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WeatherBrains 559: Give Me That and I Can Forecast the World

WeatherBrains Episode 559 is now online (October 3, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Our Guest WeatherBrain for this show is Dr. Phil Klotzbach, a Research Scientist in the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University. He received his Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from CSU in 2007. Dr. Klotzbach has been employed in the Department of Atmospheric Science for the past fourteen years where he has been co-author on the Atlantic basin hurricane forecasts with Dr. William Gray. He became first author on the seasonal hurricane forecasts in 2006. Klotzbach developed the two-week forecasts currently being issued during the peak months of the hurricane season between August-October. He developed the Landfalling Hurricane Probability Webpage (available online at in partnership with the GeoGraphics Laboratory at Bridgewater State College. This webpage provides hurricane landfall probabilities for the entire United States coastline from Brownsville, Texas, to Eastport, Maine, as well as the Caribbean. He has published over 20 articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Climate, Weather and Forecasting, and Geophysical Research Letters.Dr. Philip Klotzbach

Klotzbach graduated from Bridgewater State College with a BS degree in Geography in 1999. He then attended Colorado State University where he received his Masters degree in Atmospheric Science in 2002. After receiving his Masters degree in 2002, Klotzbach thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine (2100+ miles). He has also climbed all 54 14,000 foot peaks in Colorado, and has completed eight marathons and five ultra-marathons. He’s crazy about hurricanes and just plain crazy about other things!

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 98 at Rio Grande Village, TX, and 21 at Burns, OR, & Truckee, CA
  • Category 4 Hurricane Matthew approaching western end of Hispaniola
  • Floyd, David, Hazel are reasonable analogs for Matthew
  • Enhanced outlook for severe storms parts of OK & KS Tuesday
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

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Web Sites from Episode 559:

New York Times article on Piedmont, AL, tornado by Rick Bragg

Discussion of blob east of Matthew center

Satellite image of Super Typhoon Chaba

Colorado State University tropical page

Seasonal hurricane predictions

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Picks of the Week:

Nate Johnson – Tropical Tidbits

Brian Peters – Jamaica weather radar

Kevin Selle – Deep insights from weather data

James Spann – Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee hurricane forecast model output

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Gets the fog horn!

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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