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WeatherBrains 470: I’d Rather Be Here

WeatherBrains Episode 470 is now online (January 26, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Our special guest panelist this week is Dr. Marshall Shepherd, host of “Weather Geeks” on The Weather Channel, and a professor at the University of Georgia. Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a suggestion of listener Barry in Rochester (MN not NY)… John Wetter, who is the Technical Services Manager with Hopkins (MN) Public Schools.

We also spend some time analyzing the “Blizzard of 2015″, in progress on the upper Atlantic coast of the U.S.

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

WeatherBrains 101: We all know that the wind changes direction and speed with height. But what does the change in direction mean for forecasting the weather? This week we explore the backing and veering nature of the wind and what it means.

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.

To subscribe to the brand new SkyWritings, an email newsletter from the WeatherBrains gang, click HERE.

Picks of the Week:

Nate Johnson – Conference on broadcast meteorology

Bill Murray – Ensemble prediction systems

Dr. Marshall Shepherd – Low level wind streamlines

Brian Peters – A Wind Tree?

John Scala – January 2011 Northeast U.S. winter storm

Kevin Selle – Funny or Die Weather

Rick Smith – Tornado Forecasting Workshop Announcement

James Spann – Ten things every Oklahoman should know about snow forecasts

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Weatherwise Magazine – The Intertropical Convergence Zone

SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, Dr. John Scala, 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 469: Better Than a Thong

WeatherBrains Episode 469 is now online (January 19, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Paul Suffern, NTSBPaul Suffern is a senior meteorologist investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board, NTSB. He has been with the NTSB since January, 2011, serving in the Office of Aviation Safety. He has served as a meteorologist investigator in more than two hundred accidents, including Asiana flight 214 in San Francisco, Caribbean Airlines flight 523 in Guyana, Southwest Airlines flight 1919 in Chicago, and a few hundred of general aviation accidents in the United States.

Guest panelists for this episode are Chris Dunn, Chief Meteorologist, KPHO CBS-5, Phoenix, AZ, and Jay Prater, Managing Meteorologist, KAKE-TV, Wichita, KS.

Chris is chief meteorologist for CBS 5, KPHO-TV, in Phoenix, AZ. Before moving to Arizona, Chris worked in Miami and Ft. Myers, FL, and Chico, CA. In addition to a BS from Cal State Chico, he has a master’s in aviation safety from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is an instrument-rated private pilot. He holds the AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) designation and the NWA Seal of Approval.

Jay is the managing meteorologist at KAKE-TV in Wichita, KS, where he’s been forecasting for 11 years. Prior to Wichita, he worked in Nashville, TN; Huntsville and Birmingham, AL; and Panama City, FL. He’s a extra-class amateur radio operator, and most germane to this episode, he is a licensed private pilot with endorsements for tailwheel, high-performance, and complex aircraft. He’s the proud owner of a Cessna Skyhawk. He holds the AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) designation and the NWA Seal of Approval.

Dunn & Prater on WeatherBrains

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 81 at Del Rio, TX, and -8 at Gunnison County, CO
  • NO thunderstorms forecast across the vast US for next three days
  • It’s Q U I E T !
  • Big ice storm in the Northeast US over the weekend
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer has once again let work get in the way of her weekly report! Working the early morning shift is a bear!

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: Radar is one of the most important tools we have in unlocking the mystery of the atmosphere, but like any good tool, it does have some limitations. This episode of 101 talks about how the radar beam can bend more than we want or less than we want.

    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 469:

    To subscribe to the brand new SkyWritings, an email newsletter from the WeatherBrains gang, click HERE.

    NTSB Web Page

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – Aviation Weather Center

    Brian Peters – TAF Forecasts

    John Scala – California Megaflood: Lessons from a Forgotten Catastrophe

    Kevin Selle – Wichita Mountains

    Rick Smith – FlightAware, Live Flight Tracking

    James Spann – Aviation Safety Network

    Paul Suffern – Southwest Aviation Weather Seminar

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, Dr. John Scala, 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 468: The View from Atlanta

    WeatherBrains Episode 468 is now online (January 14, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Katherine ProcivTonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a recommendation from show alum Chris White. Kathryn Prociv obtained her Masters and Undergraduate degrees from Virginia Tech. Currently she is a weather content producer for The Weather Channel, specifically supporting the AMHQ production.

    Kathryn Prociv has loved weather since age six. Like most kids, Kathryn was afraid of thunderstorms until her fear transformed to awe one day when a green funnel cloud screamed over her head while caught outside in a severe thunderstorm. The rest is history, and she has since dedicated her life to the science of meteorology. Kathryn received both her B.A. and M.S. at Virginia Tech in geography with an emphasis in geospatial technology and meteorology. Her master’s research investigated the influence of the Appalachian Mountains on the intensity of supercell thunderstorms and associated tornadogenesis. While a lover of all weather, severe weather is her passion. A member of the Virginia Tech Hokie Storm Chasers 2010-2012, Kathryn has intercepted nearly a dozen tornadoes on the Great Plains. Her most notable intercept includes the Bowdle, SD, EF4 tornado on May 24th, 2010. She is currently teaching meteorology and geography at Northern Virginia Community College and is a meteorologist and contributor for the Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang. She is a member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), National Weather Association (NWA), an amateur radio operator (KK4BWP), and a SKYWARN Spotter. Her hobbies include local storm chasing, playing guitar, and amateur photography. If there is a storm approaching, you can find Kathryn outside with camera in hand!

    Tony RiceIt is hard to call tonight’s Guest Panelist a Guest any longer. Tony Rice is a fixture. We welcome our resident astronomer, Tony Rice, to the show.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 81 at Pompano Beach, FL, and -34 at Van Buren, ME
  • Relatively quiet weather pattern across the US
  • No severe weather outlooked for next 4 to 8 days
  • Fairly cold from Idaho to Maine
  • Not a single watch, warning, or advisory anywhere in the US
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center: This episode goes back about 7 years to a segment on radiosondes. These are so important to sampling the atmosphere, and since a listener asked a question about this, it seems a great topic to kick off the year of 2015.

    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 468:

    To subscribe to the brand new SkyWritings, an email newsletter from the WeatherBrains gang, click HERE.

    AMHQ on The Weather Channel

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – Variety story on Weather Channel Morning Mix

    Bill Murray – Ensemble Prediction Systems

    Brian Peters – United States Tornadoes, Past, Present and Future

    Katherine Prociv – Not Ready for It! Earth Cam

    Tony Rice – Astronomy 2015 Days

    John Scala – NCDC State of the Climate page

    Kevin Selle – El Nino Theme Page

    James Spann – NOAA Investing in New Supercomputers

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, Dr. John Scala, 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 467: Live From AMS 2015

    WeatherBrains Episode 467 is now online (January 5, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    This week Bill Murray, Dr. John Scala, and Rick Smith anchor the show from the annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society in Phoenix. They interviewed an all star cast from the weather enterprise.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: The data from radiosondes is absolutely critical to generating weather forecasts and for providing meteorologists with a snapshot of the condition of the atmosphere. So after a listener brought up a question about radiosondes, I decided to revisit the topic for this episode of 101 since it has been nearly 8 years since I discussed the subject. And radiosondes rank up there as one of the most crucial data for computer modeling.

    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.

    To subscribe to the brand new SkyWritings, an email newsletter from the WeatherBrains gang, click HERE.

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, Dr. John Scala, 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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