WeatherBrains 399: Met Education & Shaking

| September 17, 2013 @ 5:15 am

WeatherBrains Episode 399 is now online (September 16, 2013). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Steve Jones, Huntsville, ALTonight’s Guest Panelist, Steve Jones, is an amateur seismologist in Huntsville, AL, and established the AlabamaQuake website at to share information about recent global earthquake events, amateur seismology education, do-it-yourself seismograph construction details, and seismic activity in North Alabama and surrounding areas. He began to study earthquakes and seismology in the mid-1980s, constructed his first horizontal-type seismometer in the year 2000, and continues to observe worldwide quake activity at his basement seismic station in Huntsville. For the past several years, Steve has been active in North Alabama middle schools with his “Earthquake 101” classroom education program on basic seismology and earthquakes, to help augment earth science education among area students.

Steve Jones, Huntsville, ALTonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is an Instructional Designer for the Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education and Training, better known as COMET. Bryan Guarente did his undergraduate work in Earth Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado. He received his Masters in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has been with the COMET program for over five years.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 115 at Death Valley, CA, and 26 at Embarrass, MN
  • Tremendous flooding and rainfall in Colorado
  • Ingrid moved into eastern Mexico with life threatening flash flooding
  • Humberto just doesn’t want to die in the Atlantic where it re-generated
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer does a great job handling the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: This episode features an introduction to the Advanced Baseline Imager, or ABI, which is the heart of latest round of GOES weather satellites planned for launch in about two years. The ones now is use do an incredible amount of work, but the newer GOES-R series will feature imagers that do even more!

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of September 16th.

    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 399:

    Alabama Quake Web Site

    Great Shakeout

    Comet Web Site

    MedEd web site

    Orlando Sentinel Lightning at football game

    Picks of the Week:

    Bryan Guarente – Longmont Flooding on YouTube

    Nate Johnson – College Football Climatology

    Steve Jones – Manmade earthquakes

    Bill Murray – Weather Queries by Tom Schlatter

    Brian Peters – Summary of September, 2004, hurricanes

    James Spann – Tropical Cyclone Imagery Floaters
    Ivan Coverage from ABC 3340

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Great Lakes waterspouts

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, 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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