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WeatherBrains 573: Fastest Thing on the Highway

WeatherBrains Episode 573 is now online (January 10, 2017). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

John Murphy, COO NWSTonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the National Weather Service. He was formerly the Director of the NWS Office of Science and Technology. He served as a career meteorologist in the United States Air Force for 29 years before joining the NWS in 2011. He was the Commander of the Air Force Weather Agency. His meteorology degree is from Lyndon State and his Masters is from Penn State. John Murphy, welcome to WeatherBrains!

The Office of the Chief Operating Officer (OCOO) manages the day-to-day mission execution units responsible for delivering NWS weather, water, climate and space weather products, services, and information as well as the budgetary planning for 11 National Service Programs. The Office is responsible for coordinating and integrating all aspects of mission execution to ensure consistency of NWS products and services. The Office is responsible for enforcing National Service Program policy. The Office manages the NWS Operations Center (NWSOC) and provides liaison services to other partnering agencies. The Office is the lead for Continuity of Operations (COOP) planning to ensure organizational and management continuity. The Office monitors and reports service delivery performance measures, conducts and evaluates operational service efficiency, effectiveness, and customer satisfaction, and develops NWS policy delineating NWS’s mission and its public sector responsibility to produce and disseminate information. The Office manages and oversees resources to maintain and sustain effective mission execution, identifies and validates needed service requirements, and ensures those needs are incorporated into cross-portfolio planning activities. These activities require active coordination and collaboration with all members of the climatological, hydrometeorological, space weather, and oceanographic communities as well as all weather-sensitive constituent communities including other Federal, state, and local government agencies; the media; the private weather information sector; academic institutions; non-governmental organizations; constituent organizations; and the public.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 88 at McAllen, TX, & Edinburg, TX, and -17 at Lewistown, MT
  • Cold relinquishing it’s grip for now
  • New storm on the horizon for next weekend for Central US
  • With cold, little severe weather next several days
  • 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: There’s a lot of cold over the eastern US the last several days, and cold weather can lead to some issues later in the year. These issues can be ice jams produced by ice forming on the surface of rivers, streams, and creeks. Debris jams are similar, but can occur at anytime of the year.

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 573:

Jobs web site

Occupational workforce analysis (NWS)

NWS Office of Chief Operating Officer web page

NWS organizational structure

Warn on Forecast program

HR-1561, Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2016

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Picks of the Week:

Nate Johnson – Weather video by Mike Olbinski

Bill Murray – gets the fog horn!

Brian Peters – Weather and inauguration days

Kevin Selle – Skybrary, a single point of reference for aviation safety

James Spann – Interactive snow information

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Sierra Nevada cam with 8 feet of snow

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 572: Two Doctors and a SOO!!

WeatherBrains Episode 572 is now online (January 3, 2017). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s GuestPanelist needs no introduction to our audience. He is a former President of the AMS and the host of The Weather Channel’s WxGeeks show. Dr. Marshall Shepherd, welcome to WeatherBrains!

And tonight’s Guest WeatherBrains are both alumni of the show. She is a prominent social scientist in the area of meteorology and preparedness at the University of Alabama. Dr. Laura Myers, welcome to the show! He is the Science and Operations Officer at the National Weather Service Office in Birmingham, Alabama. Kevin Laws, welcome to the program!

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 88 at McAllen, TX, Marathon, FL, & Stuart, FL, and -25 at Jordan, MT
  • Severe weather across southern US on January 2nd
  • 4 tornado deaths in Alabama
  • Snow potential for Southeast US at end of week
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer is watching incoming messages from our listeners, but topics, technical issues, and a weather show puts off the mail bag again.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: The initial review of the Netatmo weather equipment was in Episode 465 with a follow-up in Episode 512. Now for this segment of WeatherBrains the Professor does yet another follow-up as the Netatmo weather equipment continues to impress with new equipment elements to flesh out your weather station.

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 572:

Bryan Woods’ article on snow forecasting

AMS guideline on use of “meteorologist”

Forbes article by Dr. Shepherd on viral weather forecasts

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Picks of the Week:

Kevin Laws – Pivotal weather data

Laura Myers – Suggests following local WFO on Twitter like @NWSBirmingham and @NWSJackson

Bill Murray – Gets the fog horn!

Brian Peters – Pictorial essay, Winter Is Coming

Kevin Selle – Attention Merchants

Rick Smith – Forbes article on viral weather forecasts

James Spann – NCEP sref plumes

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Mother lode of weather links

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 571: Got Out of Norman

WeatherBrains Episode 571 is now online (December 26, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you! This show was actually recorded on December 21, 2016, due to vacation scheduling.

Our guest for the year-ending show is Greg Carbin who will be listing his top 10 weather events of 2016.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 87 at Fort Myers, FL, and -15 at Stanley, ID
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer is handling the incoming messages from our listeners.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: There is no WeatherBrains 101 for this episode, but the 101 segment will return in 2017.

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 571:

WCM Page at SPC

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Picks of the Week:

Brian Peters – National Centers for Environmental Prediction

Kevin Selle – NWS Wind Chill page (great picture)

James Spann – CIPS Historical Analog Guidance

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Snow falls in Sahara town

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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2016 Year Ender!

Watch the show tonight (December 21) live with Greg Carbin right here…

The podcast version will be released early Tuesday morning, December 27, complete with show notes!