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WeatherBrains 609: It’s Complicated!

WeatherBrains Episode 609 is now online (September 17, 2017). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

In what may become one of the longest WeatherBrains episodes ever, guests are going to be prolific as several of the WeatherBrains, including Bill, Rick, Kim, and Brian, are at the 42nd annual meeting of the National Weather Association (NWA). Guests in this episode include Pat Spoden, Greg Carbin (WPC Washington), Greg Stumpf Norman, OK), Jeff Logsdon (SOO NWS Northern Indiana), Bill Bunting (SPC Norman, OK), Daniel Nietfeld (NOAA Office of Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO), and Matt Solum (Western Region, Salt Lake City, UT). Background audio or noise that you hear comes from a special NWA session called the Ron, Research and Operations Nexus, which brings together operational and research folks in the weather enterprise, a platform for exchanging ideas and promoting innovation.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 105 at Death Valley, CA, and 21 at Hohnholz Ranch, CO
  • Maria was just upgraded before the show to a cat 5
  • Small area of enhanced severe risk in eastern Dakotas and western Minnesota
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer is still on vacation or some clandestine venture in California, so the emails will be summarized later.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: The author of the 101 segment is in

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 609:

National Weather Association

Picks of the Week:

Kim Klockow – NWA Conference take-aways

Bill Murray – SPC mesoanalysis page

Brian Peters – Virtual tour of NHC

Rick Smith – conference take-aways

James Spann – YouTube video of Maria

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 608: Crippling Pumpkin Addiction

WeatherBrains Episode 608 is now online (September 12, 2017). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

This will be one of the busiest WeatherBrains ever. First up is a visit with Kristen Wise who works in non-profit grants and Kaiti Blake, KSAT meteorologist, discussing Houston, Harvey, and “The Cajun Navy.” Next up will be a discussion with Kim Klockow and Dr. Laura Myers on hurricane messaging. The third segment will focus on a preview of the upcoming NWA annual conference with special guests Janice Bunting, Executive Director of the NWA, Gail Hartsfield-Supina, President of the NWA, Todd Lericos, co-chair of the Program Committee for the 2017 NWA Annual Meeting, and Miles Muzio, 2017 NWA Program co-chair.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 113 at Death Valley, CA, and 30 at Stanley, ID
  • Irma came into SW FL on Sunday affecting much of SE US
  • Severe weather down for next several days
  • SPC Watch/Warning map fairly quiet
  • 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 our 101 goes back to a segment from last year which discusses the meaning of the term landfall.

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 608:

National Weather Association web site

NWA annual conference

Flood Insurance search results on congress.gov

Picks of the Week:

Kaiti Blake – The Cloud Collector’s Handbook

Janice Bunting – Donating effectively after a disaster

Kim Klockow – Video of Alan Smalls on hurricane situation

Todd Lericos – Study maps social vulnerability

Miles Muzio – Discomfort index

Bill Murray – Article of lack of deaths in Irma

Brian Peters – Graphic from FWD about air from Irma

Kevin Selle – Model run times

Rick Smith – Hurricane Irma imagery (zoom in)

James Spann – Video from Jeff Piotrowski

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 607: Kevin is Half Dressed!

WeatherBrains Episode 607 is now online (September 5, 2017). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Michael Gerber from the National Weather Service is here to talk about WEAs. Michael Gerber is a meteorologist at the National Weather Service, and a member of the Wireless Emergency Alerts Team. He and three of his colleagues are finalists for a Service to America medal in the homeland security and law enforcement category.

Also joining us are Sean Waugh, Ph.D. Research Meteorologist and NSSL Storm Chaser and Addison Alford, Ph.D. Student. These folks will discuss their experiences with Hurricane Harvey.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 117 at Death Valley, CA, and 28 at West Yellowstone & Old Faithful, WY
  • Watching major hurricane Irma
  • Irma is a category 5
  • Potential for impact on US especially Florida
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer is out for a couple of weeks due to a variety of reasons.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: An ACE is very important in card playing such as the game of poker. But there is also an ACE when it comes to tropical systems. That’s the topic for this episode of 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 607:

Dr. Klotzbach’s notable records/facts about Irma

Picks of the Week:

Bill Murray – Recon messages at Tropical Atlantic

Brian Peters – Getting ready for a hurricane and more

Kevin Selle – Tropical Atlantic radars

Rick Smith – Hurricane Research Laboratory FAQs on hurricanes

James Spann – Satellite perspective on tropical cyclones

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 606: Unshaven in my Gym Shorts

WeatherBrains Episode 606 is now online (August 28, 2017). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Our Guest WeatherBrain for this episode is Bill Read, former director of the National Hurricane Center who is making a special appearance from Houston. Bill is a veteran on WeatherBrains having been with us for episode 195, episode 428 from the National Tropical Conference (2014), and episode 386.

In spite of over 40 years living on the Gulf or Florida coasts, the strongest winds he personally experienced was 1954’s Hurricane Hazel as it passed through Delaware, where he grew up. Hazel and the big Nor’easters that happen on the east coast spurred Bill to pursue an education in the science of weather. After earning a BS in Meteorology from Texas A&M in 1971, Bill served in the U.S. Navy, where once again he came face to face with hurricanes – flying into the storms with the Navy Hurricane Hunters out of Jacksonville, Fla. After four years in the Navy, Bill attended graduate school, earning the MS in Meteorology at A&M in 1976.

Bill Read, former NHC Director, then pursued a 35-year career with the National Weather Service, starting out forecasting weather in San Antonio and Fort Worth before making the leap into management. Bill’s longest tenure was in the Houston area, where he was in charge of the National Weather Service Forecast Office located in League City for over 15 years. In addition to the tornadoes, floods, and tropical storms, we saw a lot of changes during that 15 year period, from Doppler radar to the Internet. In 2007, he was given the awesome opportunity to serve at the National Hurricane Center in Miami and became director of the center in January, 2008, retiring there in June 2012.

While he worked over 130 tropical storms during his NWS career, Bill says a few will always stand out as most memorable. Folks in Houston relate to Allison, Rita, and Ike. Bill adds Katrina, when he was assigned to the Hurricane Center to assist in the warning process; Allen (1980), Claudette (1979), and Amelia (1978). While at the National Hurricane Center, he had the opportunity to personally brief President George W. Bush during Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, and President Barack Obama during Hurricane Irene.

Bill serves on the Texas A&M College of Geosciences Dean’s Advisory Council and as a Leadership Partner with the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH). He is also involved with professional societies, having served as president of the National Weather Association in 2003 and as councilor with the American Meteorological Society. He was elected fellow by the Society in 2011. Among the many awards he has received, a Special Award for Public Education from the National Hurricane Conference fits Bill’s passion the best.

Bill has been married to his wife, Donna, since 1976 and they have a son, Jonathan, who also calls the Houston area home.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 122 at Death Valley, CA, and 30 at Stanley, ID
  • Just about all eyes in weather are on Harvey
  • Harvey a Cat 4 at landfall besides dumping upwards of 35 inches of rain on Southeast Texas
  • No Astronomy Outlook from 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 our last 101 episode, we talked about factors involved in bringing about the beautiful colors of Fall. So we’ll follow up on that with a looks at where the best colors are found. The US Forest Service even has a hot line number with Fall color information: 1-800-354-4595.

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 606:

Harris County Flood Control District

NWS Houston

Picks of the Week:

Kim Klockow – Ways to help people in Harvey

Bill Murray – Live U-stream video from Houston

Brian Peters – Eclipse 2017 chase by John Huntington

Kevin Selle – Article about Accu-Weather access to location

Rick Smith – Photo gallery of Harvey

James Spann – Article about AI replacing TV mets

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Compilation of storms in Alberta

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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