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WeatherBrains 604: Solar Eclipse 2017

WeatherBrains Episode 604 is now online (August 14, 2017). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain grew up in Fayette, AL. She earned her degree in Broadcast Meteorology at Mississippi State University. She is currently a Weather Operations and Sales Manager at Iteris, Inc. in Grand Forks, ND. During her free time, she loves being outdoors with her fiancé and 2 dogs. Leah Dailey, welcome to WeatherBrains.

Iteris, Inc. is an American company which was set up in 1969 and is now based in Santa Ana, CA, focusing on intelligent information solutions to the traffic management market globally.

And tonight’s Guest Panelist is the podcast’s Resident Astronomer. He needs no introduction since we hear the dulcid tones of his voice every week! Tony Rice, welcome aboard!

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 114 at Death Valley, CA. and 36 at Leadville, CO
  • Tulsa tornado
  • Solar Eclipse upcoming
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer is back so count on her to review recent incoming messages from our listeners.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: The professor is AWOL this week due to working the local voting poll in his area for the primary to fill the Senate position vacated by Jeff Sessions.

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 604:

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Picks of the Week:

Nate Johnson – Is there any common ground?

Tony Rice – Solar Eclipse 2017

Bill Murray – Weather Analysis & Forecasting Handbook by Tim Vasquez

Kevin Selle – Free VAD winds data

James Spann – Three tornadoes in three states

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Day In WX History

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 603: I Wrapped Up and the Phones Went Wild

WeatherBrains Episode 603 is now online (August 7, 2017). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Our guest WeatherBrain for this episode is Dr. Judith Curry. Dr. Curry has a PhD in Geophysical Sciences from the University of Chicago (1982) and a B.S. in Geography from Northern Illinois University (1974). Dr. is the former chairman (2002 – 2014) and former professor at the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Curry resigned from her position at Georgia Tech on January 1, 2017, citing the “craziness” of climate science, and plans to focus on her private business, Climate Forecast Applications Network. She continues to write and speak prolifically on the climate change issue and run the blog Climate Etc. She has been invited by Republicans to testify at climate change hearings regarding alleged uncertainties regarding man-made climate change. She has also participated in a variety of blogs in the skeptical science community including Climate Audit, the Air Vent, and others. Dr. Curry has been criticized by climate scientists for her climate outreach in the blogosphere based on assertions not necessarily supported by the evidence: particularly that the “climate always changes.” Scientist Mark Serreze, director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder, points out that “Climate doesn’t change all by itself for no good reason. Something has to force it.”

Guest WeatherBrains number 2 is James Aydelott, chief meteorologist at Fox 23 in Tulsa. His great grandparents moved into Indian Territory before 1900 and his grandfather was born in Howe. His parents were both teachers in Tulsa Public Schools. James has always been fascinated by the severe weather that seems to hit Tulsa with fearsome regularity.

James’s dad piled the family in the station wagon and toured the damage after each round of severe weather, and all that destruction made quite an impression on young James. After graduating from Tulsa’s East Central High School, James headed to the University of Oklahoma and graduated with a degree in meteorology. James has worked in Sherman, TX, Savannah, GA, Wichita, KS, Dallas, TX, and in Tulsa, seeing and forecasting everything from tornadoes to hurricanes to blizzards. He has years of tornado chasing experience and is a severe weather and Doppler radar expert. James is an instrument-rated pilot and enjoys flying his Cessna Cardinal. James and his wife Robyn have two children and golden retriever, Mia, who also loves to fly. He also likes to cook and has even been a celebrity chef in Tulsa’s own Chef Fest. James is involved in Tulsa’s Iron Gate Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry, and Tulsa’s Restore Hope Ministry.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 115 at Death Valley, CA, and 28 at West Yellowstone Gate, MT
  • And our own Bill Murray was just at Yellowstone
  • Still hot in the West and Southwest US
  • Still somewhat mild over the eastern half of the country
  • Tropical Storm Franklin closing in on Yucatan Peninsula
  • Lots of rain over the Southeast US
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer is out once again, so the mail bag gets postponed again.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: For this episode of WeatherBrains 101, we take a look at the overall definition of jet stream including what it is and where they occur. Jet streams are a factor in both northern and southern hemispheres as well as other planets.

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 603:

Link to Tarmo’s video

Fox 23 Weather

More information about WEA

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Picks of the Week:

Kim Klockow – Australian Bureau of Meteorology

Bill Murray – No pick but off doing interview.

Brian Peters – Clear air turbulence injures 10

Kevin Selle – No pick so gets the fog horn.

Rick Smith – Popular Mechanics article, “How to Stop the Wind”

James Spann – Is there any common ground?

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 602: Supposed to be my Natural Scent

WeatherBrains Episode 602 is now online (July 31, 2017). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

This show looks at the OKC television market with Guest WeatherBrains Damon Lane, KOCO. Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is the Chief Meteorologist at KOCO TV in Oklahoma City. Before coming to OKC in 2009 he was the Chief Meteorologist at KTXS TV in Abilene, Texas. He got his bachelors degree in Meteorology/Atmospheric Science from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Damon Lane, welcome to WeatherBrains!

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes:
  • Tropical Storm Emily formed earlier today off West Coast of Florida
  • Emily now a depression crossing Florida
  • Little severe weather across the US
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer is in and out this week so hopefully back in full force next week.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: If you were watching the eastern North Pacific, you saw where there were two tropical storms that were in relatively close proximity, so there was the potential for an interaction of the storms. This interaction is called the Fujiwhara effect or Fujiwhara interaction. So just what is that? It is the topic for this edition of 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 602:

WOCO Television

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Picks of the Week:

Kevin Selle – Leslie Anne Martin art work

Rick Smith – Texas Monthly article

James Spann – RAMMB site for satellite data

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Haby Hints

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 601: Does Lightning Create Popcorn in a Corn Field?

WeatherBrains Episode 601 is now online (July 24, 2017). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a retired professor and sociologist. He is the director emeritus of the Natural Hazards Center. He has authored over 100 publications on mitigations, preparedness, response, and recovery for hazards and disasters. His book, “Disasters by Design” was published in 1999. Dr. Dennis Mileti, welcome to WeatherBrains!

Tonights Guest Panelist has appeared several times on the show. He is a native Texas that has been involved in broadcast meteorology since before he graduated from Texas A&M in 1984. Troy Kimmel, welcome to WeatherBrains. Troy actually has appeared on WeatherBrains once before on episode 495.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 113 at Death Valley, CA, and 35 at Snake River, WY
  • Main threat of severe storms across North Central US next couple of days
  • Drought severe in parts of Montana and Dakotas
  • Atlantic basin quiet; Eastern North Pacific active
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer is out again this week.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: There has been a bout of excessive heat in the Central US as well as the western US recently, so in this episode of 101 we’ll take a look at heat and the heat index which combines temperature and humidity to arrive at how hot it really feels.

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 601:

Dr. Mileti’s book, Disaster by Design

Information on Dr. Mileti from START

Natural Hazards Center

Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) from FCC

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Picks of the Week:

Troy Kimmel – Surface maps from SPC

Bill Murray – Totality: Great American Eclipses

Brian Peters – NOAA/NWS Lightning Safety

Kevin Selle – Famous weathermen of the 70s
Southern Region Weather Criteria

Rick Smith – Heatstroke Deaths of Children in Vehicles

James Spann – Social Rankings

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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