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WeatherBrains 429: Not a Cheerwine Virgin

WeatherBrains Episode 429 is now online (April 14, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Doug HilderbrandTonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is Doug Hilderbrande, the Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador initiative lead at National Weather Service Headquarters within the Director’s office. He has been at the National Weather Service for 12 years now, starting at NCEP’s Weather Prediction Center, then moving on to the Office of Science and Technology and a 2-year stint as the NOAA Policy Adviser for weather and satellites. He has a Bachelors Degree from Bucknell University in Central Pennsylvania, a masters in geology from University of South Florida, and a masters in meteorology from North Carolina State University.

Todd FoisyTonight’s Guest Panelist, Todd Foisy, is a repeat performer and a friend of the podcast. He is a WeatherBrains alum having appeared as the guest panelist on show 204 on December 21, 2009, and as the Guest Weatherbrain on Show 346 in December, 2012. He is the Science and Operations Officer, or SOO, from the National Weather Service in Caribou, ME. He joins us from his home in northern Maine.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 100 at Death Valley, CA, and -7 at Lake Yellowstone, WY
  • Severe thunderstorm watches in effect this evening for Gulf Coast area
  • Severe weather risk shifts to Southeast US coast on Tuesday
  • Cold air once again invading the eastern US
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer finally makes a show so perhaps she’ll catch up on the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: In honor of the fact that three of the WeatherBrains crew were at the 2014 National Tropical Weather Conference this past week, this episode of 101 takes a brief look at the naming of hurricanes in the Atlantic Basin as well as the names we’ll see on the advisories and statements issued during the upcoming season.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of April 14th.

    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 429:

    Weather-Ready Nation

    Preparathon

    Picks of the Week:

    Todd Foisy – Enhanced Weather Display

    Doug Hildebrand – Living on the real world

    Nate Johnson – Colorado State seasonal hurricane forecast

    Bill Murray – book called Infinite Monster

    Brian Peters – National Tropical Weather Conference

    James Spann – College of DuPage Weather Lab

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Virtual Telescope

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

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    WeatherBrains 428: Jackass What?

    WeatherBrains Episode 428 is now online (April 10, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    This is the regular weekly WeatherBrains podcast, but it is a somewhat special edition because it was recorded on a Thursday night AND 75 percent of the available WeatherBrains crew were together on South Padre Island, TX, attending the National Tropical Weather Conference. The topic for the show is, of course, tropical weather. And we weare fortunate to have two previous WeatherBrains guests on the show, both former National Hurricane Center directors, Max Mayfield and Bill Read. Listen to the show to get the inside stories from some very experienced meteorologists who have dealt with some major issues surrounding tropical weather. This is the behind the scenes stuff that you cannot get anywhere else.

    The WeatherBrains crew and guests on episode 428 at the National Tropical Weather Conference in South Padre Island, TX.WeatherBrains crew and guests for Episode 428(L to R: Brian Peters, Nate Johnson, Bill Read, Max Mayfield, and Bill Murray).

    Our email bag officer was not available, so a double dose of the mail bag will probably come 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 428:

    National Tropical Weather Conference

    National Hurricane Center

    Picks of the Week:

    There were not any this week due to the special nature of the show.

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, and Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

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    WeatherBrains 427: SWERVing

    WeatherBrains Episode 427 is now online (April 2, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Another week with numerous guests. Guest WeatherBrain 1 is Michael Hill. He was born and raised in Tuscaloosa, AL, where he grew up watching James Spann and for this reason, he became a meteorologist. A 2009 graduate of Mississippi State University, he did some broadcasting while in school at Weathervision in Jackson, MS. He was a student volunteer at WFO Jackson, MS, before being hired into the weather service at WFO Caribou, ME, in October, 2009, as an intern. In March, 2012, he was promoted to Forecaster at the WFO Slidell office.

    Guest WeatherBrain 2 is Kenneth Graham who is currently the Meteorologist-in-Charge of the New Orleans WFO located in Slidell, LA.

    And Guest WeatherBrain 3 is Matthew Moreland. Matthew is a 1996 graduate from the University of Oklahoma and a member of the VORTEX 1 project, he is now the team lead for the Impact-Based Decision Support Pilot Project at the NWS New Orleans/Baton Rouge office. The project began in December 2011 and has deployed for several major events including Hurricane Isaac and the Super Bowl in New Orleans, and developed a “whole office” approach to decision support. Prior to coming to New Orleans, he worked at the NWS Houston/Galveston office for almost 14 years. His forte is tropical weather and he has worked several big tropical cyclones including TS Allison, Hurricane Rita, and Hurricane Ike.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 100 at Laredo, TX, and -11 at Hallock, MN
  • Severe weather shaping up as the tornado season is underway
  • Moderate risk area from SPC centered over Arkansas and Southeast Missouri
  • 80′s into the Southeast US yesterday and today
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: This episode we take a question from Terry about the cap and how we know – or don’t know – if the cap will or won’t break. We take a look at cap and what it means to the development of thunderstorms and severe weather.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of April 1st.

    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 427:

    SWERV – Significant Weather Emergency Response Vehicle

    Slidell NWS Office web page

    Coast Guard story on SWERV

    Picks of the Week:

    Ken Graham – first home to WB in New Orleans

    Matthew Moreland – Experimental Response Tool

    Brian Peters – Tropical Weather Conference

    James Spann – The Druid City, story of Tuscaloosa tornado in 2011

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus another notable geek Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

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    WeatherBrains 426: In the Beginning When I was Trying

    WeatherBrains Episode 426 is now online (March 24, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    The GBO, or Guest Booking Officer, has outdone himself tonight and the WeatherBrains podcast will once again test the limits of Google+. We don’t have two guests or even three, but FOUR guests.

    Appearing as our guest panelist is Cheryl Nelson, also known as Mrs. Virginia International 2014. She is a TV personality, meteorologist, and model. She is a natural disaster preparedness ambassador.

    Adding to the guest list, we have a big crowd of WeatherBrains for tonight’s show, all NWS folks, and all involved in an innovative forecasting project that intrigued our very own Aubrey.

    Joining us as guest WeatherBrains we have Steve Zubrick, Science and Operations Officer (SOO) at the NWS office in Sterling, VA, which serves the Washington, DC area.

    From the NWS office, Taunton, MA, we have Joe Dellacarpini, who is the Science and Operations Officer (SOO) for the office serving the Boston area.

    And rounding out this fabulous lineup, we have Dave Novak who is not a SOO but serves as the Chief of the Development and Training Branch at Weather Prediction Center (WPC).

    Guest WeatherBrains for Episode 426

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 96 at Death Valley, CA, and -27 at Embarrass, MN
  • Winter storm shaping up for Mid-Atlantic and New England states
  • Some discussion of the Polar Vortex
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: It happened worldwide at exactly 1657 GMT! That’s when the vernal equinox occurred – or is the autumnal equinox? What exactly is an equinox? All the answers to these questions on this episode of WeatherBrains 101.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of March 24th.

    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 426:

    NWS Baltimore/Washington web site

    NWS Boston web site

    Weather Prediction Center web site

    Cheryl Nelson’s web page

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – USGS Beta Product Site

    Cheryl Nelson – Storm Blok

    Brian Peters – NWS San Antonio bats on radar

    James Spann – James Spann at UGA AMS Meeting

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Lightning Safety Article

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Aubrey Urbanowicz, and Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

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