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WeatherBrains 662: Is That A Toupee???

WeatherBrains Episode 662 is now online (September 24, 2018). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Joining us for this episode of WeatherBrains is the Chief Meteorologist at Wichita’s KAKE-TV, and former Birmingham resident Jay Prater. Jay came to KAKE from Panama City, Florida, where he was the morning meteorologist for WJHG-TV. He also worked as the Managing Meteorologist for WSMV-TV in Nashville, Tennessee and WAFF-TV in Huntsville, Alabama. During his time in Huntsville, he was a weather consultant to the contractor of the Unity Module. Today Unity is in orbit, as a key component of the International Space Station. Jay’s television career began working weekends for WVTM-TV in his native Birmingham, Alabama starting in 1987.  Jay, welcome to WeatherBrains!

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Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • The 1974 Super Outbreak and how it got Jay Prater into weather as a 4th grader
  • Bill Murray’s May 2004 storm chasing trip
  • The 2007 Greensburg tornado
  • How radio plays a role in teaching broadcasting skills, and how the business model has changed over the decades
  • 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:   No WB101 this 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 661:

KAKE-TV

Picks of the Week:

Nate Johnson – Out

Jay Prater –  Foghorn

Kim Klockow-McClain –  Out

Bill Murray –  Foghorn

Brian Peters –  Out

Kevin Selle –  Out

Rick Smith –  Out

James Spann – KAKE Greensburg Tornado – May 4, 2007

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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WeatherBrains 661: Not A Bug, But A Feature

WeatherBrains Episode 661 is now online (September 17, 2018). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Joining us for this episode of WeatherBrains is the Senior Policy Fellow and serves as the Associate Executive Director of the American Meteorological Society.  Since 2001 he has formulated and led the AMS Summer Policy Colloquium, a ten-day immersion in the Washington, DC, science policy process; over 500 early- and mid-career scientists have participated in this program over the past 15 years.  Also, in 2014 he wrote and published a book entitled “Living on the Real World:  How Thinking and Acting Like Meteorologists Will Help Save the Planet”.   Dr. Bill Hooke, welcome to WeatherBrains!

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Aftermath of Hurricane Florence/Grading the weather enterprise and model outputs
  • Former NASA Engineer Randall Munroe cartoon
  • Issues with hurricane forecast cones and forecasting tropical system intensity
  • Univ of Maryland/Accuweather Tweet
  • Heavy rain event on Texas coast
  • 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:   No WB101 this 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 661:

Randall Munroe Cartoon

Picks of the Week:

Nate Johnson – Hurricane Help

Bill Hooke – The Ostrich Paradox: Why We Underprepare for Disasters

Kim Klockow-McClain –  Out

Bill Murray –  Foghorn

Brian Peters –  Out

Kevin Selle –  Out

Rick Smith –  Out

James Spann – UMD Tweet

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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WeatherBrains 660: Smells Like Glade Plugins

WeatherBrains Episode 660 is now online (September 10, 2018). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Joining us once again for this episode of WeatherBrains is Dr. Marshall Shepherd from the University of Georgia. He needs almost no introduction to our audience as a former President of the AMS and the host of The Weather Channel’s WxGeeks show. Dr. Marshall Shepherd, welcome back to WeatherBrains! Dr. Shepherd was a guest panelist on episode 572 and guest WeatherBrain on episode 628.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 111 at Death Valley, CA. & Ocotillo Wells, CA, and 21 at Stanley, ID
  • Three hurricanes in the Atlantic
  • Florence threatening landfall in the Carolinas as major hurricane
  • Isaac to move into Caribbean
  • Helene to stay at sea
  • Another storm to affect Hawaii (Olivia)
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer is getting set for the potential impact of Florence on her area, so no email tonight.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: This week we take a look at one of the reasons you never turn your back on the ocean. They are called sneaker waves and for a very good reason. Sometimes when the ocean looks tranquil it can change quickly.

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.

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Web Sites from Episode 660:

Atmospheric Science at UGA

Picks of the Week:

Kim Klockow-McClain – had her baby last Thursday, September 6th.

Brian Peters – National Data Buoy Center

Dr. Marshall Shepherd – CIMMS Satellite page

Rick Smith – Twitter post about Mets mental health, too

James Spann – GOES-16 Full Disk animation

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Tropical Tidbits

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 659: I’m About To Go Into Labor For You

WeatherBrains Episode 659 is now online (September 4, 2018). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Dr. Jack Davis, our Guest WeatherBrain for this episode of our netcast, is the professor of history at the University of Florida and a Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the book The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea. His areas of specialization include US Environmental History, Modern US, US South, Florida History, and Sustainability Studies. He has penned two other books: An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the American Environmental Century and Race Against Time: Culture and Separation in Natchez Since 1930.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 113 at Death Valley, CA, and 24 at Stanley, ID
  • Hurricane Gordon making landfall in north central Gulf Coast
  • Typhoon Jebi smashes Japan
  • Excessive rain along front from Colorado to western Great Lakes
  • 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: We end this four part series with a look at the operations center that pulls all of the NOAA aircraft together.

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 659:

Dr. Davis book, The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea

Picks of the Week:

Nate Johnson –  Out

Dr. Jack Davis – Public speech at UAB on 1/17/2019.  Open to the public.

Kim Klockow-McClain – Out

Brian Peters –  Out

Bill Murray – Satellite Liaison Blog

Kevin Selle – Oklahoma Mesonet – Event

Rick Smith –  Out

James Spann – Plymouth State Weather Center

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Planet Postcard: Climate Data Flies High with Kites

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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