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WeatherBrains 643: Get Down in the Dirt and Work

WeatherBrains Episode 643 is now online (May 14, 2018). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a Research Meteorologist at National Severe Storms Laboratory and a visiting Professor of Atmospheric Science at Desert Research Institute and the University of Nevada-Reno. He is the author of the recent AMS Book: Verner Soumi: The Life and Work of the Founder of Satellite Meteorology. He joins us tonight from his daughter’s home in Sacramento. Please welcome Dr. John Lewis to WeatherBrains.

Throughout his career Dr. Lewis has conducted research that has combined weather analysis with numerical weather prediction. His professional experience has been divided between work in government labs including operational prediction centers and academia. In the past decade he has led a national research project focused on the weather over the Gulf of Mexico, Project GUFMEX, explored the use of adjoint methods to study model sensitivity, and contributed to the history of science. In 1998, the Environmental Research Laboratories of NOAA assigned Dr. Lewis to Desert Research Institute on a long-term duty assignment. This assignment was made in connection with a 5-year plan to improve weather forecasting in the Western United States. Central to this effort is the use of adjoint models to clarify the relative importance of the various meteorological fields used to initialize deterministic prediction models.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 102 at Rio Grande Village, TX, and 23 at Stanley, ID, Crested Butte, CO, & Gothic, CO
  • Non-tropical low off the west coast of Florida
  • Severe weather Tuesday over Mid-Atlantic states
  • Serious drought from AZ to West TX
  • Fairly warm across the continental US
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer pulls a disappearing act so the email pouch will have to wait until next week.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: For this installment of 101, we take a look at an event that will start in about two weeks and the names that will be used for storms forming in the Atlantic Basin. But did you know there is already an area under scrutiny? All the details in the 101 segment.

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 643:

NHC Hurricane Names List

Full Bio including Publication of Dr. John Lewis

Book, Verner Suomi: The Life and Work of the Founder of Satellite Meteorology

International Geophysical Year

Picks of the Week:

Kim Klockow-McClain – Hearing on Space Weather

Bill Murray – Flood Insurance and Hurricanes

Brian Peters – Historical Hurricane Tracks (NHC)

James Spann – Tornado’s Secret Sounds

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

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WeatherBrains 642: Blocking the Moisture

WeatherBrains Episode 642 is now online (May 7, 2018). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Our guest for this episode of WeatherBrains is Rudy Simoneaux. Rudy is the engineering manager of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, along with being the project manager of the LSU Center for River Studies. He is also the president-elect of the Louisiana Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 108 at Death Valley, CA, and 20 at Bodie State Park, CA
  • SPC Day 3 Slight Risk in Central US
  • Hot from SW AZ to Texas
  • Oklahoma had their first tornado of 2018 last week
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer is handling the incoming messages from our listeners. And we love to get them.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: While preparing a forecast discussion video for our weather blog, I brought attention to the GFS forecast of a negatively tilted trough early next week. So why make note of this feature and just what does a negative tilt to a trough mean?

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 642:

LSU Center for River Studies

American Society of Civil Engineers

Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority

Mississippi River Delta Model story

Picks of the Week:

Kim Klockow-McClain – Hearing on Space Weather

Bill Murray – GeoStationary Cloud Algorithm Test-bed

Brian Peters – NHC Product Changes for 2018

Rick Smith – CBS Story on Studying Tornadoes

James Spann – Glossary of NHC Terms

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Fire Incident Information System

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

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WeatherBrains 641: No Such Thing as a Slam Dunk

WeatherBrains Episode 641 is now online (April 30, 2018). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Joining us for this episode is SPC Lead Forecaster John Hart. John is actually in the mountains of Colorado where he has been panning for gold. As far back as he can remember, he had always dreamed of being a lead forecaster for the SELS unit in Kansas City which is now called the SPC. After attending college in St. Louis, he worked at Channel 2 there for a while. Then, a few weeks after graduation he was lucky enough to get a job at the National Weather Service in Charleston, West Virginia, and interned there for two years. He was involved with a few computer programming projects there that got his name known, so when a job opened at SELS, he was able to get it. Since then, he’s been in this unit, but worked multiple jobs. He became a meso-forecaster in 1995, and then a lead forecaster in 2000.

John considers the events of April 27, 2011, to be the biggest event that he will experience in his career. But the show title comes from a comment John made about how no event is a slam dunk, there are always uncertainties in any weather event.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 103 at Rio Grande Village, TX, and 19 at Rosscommon, MI
  • Severe wx forecast Central US next couple of days
  • Hail and high wind from West TX to NB today
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

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From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: You never know where you’ll find inspiration. The topic for this episode of 101 came from a tweet made by WFO Norman, OK, last week on April 26th. It seems Oklahoma has not seen even one tornado so far for 2018. So we dive into that fact and contrast it with what has been a fairly active season in Alabama.

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 641:

Storm Prediction Center (SPC)

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program

SPC definitions of severe weather

Picks of the Week:

Nate Johnson – Meteorologist, a web comic

Kim Klockow-McClain – NOAA still headless

Brian Peters – National Hurricane Preparedness Week, May 6-12, 2018

Kevin Selle – McDonald’s turn items into weather icons and
Egypt Cracks down on ‘Fake’ Weather Reports

Rick Smith – Storm stress and anxiety

James Spann – Stations take new view of weather

Aubrey Urbanowicz – NOAA Photo Library

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

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WeatherBrains 640: He Thinks He Is On The Radio

WeatherBrains Episode 640 is now online (April 23, 2018). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s WeatherBrain is the Emergency Response Meteorologist for the National Weather Service Southern Region Headquarters, Jennifer McNatt. Also joining us is Elinor Lutu-McMoore, the Meteorologist in Charge at the NWS office in Pago Pago, American Samoa.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 103 at Thermal, CA, & Death Valley, CA, and 15 at Estcourt Station, ME
  • Kevin checks out phased-array radar prototype
  • Discussion on issue of differing graphics from different weather agencies
  • Gulf coast tornadoes on 4/22
  • 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: The professor is out for this episode with a case of Internet outage! Hopefully there will be a 101 for next week.

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 640:

Picks of the Week:

Nate Johnson – Man who rode the thunder

Nate Johnson – SatSquatch

Bill Murray –  Foghorn

Kevin Selle – Sneak Peek at Phased-Array Radar

Rick Smith – Saint Leo University Research

James Spann – Trump administration on weather forecasting

Aubrey Urbanowicz –  Foghorn

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

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