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WeatherBrains 545: Longhorn in the Office

WeatherBrains Episode 545 is now online (June 27, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

James Hocker, OK-FirstOur first Guest WeatherBrain is James Hocker, OK-First Program Manager. In this capacity, James serves as a lead instructor at all OK-First classes, develops training content, provides input and direction for software and tool development, and manages the program budget. The program is about 20 years old. James has B.S. and M.S. degrees in meteorology from the University of Oklahoma.

Andrea Melvin, OK-FirstAnd our second guest WeatherBrains works in the same office. Andrea Melvin is the Outreach Program Coordinator for the Oklahoma Mesonet. She serves as instructor at many OK-First certification and re-certification classes and develops laboratory exercises and case studies for use at OK-First classes. Andrea has a B.S. degree in meteorology from the University of Oklahoma.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 124 at Death Valley, CA, and 31 at Leadville, CO
  • Severe weather along eastern slope of Rockies
  • June 23, 2016, Tornado killed 99 in China
  • Atlantic Basin quiet for now
  • Tropical cyclone in Arabian Sea
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer is AWOL again but we have to let her off on this one since her excuse is the horrific weather in her area during the last week.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: This occurrence has not happened for nearly 50 years and will not happen again until 2062. It was the coincidence of a June full moon and the summer solstice and the moon has a special name.

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 545:

OK-First web site

NWA 41st Annual Meeting

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Picks of the Week:

Justin Gehrts – Twitter feed for NWSPodunk

Nate Johnson – OK Mesonet Twitter

Bill Murray – Hazard Mapping System Fire and Smoke Product

Brian Peters – Your chance to own “Dorothy” from Twister

Rick Smith – Science of Mammatus Clouds

James Spann – GOES Project Science

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 544: Pushing Buttons in the Elevator

WeatherBrains Episode 544 is now online (June 20, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you! Show was actually recorded on Thursday, June 16, 2016.

Dr. James Fleming, Colby CollegeOur guest WeatherBrain for this show is Dr. James Fleming, the Charles A. Dana Professor of Science, Technology, and Society at Colby College. Dr. Fleming has a BS in Astronomy from Pennsylvania State University, an MS in Atmospheric Science from Colorado State University, and an MA and PH.D. in History of Science from Princeton University.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 107 at Carlsbad, NM, and 25 at Winnemucca, NV
  • Disturbed area in western Caribbean but over land
  • Northwest flow storms in Mid-Atlantic and Southeast US
  • Big heat ridge over Southwest US
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer tries to get a handle on the incoming messages from our listeners for the last couple of weeks.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: There is no WeatherBrains 101 segment for this podcast. It should return on the next episode.

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 544:

Colby College, Waterville, ME

Colby College, Science, Technology, and Society Dept.

Fixing the Sky

Inventing Atmospheric Science

Blog by Dr. Fleming

History of Project Cirrus

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Picks of the Week from the WeatherBrains Gang:

Dr. James Fleming – Courses at Colby

Bill Murray – gets the fog horn!

Brian Peters – WeatherRadio app by WDT

Kevin Selle – can’t find it!

James Spann – National Data Buoy Center

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 543: Money I Laid Down at the Venetian

WeatherBrains Episode 543 is now online (June 13, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Todd Lericos, MIC, NWS Las Vegas, NVOur Guest WeatherBrain for this episode is Todd Lericos, the Meteorologist-in-Charge (MIC) of the National Weather Service (NWS) Office in Las Vegas, NV, a position he has held since November, 2012. Todd grew up in Southwest Florida and began his career in meteorology by joining the Air Force in 1991 as a Weather Observer. His first assignment was Homestead AFB, arriving just eight months before Hurricane Andrew hit the base in August, 1992. A passion for weather forecasting in high impact situations was instilled in Todd by that event and he later deployed all over the world to provide weather forecast support to various military operations. This included a deployment to Haiti in 1994 for Operation Uphold Democracy and an assignment to the Middle East to support Operation Southern Watch in 1995.

After leaving the Air Force in 1997 to pursue a civilian career in meteorology, Todd attended Florida State University (FSU) from 1997 to 2002. While at FSU he conducted award-winning research projects in both the use of lightning data in operational forecasting and theoretical modelling of squall lines at land-sea interfaces. He holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Meteorology. An opportunity to serve in the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) at the Tallahassee, FL, NWS office in 1999 began Todd’s career in the NWS.  That opportunity led to a permanent position in the NWS in 2002 as Journeyman Forecaster in Spokane, WA. Todd then served as Science and Operations Officer (SOO) at the NWS office in Caribou, Maine from 2006 to 2011. He moved to become the SOO at the NWS Office in Tallahassee replacing his long time mentor in that position. When the opportunity emerged to lead a Weather Forecast Office in October, 2012, he accepted his current position at NWS Las Vegas.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 106 at Death Valley, CA, & Pecos, TX, and 26 at Mount Washington, NH, & Bridgeport, CA
  • Tropical Atlantic remains quiet after Colin
  • Tropical Pacific has one area of disturbed weather
  • Severe weather threat along eastern slope of Rockies
  • Severe threat moves out into Plains States Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Rick won’t say tornado season is over!
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer is out this week trying to do some catching up at her own station. And the accelerant, Kevin, is also out this week due to illness. Both are expected to return next week.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: Last week our guest WeatherBrain introduced the audience to something that many have heard little about. That was certainly my case, so this week the topic is the Wet Bulb Global Temperature used to provide a better index to quantify heat stress, especially in direct sunlight.

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 543:

NWS Las Vegas, NV, web site

NWS Announcement about TDWR Upgrades

Caesars Flood of 1975

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Picks of the Week:

Justin Gehrts – Cli – MATE, Midwestern Regional Climate Center

Todd Lericos – NPAS at UCAR

Bill Murray – Tornado hits Norfolk Southern Train

Brian Peters – Cliff Mass blog post on need for local NWS offices

Rick Smith – The Weather Social

James Spann – Extreme and Weird Weather of the World

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 542: Smells Like Crunchberries

WeatherBrains Episode 542 is now online (June 6, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Steve PiltzOur Guest WeatherBrain this episode is Steve Piltz, Meteorologist in Charge of the Tulsa NWS office. Steve has been with the NWS for over 28 years, the last 15 years as MIC at the Tulsa office. He started in the NWS Office in Key West, FL. The Tulsa office covers 25 counties in Oklahoma and seven in Arkansas. Steve was on WeatherBrains 464.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 115 at Death Valley, CA, and 35 at Leadville, CO, Dillon, CO, & Burgess Junction, WY
  • James Spann being inducted into the University of Alabama College of Communications Hall of Fame
  • Tropical Storm Colin making landfall this evening in Big Bend area of Florida, SSE of Tallahassee
  • Heavy rain over Florida and along Southeast US coast
  • Introduction of Justin Gehrts as longer term guest WeatherBrain
  • Heat in the West
  • Colin very asymmetrical
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer, Aubrey, digs into the incoming messages from our listeners.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: The tweeting world has been full of pictures of this somewhat unusual cloud formation, so for this episode of WeatherBrains 101, the professor will take a look at the topic of mammatus clouds.

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 542:

NWS Tulsa, OK

Wet-bulb globe temperature

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Picks of the Week:

Justin Gehrts – Dr. Doswell’s discussion on decision-making in the face of uncertainty

Brian Peters – Turn Around, Don’t Drown

Steve Piltz – picks his friend Rick Smith

Rick Smith – Capital Weather Gang article about summer storms

James Spann – Do we still need weather forecasters?

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Tropical Storm Allison

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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