WeatherBrains Episode 481 is now online (April 13, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!
Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain has worked for the Hurricane Research Division of NOAA for over 30 years. He is the Data Archivist for the Division and this led into his becoming the keeper of its history. He is the author of the recent book published by the AMS: Hurricane Pioneer, Memoirs of Robert Simpson. Neal Dorst was named NOAA’s Employee of the Month for October, 2014! Neal serves crucial roles as HRD’s historian and webmaster and has been their data manager, tape librarian, and archivist for all analog, digital, and film data from the early beginnings of the “U. S. Weather Bureau” hurricane flights in 1956 to the present day. He also led the project to preserve all this archived analog data into a digital state for use by future hurricane research scientists in perpetuity. Neal Dorst, welcome to WeatherBrains!
Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:
Our email bag officer is under the weather for the show, so others will tackle at least one email.
From The Weather Center:
WeatherBrains 101: It was no April Fool’s joke with what happened on April the first 55 years ago. It was the launch of the world’s first meteorological satellite and definitely was a huge milestone in keeping an eye on the weather on our planet. So we look back a few years to that first satellite.
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Picks of the Week (POW):
Nate Johnson – Supercell video from Lubbock
Brian Peters – Timeline of Weather Service History
John Scala – Impact of Snow Storms on Boston’s Economy
Kevin Selle – Panorama of gravity wave
Rick Smith – NWS Damage Assessment Toolkit
James Spann – Warning Polygons
SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank
The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, Dr. John Scala, Rick Smith, Kevin Selle, and Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.