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WeatherBrains 596: Pick A Tab, Any Tab

WeatherBrains Episode 596 is now online (June 19, 2017). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Explore GOES-16 Class with Sheldon Kusselson.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • GOES Satellites
  • NASA Climatology Experiments
  • Tropical development in Gulf of Mexico
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

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

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101:

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 596:

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Picks of the Week:

Bill Murray –

Kevin Selle –

Rick Smith –

Sheldon Kusselson –

James Spann – Downcast

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Astronomy Picture of the Day

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

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WeatherBrains 595: Unified Message Mania

WeatherBrains Episode 595 is now online (June 12, 2017). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Our Guest WeatherBrain for this episode is Lans Rothfusz. Lans is a veteran on WeatherBrains having appeared on Episode 314 and more recently on Episode 493.

Lans has had a varied career in the National Weather Service including serving as the Meteorologist-in-Charge of the Atlanta, GA, office and heading the Olympic Weather Support Team for the 1996 Summer Olympics. Lans now works in the National Severe Storms Laboratory, Norman, OK.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 113 at Rio Grande Village, TX, and 24 at Squaw Valley, CA
  • Severe weather North Central US next couple of days
  • Heat over the eastern portion of the US
  • Heat in SW US, too
  • First PDS watch for Wyoming
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • 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 WeatherBrains 101 features new information about the GOES-16 satellite, the latest element in our satellite coverage. NOAA has set the date for it to become operational, and it is going to be located over 75 degrees so it will transition in name to GOES-East when that happen.

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 595:

National Severe Storms Laboratory

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Picks of the Week:

Bill Murray – details the guests but gets the fog horn anyway

Brian Peters – The skinny on car thermometers

Lans Rothfusz – Warning hot seat

Kevin Selle – Brain hacking

James Spann – NHC Data Archive

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Split cell example

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

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WeatherBrains 594: Oh, Crap!

WeatherBrains Episode 594 is now online (June 5, 2017). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest Panelists have experience in a husband/wife meteorologist relationship. His B.S. is in Computer Science and his Masters is in Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Wisconsin. He has worked for the National Weather Service and is very involved in meteorology everyday. He and his wife Lori both worked shifts at the NWS in Fort Worth from the mid 1990s to 2000.

Chris started his life in weather as a 1970s grade-schooler who was quite intrigued about how the weather worked. Later, he became equally as fascinated by computers and what they could do. He subsequently earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and a master’s degree in atmospheric sciences at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has worked with the National Weather Service (NWS), first as a hydrologist at the West Gulf River Forecast Center (WGRFC) in Fort Worth, TX, and later as a computer programmer with a satellite data focus at the National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center in Chanhassen, MN. While he currently does not have a job in the weather industry, he does follow it quite closely. He is a strong supporter of his local AMS/NWA chapter, weather radio, and of helping people understand weather in specific and science in general. He lives in a southern suburb of the Twin Cities with his wife who was one of his students at UW-Madison and two teenage boys.

Chris’ experience with couples working in weather, and specifically shift work, is when he and his wife, Lori both worked at the National Weather Service in Fort Worth, TX from the mid-1990s to 2000. In 1998, as a WFO forecaster, she transferred to a HAS forecaster position at the WGRFC. Chris was an RFC hydrologist that whole time. After their oldest son was born in early 2000, they had to make further adjustments to their ’round-the-clock work and family schedule. In 2000, they looked into moving back to Minnesota and stay in the NWS, but they resigned ourselves that at least one of them would have to leave the NWS or weather. Lori got a job with (then) DTN/Meteorlogix, but Chris had to find a job outside of weather.

Our Guest WeatherBrains are Ari Sarsalari and Jen Watson, a husband and wife team of meteorologists, talk about their careers and how they balance their jobs, marriage, and a growing family. Jen has been on WeatherBrains on episode 324 and episode 581.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 111 at Needles, CA, & Death Valley, CA, and 25 at Cabin Lake, OR, Colgate, OR, & Klamath Marsh, OR
  • SPC has small marginal risk areas over next several days
  • Wet over the Southeast US
  • Hot over SW US, cool over New England
  • Drier weather on tap for SE US end of week
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email officer has been AWOL but she returns in full force for this episode recapping the incoming mail.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: Work is always going on to improve the computer guidance that meteorologists use, so for this episode we look at a resolution change being implemented in the GFS and especially the MOS guidance.

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 594:

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West Gulf River Forecast Center

We Love Weather

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Picks of the Week:

Brian Peters – Dr. Doswell on tornado vs storm chasing

Rick Smith – Awesome super cell time lapse

James Spann – GOES-16 Images and Loops

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Model charts

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

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WeatherBrains 593: I’m an Accident

WeatherBrains Episode 593 is now online (May 29, 2017). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Our guest this week is the retiring meteorologist, Dave Freeman. Dave is appearing for the fourth time and has appeared on several WeatherBrains shows including episode 211, episode 325, and episode 403. He retired from KSN-TV earlier this month.

Dave Freeman was the Chief Meteorologist of the KSN WeatherLab and he was seen weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 pm on KSN News. Dave earned the Seal of Approval of both the National Weather Association and the American Meteorological Society and he holds a certificate in Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University, has taken advanced coursework from MSU, and has undergone special training in NEXRAD Doppler radar by the company that builds the NEXRAD Radars.

Dave is the first person ever recognized two times as Broadcaster of the Year by the National Weather Association. His coverage of the Greensburg tornado in May, 2007, was recognized with the NWA 2008 Broadcaster of the Year Award. Dave first won the award in 1992. Dave has been elected to a second term as a member of the governing Council of the NWA, and, he has also served as NWA national Broadcast Meteorology Chairman and as Broadcast Seal Chairman.

Dave and other KSN staff were honored by the Kansas Association of Broadcasters for Best Single Topic News Coverage in 2008 for the live coverage of President Bush’s address to the graduates of Greensburg High School. The KAB also gave top honors to KSN for Special Program for “Greensburg, One Year Later,” which Dave co-anchored with Anita Cochran.

In addition to his work on KSN, he has been recognized for his severe weather coverage on radio. He was part of teams honored with the 1999 Kansas Association of Broadcasters Award for Best Radio In-Depth Reporting for coverage of the May 3, 1999, tornado that struck Wichita and south-central Kansas; a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award in 1998 by the Radio-Television News Directors Association for radio coverage of urban flooding that struck Wichita in 1997; and Best Radio Spot News in Kansas from the Associated Press in 1996 for coverage of a tornado near Pretty Prairie, Kansas.

Dave is one of the few journalists to have flown with the Air Force Reserve’s Hurricane Hunters. He had the privilege of flying through the eye of Hurricane Andrew (six times, no less!). Dave also covered Hurricane Hugo when it slammed into South Carolina, providing live satellite reports from the coast. Dave has also chased tornadoes with researchers from the National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, Oklahoma. In addition to anchoring the weather, Dave has also co-written a children’s book on storms, and a severe weather safety brochure for teenagers.

Dave is married and has three great kids. Dave is also a PADI SCUBA diving Instructor and an Emergency First Response (CPR and first aid) Instructor. He also enjoys driving his antique Cadillac! Dave and his wife will be relocating to Israel this summer to start a 5-year term of service. He also hopes to have time to continue his passion for SCUBA diving.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 111 at Death Valley, CA, and 22 at 18 miles north northwest of Ryegate, MT
  • SPC has only marginal risk areas next several days
  • 3-digit temperatures in Southwest US
  • Warm across much of the US
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer takes the holiday off, but we still love to hear from you. She’ll be back.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: In this episode of 101, we take a look at the contributors to sunburn and the results of tanning.

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 593:

KSN-TV farewell story for Dave Freeman

Look back at Dave Freeman’s career

Google map of Israel

KSN-TV report on Greensburg, KS, tornado

National Geographic report on Greensburg Tornado

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Picks of the Week:

Bill Murray – Hurricane City web page

Brian Peters – Kids and cars

Rick Smith – RIVoRS: rivers of vorticity in supercells

James Spann – Hurricane season local betting odds

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

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Show title comes from Dave Freeman’s quote on how he got into weather.