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WeatherBrains 319: Booms, Tremors, and Shimmies

WeatherBrains Episode 319 is now online (March 7, 2012). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Randy Baker, UPS AirlinesTonight’s Guest WeatherBrain comes to us as a suggestion by listener Sue Watkins. He has been with UPS Airlines for over 21 years and was tasked with starting up the airlines Meteorology Department 18 years ago. Randy Baker represents UPS at industry forums, manages weather support systems, and has led the use of aircraft to deliver automated high-resolution aircraft data to meteorologists on the ground. He is currently working on the evaluation of 25 water vapor sensors on UPS 757 aircraft.

Randy began his professional forecasting career in 1982 as a part-time forecaster for Weather Center Company in Kansas City. After graduation, he spent a year forecasting full-time, before becoming a meteorology instructor for TWA Airlines for 4 years. He was then hired by UPS Airlines teaching pilots meteorology, regulations, long range navigation, and safety at the UPS training center. For the past 18 years he has been splitting his time between operational forecasting and management duties.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes 90 in Fort Stockton, TX, and minus 18 at West Yellowstone, MT
  • Outbreak of severe weather last Friday
  • Slight Risk tomorrow over NE Texas and SW Arkansas
  • Deadhorse, AK, has minus 19 this evening
  • Trivia – what is longest distance across Texas? Two answers for this question.
  • and more!
  • Letters fill our mail bag and since Kevin can find a replacement for the Email Officer position, he summarizes your notes and messages.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: So exactly how big is the Earth? And who figured out how big it really is? Meet Eratosthenes. The very reason why 101 plans to give up doing segments on Greeks who contributed to our knowledge of the Earth.

    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 319:

    UPS Meteorological Team

    Coleman, Knupp, & Peters, LLC, meteorological consulting

    Picks of the Week:

    JB Elliott – Twin Waterspouts near Encinitas, CA

    Brian Peters – Loves the Horn!

    Kevin Selle – US Wind Pattern history

    James Spann – Space Weather Prediction Center

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like JB Elliott, 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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