennial web site

    Nate Johnson – Dr. Mass’s post on global warming

    Bill Murray – Weatherwise July-August Edition

    Brian Peters – Lightning captured at 7,207 images per second

    JP Spann – Atlantic Satellite Image

    James Spann – Wise Guys of Weather

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

    Matt Ernst and JB Elliott
    JB Elliott and Matt Ernst at the NWA Convention in Birmingham, AL, October, 2011.

    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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