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WeatherBrains 449: Remembering AM Weather

WeatherBrains Episode 449 is now online (September 2, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is the Program Lead for New and Enhanced Products for NOAA’s National Weather Service. She is better known to this audience as one of the hosts of AM Weather, the long running show produced by NOAA and Maryland Public Broadcasting in the 70s, 80s and 90s. Joan von Ahn, welcome back to WeatherBrains. Joan gets a welcome back because she appeared on show 196 in October, 2009.

Tonight’s Guest Panelist has over 25 years of experience in forecasting Gulf Coast weather…tracking hundreds of tropical storms and hurricanes including major Louisiana storms such as Andrew, Lili, Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike. He is the Chief Meteorologist at KATC in Lafayette LA. Rob Perillo, welcome to the show.

Our email bag officer is looking into the backlog of incoming messages from our listeners.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: This week the 101 segment continues looking into the topic of air pressure. Last week we talked about pressure in a container, but the Earth’s atmosphere is not a container exactly.

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 449:

KATC – TV

Picks of the Week:

Nate Johnson – What we know and don’t know about tornado formation

John Scala – Labor Day 1935 Hurricane Monthly Weather Review Article

Kevin Selle – WxSat App for iPhone

Rick Smith – NWS Enhanced Data Display

James Spann – Spann Instagram feed

SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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

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WeatherBrains 448: Everyone Gets an Outflow

WeatherBrains Episode 448 is now online (August 25, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Our Guest WeatherBrain this week is a returning Guest in the form of Dr. Marshall Shepherd. Dr. Marshall was one of the panelists on WeatherBrains 384. J. Marshall Shepherd is a meteorologist, professor at the University of Georgia’s Department of Geography, the director of the university’s atmospheric sciences program, and was the president of the American Meteorological Society for 2013. Dr. Shepherd has a Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology (1991), Master of Science degree in Physical Meteorology, and a Ph.D. in Physical Meteorology, all obtained at Florida State University. For a complete list of his many accomplishments and undertakings, go here. Dr. Shepherd is the host of a new show on The Weather Channel called Weather Geeks.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 111 at Death Valley, CA, and 28 at West Yellowstone Gate, MT
  • Cristobal meandering in the vicinity of the Bahamas (just east)
  • Another tropical wave in the South Atlantic 1100 miles east of the Lesser Antilles
  • Nice wedge pattern bringing cooler/drier air to the Southeast
  • Kevin Selle makes a comeback as the salt on the popcorn
  • Special appearance by Matthew Selle
  • Lots of action in the tropical Pacific
  • Snow reported in Billings, MT
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: Air exerts a force, so this week our 101 segment looks at air pressure. Air pressure can change through a couple of different ways, so we look at that, too..

    TWIWH: Bill Murray is AWOL for this episode.

    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 448:

    Florida State University Meteorology

    Press release on Weather Geeks

    American Meteorological Society Insights

    WeatherBrains teeshirts

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – GOES-14 SRSOR Imagery

    Brian Peters – Earth Observing System Data and Information System

    John Scala – Lightning in super slow motion

    Kevin Selle – Android App Hobbles NWS Web Page

    Marshall Shepherd – Weather Geeks TWC Facebook Page

    James Spann – Rumor about Hurricane Heading to New Orleans

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Gets the Fog Horn

    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, and Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

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    WeatherBrains 447: Dogs Days of Summer

    WeatherBrains Episode 447 is now online (August 18, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest Panelist is a recommendation of WB Alum Kevin Myatt. He is a leader on the Virginia Tech stormchasing team. Chris White, welcome to the show.

    And tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a fixture in television weather in the Mid-South area. Dave Brown is Weather Director and Chief Weathercaster at WMC TV in Memphis, TN, a position he’s held for the past 37 years. This past June, Dave celebrated 52 years of broadcasting, and he has spent that entire time in and around the Memphis area. Dave has a degree from the University of Memphis and holds both the AMS and NWA broadcaster seals. And while he is well-respected for his meteorological abilities, he also spent nearly 40 years as a member of what many aficionados call one of the best announcing teams ever in professional wrestling. Yes, I said professional wrestling. Rick Smith grew up watching this guy and is excited to talk to him tonight! Dave Brown, welcome to WeatherBrains!

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 117 at Death Valley, CA, and 30 at Boca Reservoir, CA
  • Two disturbances were moving across the South Central Atlantic and not expected to develop in the next couple of days
  • Westerlies running along northern tier of US
  • MCV moved across North Alabama today
  • Summer showing up after a mostly cool summer
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is working the early morning shift a-g-a-i-n, so the mail bag is postponed until the next show.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: It’s really still there, but the band of cloudiness that often delineates the ITCZ – or Inter-tropical Convergence Zone – has been tough to find due to drier air and Saharan dust this year. So what is the ITCZ – besides tough to say fast – and what are some of the characteristics of it? That’s the topic for this week of 101.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of August 18th.

    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 447:

    Virginia Storm Chase link

    WMC-TV Weather Page

    Astronomy Links:

    * MAVEN mission
    * Science@NASA on the Jupiter/Venus conjunction
    * ISS pass predictions

    Picks of the Week:

    Dave Brown – Fly Bys App

    Bill Murray – Bows Out Early

    Brian Peters – Satellite Liaison Blog

    John Scala – Camille/Katrina SLOSH run comparison

    Rick Smith – NWA Annual Meeting Agenda

    James Spann – MCV Satellite Loop 1-minute Intervals

    Chris White – NWS Baltimore/Washington Sep. 17, 2004, Tornado Event

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Dr. 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 446: The Impact of Ubiquitous Data Availability and Social Media

    WeatherBrains Episode 446 is now online (August 11, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    This week’s guest weather brain is Rachael Witter, chief meteorologist at WUTR-TV in Utica, NY, and developer of a new app called “Updraft”. Software engineer Aaron Nelsen joins us as well. “Updraft” is a version of the BUFKIT analysis tool that can be run on a tablet or phone.

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

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: In this episode of WeatherBrains 101, we’ll take a look at a weather term that has one rather universal meaning but a slightly different meaning in the field of weather.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of August 11th.

    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 446:

    Updraft App

    BUFKIT for Mac

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – The AMS journals page

    John Scala – Ocean Prediction Center

    Rick Smith – The Vane blog

    James Spann – Iowa State online BUFKIT tool

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, 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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