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WeatherBrains 613: Meteorologists Gone Wild

WeatherBrains Episode 613 is now online (October 16, 2017). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s first Guest WeatherBrain is the Chief Engineer at the Harris County Flood Control District. He is also the President of the National Hydrologic Warning Council. So we’re happy to have Steve Fitzgerald on the show tonight.

Guest WeatherBrain number 2 is the Meteorologist in Charge at the NWS Houston/Galveston. Jeff Evans joins us with his perspective of Hurricane Harvey.

And guest number 3 is Tom Johnstone, the Meteorologist in Charge at the NWS Corpus Christi.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 102 at Miramar NAS, CA, and 13 at Bear Lake Airport, ID
  • Ophelia nearly made it to Ireland before going post-tropical
  • One area of disturbed weather in Atlantic Basin
  • Two areas of disturbed weather in the Eastern Pacific
  • Nice cool down across the eastern US to start the week
  • Still warm in the Southwest US with highs in the 90s
  • Only spot for thunderstorms over Florida peninsula
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer had to do a show, so incoming email will be summarized next week.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: In this installment of WeatherBrains 101, we begin a 3-part series all about the Hurricane Hunters from the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron headquartered at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, MS.

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 613:

Storm summary for Harvey from WPC

NWS Summary of Hurricane Harvey

Global warming and Hurricanes from GFDL, NOAA

National Hydrologic Warning Council

YouTube video of Fairfield Inn in Rockport, TX

Warning Definitions from NWS (including Extreme Wind Warning)

HurrEvac web site

Picks of the Week:

Steve Fitzgerald – National Hydrologic Warning Council

Bill Murray – Gets an Unnatural Fog Horn

Brian Peters – NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory

James Spann – Red sun phenomenon ’caused by Ophelia’

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Foliage Network

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, and Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

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WeatherBrains 612: Fun with a Chainsaw

WeatherBrains Episode 612 is now online (October 9, 2017). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Guests for this episode of WeatherBrains include Matt Moreland, MIC of NWS San Diego, but he was the MIC at the NWS Key West, Florida, during Hurricane Irma. Jonathan Kurtz, forecaster at NWS Norman, OK, and Greg Heavener, forecaster at NWS Corpus Christi, TX, were assigned from their home offices to the NWS at Key West prior to the onset of hurricane conditions.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 98 at Laredo, TX, and 1 at Bodie State Park Bridgeport, CA
  • Severe weather limited across the US next couple of days
  • Nate came ashore near Biloxi, MS, at 12:30 am on Sunday
  • Ophelia meandering in Central Atlantic
  • Colder weather along eastern slopes of Rockies from northeast NM to Minnesota
  • Freeze warnings NE NM to Dakotas and MN
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer is finally back with us, so she’ll summarize the incoming messages.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: The professor is suffering sleep deprivation from having gone hurricane chasing to the Alabama coast for the arrival of Nate. Look for the 101 segment to return 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 612:

NWS Key West, FL

Irma Post Storm Report

Discussion of Tropical Cyclone Storm Surge Probabilities discussion

Post Hurricane Harvey Report from Corpus Christi

Picks of the Week:

Greg Heavener – Coastal Emergency Risk Assessment

Jonathan Kurtz –Emergency Response Imagery

Matt Moreland – Imagine life with meteorologists

Bill Murray – Ensemble Situational Awareness Table

Brian Peters – Boston Globe big picture of Irma

Rick Smith – Cognitive bias cheat sheet

James Spann – GOES-16 captures lightning during 2017 hurricane season

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Top 10 Largest Tornadoes on Record

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 611: Lots of Hurricane Talk

WeatherBrains Episode 611 is now online (October 2, 2017). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Leslie Chapman-Henderson, President and CEO of FLASH, Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, is our first guest in this episode coming to the show from Austin, TX, where she is attending a meeting. Insured losses in Puerto Rico from Maria alone are estimated to be between 40 and 80 billion dollars.

Joining us for the second half of the show is Bryan Norcross, a television meteorologist and hurricane specialist in the United States. He works for the Weather Channel and has been a meteorologist for WTVJ-TV (the NBC owned-and-operated television station in Miami, Florida), WFOR-TV, and the chief hurricane analyst for NBC News in New York City.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 95 at McAllen, TX, and 14 at Bodie State Park, CA
  • Not much severe weather threats next several days
  • Only two areas of concern in Atlantic, one off Florida and one over Yucatan
  • Storms along front from NB to nrn WI
  • Severe wx watches in Central US this evening
  • 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: In this episode we look into the equipment aboard the JPSS-1 polar orbiting satellite and what all of that equipment measures.

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 611:

The WeatherPros

Federal Alliance for Safe Homes

Bryan Norcross book

Picks of the Week:

Kim Klockow – Disaster and Neglect in Louisiana

Bill Murray – National Disaster Resilience Conference

Bryan Norcross – Bryan Norcross book

Brian Peters – Hurricane hunter aircraft failures

Rick Smith – WeatherReady Nation Ambassador recognition (click on #75)

James Spann – September ENSO update: La Niña Watch!

Aubrey Urbanowicz – NCDC freeze/frost climate data

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 610: Something Good Comes Out the Other End

WeatherBrains Episode 610 is now online (September 25, 2017). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Just the home folks on this show – no special guests! In this episode hear Kevin, Bill, Aubrey, James, and Brian.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 99 at Laredo, TX, & McAllen, TX, and 16 at Gothic, CO
  • FEMA set for nationwide test of EAS on Wednesday, Sep. 27 (details)
  • Lee and Maria in the Atlantic Basin
  • Not much severe weather expected next 3 days
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer is IN!! Hooray. So look for a summary of incoming emails.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: Our professor is coming off the high of participating in the 42nd annual conference of the National Weather Association. There was so much great information there, but one of the most interesting had to do with the latest satellites. There was a lot of information about the JPSS-1 with a planned launch of November 10th, but what is JPSS and just what will it do for us? This episode of 101 includes information on just what JPSS is.

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 610:

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Innovator’s Dilemma

Picks of the Week:

Bill Murray – NWA annual meeting on Storify

Brian Peters – Time lapse of eye passage in Naples, FL
(special thanks to WeatherBrains follower Joey Amberson for the link)

Kevin Selle – Hurricanes canceling themselves out? Can they do that?

James Spann – YouTube video about NOAA’s GOES-16

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Tweet from EarthSky

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, and Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

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