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WeatherBrains 387: In a Spacesuit Outside of Roswell

WeatherBrains Episode 387 is now online (June 24, 2013). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

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Don Day, MeteorologistWeatherBrains guest for this episode is not the man who soared to the upper reaches of the atmosphere just to jump out, but rather the meteorologist behind the overall project. Don Day is a professional meteorologist, and owner of DayWeather, Inc., a professional weather forecasting and consulting firm he started in Cheyenne, WY, in 1992. DayWeather provides weather forecast services for over 70 radio stations across the Rocky Mountain West. DayWeather also provide forecasts to many newspapers, aviation, construction, and agricultural clients. Don specializes in weather forecasting for competitive gas balloon events and stratospheric airship and stratospheric balloon flights. Don and his wife Heather live in Cheyenne with their daughter Kinsale.

Michael Sils, MeteorologistAlso joining us is Mike Sils, meteorologist with K2 TV News Team in Casper, WY. He has been there since June, 2012. Hailing from the Derby City of Louisville, KY, Mike is thrilled and proud to forecast the weather for K2 News. Mike is from just South of Louisville in a town called Mt. Washington where he is proud to trace back his Bluegrass roots! Graduating from Western Kentucky University in Spring of 2011, Mike earned a Bachelor’s degree in Land/Weather/Climate degree with a minor in Broadcast News. During Mike’s college career, he served as the WKU Storm Team manager, was an on-air Meteorologist for the award winning college television station with NewsChannel 12, and DJ for the college radio-station 91.7 WWHR as Thunderin’ Mike. Besides doing on-air weather for the university, Mike also worked at WNKY-TV in Bowling Green as a Floor Director and Master Control Operator for two and a half years.

As a member of both the National Weather Association and American Meteorological Society, Mike is eager to learn about Wyoming’s climate and extreme seasons. Mike enjoys challenges in forecasting which makes it vital to deliver the most accurate forecasts in regards to snow, severe weather, and the brisk winds.

When not forecasting, you can catch Mike exploring the great scenery Casper and Wyoming has to offer. Mike enjoys hiking, fishing, golfing, traveling, and his other love, culinary. Mike loves to talk to people and likes to engage on what they want to hear in the latest weather updates and forecasts.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 112 at Death Valley, CA, and 29 at Snake River Ranger Station, WY
  • Severe weather risk along the northern tier of US
  • Wildfire risk out west
  • Lightning strike in New Hampshire injured about two dozen people
  • Tropics still quiet in spite of two named storms in first three weeks of June
  • WeatherBrains t-shirt coming soon
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: Watching forecast discussions, you’ve probably run across a phrase, “cold pool.” So just what does that mean? We explore what this means and the impact on forecasting.

    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 387:

    Red Bull Stratos Project

    Meteorology of the Stratos Project

    Full Video of Red Bull Stratos Project

    Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility, NASA

    Google Project Loon

    Day Weather

    Picks of the Week:

    Don Day – Picture of Baumgartner jump from 97K

    JB Elliott – Auroras and Noctilucent Clouds

    Brian Peters – Tropical Cyclone Names

    Michael Sils – Wyoming Chaser Tornado Picture in Nebraska

    Kevin Selle – Cloud Spotter app

    James Spann – Changing the Tone by AMS President

    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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