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WeatherBrains 524: Groundhog Ensemble

WeatherBrains Episode 524 is now online (February 1, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Jason Bowman, My Weather ConciergeOur Guest WeatherBrain for this episode is Jason Bowman. For over 30 years, he has been studying and forecasting the weather. Over the past 10 years, he’s found that social media has provided atmospheric scientists and broadcast meteorologists with the ability to follow our passion, as well as share our knowledge to keep people safe and also entertained. Like many atmospheric scientists, Jason was born with the love of the weather. At a young age, Jason would create winter forecasts for his family and classmates, dreaming for the day he could provide millions with their personalized weather conditions.

In 1992, Jason went to the State University of New York in Albany. Jason forecasted at WNYT, the NBC affiliate in Albany NY. After graduation in May, 1996, Jason shifted his focus to the advertising industry, working for organizations such as National Geographic and MTV. While fine tuning his business management skills, Jason would continue to forecast on the Facebook page he created prior to Hurricane Sandy in 2012. With rapid growth of the Facebook forecast page, Jason co-created My Weather Concierge®, a new and unique mobile weather app, powered by a group of tremendously talented forecasters. My Weather Concierge provides you with handcrafted weather forecasts for cities across the country, 365 days a year with direct access to their forecaster to help them through any weather related situation. Planning a trip? Getting married? Safety of children at camp or on snow days for school. Jason’s goal for the mobile app was to provide a personalized forecast for any occasion.

In late winter of 2015, Jason was approached by The Weather Channel to appear on a new video based show called “Weather Gone Viral” and appeared on STARS XM SIRIUS as a weather expert to discuss the Blizzard of 2014. Today, Jason continues to develop his mobile platform forecasting center and is a winter weather expert and a Long Range Forecasting Analyst.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 95 at Cotulla, TX, and -21 at Old Faithful, WY
  • SPC has enhanced risk area for Day 2 in the Southeast US
  • Same storm kicking up blizzard from Colorado to Wisconsin
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer has her hands on the pulse of our email and comments from listeners.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: This week on the 101 episode we take a look at the latest on the polar orbiting satellites under the name of Suomi-NPP. What does that name stand for and just what do the polar orbiting satellites provide?

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 524:

My Weather Concierge

John Huntington’s Snow Time Lapse

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Picks of the Week:

Jason Bowman – Shoutout to Mayor of New York City who dropped Charlotte, the groundhog

Nate Johnson – GOES 1-Minute Data

Brian Peters – SPC Interactive Tornado Outbreak site

John Scala – Meteorological Model Ensemble River Forecasts

Kevin Selle – Gets the fog horn!

James Spann – SPC state-by-state outlook graphics

Aubrey Urbanowicz – NCDC Groundhog Day web site

SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Dr. John Scala, 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 523: Between Storms

WeatherBrains Episode 523 is now online (January 27, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s guest on this slightly delayed episode of WeatherBrains are Jeff Piotrowski and John Huntington. This will be Jeff’s fifth appearance on our podcast having appeared in Episodes 384, 354, 289, and 282. John Huntington is also a repeat guest having been on Episode 290. Both of our guests were at ChaserCon 2016 along with our own Rick Smith.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 83 at Opa Locka, FL, and -23 at Antero Reservoir, CO, & Crested Butte, CO
  • What a difference a week makes
  • Snow storm is gone but some of that snow is still around
  • Lower 48 snow cover stands at 44 percent
  • SPC has defined severe wx area for Day 7 (next Tue-Wed)
  • This could mean a severe episode for Lower Mississippi River Valley
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer is just like the Post Office – neither rain nor sleet nor snow shall keep her from the email bag and those wonderful emails from our listeners. But a cold or some other bug has taken her out before the show reached the email segment. But we also have an audio file from our Estonia correspondent.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: This week in our 101 segment we take a look at one of those early pioneers who studied lightning. G. W. Richmann also became the poster child for lightning safety. Listen in to learn how he accomplished this feat.

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 523:

Human Element in Weather Forecasting by Chuck Doswell

Chaser Con 2016 recorded sessions

John Huntington Photography

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Picks of the Week:

John Huntington – Coney Island Cam

Bill Murray – Incredible snow time lapse

Brian Peters – NASA’s web site on Suomi-NPP

Jeff Piotrowski – 3 inch hail in California

John Scala – Summary of DC Snowstorms (scroll to bottom)

Kevin Selle – Tornado Pod

Rick Smith – Time Lapse of Washington, DC, Snowfall

James Spann – Over Reliance on Models?

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Summary of Snowzilla by Capital Weather Gang

SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Dr. John Scala, 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 522: Real Cold or Alabama Cold?

WeatherBrains Episode 522 is now online (January 18, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Ben ReppertBen Reppert is a ‘home-grown’ Pennsylvanian, living the first 18 years of his life in the farmlands of Eastern Pennsylvania – an area prone to tropical storms, wind whipped Nor’easters and big snow storms. His love for weather is no surprise. Dairy farming is an interest of his, having worked on the 300 acre dairy farm that he grew up next to for six summers. Ben attended college at Penn State University from 2011 until graduation in May 2015 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Meteorology. In August of 2015, Ben was rehired by the Department of Meteorology at Penn State to join the Weather Communications Group full time as a research assistant, social media developer, and co-host of the 32-year old weather magazine show, Weather World. Ben also has done fill-in work at WTAJ, the CBS affiliate in Altoona, PA, as a weekend evening meteorologist. He is happy to call central Pennsylvania his new home.

Jacob DeFlitchBorn in a small town outside of Pittsburgh, PA, Jacob DeFlitch known to his friends as Jake has interests that have led to many experiences, incorporating his interest for meteorology with his love for photography. Jake attended Pennsylvania State University from August, 2011, to May, 2015, where he earned his Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Meteorology. Jake was a founding member of the Penn State Storm Chase Team, an organization that continues today. As a photographer for Pennsylvania State University, he captured the beauty of the State College campus. Jake interned with Good Morning America and ABC World News the Summer of 2014. He then volunteered at the National Weather Service in State College from January-May of 2015. After graduation, Jake participated in the Plains Elevated Convection at Night (PECAN) project, where he assisted the Center for Severe Weather Research (CSWR) in the collection of data to better improve forecasting night thunderstorms. In September, 2015, Jake was hired as a meteorologist for AccuWeather, a position he continues today.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 74 at Harlingen, TX, & Tucson, AZ, -31 at Cotton, MN
  • Eastern US snowstorm shaping up
  • Models going nuts with snowfall projections
  • Issues with what to put into forecast
  • Especially when dealing with events 5 to 7 days out
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer is on top of the messages coming in from our listeners.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: This edition of the 101 segments delves into those things called teleconnections. What are they and what kind of impact do they have on the weather.

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 522:

Sunset Weather

Contrail Education Project

AMS 2016 Annual Conference

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Picks of the Week:

Jacob DeFlitch – xmACIS web site

Brian Peters – Climate Prediction Center (CPC)

Ben Reppert – Cool Weather Records

John Scala – Potential for Very Snowy Winter in Mid-Atlantic States

Kevin Selle – Gets the Fog Horn

Rick Smith –
Part 1: Web Conference for this missing #AMS2016
Part 2: Part 2 of >Web Conference for this missing #AMS2016

James Spann – COD Radar and Satellite Pages

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Northeast Snowstorms (Vol. 1: Overview & Vol. 2: The Cases)

SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Dr. John Scala, 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 521: Bunch of WCMs Drunk

WeatherBrains Episode 521 is now online (January 12, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Joe Bastardi, WeatherBell AnalyticsTonight’s guest WeatherBrain needs no introduction to the WeatherBrains community. He is known as the Atmospheric Avenger and the Raging Weatherbull on his blog. He is the Chief Forecaster at WeatherBell Analytics. Mr. Joe Bastardi, welcome back to WeatherBrains!

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 74 at Corona, CA, and -27 at Fosston, MN, & Kremmling, CO
  • Winter storm warnings Northwest US
  • Winter storm warnings New England states
  • High pressure over Southeast US
  • No significant severe weather next several days
  • Joe B. forecasts cold from Texas to the New England states for this winter
  • Hurricanes return in summer/fall 2016
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer gets clobbered by the wind with a power hit, so look for the email bag next week.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: Blame it on the National Championship, but the WeatherBrains 101 was written and not recorded. So this topic will 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 521:

WeatherBell Analytics

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Picks of the Week:

Joe Bastardi – Tropical Tidbits

Brian Peters – Gets the fog horn!

John Scala – Is light snow more dangerous?

Kevin Selle – Experimental El Nino Forecast

James Spann – AMS 2016 Twitter feed

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Interactive Snow Information

SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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