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WeatherBrains 440: Got The Mojo Working

WeatherBrains Episode 440 is now online (June 30, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain, Jim Edds, has wowed and amazed with his tropical cyclone chasing exploits.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: Lightning is a big threat during the summer months. But even though lightning is common, the odds of being struck are pretty low, though, that is still no reason to disregard lightning when it is nearby. But what are the odds of being struck seven times in your lifetime? That figure must be astronomical, but it a life long park ranger holds that awesome record.

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Web Sites from Episode 440:

Picks of the Week:

Bill Murray – Chaser, visual journalist and filmmaker Blake Naftel is in the process of raising funds via Kickstarter to complete what will become a six-part documentary anthology series focused on the full history of storm chasing culture.

John Scala -

Rick Smith – JetStream… meteorology education site

James Spann – Live tracking site for Hurricane Hunters

SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, Rick Smith, John Scala, and Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

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WeatherBrains 439: The 13th Meteorologist

WeatherBrains Episode 439 is now online (June 23, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Mark MancusoTonight’s Guest WeatherBrain needs no introduction in this show’s circle. He is one of the original On Camera Meteorologists at The Weather Channel, a position he held from 1982 until 2009. He currently is an Expert and Video Broadcaster at Accu-Weather. Mark Mancuso, it is an honor to welcome you to WeatherBrains!

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 117 at Death Valley, CA, and 28 at West Yellowstone, MT
  • Severe weather in Central Plains states last week
  • Quieter weather this week
  • Some heavy rains in the ArkLaTx area
  • Rains helping drought situation in Oklahoma and Texas
  • Tropics are quiet
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer had Internet problems, so look for a double mail bag next week.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: Summer is now in full swing and that brings on the season for lightning. NOAA and the NWS are trying to improve awareness to this summertime hazard with Lightning Awareness Week.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of June 23rd.

    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 439:

    Record Hailstone Information

    BusinessInsider article on weather

    Picks of the Week:

    Bill Murray – Weather Channel’s Debut May, 1982

    Brian Peters – Storm Track

    John Scala – Worst Spots for Weather Extremes Found

    Rick Smith – Lightning Safety Awareness Week

    James Spann – Terrible Tuesday video

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Meteorology crossword puzzle

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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

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    WeatherBrains 438: Who Turned On Aubrey?

    WeatherBrains Episode 438 is now online (June 16, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Dr. Susan JaskoTonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a Professor of Communications in the Department of Communications Studies at the University of California at Pennsylvania. She is one of the leaders in the field of study communicating the weather. Dr. Susan Jasko, welcome to WeatherBrains.

    Dr. Jasko taught at several institutions, including Ohio University, Nassau Community College, and Montclair State University before coming to Cal U in 1998. She is the founding president of the New Jersey Communication Association, a past president and officer of the New York State Communication Association, and a frequent unit planner for the Eastern Communication Association. She has been a basic course director, graduate program coordinator, and a department chair. She has served as an assistant to several deans of the College of Liberal Arts. She has served on and chaired numerous committees and regularly presents her work at the National Communication Association conventions. She is on the editorial board of two journals, has published articles, and is the co-author of one book. She has received the Neil Postman Mentoring Award.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 109 at Death Valley, CA, and 26 at Shirley Basin, WY
  • Moderate risk of severe weather centered on Iowa Monday night
  • Numerous tornadoes in Nebraska
  • June 17th is the 16th Anniversary of CoCoRaHS
  • 3-digit heat in the Southwest
  • Closed low over the Northwest with ridge over the eastern US
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is continues to shuffle through the incoming messages from our listeners. And does a right fine job of it, too!!

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: We’re coming up on hurricane season for the Atlantic Basin, so that means hurricane forecasters have had six months off, right? Not exactly. While we might think a job focusing on just six months leaves the rest of the year free, it really doesn’t as we see in this episode of 101.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of June 16th.

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    Web Sites from Episode 438:

    Cal U

    StormFest at Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh

    CoCoRaHS web page

    Picks of the Week:

    Susan Jasko – Western Pennsylvania Weather Posse

    Nate Johnson – International Business Times Article

    Bill Murray – Gets The Horn

    Brian Peters – NOAA Wallpaper and Poster

    John Scala – Alaska Weather Radio Get Computer Voices

    Rick Smith – WCM National Conference Notes

    James Spann – Blitzortung.org

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Tornado Picture from Sean Schoefer

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, John Scala, Rick Smith, Aubrey Urbanowicz, and Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

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    WeatherBrains 437: Mountain Dew in My TrackPad

    WeatherBrains Episode 437 is now online (June 9, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Our Guest Panelist tonight is Jeff Craven, President of the National Weather Association, and our Guest WeatherBrain is Ken Heideman.

    There are two major professional organizations for meteorologists, and they’re both represented on this show. First, our Guest Panelist is the President of the National Weather Association, Jeff Craven. He has appeared on WeatherBrains previously, back on show 339 in July, 2012. He is the Science and Operations Officer at the NWS Milwaukee/Sullivan office. He is one of few guests ever to appear on the show who actually has a severe weather index named for him.

    Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a suggestion of Sara Jane Shangraw. She suggested we have AMS Director of Publications Ken Heideman on the show. So tonight he joins us from Boston.

    Jeff Craven and Ken Heideman on WeatherBrains.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 120 at Death Valley, CA, and 25 near Dillon, CO, and Gould, CO
  • Severe storms in Southeast US
  • Including the Birmingham DMA
  • Beautiful weather in Harrisonburg, WV
  • Rick Smith in Silver Spring, MD, for WCM Conference
  • This episode falls on the 61st anniversary of the Worcester, MA, tornado
  • and more!
  • Our email officer does her normally stupendous job of recapping the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    2012 Australian Fire SwirlWeatherBrains 101: It was just a couple of weeks ago that San Diego County, California, was suffering through several wildfires which included some spectacular shots of fire whirls. So in this episode of 101, we take a look at what fire swirls are and are not, and some of the dynamics that go along with them.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of June 9th.

    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 437:

    NWS Milwaukee/Sullivan, WI

    National Weather Association

    American Meteorological Society

    AMS Publications Page

    AMS Bookstore

    High Plains Weather Conference

    Picks of the Week:

    Jeff Craven – Experimental Tornado Probability Forecasts

    Bill Murray – Rapid City Flood

    Brian Peters – 2012 Australian Fire Swirl video

    John Scala – Capital Weather Gang – Record Heat and Ice

    Rick Smith – WeatherReady Nation

    James Spann – Who Knows?

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Interesting Lightning Facts Infographic

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, Rick Smith, John Scala, and Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

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