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WeatherBrains 540: Your Pop Filter is the Same Size as Mine

WeatherBrains Episode 540 is now online (May 23, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain #1 is Jane Cage, the former Chairman of the Joplin Citizens Advisory Recovery Team and head of the Joplin Proud Committee. Jane Cage, welcome to WeatherBrains.

And tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain #2 is a broadcast journalist who is writing a book on the Joplin tornado and how it relates to the larger picture of disaster recovery. Likes loitering, trading insults with his girlfriend, and frozen yogurt. Steve Holmes, welcome to WeatherBrains.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 102 at Persimmon Gap, TX, and 21 at Walden, CO, & Bondurant, WY
  • Nearly a week of severe weather for central US
  • Warm across much of the country
  • Active weather keeps Rick Smith busy in Oklahoma
  • 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: It’s only a little more than a week to the start of the 2016 hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin. So many weather enthusiasts will be watching the official National Hurricane Center forecasts for any storms that form. And that forecast has a cone that widens in time. So what is that cone and what does it mean?

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 540:

Joplin Proud

Telestar by the Tornados (found by WeatherBrains listener Scott)

Apical Ballooning Syndrome

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Picks of the Week:

Jane Cage – Tuscaloosa, AL, Recovery

Steve Holmes – Fatal tornado in India

Nate Johnson – Prototype Storm Surge Watch/Warning Graphic

Bill Murray – Center for Satellite Application and Research

Brian Peters – new Joint Typhoon Warning Center page

Kevin Selle – No Pick

James Spann – Tornado warning for Val Verde

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Close and far Martian oppositions

SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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 539: Abandoned Ship

WeatherBrains Episode 539 is now online (May 16, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s  Guest WeatherBrain is the Meteorologist in Charge at the NWS Mobile, Alabama.  Jeff Medlin, welcome to WeatherBrians. 

Jeffrey Medlin currently serves as the Meteorologist in Charge of the NWS Mobile-Pensacola. Between 1994 and 2014, he served as the Science and Operations Officer in Mobile, AL. He has worked for the following NWS Offices since 1987: Norman, OK, Charleston, WV, Cincinnati, OH and Columbia, SC. Internal to the NWS, he has devoted a great deal of his time to Intern and Forecaster Development, objective mesoanalysis, satellite and radar interpretation, thunderstorm structure, the forecast process and local modeling. He has served on numerous national and regional teams. Externally, he served as Editor in Training, Assistant Editor and Editor of the NWA E-Journal from 2007-10 and also on several regional mesonet committees since 2002. He is the author of numerous refereed publications which span a variety of mesoscale topics and has run a mesoscale model in real-time since the mid 1990s. He obtained a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from NC State University in 1988 and a Master’s Degree in Atmospheric Science from the University of Alabama-Huntsville in 2001. Outside of work, Jeffrey enjoys flounder fishing, weight lifting, walking and landscaping.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Looking back at Hurricane Frederic of 1979
  • The 2016 Pensacola tornado
  • The dangers of coastal rip currents
  • 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: Brian is out tonight so no WeatherBrains 101 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 539:

TV Meteorologist Shamed for Dress On-Air

NWS Mobile

Don’t forget to vote for Ginger Zee on Dancing with the Stars.

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Picks of the Week:

Nate Johnson – Out this week!

Brian Peters – Out this week!

Kevin Selle – Out this week!

Bill Murray – Rip Currents Forecasting

Jeff Medlin – NWS Hurricane Awareness Tour

James Spann – University of Arizona Atmospheric Sciences

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Bison Photo

SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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 538: I Lost Out to Swedish Meatballs

WeatherBrains Episode 538 is now online (May 9, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

We’ll be hosting Eric Berger, formerly of the Houston Chronicle and now with Ars Technica for this episode. He wants to get our thoughts about the questions for a piece he’s writing for AT that has to do with the future of weather forecasting. Ars Technica is an online information source covering primarily technical topics.

Eric Berger, Ars Technica

Eric Berger is the senior space editor at Ars Technica, covering everything from astronomy to private space to wonky NASA policy. Eric has an astronomy degree from the University of Texas and a master’s in journalism from the University of Missouri. He previously worked at the Houston Chronicle for 17 years, where the paper was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2009 for his coverage of Hurricane Ike. A certified meteorologist, Eric lives in Houston.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 98 at Death Valley, CA, and 10 at Mount Washington, NH
  • Fairly extensive severe weather ongoing centered on Arkansas
  • Risk of severe weather over Central Mississippi River Valley into Ohio River Valley next two days
  • 2 fatalities in Oklahoma earlier today
  • 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: Probably every single listener or viewer of WeatherBrains has seen a rainbow. But how many of them have seen a moonbow? That’s right, I said moonbow. Just what is a moonbow and how can you see one. Get the full low down in this episode of 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 538:

Ars Technica web page

Space City Weather

Commercial interests may negatively impact transmission of vital weather data

Don’t forget to vote for Ginger Zee on Dancing with the Stars

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Picks of the Week:

Nate Johnson – Article about Amateur Cloud Society

Brian Peters – National Geographic Kids freaky weather facts

Kevin Selle – Retweeting makes you forget

James Spann – Podcasts surge

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Freddy the Forecaster and the Terrible Tornado

SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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 537: I’m Not Wearing Pants

WeatherBrains Episode 537 is now online (May 2, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Thomas Niziol of the Weahter ChannelComing from the Weather Channel for this episode is Thomas Niziol, winter weather expert. Weather Channel celebrating it’s anniversary from the start in 1982.

He worked his whole NWS career, 32 years, in the office at Buffalo, NY. He also served on the Olympic Weather Support Team to the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City.

A 32-year forecasting veteran, Tom joined The Weather Channel after working as the meteorologist-in-charge at the National Weather Service in Buffalo, NY. While in Buffalo, he also directed research and science operations working with partners like Emergency Management and other local and national government agencies. Before that, Tom was an associate atmosphere scientist at Calspan Corporation in Buffalo, NY, where he conducted scientific research from field studies through contract publications for atmospheric studies. Throughout his career, Niziol has authored several research papers and poster sessions on winter weather forecasting and has toured the country speaking at numerous meteorological conferences.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 93 at Orlando, FL, Thermal, CA, & Death Valley, CA, and 12 at Aspen Springs, CO, & Walden, CO
  • After an active weekend, convective weather abating some this week
  • Decidedly cooler over eastern half of the US at the end of week
  • 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:In this episode of WeatherBrains 101 we take a look at another major player who made significant contributions to the field of meteorology. Namely, Herbert Riehl whose name was mentioned a couple of week ago as a colleague of Dr. Bill Gray and who is often thought of as the father of tropical meteorology.

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 537:

The Weather Channel

BUF Kit home page

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Picks of the Week:

Bill Murray – Buffalo flakes

Thomas Niziol – NASA worldview

Brian Peters – Windows 10 Upgrade photo bombs weather segment

Kevin Selle – Storm Warriors

Rick Smith – SPC Product Descriptions

James Spann – Drone footage of tornado warned storm near DC

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Drone video of severe storm over Harrisonburg

SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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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