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WeatherBrains 558: Fat Fingers, Long Day

WeatherBrains Episode 558 is now online (September 26, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Joining us tonight from the Kansas Turnpike Authority are Chief Executive Officer Steve Hewitt and Eric Becker, Roadway Operations Director. They employ about 500 employees and handle roughly 236 miles of turnpike. They use a private weather firm, AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions, and they have been using them since 2000. Mr. Hewitt was the City Manager of Greensburg, KS, when the EF5 hit that community wiping out 95 percent of the town.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 107 at Fullerton, CA, and 21 at Climax, CO
  • Cold front passing through Southeast US finally bringing cooler air
  • Flooding in South Central Texas
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer brings the latest in messages from our listeners.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: Two tools used for visualizing the weather include radar and satellite. Sometimes these images get names when they are associated with a specific feature. Such is the case of the V-notch, a feature in radar echoes that often is associated with supercells that produce tornadoes – often, but not always.

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 558:

Kansas Turnpike Authority

Story about Turnpike issuing tornado warning

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Picks of the Week:

Bill Murray – no pick this week

Brian Peters – mPing web site for crowdsourcing weather reports

Kevin Selle – Time-lapse image of NOAA weather balloon at South Pole

James Spann – Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Total precipitable water satellite product

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 557: Looking at a Big Outbreak in Indiana

WeatherBrains Episode 557 is now online (September 19, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

On August 24th of this year, an outbreak of about 23 tornadoes touched down across Central Indiana, northwestern Ohio, and into Ontario, Canada. The event was well warned, but created a controversy because the event was unusual in that it was unforecast by them.

Listener Jay Farlow, ham radio call of W9LW (Whiskey Niner Lima Whiskey), suggested we talk about the outbreak on tonight’s show. Fortunately there were no deaths or serious injuries in the event.

Our Guest WeatherBrains with insight into this event include Dan McCarty, Danielle Dozier, and Dr. Jeff Frame.

Our first Guest WeatherBrain is Dan McCarthy, the Meteorologist in Charge (MIC) of the National Weather Service in Indianapolis, IN. Dan is a veteran of WeatherBrains.

Our second Guest WeatherBrain is a meteorologist with Fox 59 in Indianapolis, IN. Danielle Dozier, welcome to the show.

And our final Guest WeatherBrain is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Frame teaches courses on introductory meteorology, synoptic-scale weather systems, weather forecasting, and severe thunderstorm dynamics. Dr. Jeff Frame, welcome to WeatherBrains!

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 110 at Death Valley, CA, and 24 at Crested Butte, CO
  • TD 13 in far eastern Atlantic
  • TS Karl in Central Atlantic
  • Hurricane Paine in the eastern Pacific
  • Discussion of weather response at OU
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer was fighting weather computer issues, so the email bag gets pushed off.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: With this episode the 101 segment will end the three-part series on air pressure with some notes from the 1800s about the meaning of pressure changes.

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 557:

U.S. Tornadoes post on August 24, 2016

Fox 59 Weather

Video of Starbucks collapse

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Picks of the Week:

Jeff Frame – Department of Atmospheric Science U of I

Nate Johnson – Atlantic article on use of drones in place of Hurricane Hunters

Dan McCarthy – talks about Twitter

Brian Peters – Himawari satellite animation of Typhoon Malakas (large file)

Rick Smith – Article on Fighting Fatigue in the weather enterprise

James Spann – NWS overview of August 24, 2016, tornado outbreak

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Layoffs end flag reports in West Virginia

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 556: Dr. John and the Swami Hat

WeatherBrains Episode 556 is now online (September 12, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

This week’s show is all about the 2016 NWA Annual Meeting, recorded live from Norfolk…

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • NWA Annual Meeting
  • Dr. Brian Neudorff makes an appearance
  • Todd Lericos, Lead Met at NWS Las Vegas
  • 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: This episode continues the series on air pressure with a look at the units used for pressure as well as how changes come about in air pressure.

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:

Kevin Selle – ┬áNo Pick this week – Gets the Horn!

Rick Smith – National Preparedness Month

James Spann – Nate Johnson Twitter

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 555: Playing with Nick’s Dongle

WeatherBrains Episode 555 is now online (September 6, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Our Guest WeatherBrain for this episode is Nick Walker of the Weather Channel. His hometown is Fort Worth, TX. He has a B.A. in Communications from the University of North Texas and a Certificate in Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University.

Nick Walker, Weather ChannelWhen he’s not on the air talking weather, he enjoys educating young people about weather through school and community appearances. He is the author of “Sing Along with the Weather Dude,” a book and musical recording for children. As a singer and songwriter, he has produced several recordings of original music, including “Don’t Get Scared, Just Get Prepared,” a CD of severe weather preparedness songs for young people.

Nick also likes to write, and he has had articles and stories appear in local and national publications, including several “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books. Other interests include reading, traveling, and hiking.

Nick actually stumbled into weather when he was a news reporter in Seattle. One of the meteorologists left suddenly and his boss threw him on the air after a 4-day crash course. But he quickly became hooked and never looked back and it’s what he’se wanted to do ever since.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 106 at Death Valley, CA, and 20 at Bodie State Park, CA
  • Hermine has become a post tropical storm
  • Hermine still causing problems for New England coastline
  • Hurricane Newton in Eastern Pacific heading into Baja California
  • Some risk of severe weather Upper Midwest
  • Not cooler in Southeast US but drier air
  • 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 all around us all the time but we can’t see it but we can feel it. That’s air and while we can’t see it, it does exert a force on us. This week we begin a three-part series about air pressure.

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 555:

The Weather Channel

Weather Dude web site

Article on Sinclair Broadcast Group interest in Weather Channel

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Picks of the Week:

Bill Murray – Meteorology Lab with Tim Vasquez

Brian Peters – Radar catches birds before earthquake

Kevin Selle – Hurricane Vortex Data Message Decoder

James Spann – TV alert goes awry

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Historical Hurricane Tracks

Nick Walker – remote camera at Cedar Key

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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