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WeatherBrains 579: See How the Sausage is Made

WeatherBrains Episode 579 is now online (February 20, 2017). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight we take on the topic of the upcoming 2017 National Weather Association (NWA) annual meeting which will be held in Garden Grove, CA, from September 16-21, 2017. You can find all the important details at http://nwas.org/annual-meeting-events/annual-meeting/. Joining us from the NWA are Todd Lericos (NWS Las Vega), Miles Muzio (Bakersfield), and Janice Bunting (NWA Executive Director). Theme of the NWA conference this year is “Putting Science into Service.” March 9th is the deadline for abstracts to be presented at the conference.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 87 at Fort Myers, FL, and Punta Gorda, FL, and 5 at Mount Washington, NH
  • Lots of weather action in the western US
  • Flash flooding/flooding in northern CA, northern NV, southern ID
  • Eastern two-thirds of Lower 48 calm for now
  • Drought conditions in CA much improved
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer is here so she can dive right into the email bag!

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: There are all kinds of small scale features going on in our atmosphere, probably one near you! In this episode of WeatherBrains 101, we take a good at the sea breeze along with its opposite cousin, the land breeze.

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 579:

National Weather Association web page

Location of WeatherFest at 2017 NWA

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Picks of the Week:

Janice Bunting – WeatherReady Fest

Nate Johnson – 45th Broadcast Conference of AMS

Todd Lericos – Atmospheric River Portal

Bill Murray – National Weather Podcast Month

Miles Muzio – Office of Satellite and Product Operations

Brian Peters – 2017 Severe Weather Awareness Week in Alabama

Rick Smith – 97th AMS Annual Meeting Presentations

James Spann – Emergency Alerts without Cell Service

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Daily Spring Index Leaf Anomaly

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 578: Hair Sticks To My Lip Gloss

WeatherBrains Episode 578 is now online (February 13, 2017). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Joining us as the Guest WeatherBrain for this show is W. H. Maya from the Smithsonian .

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 89 at Laredo, TX, & McAllen, TX, and -9 at Big Piney, WY
  • Temperatures fairly mild across US Lower 48
  • 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: The Professor finds himself under the weather, a possible topic for a future segment. Unfortunately this means that he has no voice with which to record a 101 segment. But just like Arnold, he will be back!

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 578:

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Picks of the Week:

Bill Murray – Today In Weather History 2/13/1899: Birmingham’s Coldest Ever

Kevin Selle – 4K Black & White Time Lapse

James Spann – Explanation of SPC Severe Weather Parameters

Aubrey Urbanowicz – 4K Black & White Time Lapse

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 577: Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta

WeatherBrains Episode 577 is now online (February 6, 2017). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Our Guest WeatherBrain for this episode is author Wayne Neely. Mr. Neely attended the Caribbean Meteorological Institute in Barbados, where he majored and specialized in weather forecasting. He is an international speaker, best-selling author, educator, and meteorologist at the Department of Meteorology in Nassau, Bahamas, where he has worked for more than twenty-six years. He has written ten books on hurricanes and regularly speaks at schools, colleges, and universities about the history and impact of hurricanes.

Traveling extensively throughout the region and the world, Wayne addresses critical issues affecting all aspects of hurricanes, especially Bahamian Hurricanes which is one of his central areas of expertise. In addition, in most of his books he also includes controversial topics such as Global Warming, El Nino, and man’s overall impact on the weather and climate of the region and the rest of the world, but if you were to ask him he would tell you his area of familiarity and love is for Bahamian hurricanes. The central themes of his books are always on hurricanes in general and the impact of hurricanes on all aspects of mankind’s ever expanding society. He’s a Weather Forecaster in Nassau, Bahamas, and has been there for well over 22 years. He has a great passion for writing and does it in his spare time when he is not working at his main job as a Weather Forecaster at the Department of Meteorology. Mr. Neely is a certified Meteorologist working at the Department of Meteorology in Nassau, Bahamas, for the last 22 years. Prior to that he majored in Geography and History at the College of The Bahamas in Nassau. He then attended the Caribbean Meteorological Institute in Barbados where he majored and specialized in weather forecasting.

His love for hurricanes and the weather came about while growing up on the island of Andros where he listened quite regularly to his parents, grand parents, and other older residents within the community talking about a major hurricane which occurred in 1929 and devastated the Bahamas. That piqued his interest in hurricanes and got him started on writing his first book called ‘The Great Bahamas Hurricane of 1929.’ Over the years, Wayne has written several articles on hurricanes and other severe weather events for some of the major local and international newspapers and magazines. He speaks quite regularly to schools, colleges, universities, and frequently does radio and television station interviews both locally and abroad about the history and impact of Bahamian, American, and Caribbean hurricanes and hurricanes in general.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 85 at Edinburg, TX, and -4 at St. Mary, MT
  • Potential for severe weather across the Southeast into Ohio Valley
  • Some unseasonably warm weather in Central US
  • Snow in the Sierra Nevada
  • Hurricane prediction from Wayne – 12 next year
  • 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: Aubrey piqued my interest with her response to the snow question last week – skiff, what the heck is a skiff? So I delved into the word and found information I thought WeatherBrains listeners would find interesting. By the way, it is also referred to sometimes as a shift.

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Web Sites from Episode 577:

Wayne Neely’s book

Bahamas Meteorology Department

Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology

Aubrey’s Big Blooper!

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Picks of the Week:

Bill Murray – Book, Weather in the Courtroom by William Haggard

Wayne Neely – Book on 1938 Hurricane

Brian Peters – Gets the Fog Horn!

Kevin Selle – Fake News on Facebook

James Spann – CFS Severe Weather Guidance Dashboard (SPC)

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Massive Stream of Lava Plunging into Sea

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Aubrey Urbanowicz, Nate Johnson, Rick Smith, Bill Murray, 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 576: Kevin Goes Down the Tubes

WeatherBrains Episode 576 is now online (January 31, 2017). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Joining us for this episode is the newly retired former Meteorologist-in-Charge of the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Birmingham, AL, Jim Stefkovich.

Stefkovich launched his career with NOAA’s National Weather Service in 1982 as a student trainee/computer programmer at the National Weather Service Techniques Development Laboratory in Silver Spring, MD. He served as a meteorological observer at the Weather Service Meteorological Observation site in Waycross, GA, in 1984 and became a forecaster intern at the Weather Service Office in Lake Charles, LA, in 1985. Three years later, Stefkovich became a forecaster at the Atlanta, GA, office. In 1991, he joined Southern Region Headquarters as the Next Generation Weather Radar regional focal point responsible for coordinating its implementation. Stefkovich served as the warning coordination meteorologist at the Weather Forecast Office in Fort Worth, TX, from 1993 to 2000 before being promoted to meteorologist-in-charge of the Weather Forecast Office in Jackson, MS. Stefkovich spent several years serving as meteorologist-in-charge of the Chicago Forecast Office before transferring to the Weather Forecast Office in Birmingham, AL.

Stefkovich is the recipient of numerous local and regional awards including Office Unit Citations and a Bronze Medal for superior service during hurricane and tornado outbreaks. He has also assisted in national leadership courses for multiple government agencies. Stefkovich earned a bachelor’s degree in meteorology from Pennsylvania State University in 1983. He is a member of the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association and has authored and presented several papers at national conferences. Stefkovich has also served on several national NWS teams, including the Service Assessment Team for the deadly April 1998 tornado outbreak in Alabama and Georgia. And Jim loves to fish.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 84 at Cotulla, TX, and -19 at Saranac Lake, NY
  • No severe weather forecast for next several days
  • Cold across the northern tier of the US
  • But warm across the southern US
  • Winter is far from over!
  • 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 not something I’ve actually seen, though I really would like to. It’s called a hole punch cloud or sometimes a fallstreak cloud, and it definitely conjures up the idea of alien invasion as in the movie Independence Day. It’s a fascinating mix of contrails and supercooled water.

Web Sites from Episode 576:

Guilty of Malpractice

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Picks of the Week:

Bill Murray – Telluride Avalanche Video

Brian Peters – NWA January 2017 Newsletter

Kevin Selle – Meteorological Development Laboratory

Rick Smith – Best Practices for Sharing Weather Information via Social Media

James Spann – Davis Instruments Weather Map

Jim Stefkovich – alternative Twitter feeds

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Women Meteorologists: Don’t Call Us ‘Weather Girls’

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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