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WeatherBrains 203: NWS SOO Talks Weather

WeatherBrains Episode 203 is now online (Dec. 14, 2009). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!


Our guest this week comes from the ranks of the Science and Operations Officer (SOO) position. This training position is at every NWS office, but the SOO for this episode comes from the Paducah, KY, NWS office. Patrick Spoden got his degree at Northern Illinois University in 1986 and served as one of the instructors for the NWS for the WSR-88D program. Pat talks about the Evansville Tornado a few years ago as well as winter weather including an ice storm that reshaped the way they think about dealing with severe winter weather.

Our mail bag has been full this week. Moisture sparkling in the air was one question. Plus some other notes.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: Did you know that some snowflakes are triangular? The existence of such snowflakes has been known for a long time, but it has remained a mystery as to why. A new study is about to be published that proposes an explanation for the oddball flakes.

TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of December 9th which included a major tornado in Tuscaloosa, AL, in 2000.

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 203:

NWS Paducah, KY

Winter Weather Preparedness

Pat’s Winter Weather Presentation at NWA Conference (zip file)

Tuscaloosa Tornado of December 16, 2001

CJ’s Law on the National Level

Email Links:

LED Traffic Lights – Ryan Mehlberg

Picks of the Week:

JB Elliott – Fog Horn!!

Bill Murray – Video of Tornado Coverage, Tuscaloosa Tornado, December 16, 2000

John Oldshue – UStream and the iPhone App

Brian Peters – List of Station Identifiers

Kevin Selle – NOAA Press Release about Winter, Nighttime Tornadoes and NOAA Press Release about NOAA Weather Radios as Gifts

James Spann – same as Bill Murray’s pick

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

We love to hear from you! To leave a recorded message, call 1-888-247-8627. Some calls may be used in future episodes. Also, feel free to post comments to the site and drop us an email at email at (at symbol) weatherbrains dot com.


Comment from ronargo
Time December 15, 2009 at 2:16 pm

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Time November 17, 2015 at 6:25 am

[…] Science and Operations Officer for the NWS in Paducah, KY. He is a show alum, having appeared on show 203. That was ancient history, and he is back tonight to talk about more history, the Tri-State Tornado […]

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