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WeatherBrains 593: I’m an Accident

WeatherBrains Episode 593 is now online (May 29, 2017). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Our guest this week is the retiring meteorologist, Dave Freeman. Dave is appearing for the fourth time and has appeared on several WeatherBrains shows including episode 211, episode 325, and episode 403. He retired from KSN-TV earlier this month.

Dave Freeman was the Chief Meteorologist of the KSN WeatherLab and he was seen weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 pm on KSN News. Dave earned the Seal of Approval of both the National Weather Association and the American Meteorological Society and he holds a certificate in Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University, has taken advanced coursework from MSU, and has undergone special training in NEXRAD Doppler radar by the company that builds the NEXRAD Radars.

Dave is the first person ever recognized two times as Broadcaster of the Year by the National Weather Association. His coverage of the Greensburg tornado in May, 2007, was recognized with the NWA 2008 Broadcaster of the Year Award. Dave first won the award in 1992. Dave has been elected to a second term as a member of the governing Council of the NWA, and, he has also served as NWA national Broadcast Meteorology Chairman and as Broadcast Seal Chairman.

Dave and other KSN staff were honored by the Kansas Association of Broadcasters for Best Single Topic News Coverage in 2008 for the live coverage of President Bush’s address to the graduates of Greensburg High School. The KAB also gave top honors to KSN for Special Program for “Greensburg, One Year Later,” which Dave co-anchored with Anita Cochran.

In addition to his work on KSN, he has been recognized for his severe weather coverage on radio. He was part of teams honored with the 1999 Kansas Association of Broadcasters Award for Best Radio In-Depth Reporting for coverage of the May 3, 1999, tornado that struck Wichita and south-central Kansas; a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award in 1998 by the Radio-Television News Directors Association for radio coverage of urban flooding that struck Wichita in 1997; and Best Radio Spot News in Kansas from the Associated Press in 1996 for coverage of a tornado near Pretty Prairie, Kansas.

Dave is one of the few journalists to have flown with the Air Force Reserve’s Hurricane Hunters. He had the privilege of flying through the eye of Hurricane Andrew (six times, no less!). Dave also covered Hurricane Hugo when it slammed into South Carolina, providing live satellite reports from the coast. Dave has also chased tornadoes with researchers from the National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, Oklahoma. In addition to anchoring the weather, Dave has also co-written a children’s book on storms, and a severe weather safety brochure for teenagers.

Dave is married and has three great kids. Dave is also a PADI SCUBA diving Instructor and an Emergency First Response (CPR and first aid) Instructor. He also enjoys driving his antique Cadillac! Dave and his wife will be relocating to Israel this summer to start a 5-year term of service. He also hopes to have time to continue his passion for SCUBA diving.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 111 at Death Valley, CA, and 22 at 18 miles north northwest of Ryegate, MT
  • SPC has only marginal risk areas next several days
  • 3-digit temperatures in Southwest US
  • Warm across much of the US
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer takes the holiday off, but we still love to hear from you. She’ll be back.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: In this episode of 101, we take a look at the contributors to sunburn and the results of tanning.

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 593:

KSN-TV farewell story for Dave Freeman

Look back at Dave Freeman’s career

Google map of Israel

KSN-TV report on Greensburg, KS, tornado

National Geographic report on Greensburg Tornado

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Picks of the Week:

Bill Murray – Hurricane City web page

Brian Peters – Kids and cars

Rick Smith – RIVoRS: rivers of vorticity in supercells

James Spann – Hurricane season local betting odds

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.

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Show title comes from Dave Freeman’s quote on how he got into weather.

WeatherBrains 592: Aubrey Drinking on the Job

WeatherBrains Episode 592 is now online (May 22, 2017). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrains are from USTornadoes.com.

Guest WeatherBrain #1 grew up obsessed with lightning and severe weather. He has a B.S. in Atmospheric Science from SUNY Albany. He is currently employed at Earth Networks (WeatherBug) where he spends his work days making custom forecasts and monitoring the weather for a wide variety of industries. Mark Ellinwood, welcome to WeatherBrains!

And Guest WeatherBrain #2 caught the weather bug watching tall cumulus towers build in the deserts of Arizona during monsoon season. James’s meteorology interests include radar, satellite/remote sensing and observational networks. James holds a Masters degree in Emergency Management from North Dakota State University and a bachelors in Geospatial Information Systems from Millersville University. James Hyde, welcome to WeatherBrains!

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 111 at Death Valley, CA, and 25 at Bryce Canyon, UT
  • Good rain event for SE US helping drought conditions
  • Cold in North Central US including some snow
  • Flash flood watches from S LA to N SC
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer pulls out the incoming messages from our listeners.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: No 101 segment for this episode due to other work projects taking entirely too much time.

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 592:

US Tornadoes web site

Severe Studios

ND Mesonet – NDAWN

Significant Tornadoes in US by Grazulis

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Picks of the Week:

Mark Ellinwood – Tropical Tidbits

James Hyde – shows Lego model of GOES-16

Brian Peters – Gets fog horn!

James Spann – GOES 16 satellite images

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Tornado tracks Midwestern Regional Climate Center

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.

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WeatherBrains 591: Stick Your Nose on the Screen

WeatherBrains Episode 591 is now online (May 15, 2017). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Our special guest WeatherBrain tonight comes from Weather Decision Technologies (WDT) in Norman, OK. Joining us is Mike Wolfinbarger who works at WDT and was one of the key people who developed RadarScope.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 104 at Rio Grande Village, TX, and 22 at Mount Washington, NH
  • Severe weather in an arc from TX Panhandle through eastern NB to Chicago IL
  • Busy severe weather in western OK tomorrow and Wednesday
  • Warm over eastern half of country
  • Snow in western mountain states
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer, Aubrey, drops in to bring you the latest incoming messages from our listeners.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: Hurricane season is fast approaching for the Atlantic Basin and one of the service changes from the National Hurricane Center (NHC) this year will be storm surge watches and warnings. Give a listen to learn the latest. Not only that, the full scoop on this is also James’ pick of the week.

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 591:

Weather Decision Technologies

RadarScope web site

Mike Wolfinbarger’s blog posts

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Picks of the Week:

Brian Peters – Images of California before and after drought

Kevin Selle – RadarScope new features

Rick Smith – SPC thunderstorm forecasting series

James Spann – Hurricane services changes for 2017

Aubrey Urbanowicz – History meets technology

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.

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WeatherBrains 590: 32 Pots in my Mud Room

WeatherBrains Episode 590 is now online (May 8, 2017). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a senior meteorology student at OU. She will graduate this month with her B.S. in Meteorology with minors in Broadcast Meteorology and Mathematics. She already has a TV job lined up in New Bern, NC, when she graduates. Ashley Pratt, welcome to WeatherBrains.

Her co-author, Delaney Wearden, was unable to get off work to be on WeatherBrains.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 95 at Tekamah, NE, and 12 at Baraga Plains, MI
  • Severe thunderstorm watch eastern NM and OK
  • Storm system in eastern Co and NM with high pressure over Southeast US
  • Frost/freeze warnings from Michigan to northern Virginia
  • Hurricane awareness week (see link below)
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101:

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 590:

Link to the paper by Ashley Pratt and Delaney Wearden

WCTI-TV weather web page

Hurricane awareness week in the US

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Picks of the Week:

Brian Peters – Dr. Shepherd’s discussion of polar vortex on Mars

Ashely Pratt – Hurricane awareness tour

Kevin Selle – Gets the fog horn!

Rick Smith – EPIC: Environmental Profiling & Initiation of Convection

James Spann – Twitter feed of Jen Johnson

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Meso circulation in Elbert County

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.

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James putting on his flame retardant suit for a ride in a Nascar race car.

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