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WeatherBrains 455: I Generate My Own Backlight

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 04:45

WeatherBrains Episode 455 is now online (October 14, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight we talk Weather Apps. But joining us as a guest is Dr. Kevin Kloesel, University Meteorologist at Oklahoma University.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 102 at Arvin, CA, and 16 at 1 mile east of Dillon, CO
  • Gonzalo becomes a major hurricane
  • Severe weather delayed WeatherBrains last night with severe weather in the Carolinas
  • Millions in path of severe storms
  • Great Fall weather coming in behind this system
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer brings the latest information coming from our listeners. And we appreciate hearing from listeners!

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: Next week we see the implementation of some changes to the severe weather outlooks prepared by the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, OK, so for this episode of 101 we take a look at those changes and the definitions of some new terms like “marginal” and “enhanced.”

    Listener 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 455:

    Protecting Large Outdoor Campus Events from Weather

    Apps Discussed on This Episode (list may not show all of the apps discussed)

    RadarScope My-Cast Weather WeatherGeekPro QuickWeather Raindar NWS Mobile Site SPC Mobile Site mPing MyWarn.com WeatherBug ABC 3340 Weather App James Spann 24/7 Weather App AlertFM RainAware WeatherUnderground AeroWeather TweetBot Soundings by WeatherWary Outsider App WindScape

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – King of Click

    Kevin Kloesel – Houston/Galveston NWS Office

    Brian Peters – No Pick – gets the fog horn!

    John Scala – Arctic Seas Ice Low But Antarctic High

    Rick Smith – Tagboard for NWA

    James Spann – Tsunami Information

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Weather of Christopher Columbus

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, Dr. John Scala, Rick Smith, Kevin Selle, and Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

    Categories: Weather

    WeatherBrains 454: I Wasn’t the First Choice?

    Tue, 10/07/2014 - 04:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 454 is now online (October 6, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is the Program Chair for the upcoming 39th Annual Meeting of the National Weather Association. He is the Science and Operations Officer for the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City, UT. Randy Graham, welcome to WeatherBrains! Randy has all the updates on the National Weather Association Annual Meeting for 2014.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 107 at Death Valley, CA, and 20 at Bodie State Park, CA
  • Kevin does the show on the floor with boxes
  • Bill joins to us for Ardmore, OK
  • NWA theme – research into operations and communicating the information
  • Thunderstorms with hail in the Southeast US
  • Atlantic Tropical Basin still quiet; Simon weakening and moving into Baja California
  • And don’t miss some of the football chat
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is out so no mail bag.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: We are out of the summer season but outflow boundaries are always a fascinating topic. So this episode we take a look at some of the characteristics of outflow boundaries.

    Listener 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 454:

    NWS Salt Lake City, UT

    National Weather Association Conference

    The Leonardo in Salt Lake City

    Picks of the Week:

    Randy Graham – Ensemble Situational Awareness Table

    Bill Murray – NWA Blog

    Brian Peters – Weather Prediction Center

    Kevin Selle – Bails with bandwidth issues

    James Spann – WCM Page at SPC

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, Dr. John Scala, Rick Smith, Kevin Selle, and Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

    Categories: Weather

    WeatherBrains 453: Bringing Out the Manure

    Tue, 09/30/2014 - 04:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 453 is now online (September 29, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest Panelist forecasts weather on weekend mornings and reports weekdays for KOCO 5 News in Oklahoma City. She joined KOCO 5’s First Alert Storm Team in 2011. Dozier holds the CBM (Certified Broadcast Meteorologist) seal of approval from the American Meteorological Society, the highest professional certification from the nation’s premier organization for broadcast meteorologists.

    Dozier started her broadcast career in Abilene, Texas, where she worked for more than four years forecasting weather on the southern fringe of “Tornado Alley.” She helped produce and edit an AP-award-winning 30-minute weather show while serving there. Danielle Dozier, welcome to WeatherBrains.

    Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is the show’s Resident Astronomer. He is a regular contributor as well. He is a Solar System Ambassador with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Tony Rice, welcome to the show.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 99 at Death Valley, CA, and 23 at Bodie State Park, CA
  • Kevin is moving to Wichita Falls, TX
  • Slight risk for severe storms next couple of days in Central US
  • Lots of Hail in Colorado today
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer details the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: Diagnosing the atmosphere to make a forecast requires lots of resources, so for this episode of 101 we take a look at one of the indices that helps to identify instability, the lifted index.

    Listener 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 453:

    Solar Ambassadors Web Page

    KOCO-TV Weather Page

    Kevin’s New Station

    WeatherBrains T-shirt Selfies

    Picks of the Week:

    Danielle Dozier – About Bowling

    Nate Johnson – Flight Dumps Fuel for Emergency Landing

    Brian Peters – Hail Pictures from Colorado

    Tony Rice – Picture Pointers for Astronomy Photography

    John Scala – 1927 St. Louis Tornado Destruction

    Kevin Selle – Fog Video

    Rick Smith – Article: Why Rumors Outrace the Truth Online

    James Spann – ello Web Page

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – AMS Bookstore

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Aubrey Urbanowicz, Dr. John Scala, Rick Smith, Kevin Selle, and Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

    Categories: Weather

    WeatherBrains 452: My Bulb is Not Connected

    Tue, 09/23/2014 - 04:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 452 is now online (September 22, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest Panelist is a senior forecaster at the NWS Forecast Office in Paducah, KY. Chris Noles got his start in weather in 1991 with WeatherData and joined the NWS in 1992. Chris appeared on Episode 328 on May 7, 2012, as the Guest WeatherBrain. He talked about ridiculously large tornado warning polygons.

    Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrains are students at Millersville University in Pennsylvania. Mike Yalch is a meteorology major with a math minor. Rachel Coulter is a senior in Meteorology.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 108 at Death Valley, CA, and 26 at Doe Lake, MI
  • Flash flood watches in New Mexico and frost advisory in part of the Appalachians
  • No specific slight risk areas for the next three days
  • Cool across the eastern US
  • Tropics are quiet
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: This episode coincides with the autumnal equinox, so 101 takes a look at what the equinox is, where the name originates, and some of the characteristics of what an equinox is.

    Listener 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 452:

    Twitter Severe Weather Preparedness Q & A on Sep. 23rd

    NWS Paducah, KY

    Millersville University of Pennsylvania

    Impact-based Warnings

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – Hurricane Hugo Review

    Chris Noles – Facebook Paducah

    Brian Peters – Gets the Fog Horn!

    John Scala – Open Atmospheric Society

    Kevin Selle – Didn’t give one!

    Rick Smith – Southmoore High School Band Half Time Show including NOAA Weather Radio

    James Spann – Live Science article on Hurricane Drought

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Fall Foliage Guide

    Mike Yalch & Rachel Coulter – Weather Watch

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Aubrey Urbanowicz, Dr. John Scala, Rick Smith, Kevin Selle, and Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

    Categories: Weather

    WeatherBrains 451: Too Much In My Pocket

    Tue, 09/16/2014 - 04:00

    WeatherBrains Episode 451 is now online (September 15, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight, we are honored to have a trio of young meteorologists on the program to talk about their role in weather for their social communities. Karl Schneider is the webmaster for the Huntsville Joint Chapter of the National Weather Association and American Meteorology Society. He is a co-owner of the US Weather Plus website. Lenny Mendola is a senior who is an administrator on Karl’s US Weather Page. He lives in Roseland NJ. And, Steve Hallet is a freshman at Penn State University. He is a website administrator for the Eastern PA Weather Authority.

    This week’s guest panelist is Carl Schreck, who works with WeatherBrains alum Jarred Rennie at the NCDC in Asheville NC. He has been working recently on a project called Cyclone Center.

    Our email bag officer is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners.

    Listener 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.

    Picks of the Week:

    John Scala – Spectacular video of the aurora from last Friday as viewed from Mount Washington

    Kevin Selle – OVATION Aurora – Aurora Forecast from NOAA

    Rick Smith – Storify

    James Spann – iPhone 6 barometer

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Janice Dean’s Freddy the Frogcaster book

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, Dr. John Scala, Rick Smith, Kevin Selle, and Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

    Categories: Weather

    WeatherBrains 450: He’s Been Tested

    Tue, 09/09/2014 - 04:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 450 is now online (September 8, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest Panelist is the co-founder and Chief Science Officer for Mano Nanotechnologies, Inc., a New York-based startup company focusing on research and development of advanced environmental sensor technology. He holds advanced degrees in meteorology and atmospheric science from Florida State University with 25 years of experience as a leader in technology and business management. He is currently working on an exciting new start up project. Dr. John Manobianco, welcome to WeatherBrains!

    Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a suggestion by listener Erick Church. He is the Chief Meteorologist for KTUZ-TV in Oklahoma City. Michael Saenz, welcome to WeatherBrains!

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 106 at Needles, CA, and Ojai, CA, and 25 at Stanley, ID
  • Tropics fairly quiet with just one area of concern south of the Cape Verde Islands
  • Small slight risk area in Iowa for today and expanding on Day 2 in much the same area
  • Discussion on Warning Coordination Meteorologist job
  • Last Super Moon of the year going on during the show
  • August a very low month for tornadoes since 1960
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is trying to catch up on incoming messages from our listeners. It’s a never ending job!

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: This week we take a peek into history and try to find a connection between a Lutheran minister, weather observations, and a big award for cooperative weather observers. It’s interesting to see who some of the past weather geeks are.

    Listener 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 450:

    WeatherBrains Limited Edition T-shirt

    KTUZ-TV Web Site

    Spot the International Space Station

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – Upper Air Climatology Plots

    John Manobianco – Coastal Flooding and Sea Level Rise

    Brian Peters – Galveston Meteorologist Isaac Cline

    John Scala – Great Galveston Hurricane of 1900

    Kevin Selle – Sounding Data for KDFW

    Rick Smith – Taking Turbulence out of Air Travel

    James Spann – EKDMOS version 2 Meteograms

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Tornado Warning Graphic

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, Dr. John Scala, Rick Smith, Kevin Selle, and Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

    Categories: Weather

    WeatherBrains 449: Remembering AM Weather

    Wed, 09/03/2014 - 04:30

    WeatherBrains Episode 449 is now online (September 2, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is the Program Lead for New and Enhanced Products for NOAA’s National Weather Service. She is better known to this audience as one of the hosts of AM Weather, the long running show produced by NOAA and Maryland Public Broadcasting in the 70s, 80s and 90s. Joan von Ahn, welcome back to WeatherBrains. Joan gets a welcome back because she appeared on show 196 in October, 2009.

    Tonight’s Guest Panelist has over 25 years of experience in forecasting Gulf Coast weather…tracking hundreds of tropical storms and hurricanes including major Louisiana storms such as Andrew, Lili, Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike. He is the Chief Meteorologist at KATC in Lafayette LA. Rob Perillo, welcome to the show.

    Our email bag officer is looking into the backlog of incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: This week the 101 segment continues looking into the topic of air pressure. Last week we talked about pressure in a container, but the Earth’s atmosphere is not a container exactly.

    Listener 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 449:

    KATC – TV

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – What we know and don’t know about tornado formation

    John Scala – Labor Day 1935 Hurricane Monthly Weather Review Article

    Kevin Selle – WxSat App for iPhone

    Rick Smith – NWS Enhanced Data Display

    James Spann – Spann Instagram feed

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, Kevin Selle, Dr. John Scala, and Rick Smith. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

    Categories: Weather

    WeatherBrains 448: Everyone Gets an Outflow

    Tue, 08/26/2014 - 05:00

    WeatherBrains Episode 448 is now online (August 25, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Our Guest WeatherBrain this week is a returning Guest in the form of Dr. Marshall Shepherd. Dr. Marshall was one of the panelists on WeatherBrains 384. J. Marshall Shepherd is a meteorologist, professor at the University of Georgia’s Department of Geography, the director of the university’s atmospheric sciences program, and was the president of the American Meteorological Society for 2013. Dr. Shepherd has a Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology (1991), Master of Science degree in Physical Meteorology, and a Ph.D. in Physical Meteorology, all obtained at Florida State University. For a complete list of his many accomplishments and undertakings, go here. Dr. Shepherd is the host of a new show on The Weather Channel called Weather Geeks.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 111 at Death Valley, CA, and 28 at West Yellowstone Gate, MT
  • Cristobal meandering in the vicinity of the Bahamas (just east)
  • Another tropical wave in the South Atlantic 1100 miles east of the Lesser Antilles
  • Nice wedge pattern bringing cooler/drier air to the Southeast
  • Kevin Selle makes a comeback as the salt on the popcorn
  • Special appearance by Matthew Selle
  • Lots of action in the tropical Pacific
  • Snow reported in Billings, MT
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: Air exerts a force, so this week our 101 segment looks at air pressure. Air pressure can change through a couple of different ways, so we look at that, too..

    TWIWH: Bill Murray is AWOL for this episode.

    Listener 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 448:

    Florida State University Meteorology

    Press release on Weather Geeks

    American Meteorological Society Insights

    WeatherBrains teeshirts

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – GOES-14 SRSOR Imagery

    Brian Peters – Earth Observing System Data and Information System

    John Scala – Lightning in super slow motion

    Kevin Selle – Android App Hobbles NWS Web Page

    Marshall Shepherd – Weather Geeks TWC Facebook Page

    James Spann – Rumor about Hurricane Heading to New Orleans

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Gets the Fog Horn

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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

    Categories: Weather

    WeatherBrains 447: Dogs Days of Summer

    Tue, 08/19/2014 - 04:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 447 is now online (August 18, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest Panelist is a recommendation of WB Alum Kevin Myatt. He is a leader on the Virginia Tech stormchasing team. Chris White, welcome to the show.

    And tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a fixture in television weather in the Mid-South area. Dave Brown is Weather Director and Chief Weathercaster at WMC TV in Memphis, TN, a position he’s held for the past 37 years. This past June, Dave celebrated 52 years of broadcasting, and he has spent that entire time in and around the Memphis area. Dave has a degree from the University of Memphis and holds both the AMS and NWA broadcaster seals. And while he is well-respected for his meteorological abilities, he also spent nearly 40 years as a member of what many aficionados call one of the best announcing teams ever in professional wrestling. Yes, I said professional wrestling. Rick Smith grew up watching this guy and is excited to talk to him tonight! Dave Brown, welcome to WeatherBrains!

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 117 at Death Valley, CA, and 30 at Boca Reservoir, CA
  • Two disturbances were moving across the South Central Atlantic and not expected to develop in the next couple of days
  • Westerlies running along northern tier of US
  • MCV moved across North Alabama today
  • Summer showing up after a mostly cool summer
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is working the early morning shift a-g-a-i-n, so the mail bag is postponed until the next show.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: It’s really still there, but the band of cloudiness that often delineates the ITCZ – or Inter-tropical Convergence Zone – has been tough to find due to drier air and Saharan dust this year. So what is the ITCZ – besides tough to say fast – and what are some of the characteristics of it? That’s the topic for this week of 101.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of August 18th.

    Listener 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 447:

    Virginia Storm Chase link

    WMC-TV Weather Page

    Astronomy Links:

    * MAVEN mission
    * Science@NASA on the Jupiter/Venus conjunction
    * ISS pass predictions

    Picks of the Week:

    Dave Brown – Fly Bys App

    Bill Murray – Bows Out Early

    Brian Peters – Satellite Liaison Blog

    John Scala – Camille/Katrina SLOSH run comparison

    Rick Smith – NWA Annual Meeting Agenda

    James Spann – MCV Satellite Loop 1-minute Intervals

    Chris White – NWS Baltimore/Washington Sep. 17, 2004, Tornado Event

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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

    Categories: Weather

    WeatherBrains 446: The Impact of Ubiquitous Data Availability and Social Media

    Tue, 08/12/2014 - 04:00

    WeatherBrains Episode 446 is now online (August 11, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    This week’s guest weather brain is Rachael Witter, chief meteorologist at WUTR-TV in Utica, NY, and developer of a new app called “Updraft”. Software engineer Aaron Nelsen joins us as well. “Updraft” is a version of the BUFKIT analysis tool that can be run on a tablet or phone.

    Our email bag officer is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: In this episode of WeatherBrains 101, we’ll take a look at a weather term that has one rather universal meaning but a slightly different meaning in the field of weather.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of August 11th.

    Listener 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 446:

    Updraft App

    BUFKIT for Mac

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – The AMS journals page

    John Scala – Ocean Prediction Center

    Rick Smith – The Vane blog

    James Spann – Iowa State online BUFKIT tool

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    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.

    Categories: Weather

    WeatherBrains 445: What Title?

    Tue, 08/05/2014 - 05:00

    WeatherBrains Episode 445 is now online (August 4, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest Panelist is an intern at the NWS in Nashville. His BS and Masters are from Texas Tech University. Trevor Boucher, welcome to WeatherBrains!

    Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a real ACE as you will learn from the discussion tonight. He grew up in Northern Michigan and attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor for his undergraduate education. He received his Masters and Ph.D. from Florida State University. His bio says he is a research atmospheric scientist with expertise in synoptic-dynamic meteorology, numerical weather prediction analysis, and tropical cyclone climate interactions. Dr. Ryan N. Maue, welcome to WeatherBrains!

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 109 at Big Bar, CA, and 41 at International Falls, MN, Lake Yellowstone, WY, and Doe Lake, MI
  • Bertha upgraded to hurricane status on August 4th
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is missing once again.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: The field of weather uses a number of different models in arriving at the impact of a particular weather event. One of those used in the tropical arena is called SLOSH and has nothing to do with drinking, but it does have something to do with how much water a tropical system will impact an area.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of August 4th.

    Listener 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 445:

    Florida State University

    Picks of the Week:

    Trevor Boucher – bridges for hard of hearing

    Bill Murray – Reassessment of 1700-1855 Tropical Atlantic Activity

    Rick Smith – Weather Geeks from Weather Channel

    James Spann – No Buzzer

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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

    Categories: Weather

    WeatherBrains 444: Holding Nate Back

    Tue, 07/29/2014 - 04:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 444 is now online (July 28, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest Panelist is the Morning and Midday Meteorologist at KFSN, the ABC O&O in Fresno, CA. She is a recent graduate of Mississippi State University. She is famous for her 3D weather cakes which have attracted a cult following.

    When you look in the dictionary for the definition of the word climatologist, you see tonight’s picture next to it. She served in state climatology offices for nearly twenty years, serving in the position of State Climatologist for Wisconsin from 1989-1996 and Assistant State Climatologist for Georgia from 2001-11. She is a Past President of the American Association of State Climatologists and she is a CCM as well. She currently serves as the Agricultural Climatologist for the Crop and Soil Sciences Department at UGA. And she does all this while keeping one of our favorite guests, Dr. John Knox, straight. Dr. Pam Knox, welcome to WeatherBrains!

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 111 at Glendale, AZ, and 33 at Pahaska, WY and at Snake River Ranger Station, WY
  • Atlantic quiet but a wave moving through South Central Atlantic may become second named storm
  • Bill eating Indian food in Calgary, Alberta
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: Sometimes there are terms which just don’t seem to fit the meaning that they have. We’re not making fun of this word, but when put in context of other things in life, it seems to be contrary in meaning. So see how this applies to extratropical.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of July 28th.

    Listener 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 444:

    ABC 30 Fresno, Shelby’s station

    On the Case – Knox Blog

    John Christy/Kerry Immanuel Climate Discussion

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – KickStarter Project – Forecasting toolkit for iPad

    Bill Murray – Experimental

    Brian Peters – Gets the Fog Horn!

    James Spann – Atlantic Wind Shear

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Blog on El Nino Status

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    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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    WeatherBrains 443: Gary England

    Tue, 07/22/2014 - 04:00

    WeatherBrains Episode 443 is now online (July 21, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight is sort of a Best of Show. But unlike other Best of Shows that are usually recorded, this is a live show bringing back three of our favorite all time guests. Tonight’s Guest Panelist won an opportunity to attend an NBA game with Bill Murray during the AMS in Atlanta. But she got to Phillips Arena and it was the guy from WeatherBrains, not the star of Groundhog Day. She recently is a recent graduate of the University of Oklahoma and a rising superstar at KFSM in Fort Smith, Arkansas, where she does mornings. Shelby Hays, congratulations and welcome back!

    Since we already had a Guest Panelist, we had to make up a title for tonight’s third guest. James has five fantasy voices from the show over the years, and Morgan Palmer might be his favorite. When James’ rolls out the Big Pipes description, you know it’s big time. So tonight we welcome back Guest Big Pipes: Morgan Palmer, Chief Meteorologist none other than KIRO-Seattle. How you doin’ Morgan?

    It is an oft-used line in introducing Guest WeatherBrains lately, that tonight’s GWB needs no introduction to our audience. And that is as true tonight as any time I have ever invoked it. He is a return Guest WeatherBrain, having appeared in December 2009 on show #202. He is an icon in Oklahoma, where he recently retired as arguably one of the most admired television meteorologists in America. Gary England, welcome back to the show!

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 115 at Death Valley, CA, and 35 at Bryce Canyon, UT
  • New tropical depression in the Central Atlantic
  • and more!
  • Listener 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.

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – Updraft: A weather forecasting toolkit for iPad

    Bill Murray – WeatherBrains episode 202

    John Scala – Anomalous Mid-Summer Cold Air Intrusion of July 14–16, 2014

    Rick Smith – AMS Summer Community Meeting

    James Spann – WxGeeks Review

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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    WeatherBrains 442: Eskimo Bad Breath

    Tue, 07/15/2014 - 04:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 442 is now online (June 14, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Guest WeatherBrains for this episode include a new face and a veteran face. Joining us tonight are Mark Suddth of HurricaneTrack.com who just completed a hurricane chase on Arthur. Mark has joined us on WeatherBrains before, so he is the veteran face.

    Joining us for the first time is Blake Naftel, a huge weather enthusiast with 17 years in television news including having been an avid storm chaser since 1997. Blake knew Tim and Carl, the chasers killed in the El Reno, OK, tornado last year, and in November he started floating the idea of a film/documentary on storm chasing. The idea went forward as a KickStarter project, see the link below, and got fantastic support in just a few days.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: There is no WeatherBrains 101 for this episode.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at weather for the week of July 14th.

    Listener 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 442:

    Kickstarter Project – Storm Chasing Anthology

    HurricaneTrack.com

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson –

    Bill Murray –

    John Scala – Myth Crushers on Lightning

    Rick Smith –

    James Spann – Viewers outraged at tornado coverage during World Cup soccer match (Language warning!)

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    WeatherBrains 441: Plenty of Time for a Snafu

    Tue, 07/08/2014 - 04:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 441 is now online (July 7, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is currently serving as Acting Director of the National Weather Service (NWS) Operations Proving Ground (OPG) in Kansas City, MO. His career in operational meteorology spans more than 35 years, first with the US Air Force, then with NOAA and the NWS. Kim Runk, welcome to WeatherBrains!

    Three WCMs are on the show tonight, including Kim, of course Rick and a retired WCM in Brian. Going to put Rick and Brian in the hot seats with Kim tonight for a little world of WCM discussion.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

    • Extremes: 119 at Death Valley, CA, and 38 at Stanley, ID, and Snake River, WY
    • Severe storm risk from Nebraska eastward to southern New England
    • Since our last show, Hurricane Arthur came and went along East Coast
    • Tropics quiet for now
    • and more!

    Our email bag officer is out again, so the mail bag is getting heavy.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: This episode of WeatherBrains 101 puts in a plug for child safety in hot cars. Did you know that 15 children have died this year already from heat stroke brought on by being left in an unattended automobile. There needs to be more attention drawn to this danger of hot weather.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of July 7.

    Listener 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 441:

    NWS Operations Proving Ground Charter

    NOAA Testbed and Proving Grounds

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – Lamp Simulates Thunderstorm

    Bill Murray – Kim Runk’s Video on Culture Change in the NWS

    Brian Peters – Kids and Cars on Heat Stroke

    Kim Runk – @nwstornado – all NWS tornado warnings will be automatically transmitted by this username, and you can follow it to be apprised of ongoing warnings all over the country. There is also a companion username @NWSSevereTstorm, for SVR/SVS issuances.

    Rick Smith – Leading Culture Change in the NWS

    James Spann – Joint Typhoon Warning Center

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    WeatherBrains 440: Got The Mojo Working

    Mon, 06/30/2014 - 23:55

    WeatherBrains Episode 440 is now online (June 30, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain, Jim Edds, has wowed and amazed with his tropical cyclone chasing exploits.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: Lightning is a big threat during the summer months. But even though lightning is common, the odds of being struck are pretty low, though, that is still no reason to disregard lightning when it is nearby. But what are the odds of being struck seven times in your lifetime? That figure must be astronomical, but it a life long park ranger holds that awesome record.

    Listener 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 440:

    Picks of the Week:

    Bill Murray – Chaser, visual journalist and filmmaker Blake Naftel is in the process of raising funds via Kickstarter to complete what will become a six-part documentary anthology series focused on the full history of storm chasing culture.

    John Scala -

    Rick Smith – JetStream… meteorology education site

    James Spann – Live tracking site for Hurricane Hunters

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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

    Categories: Weather