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WeatherBrains 208: Icy Roads

WeatherBrains Episode 208 is now online (Jan. 18, 2010). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

WeatherBrains - January 18, 2010

Corey Anne Walton, NHCOur guest panelist this week comes from the Sunshine State. She is Corey Anne Walton, a meteorologist intern with the Tropical Analysis and Forecast Branch of the National Hurricane Center (NHC). A graduate of the University of Miami, Corey has been working at NHC where she has found that her interests and talents just seem to fit nicely with the science.

Dan Robinson, Storm Chaser and PhotographerAnd our guest for this episode is a photographer and storm chaser who is championing the cause of icy road safe, Dan Robinson. Dan’s hometown is Charleston, West Virginia, but he just moved to St. Louis, MO. He has been storm chasing since 1993. One of his major interests in photographing lightning and he has capture a number of spectacular lightning strikes.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • J.B’s good lunch with chicken and dumplings
  • Haiti is very warm with a high around 90
  • Alaskan low 47 below zero this morning
  • 81 at McAllen, TX
  • Snow covered about 40 percent
  • Wild, wild west 1.5 inches in Los Angeles – means mud slides
  • and more!
  • Our Email officer wants out there are so many emails. C. R. Vaughn sent some global warming links; a tweet from the UK about a concensus from both ends of the global warming spectrum; see email links for the whole thing.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: Okay, so it is winter and we just don’t get much hail in winter. But that doesn’t mean that hail is not in the news. The professor sheds some light on hail size and warning criteria which has just changed.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of January 19th and as you might expect, temperature makes a lot of news for 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 208:

    Icy Road Safety web site

    Dan Robinson’s Blog

    Dan’s Facebook page

    Dan’s stock photography collection

    NWS Weather Fatality page

    Picks of the Week:

    Dr. Tim Coleman – Antarctica Surface Observations

    JB Elliott – Plymouth Global Interactive Weather

    Bill Murray – Disaster at Dawn, Cedar Keys Hurricane of 1896
    plus Bill’s plea for old issues of Weatherwise

    Brian Peters – NASA Weather Worldwide

    Kevin Selle – Lunascape browser

    James Spann – NWS Warning Hot Seat – warning simulator

    Corey Walton (guest panelist) – Criteria for TS and hurricane watches and warnings

    Email Links – Thanks to C. R. Vaughan, Paul Friend, Allen Huseth, and Wallace Williams

    UK computer bias

    Hansen and Watts Agree

    Walter Williams mentions Heidi Cullen

    NWS and Twitter

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable weather geeks like JB Elliott, Kevin Selle, Dr. Tim Coleman, Bill Murray, and Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

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