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WeatherBrains 558: Fat Fingers, Long Day

WeatherBrains Episode 558 is now online (September 26, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Joining us tonight from the Kansas Turnpike Authority are Chief Executive Officer Steve Hewitt and Eric Becker, Roadway Operations Director. They employ about 500 employees and handle roughly 236 miles of turnpike. They use a private weather firm, AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions, and they have been using them since 2000. Mr. Hewitt was the City Manager of Greensburg, KS, when the EF5 hit that community wiping out 95 percent of the town.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 107 at Fullerton, CA, and 21 at Climax, CO
  • Cold front passing through Southeast US finally bringing cooler air
  • Flooding in South Central Texas
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer brings the latest in messages from our listeners.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: Two tools used for visualizing the weather include radar and satellite. Sometimes these images get names when they are associated with a specific feature. Such is the case of the V-notch, a feature in radar echoes that often is associated with supercells that produce tornadoes – often, but not always.

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 558:

Kansas Turnpike Authority

Story about Turnpike issuing tornado warning

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Picks of the Week:

Bill Murray – no pick this week

Brian Peters – mPing web site for crowdsourcing weather reports

Kevin Selle – Time-lapse image of NOAA weather balloon at South Pole

James Spann – Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Total precipitable water satellite product

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. graphic

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