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WeatherBrains 621: The Atmosphere Is Very Unforgiving

WeatherBrains Episode 621 is now online (December 11, 2017). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Joining us tonight is Guest WeatherBrain Steve Weiss from the Storm Prediction Center, Norman, OK. To our knowledge this is Steve’s first appearance on WeatherBrains.

And our guest panelist is Mark Jelinek. Mark is a returning guest having been on Episode 584 and Episode 585.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 87 at Anaheim, CA, & San Bernardino, CA, and -6 at West Yellowstone, MT
  • Big snowfall for Southeast US last Friday
  • Winter weather from Texas to Maine
  • Comparisons to Hurricane Harvey forecasts
  • Comparing SPC today to the 70’s and 80’s
  • 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: Unfortunately the previous week has been quite busy, so there was no time to prepare a 101 episode for this show. I presume it will 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 621:

Picks of the Week:

Kevin Selle – Out!

Bill Murray – Out!

Rick Smith – Out!

James Spann – The Snow Of December 8, 2017

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Out!

Kim Klockow – Alaskan North Slope climate change

Mark Jelinek – National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center

Steve Weiss – Mesoscale Discussion 1795

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 620: Every Day a Tornado Day

WeatherBrains Episode 620 is now online (December 4, 2017). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is the Chief of the Forecast Services Division at NWS Headquarters. In this role, he oversees policy for the wide variety of services that touch the public and NWS partners. He also serves as national lead for the NWS Hazards Simplification project which, with support from the social science community, has a goal of maximizing comprehension of and effective response to NWS hazard messages. He also supports NWS Weather Ready Nation initiative via direct interactions with external partners and serves as an Expert Team Lead for Impact-based Weather Services for the United Nation’s World Meteorological Organization. Eli Jacks, welcome back to WeatherBrains!

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 89 at McAllen, TX, & Falfurrias, TX, and -5 at Stanley, ID
  • Large storm system over extreme western Great Lakes
  • Pattern change underway
  • Troughiness over eastern US to bring some cold weather
  • Drought conditions returning across southern US
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer dips into the bottom of the bag to bring the latest listener email.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: We’re just a few days into meteorological winter and the winter weather advisories, warnings, and watches have sprung up with a sizable storm moving through the North Central US. So in this episode of 101 we’ll take a look at snow and the various descriptions surrounding it.

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 620:

NWS web page

NWS Water Center

Weather Ready Nation

Overview of National Water Center, Tuscaloosa, AL

NWS Directive on severe weather products

Patrick Marsh look at Tornado Emergencies

Picks of the Week:

Eli Jacks – Astraphobia, also known as astrapophobia, brontophobia, keraunophobia, or tonitrophobia is an abnormal fear of thunder and lightning, a type of specific phobia. It is a treatable phobia that both humans and animals can develop.

Kim Klockow-McClain – NWS hazard simplification project

Bill Murray – WeatherBrains & WeatherReady Nation survey

Brian Peters – WeatherReady Ambassadors

Kevin Selle – Monthly photos

Rick Smith – Snow during a La Nina

James Spann – Leeches predicting the weather

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Devastation on the Delaware (1955)

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, Rick Smith, Kim Klockow-McClain, 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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Special photo thanks to gang member Kevin Selle.

WeatherBrains 619: When a Tree Falls in the Forest

WeatherBrains Episode 619 is now online (November 27, 2017). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Our Guest WeatherBrain is Stephen Long, author of Thirty-Eight, the story of the 1938 hurricane which devastated a good deal of New England. Stephen lives on 95 acres in Corinth, VT, with his wife, Mary, who is also an author. His book tells the story of the rebuilding of Vermont after the devastation of the 1938 hurricane. Taken with the world of forestry, conservation, and wildlife that a forester friend and he shared, he started a magazine called Northern Woodlands.

Also joining us as guest panelist is Lourdes Aviles. Lourdes is an Associate Professor at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, NH. She is the author of Taken by Storm, a Social and Meteorological History of the Great New England Hurricane of 1938. Lourdes was with WeatherBrains in episode 411. Dr. Avilés grew up in Puerto Rico during the 1970s and 1980s captivated with the hurricanes and tropical storms that seemed to threaten the island every year. She was also interested in many different aspects of math and science and at first chose to follow the path of theoretical physics. While completing her M.S. degree at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, she rediscovered her true passion thanks to the very active 1995 hurricane season. Applying physics to the atmosphere seemed like a much more suitable career choice to match her interests. She still enjoys all aspects of science and spends as much time as possible learning any new information that comes along and taking countless pictures of nature and places. She currently lives in New Hampshire with her husband and two sons.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 92 at Tucson (International Airport), AZ, and 2 at Mount Washington, NH
  • Severe weather at a Fall low
  • Tropics quiet as 2017 hurricane season winds down
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer grabs some messages from our listeners.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: When Maria struck Puerto Rico, she caused untold destruction including that of the WSR-88D radar serving Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. With the potential for months without radar coverage, the NWS enlisted the help of the Navy, so in this episode we tell that story.

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 619:

Stephen Long’s web page

Picks of the Week:

Lourdes Aviles – Mt. Washington Observatory

Kim Klockow – Giving directions the Hawaiian way

Stephen Long – Fairbanks Planetarium

Bill Murray – gets the fog horn

Brian Peters – NWA Foundation giving

James Spann – US weather alert system need updating

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Spot the space station

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 618: Nothing Like Sharing Ear Wax

WeatherBrains Episode 618 is now online (November 20, 2017). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrains are Steve Glazier and Kerrin Jeromin.  Steve Glazier is a AMS certified meteorologist at WeatherNation Television. He received his meteorology degree from Lyndon State College in Vermont. Steve has worked as a broadcast meteorologist in Winchester, Virginia, Burlington, Vermont, West Palm Beach, Florida, and now in Denver, Colorado.

Kerrin Jeromin is currently the Director of Weather Operations at WeatherNation Television. She currently oversees the daily on air and digital weather content developed at WeatherNation. Before making the move to WeatherNation, she worked as an on air broadcast meteorologist in Burlington, Vermont and West Palm Beach, Florida. Kerrin received her degree in meteorology from Lyndon State College in Vermont, and is an AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes:
  • WeatherNation and their relationship with local TV affiliates
  • Advice for Meteorologists on how to educate their viewers on weather
  • Balance work/personal life as a meteorologist
  • Kerrin’s work as an actress
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer brings you up-to-date on the latest incoming messages from WeatherBrains listeners.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: Well, it took several scheduled attempts before the satellite actually launched, but the JPSS-1 is now in orbit and the topic of this episode of WeatherBrains 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 618:

Picks of the Week:

Bill Murray – Foghorn!

Brian Peters –  Off This Week!

Kevin Selle – TweepsMap

Rick Smith – First Snow of Season

James Spann – Pivotal Weather

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Light Pillars Tweet

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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