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WeatherBrains 655: Eat Your Eyeballs for Lunch

WeatherBrains Episode 655 is now online (August 6, 2018). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

This episode features a focus on the upcoming National Weather Association annual meeting August 25 to 30, 2018, in St. Louis, MO. Joining us are Janice Bunting, Executive Director of the NWA, and Pat Spoden, Hospitality Host for the meeting as well as handling The RON! The RON is a special session to try to connect researchers and operational meteorologist.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 119 at Death Valley, CA, and 28 at West Yellowstone, MT
  • Hot along West Coast of US
  • Severe storms eastern Colorado Monday evening
  • Cooler weather coming to OK and North TX
  • 1st all-woman flight crew on hurricane hunter flight into Hector
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer is out due to weather in her area.

Be sure to scroll to the bottom for a couple of pictures from NWA 2017.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: In this episode of 101, we begin a four part series discussing the various aircraft used by NOAA as part of hurricane forecasting and research. This episode begins with an introduction on hurricane hunters.

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 655:

National Weather Association annual meeting (click on tab)

OKC Dodgers special event for NWA

www.apple.com in honor of Kim’s trip

Picks of the Week:

Kim Klockow-McClain – Trump’s pick for science advisor

Bill Murray – Article on Mendocino Fire

Brian Peters – NWS lightning statistics for 2018

Kevin Selle – Guide to colors and data visualization

Rick Smith – Avoiding rip currents

James Spann – Central Pacific Hurricane Center

Pat Spoden – Fascination with fires and weather impact

Greg Stumpf – Extreme Exposure Fine Art Gallery

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 at the NWA in 2017 during The RON.

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WeatherBrains 654: Who Is That Creeper Behind You?

WeatherBrains Episode 654 is now online (July 30, 2018). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a weather legend, having spanned four decades as a broadcast meteorologist. He is a Fellow of the AMS. Joe Witte, welcome to WeatherBrains!

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Athletes who are passionate about weather
  • What all is involved with TV weather internships
  • NASA’s intern program
  • KATV’s Ned Perme retiring after 34 years
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • Drake University sportscaster Larry Cotlar dies in Iowa flash flooding
  • and more!

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

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: There is no 101 this week due to the vacation schedule and off-week recording.

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 654:

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Conversation with Joe Witte

Picks of the Week:

Nate Johnson –  Out

Joe Witte – NASA App Earth Now

Bill Murray – Foghorn

Kevin Selle – NOAA Research Model

Do You Understand What 40% Chance of Rain Means?

Rick Smith –  Out

James Spann – Hail Cuts Swaths of Damage Across South Dakota

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Isle of Youth converging cumulus clouds

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 653: We Never Know Where Aubrey Will Show Up

WeatherBrains Episode 653 is now online (July 23, 2018). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

For this show we talk with Chris White and Bill Hark who will be discussing the Virginia ChaserCon. There is a link below to information about the ChaserCon. Aubrey has the lead in grilling the guests.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 125 at Death Valley, CA, and 32 at Stanley, ID
  • Some cool weather in Southeast US – BHM high today 85
  • Anomalous trough over eastern US
  • Tropical Atlantic quiet
  • Eastern North Pacific watching two systems
  • Wet in Aubrey’s area
  • 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 edition of 101 we take a look at what is called the fujiwhara effect or interaction when two low pressure areas become close enough to impact each one. This items originally appeared the show on August, 2008, and is being repeated now due to the interaction of two surface lows over the eastern US last weekend.

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 653:

Mid-Atlantic ChaserCon

Chris White background

MidAtlanticChaserCon web site

Picks of the Week:

Bill Hark – Chasing, Extreme Weather, and Photography

Kim Klockow-McClain – This is an FTP site – ftp://ftp.library.noaa.gov/noaa_documents.lib/OAR/NCRL/NCRL_subject_guides/NCRL_subject_guide_2018-15.pdf

Brian Peters – AMS Award Winners for 2019 meeting

Kevin Selle – Putting Clouds in Unlikely Places

James Spann – CIMMS Satellite Blog

Aubrey Urbanowicz – List of weather books for your summer reading

Chris White – State SPC images

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 652: Smoke From A Distant Fire

WeatherBrains Episode 652 is now online (July 16, 2018). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a meteorologist at the Naval Research Laboratory. Dr. David Peterson, welcome to WeatherBrains!

Last year was a record year for wildfires across the globe, and their impact on the atmosphere remains highly uncertain. Thanks to new research from expert scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, the world is gaining more insight into what drives these massive and escalating events. NRL meteorologist Dr. Peterson explained his findings from his recent research, “Wildfire-Driven Thunderstorms Cause a Volcano-Like Stratospheric Injection of Smoke,” during a press conference at the European Geosciences Union’s annual General Assembly in Vienna, Austria, held from April 8 to 13. “Our research shows that the stratospheric impact from five wildfire-driven thunderstorms, known as pyrocumulonimbus or pyroCb, was comparable to a moderate volcanic eruption,” Peterson explained the NRL pryoCb research team’s findings and that it’s an interdisciplinary collaboration with scientists from both the Marine Meteorology and Remote Sensing Divisions within NRL. The significance of volcanic eruptions in the climate system has been recognized for several decades, but pyroCb research is relatively new, originating at NRL in the early 2000s, according to Peterson.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 120 at Death Valley, CA, and 41 at Naples, ID
  • NASA Sponsored Joint Korea/US Air Quality Campaign
  • Birmingham reached 105F on this date in 1980
  • Tropics all quiet in Atlantic basin
  • 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 101 is out this week due to poll work for the runoff election in Alabama on July 17th.

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 652:

Example of large pyroCb

News from the US Naval Research Laboratory

NRL research into cirrus clouds

Picks of the Week:

Nate Johnson –  Out

David Peterson –  Nice plain language summary of our pyroCb study (actual paper is accepted, but not available yet)

Univ. Wisconsin pyroCb blog:

NRL pyroCb research website (near-real-time satellite imagery):

Kim Klockow-McClain –  Out

Bill Murray –  Gets the buzzer

Kevin Selle –  Out

Rick Smith – Weather Safety at Venues and Public Gatherings

James Spann – Can Billions of Corn Plants Affect the Weather in Nebraska?

Aubrey Urbanowicz –  Out

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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