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WeatherBrains 492: Spritz Yourself ! !

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WeatherBrains Episode 492 is now online (June 29, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest Panelist is the mastermind behind tonight’s show. He is a regular listener and commenter and is a meteorology student at York University in Canada. Elie Morrison, welcome to Weatherbrains. It was a unit on natural disasters in school that got Elie interested in the weather.

Tonight’s first Guest WeatherBrain is Director of Meteorology for The Weather Network. He has been with the Canadian weather channel for 15 years. Chris Scott, welcome to WeatherBrains! Chris got interested in the weather from a ferocious hail storm that affected his farm.

Tonight’s other Guest WeatherBrain is a show alum, having appeared on episode 160 back in 2009! He Grew up in Canada and was Director of Distance Learning for the Mississippi State Meteorology Department. He is now the Manager of the Forecast Center for The Weather Network. Doug Gillham, welcome back to WeatherBrains.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 124 at Death Valley, CA, and 34 at Mount Washington, NH
  • Heat across western Canada and smoke an issue
  • Cold front over the weekend reaching the Southeast US
  • Eastern Pacific and Atlantic tropical basins quiet
  • High amplitude pattern cooling the East with heat in the West
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer takes a look at some incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101:

    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 492:

    The Weather Network

    Alert Ready

    Elie Morrison’s weather blog

    Environment Canada

    To subscribe to the new SkyWritings, an email newsletter from the WeatherBrains gang, click HERE.

    Picks of the Week:

    Doug Gilliam – White Death, 77 Blizzard

    Elie Morrison – Model and Ensemble Forecast & Archive viewer and
    everypost

    Bill Murray – ducked out early

    Brian Peters – Canadian weather article with hail images

    Chris Scott – Dr. Libby Barnes

    Kevin Selle – Horseshoe vortex cloud pattern

    Rick Smith – AMS Meteorology Conference presentations

    James Spann – Picturing the Forecast

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Elephants as forecasters

    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 491: Milk Out of My Eyeballs

    Tue, 06/23/2015 - 04:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 491 is now online (June 22, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’ Guest WeatherBrain is the Deputy Chief of Staff for the National Weather Service. Welcoming Paul Schlatter to WeatherBrains.

    Paul Schlatter works at NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) in the Office of the Assistant Administrator, as an executive advisor to the Assistant Administrator for Weather Services and Director of the NWS. In this position, he staffs the director on a wide range of policy issues and is involved with strategic and tactical discussions with the NWS Corporate Board. His one year post began in April, 2011, and in March, 2012, he transitioned to NOAA’s Program Coordination Office (PCO). As the NWS’s PCO representative, he was a liaison between NWS leadership and NOAA leadership, and staffed Dr. Jane Lubchenco (NOAA Administrator) and Dr. Kathryn Sullivan (NOAA Deputy Administrator) for events related to the NWS mission. Prior to working at NWS headquarters, Paul worked for 8 years at the NWS Warning Decision Training Branch (WDTB) in Norman, OK, the first three years were as a contract employee through the University of Oklahoma/CIMMS. While with WDTB, he designed and delivered a wide range of training modules for the NWS, focusing on high impact weather warnings. He was the project lead for the dual-polarization radar operations course and was instrumental to the success of the development and current deployment of the upgrade to the nation’s fleet of 159 radars. As subject matter expert in the NWS for the operational application of dual-polarization radar products, he has presented at countless conferences, workshops, and meetings. He is an active member of both AMS and NWA. Paul graduated from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA with a BS in Engineering Physics, and received an MS in Meteorology from the University of Oklahoma.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 116 at Death Valley, CA, and 26 at Boca Reservoir, CA
  • May, 2015, Wettest on Record for US
  • Tropical Storm Bill came and went late last week
  • Severe weather risk across Great Lakes area
  • Bill produced more heavy rain in parts of Texas and Oklahoma
  • Pattern change coming to the eastern US in about 5 days
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: It comes around twice a year and we just passed the summer one of these. So what is a solstice, anyway? That’s the topic for this episode of WeatherBrains 101.

    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 491:

    To subscribe to the brand new SkyWritings, an email newsletter from the WeatherBrains gang, click HERE.

    NWS Web Page

    NWSEO Web Page

    Capitol Weather Gang article on Senate NWS proposal

    Picks of the Week:

    Bill Murray – Use and interpretation of Doppler Radar

    Brian Peters – doubles with John Scala!

    John Scala – May 2015 Wet Month in US

    Paul Schlatter – Gets fog horn!

    Kevin Selle – Tropical Cyclone Rainfall Data

    Rick Smith – Weather services for the Nation

    James Spann – James Spann’s roots

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Space Weather Prediction Center

    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 490: Zee from the Big Apple

    Tue, 06/16/2015 - 04:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 490 is now online (June 15, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is the Chief Meteorologist at ABC’s Good Morning America. She is a former intern for James and a former student of Dr. John Knox. Ginger Zee, welcome to WeatherBrains.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 121 at Death Valley, CA, and 31 at Stanley, ID, Old Faithful YNP, WY, Boca Reservoir, CA, and Bodie State Park, CA
  • Tropical disturbance in western Gulf struggling
  • Recorded on Friday, June 12th
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer was unable to make this show.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: The professor and 101 is AWOL this week.

    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 490:

    To subscribe to the brand new SkyWritings, an email newsletter from the WeatherBrains gang, click HERE.

    Ginger Zee full bio

    Picks of the Week:

    Bill Murray –

    James Spann – AMS 2015 Conference tweets

    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 489: Therapist on Speed Dial

    Tue, 06/09/2015 - 04:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 489 is now online (June 8, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is the Chief Meteorologist at KMBC in Kansas City, a position he has held for nearly 30 years. He is a fascinating personality and icon in his market. Bryan Busby, welcome to WeatherBrains.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 114 at Death Valley, CA, and 27 at Leadville, CO
  • Marginal severe weather across Southeast & into Mid-Atlantic Region
  • Tropical Atlantic Basin quiet
  • Blanca making landfall on Baja California
  • Big storms in PA and WV with lots of rain
  • Wet in Kansas City, too
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer dips into the mail bag to review the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: Radar is one of the most visible tools used by meteorologists in watching and analyzing the atmosphere. So for this edition of 101 we take a look at some of how a radar does its job.

    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 489:

    To subscribe to the brand new SkyWritings, an email newsletter from the WeatherBrains gang, click HERE.

    George Global web site

    KMBC-TV Weather web site

    Bryan Busby full bio

    Bryan Busby on 1995 Groundhog Day

    Picks of the Week:

    Bryan Busby – caught flatfooted for a pick

    Brian Peters – Around the World Solar Flight

    John Scala – When Will it Start Raining at Your House

    Kevin Selle – Referral Driven Web

    James Spann – NOAA historical hurricane tracks

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Coldest June in Sydney

    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 488: Water, Water, Water

    Tue, 06/02/2015 - 04:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 488 is now online (June 1, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is an award winning environmental journalist who has reported on water from the Suwannee River to Singapore. She has authored three books including the recently released Rain: A Natural and Cultural History. She lives in Gainesville, FL. Cynthia Barnett, welcome to WeatherBrains.

    And tonight’s Guest Panelist is the Chief Meteorologist at NBC 6 in Miami. His coverage has won Emmys and recognition from the AMS and NWA. He holds all the seals and is a CBM and a CCM. So we welcome John Toohey-Morales to the show!

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 109 at Death Valley, CA, and 24 at Togo, MN
  • Texas and Oklahoma drying a bit
  • Main severe weather next few days in eastern part of Rockies
  • Finally rain for John in Pennsylvania
  • Andres went to Cat 4 but diminishing now
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: June 1st marks the beginning of a number of different weather seasons with the beginning of the Atlantic Hurricane Season probably the best known. It also marks the beginning of the unofficial lightning season, so for this episode, we’re going to take a look at some interesting information about lightning and thunder.

    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 488:

    To subscribe to the brand new SkyWritings, an email newsletter from the WeatherBrains gang, click HERE.

    Barnett’s book

    Remembering Hurricane Audrey

    Picks of the Week:

    Bill Murray – Storm Evader from OU

    Brian Peters – China’s railway system (plus weather)

    John Scala – May 31, 1985, Tornado Outbreak

    Kevin Selle – Wichita Falls Potable Water Reuse Project

    Rick Smith – Experimental 1 minute visible satellite loop

    James Spann – James Spann’s article in Medium

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Hurricanes and the Middle Atlantic States

    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 487: Tribute to JB

    Tue, 05/26/2015 - 04:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 487 is now online (May 25, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you! This is the longest running podcast on weather having been on the air for nearly 10 years.

    Tonight’s show will be a little different as we pay tribute to our friend, JB Elliott. JB was a long time mentor for many of the WeatherBrains gang especially our host, James Spann, so it was appropriate to honor him on this Memorial Day.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 102 at Death Valley, CA, and 29 at Yellowstone Lake, WY, Santa Maria, CO, & Waverly, CO
  • Epic flooding in Texas and Oklahoma
  • Severe weather across Central Plains area
  • All time monthly record rainfall for Wichita Falls at around 14 inches
  • Wild weather in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and Louisiana with severe weather and floods
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: This episode of 101 goes off the beaten path just a little to explore something called petrichor. This is a quick explanation about that refreshingly aromatic smell that comes with a light rain after a short dry spell and how it works.

    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 487:

    To subscribe to the brand new SkyWritings, an email newsletter from the WeatherBrains gang, click HERE.

    Loss of a Legend

    November, 1989, home video of JB Elliott by David Black

    Picks of the Week:

    Bill Murray – Weather story map

    Brian Peters – Water woes for Wichita Falls

    Kevin Selle – Boston Globe Cities in the Cloud

    James Spann – WeatherBrains audio archive

    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 486: Pickles All Over It

    Tue, 05/19/2015 - 04:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 486 is now online (May 18, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest Panelist is a show alum, having appeared on episode 395 in August, 2013. He is responsible for suggesting tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain, which we will punish by making him appear as the Guest Panelist. Indeed, no good deed goes unpunished. David Drobny, welcome back.

    Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain was born in Nashville. He comes from a traveling musical family. He plays the guitar, banjo, and bass guitar, but his first love is meteorology. He is currently a junior at the University of Oklahoma School of Meteorology in Norman, where he is a research assistant with the Arctic and Antarctic Atmospheric Research Group. He is currently the Director of Development at the Oklahoma Weather Lab. Kelton Halbert, welcome to WeatherBrains.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 96 at Presidio, TX, and 22 at Scobey, MT
  • Trio of WeatherBrains gang in Norman, OK
  • Severe weather somewhat limited
  • Cold in North Central US
  • Drought busting rain in parts of Texas and Oklahoma
  • And more rain possible for those areas
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is out once again.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: Last week there was a mention of cloud iridescence, so for this weekly episode we’ll take a look at what that is and why it is sometimes hard to see.

    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 486:

    To subscribe to the brand new SkyWritings, an email newsletter from the WeatherBrains gang, click HERE.

    SHARPpy software

    Oklahoma Weather Lab

    AARG at OU

    Link to Windows version of SHARPpy

    Link to Mac OS X version of SHARPpy

    Tempest Storm Chasing

    Picks of the Week:

    David Drobny – Tornado Forecasting Workshop with Rich Thompson

    Kelton Halbert – WRF Model

    Nate Johnson – Early May, 2015, Storms Time-lapse

    Bill Murray – Experimental sounding page at SPC

    Brian Peters – Gets the fog horn!

    John Scala – FACETS at NSSL

    Kevin Selle – Elmer, OK, Tornado time lapse

    Rick Smith – Online Damage Report, May 6, 2015, Great Plains Event

    James Spann – Sea surface Temperature Contours

    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 485: Tornado Stories

    Tue, 05/12/2015 - 04:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 485 is now online (May 11, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a National Correspondent for Yahoo and former reporter for Newsweek. She is an Oklahoma native who currently lives in Brooklyn. She has a new book being released tomorrow that is an account from several different perspectives focusing on OKC media, victims and NWS of the May, 2013, tornadoes. Author of The Mercy of the Sky, Holly Bailey, welcome to WeatherBrains!

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 100 at Death Valley, CA, and 16 at West Yellowstone, MT
  • Weather lost a legend today in the passing of JB Elliott
  • Long lasting severe weather for North Central Texas and Oklahoma
  • Good rains for a parched area
  • Severe weather dampening out for next several days
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is out tonight, so she’ll have a long mail bag next week.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: Clouds have got to be one of the biggest and most interesting visual element that attracts people to weather. So for this episode of 101 we take a look at an interesting cloud called the pileus cloud.

    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 485:

    To subscribe to the brand new SkyWritings, an email newsletter from the WeatherBrains gang, click HERE.

    Spann’s Tribute to JB Elliott

    Mercy of the Sky book (one of many)

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – On-air meteorologists bridge gap

    Bill Murray – Gets fog horn!

    Brian Peters – Tropical cyclone climatology

    John Scala – Hurricane drought due to luck

    Kevin Selle – Sam Barricklow photos of Electra, TX, storm

    Rick Smith – Video of tornado in Norman, OK, on May 6, 2015

    James Spann – Farewell to Birmingham Weather Legend

    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 484: Snowball Thingy!

    Tue, 05/05/2015 - 04:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 484 is now online (May 4, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Our guest WeatherBrain comes from Nate’s neck of the woods, in fact, he works with Nate at WRAL-TV. Greg Fishel, welcome to WeatherBrains.

    Fishel began his broadcast meteorology career in 1979 with WMDT in Salisbury, MD. He has been at WRAL since 1981 and became the station’s chief meteorologist in 1989. Fishel was the first certified broadcast meteorologist in the United States. He chaired the American Meteorological Society Broadcast Board Committee to develop the 100-question exam for the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist program. He has a degree from Pennsylvania State University.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 104 at Death Valley, CA, and 24 at northeast of Poplar, MT, and at Olney, MT
  • Quiet weather across the country over the weekend
  • Severe weather outlooked in narrow band in Central Plains
  • Upper ridge across the Southeast US
  • Sub-tropical low possible off southeast US coast later this week and into weekend
  • QPF bullseye over Oklahoma and parts of North Central Texas
  • And Aubrey has a new microphone!
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: Last week our email bag officer noted a letter from a listener that mentioned hail cannons. So I thought it might be an interesting topic to briefly explore hail cannons and their theoretical purpose.

    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 484:

    To subscribe to the brand new SkyWritings, an email newsletter from the WeatherBrains gang, click HERE.

    WRAL-TV weather page

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – GIS course for atmospheric sciences

    Brian Peters – Weather teletype code

    John Scala – China bans unofficial weather reports

    Kevin Selle – SPC mobile

    James Spann – NHC audio briefings

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – eruption

    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 483: Very Chaotic Start

    Tue, 04/28/2015 - 04:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 483 is now online (April 27, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s guest WeatherBrain works with the Capitol Weather Gang and joins us at the last minute. Jason Samenow, welcome to WeatherBrains.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: High 96 at Fort Lauderdale (Executive Airport), FL, and Death Valley, CA
  • Low: 17 at Eureka, NV, and Stanley, ID
  • MCS created disaster to regatta on Mobile Bay Sunday
  • Severe weather again along Gulf Coast
  • Anniversary of historic tornado event in 2011
  • MCS with wind knocking train off tracks in New Orleans
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer continues to bring us the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: Weather is a visual field and weather geeks often review weather conditions with pictures referred to as maps or charts. On those maps are contour lines that have special names.

    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 483:

    Dauphin Island Regatta disaster

    Interactive project looking back at Tuscaloosa on April 27, 2011

    Capitol Weather Gang site

    To subscribe to the brand new SkyWritings, an email newsletter from the WeatherBrains gang, click HERE.

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – Animated gif of storms near Dallas/Fort Worth April 26, 2015 (note, large file)

    Bill Murray – Bows out for an early flight

    Brian Peters – Gets fog horn!

    John Scala – Alabama leads Nation in tornado deaths

    Kevin Selle – Train being blown off tracks

    Rick Smith – Don’t park under an overpass in a hailstorm
    NWS BHM coming to a channel near you
    James Spann and lessons of April 27, 2011

    James Spann – NCAR Ensemble Forecasts

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – NWS Blacksburg, VA, summary on April 27-28, 2011

    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 482: Good Looking Bald Men

    Tue, 04/21/2015 - 04:00

    WeatherBrains Episode 482 is now online (April 20, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a graduate of the University of Nebraska. He is in his 25th year of Broadcast Meteorology, starting right out of college with AccuWeather and then doing television in Des Moines before moving on to Oklahoma City where he would stay for 18 years. He has spent the last three years in Dallas. Rick Mitchell, welcome to WeatherBrains.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: The weather enterprise has seen the impact of events and inventions that have helped promote the understanding of our atmosphere in some huge ways. So what invention lead to one of the major explosion in weather data? Some may disagree, but you’ll find the answer interesting.

    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.

    To subscribe to the brand new SkyWritings, an email newsletter from the WeatherBrains gang, click HERE.

    Picks of the Week:

    Bill Murray – Federal web analytics

    Kevin Selle – California Drought Pictures

    Rick Smith – Scary Looking Cloud Club

    James Spann – Day Of The Killer Tornadoes – 1974 Documentary

    Rick Mitchell – Lubbock, TX Supercell Time Lapse

    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 481: Floating Dumpsters

    Tue, 04/14/2015 - 04:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 481 is now online (April 13, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain has worked for the Hurricane Research Division of NOAA for over 30 years. He is the Data Archivist for the Division and this led into his becoming the keeper of its history. He is the author of the recent book published by the AMS: Hurricane Pioneer, Memoirs of Robert Simpson. Neal Dorst was named NOAA’s Employee of the Month for October, 2014! Neal serves crucial roles as HRD’s historian and webmaster and has been their data manager, tape librarian, and archivist for all analog, digital, and film data from the early beginnings of the “U. S. Weather Bureau” hurricane flights in 1956 to the present day. He also led the project to preserve all this archived analog data into a digital state for use by future hurricane research scientists in perpetuity. Neal Dorst, welcome to WeatherBrains!

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 98 at Death Valley, CA, and 11 at Antero Reservoir, CO
  • Fairly wet pattern from Texas to the Carolinas
  • Relatively little severe weather in the US at midweek
  • Rain in driest parts of Oklahoma
  • Active southern and northern portions of the jet stream
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is under the weather for the show, so others will tackle at least one email.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: It was no April Fool’s joke with what happened on April the first 55 years ago. It was the launch of the world’s first meteorological satellite and definitely was a huge milestone in keeping an eye on the weather on our planet. So we look back a few years to that first satellite.

    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 481:

    To subscribe to the brand new SkyWritings, an email newsletter from the WeatherBrains gang, click HERE.

    1954 Hurricane Season

    Book, Memoirs of Bob Simpson

    Hurricane Center’s Wallet Project

    Information on Project Stormfury

    2015 Seasonal Hurricane Forecast from Klotzbach and Gray

    Picks of the Week (POW):

    Nate Johnson – Supercell video from Lubbock

    Brian Peters – Timeline of Weather Service History

    John Scala – Impact of Snow Storms on Boston’s Economy

    Kevin Selle – Panorama of gravity wave

    Rick Smith – NWS Damage Assessment Toolkit

    James Spann – Warning Polygons

    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 480: Fire and Brimstone

    Tue, 04/07/2015 - 04:00

    WeatherBrains Episode 480 is now online (April 6, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s WeatherBrain is the Chief Operating Officer for the National Weather Service Central Region… Mike Hudson.

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

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: There are a number of ways to measure the atmosphere, and one of those relatively new ways is the atmospheric profiler. So what is a profiler and how does it do its job? This week on 101 we take a look at the use of profilers.

    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 480:

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    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – Crap apps strike again

    John Scala – Two horrific but largely forgotten tornadoes:

    Rick Smith – Don’t Fall for Weather Hoaxes and Hype as We Head Into Tornado Season

    James Spann – Weather Joke Maker

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – SOS Telegram from Titanic

    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 479: Put Your Pants Back On

    Tue, 03/31/2015 - 04:40

    WeatherBrains Episode 479 is now online (March 30, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s guests are Dr. John Knox, Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Georgia. His Bachelors is from the University of Alabama- Birmingham and his doctorate is from the University of Wisconsin. Also joining us is David Lepchitz with KFDX-TV in Wichita Falls, Texas (yep, he works with Kevin Selle)

    WeatherBrains 101: The professor misses class this week.

    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.

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    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – Latest RadarScope release

    John Knox – iWeathernet.com
    Steven Decker’s Analytic QG Model abstract

    John Scala – Review of Roger Pielke Jr’s new book, “The Rightful Place of Science: Disasters & Climate Change”

    Kevin Selle – TWC vs AccuWeather

    Rick Smith – Mar. 25, 2015, Moore, OK, Tornado Survey

    James Spann – Time lapse video at the Columbia Metro Airport of Undulatus Asperatus Clouds

    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 478: Why are We at the Days Inn?

    Tue, 03/24/2015 - 04:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 478 is now online (March 23, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a WeatherBrain alum, having appeared on show numbers 199 and 330. Mike Smith is the Accuweather Enterprise Solution Senior Vice President. In 1981, he founded Weather Data, Inc., the Wichita, KS, private weather forecasting firm that provides weather forecasting, consulting, and weather risk management to companies and organizations around the US, Canada, and Mexico. The company was acquired by Accu Weather in 2006. Mike also wrote the books, When the Sirens were Silent and Warnings: The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 91 at Miami (Kendall-Tamiami), FL, and -23 at Mount Washington, NH
  • Severe weather in March rather quiet, says SPC
  • System promises midweek storms
  • Slight risk of severe weather in Central US for Tuesday
  • Nation’s weather a bit warmer than a month ago
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer dips into the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: On a recent promotions stop for the station where I work, I had a question about lightning at the top of thunderstorms that I thought would make an interesting topic for this 101 segment.

    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 478:

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    NOAA Hazardous Weather Testbed

    Patrick Marsh Data Mining Tornado Emergencies

    Joplin Tornado Service Assessment

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – Journalists Deciding about Candidates

    Brian Peters – Photos from Tropical Cyclone Pam

    John Scala – Easter Sunday 1913 Omaha Tornado

    Kevin Selle – No pick

    Mike Smith – mike smith enterprises blog

    James Spann – Periscope

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Vegetable Planting Schedule

    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 477: Tales from a Disaster

    Tue, 03/17/2015 - 04:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 477 is now online (March 16, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Our guest for this show is award winning author, Kim Cross. Kim and her family huddled in their storm shelter as the Tuscaloosa tornado of April 27, 2011, barreled toward Birmingham missing their neighborhood by only a few miles. After writing an article for Southern Living that captured the timeless stories that would ring true long after the storm had gone, Kim set about writing a book to tell the story of the biggest tornado outbreak on record in the Southeast US.

    Kim started writing for her local newspaper while in high school. Kim studied journalism at the University of Alabama and after obtaining her journalism degree, took on a graduate fellowship at UA. She gained value reporting experience working for numerous newspapers including the New Orleans Times-Picayune and the St. Petersburg Times and worked on the staff of Southern Living and Cooking Light for nearly a decade before taking time off to tackle the book. Her book took about four years and was published on March 10, 2015. It is available wherever you can find books and at the link below.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 99 at Death Valley, CA, and -5 at Whitefield, NH
  • Much warmer across the vast US
  • Large wildfire near Woodward, OK
  • Grand Isle, NE, hit 90 today
  • Late season cold snap possible
  • Monster Tropical Cyclone Pam struck Vanuatu
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is back and tackles the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101:

    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 477:

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    What Stands in a Storm availability

    Florida bans wording “climate change”

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – Temperature Scale Fahrenheit versus Celsius

    Brian Peters – Behind the Scenes of What Stands in a Storm

    John Scala – Need for Tornado Drills

    Kevin Selle – Seeing White in Boston

    Rick Smith – Fake and Overused Weather Pictures

    James Spann – SPC Sounding Climatology

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – How to Make a Cloud Light from Paper Lanterns

    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