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WeatherBrains 549: Do We Look Like Dorks Wearing It

WeatherBrains Episode 549 is now online (July 25, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Our guest WeatherBrain for this episode is Trevor White. Trevor started at Virginia Tech as a Business Information Technology major, expecting to graduate in four years and go into the corporate world. He joined the student newspaper in 2011 as a photographer. He’d always loved photographing lightning, and one of his photographer friends pointed out to him in May, 2012, that the “Hokie Storm Chasers” had left for the central US. He resolved to try to embed and shoot a piece on them and met with Dave Carroll in 2012. He talked his way into the first trip of the 2013 storm chase. He absolutely fell in love with severe weather and chasing. Searching for things to do with his programming background in the weather enterprise, he settled on big data type applications. Beginning in 2014, he returned west with Dave as a trip leader. After a brief and disastrous career as a PhD student in BIT, he transferred to Geography and joined the Cube project, developing analysis software. He wrote the dual-Doppler analysis software that has formed the basis of more recent visualizations. He has just taken a job at Center for Severe Weather Research with Josh Wurman and company. He plans on finishing his degree from Boulder.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 122 at Death Valley, CA. and 27 at 4 miles southeast of Gould, CO
  • Main severe weather in North Central US
  • Hot weather across Central US
  • Warming in the NW US
  • Atlantic Basin is quiet – still!
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer is on the horn, so she brings us up to date on incoming messages from our listeners.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: Meteorologists use models in order to develop understanding of how the atmosphere works as well as using them to predict what the atmosphere will do. One of the earliest models was developed in the early 1900s and is still the basis for our understanding of how the atmosphere works.

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 549:

Center for Severe Weather Research

Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology at Virginia Tech

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Picks of the Week:

Bill Murray – bows out early

Morgan Palmer – BlueSky smoke forecasts for wildfires

Brian Peters – MODIS image gallery

Kevin Selle – Gets the fog horn

James Spann – Lightning strike on Empire State Building

Trevor White – Visualization of Velocity from Goshen County, WY

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Lightning explodes pole, Chicago

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 548: Hang Out at Mr. Wang’s All Day

WeatherBrains Episode 548 is now online (July 20, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Angela FritzTonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a Lead Forecaster for the Capital Weather Gang. Angela Fritz, welcome to WeatherBrains.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 120 at Death Valley, CA, and 24 at Bodie State Park, CA
  • Severe risk areas across northern tier of US
  • Stormy night in DC on July 19th
  • NW US hit 80 degrees
  • Heat across much of the Central and eastern US
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer has the latest from our listeners.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: It has lasted for five decades and seen six US presidents, but late last month it was placed in a “graveyard” orbit. We’re talking about GOES-3 which has seen a long history of service in a geostationary orbit. GOES-3 is the topic of this episode of 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 548:

Capital Weather Gang web site

NWS Hazard Simplification Project

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Picks of the Week:

Angela Fritz – Incredible microburst

Bill Murray – Which app should you trust?

Morgan Palmer – Sunrise and sunset in United States

Brian Peters – Gets the fog horn!

James Spann – AMS Panel on Outdoor Events

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Satellite view of dust off Chile

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 547: Ask I Dare You?

WeatherBrains Episode 547 is now online (July 11, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is the Director of the Oklahoma Climatological Survey, Dr. Kevin Kloesel. He is also the Associate Dean for Public Service & Outreach in the College of Atmospheric & Geographic Sciences at the University of Oklahoma. He is also an Associate Professor at OU.

Dr. Kevin KloeselDr. Kloesel is Associate Dean for Public Service and Outreach in the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences at the University of Oklahoma. He is directly responsible for outreach programs and tours for the over 30,000 people that visit the National Weather Center facility in Norman annually. In addition, he is an Associate Professor in the OU School of Meteorology with teaching and research interests ranging from synoptic meteorology to societal impacts and decision making in weather-impacted situations. He led the team that won the Innovations in American Government Award from Harvard University and the Ford Foundation for their work with the emergency management community in Oklahoma.

Currently, he works directly with thousands of K-12 students and teachers, as well as hundreds of emergency management agencies, in finding appropriate applications for weather data in local education and decision making. He was also a content designer for Scholastic’s The Magic School Bus Kicks Up a Storm children’s museum exhibit that is currently touring the US. He works closely with the Norman Chamber of Commerce and Norman Economic Development Coalition to provide continuing education opportunities to the growing private weather enterprise in Norman. Previously, he was Director of Outreach for the largest state climate office in the country, the Oklahoma Climatological Survey, and served as director of the Florida Climate Center in Tallahassee, FL. While a tenured faculty member at Florida State University, he served as a research fellow with the Cooperative Institute for Tropical Meteorology, and co-directed an outreach project, EXPLORES!, which provided NOAA satellite data ingest capabilities to over 200 schools throughout Florida.

Dr. Kloesel has appeared on WeatherBrains twice before on episodes 397 and 455.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 110 at Borger, TX, Carlsbad, NM, Guymon, OK, Imperial, CA, & Phoenix, AZ and 28 at Boca Reservoir, CA
  • Tropical Atlantic is quiet
  • Celia and Five-E swirling in the Eastern North Pacific
  • Severe weather occurring next three days from Iowa to Michigan
  • Snow at higher elevations in Idaho
  • Potential for horrible heat
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer brings everyone up to date on the incoming messages from our listeners.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: It’s a word that has actually been used 11 times in previous 101 segments, but it has never had its own segment. So tonight the professor brings to live the term tropopause and what it means in the scheme of things.

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 547:

Emergency Preparedness of OU

Presentation on HazSimp

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Picks of the Week:

Nate Johnson – NWS Twitter account

Kevin Kloesel – Book about the Chicago Heat Wave of 1995

Brian Peters – gets fog horn!

Kevin Selle – Anchor discussion of weather on Facebook Live

Rick Smith – YouTube video by Brad Panovich

James Spann – Dry/dusty air over Atlantic

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Mark Reynolds’ blog on tornado versus straight line wind event

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 546: Flooding Events in WV

WeatherBrains Episode 546 is now online (July 5, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Sheldon KusselsonTonight’s first Guest WeatherBrain is a show alum, having appeared on show number 223 on May 4, 2010. He is a retired operational satellite meteorologist who worked for 36 years for NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service (NESDIS) located in Maryland. Working as a meteorologist and specializing in the satellite analysis of precipitation, he interacted daily and around the clock with NOAA/National Weather Service (NWS) weather and river forecasters, who are tasked with issuing flood, flash flood ,and winter weather advisories, watches, and warnings to support NOAA’s mission of protecting lives and property. Sheldon Kusselson, welcome back to WeatherBrains!

Mike CharnickGuest WeatherBrain number 2 is a forecaster at the National Weather Service in Charleston, WV. His undergraduate degree and Masters is from Millersville University. He started working for the NWS in late winter of 2015. He loves weather photography as well. Mike Charnick, welcome to the show!

Spencer AdkinsAnd rounding out the trifecta for the show tonight is the Chief Meteorologist at WOWK in Charleston, WV. Spencer Adkins, welcome to WeatherBrains!

Joining us tonight is our guest WeatherBrain, Morgan Palmer.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes:
  • Atlantic tropical basin quiet
  • Blas and another disturbance in Eastern Pacific
  • Super Typhoon Nepartak in Western Pacific heading for Taiwan
  • More numerous thunderstorms in Southeast US
  • Kevin describes the weather there as “icky”
  • Cool in the Northwest but warm now
  • Some troughiness across Eastern US
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer is back and handles the incoming messages from our listeners.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: This edition of 101 is a brief discussion of trough and ridges. Interesting that the weather pattern which is normally unchanging for much of the summer has, so far, been changing pretty regularly.

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 546:

WOWK-TV weather site

Morgan Palmer at KIRO-TV

The Weather Social

NWS Charleston, WV web page

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Picks of the Week:

Spencer Adkins – Picks Bama & Nick Saban and Mountain Mission

Nate Johnson – Science behind the awesome thunderstorm photo

Sheldon Kusselson – Satellite pick

Bill Murray – Gets fog horn!

Morgan Palmer – How much water falls during a storm?

Brian Peters – Striking thunderstorm photograph

Kevin Selle – High quality graphics for GFLevelX and WeatherStudio

James Spann – NWS Guam Facebook page

Aubrey Urbanowicz – “And Soon I heard the Roaring Wind”

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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