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WeatherBrains 425: Space Special

WeatherBrains Episode 425 is now online (March 17, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Lee HutschinsonTonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is the Senior Reviews Editor for Ars Technica. He is the author of a recent article about a potential rescue of the Space Shuttle Columbia which was destroyed on re-entry in 2003. So please welcome Lee Hutchinson to WeatherBrains.

Hayden NixOur Guest Panelist is Hayden Nix, the President of East Mississippi Chapter of the NWA/AMS. He is also in charge of the upcoming Southeast Severe Storms Symposium at Mississippi State University.

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

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: You’ve probably heard of fractals, but have you heard of fractus clouds? Often referred to as an accessory cloud, fractus clouds often look mean though they rarely are and can be especially helpful to storm spotters when watching for telltale signs of rotation. So in this episode of 101 we take a look at these special clouds.

TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of March 17th.

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 425:

Mississippi State University Severe Weather Symposium

Apollo 12 reenactment

Picks of the Week:

Nate Johnson – Journalists Need To Think More Critically About Weather maps

Bill Murray – Central Alabama NWA Chapter First Award at Central Alabama Regional Science and Engineering Fair Winners Caroline Borden/Jaylan Jacobs

James Spann – NCEP El Nino Forecast

SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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

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WeatherBrains 424: Down to Just Sneakers

WeatherBrains Episode 424 is now online (March 10, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Ryan Stinnett, AlabamaWx MeteorologistTonight’s Guest Panelist is a forecaster for AlabamaWX.com and is the Marketing Meteorologist for the MyWARN service. He is frequently working behind the scenes to get guests hooked up with Google+ and that is the case tonight. He is a graduate of the University of South Alabama and has his Masters from Mississippi State University. He is a National Champion Weather Forecaster. Ryan Stinnett, welcome to the front of the house.

Dr. Josh WurmanAnd tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain needs no introduction to the WeatherBrains audience and nearly anyone who is remotely interested in weather. He has been the Holy Grail of WeatherBrains guests for me and all it took was AlabamaWX forecaster Ryan Stinnett asking him while they were at SECAPS at the University of South Alabama a couple of weeks ago. Special thanks to Ryan! Dr. Josh Wurman is the president and founder of the Center for Severe Weather Research in Boulder, CO.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 88 at Imperial, CA, and Death Valley, CA, & -4 at Mount Washington, NH
  • Beginning to thaw out – Chicago up to 50
  • Snow cover stands at 34 percent
  • Severe weather still limited across the US
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer was hinder by the weather last week, so look for a double douse of incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: In this episode, we’ll take a look back just a couple of shows to correct the pronunciation and look at a word that was introduced to the WeatherBrains audience in that episode – a toque! Hang onto your hats!!

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of March 10th.

    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 424:

    Center for Severe Weather Research

    Project Vortex descriptions

    Bulletin of American Meteorological Society (BAMS)

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – Daryl Herzmann Twitter

    Bill Murray – Northeast Snow Impact Scale

    Brian Peters – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

    James Spann – NWS Text Product Finder

    Ryan Stinnett – Beat the Heat, Check the Back Seat

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Icy Winter Creates Captivating Scenes

    Dr. Josh Wurman – Lake Effect Snow Research

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like JB Elliott, 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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    WeatherBrains 423: Don’t Use Toenails

    WeatherBrains Episode 423 is now online (March 4, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Dr. David O. PrevattDr. David Prevatt is an associate professor in the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering at the University of Florida focuses his research on the mitigation of extreme wind damage to low-rise construction and particularly the performance of existing residential structures.

    Shelby Hays is a graduating senior at OU in Norman, studying meteorology. She interned for Gary England for 2 years and for a summer at WKRN in Nashville. She starts at KFSM in Fort Smith, AR, on Thursday. She is a Student Member of the AMS Broadcast Board and was the Media Coordinator for the National Weather Festival in Norman, OK.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 85 at Vero Beach, FL, and -40 at Embarrass, MN
  • Winter weather impacts takes out a third of the WeatherBrains crew
  • Winter weather winding down – for now
  • No severe thunderstorms in any of the outlooks
  • It’s cold out there
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is missing in action, but will have the whole bag next week.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: Two words in the field of meteorology which can occasionally get used interchangeably when they should not be are weather and climate. In this episode of WeatherBrains 101, we’ll take a look at the meaning of these terms and exactly what a “normal” is.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of March 3rd.

    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 423:

    Surviving Typhoons

    KFSM-TV 5 Weather

    Dr. David O. Prevatt

    Picks of the Week:

    Shelby Hays – Icicle as golf tee

    Brian Peters – Image of nearly Frozen Great Lakes

    James Spann – Roadway Icing and Weather: A Tutorial

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus one other notable geek who made the program tonight while the rest of the crew managed to succumb to, of all things, weather, namely Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

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    WeatherBrains 422: Sand in Your Toque

    WeatherBrains Episode 422 is now online (February 24, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Our primary guest this evening is Brian Neudorff who joined the Idaho’s First News family in May, 2011. The intermountain west is a far cry from the corn fields of Martinsville, IN, where Brian grew up, and the Great Lakes where he spend most of his career before moving to Southern Idaho.

    Brian graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology. During his college years, Brian was active in the Purdue bands playing trumpet. It was his love of music and performing jazz that made Brian decide to go into broadcasting with his meteorology degree. His first TV job was in Bismarck, ND, at KFYR-TV in 2001 as the weekend meteorologist and weekday reporter. From North Dakota, Brian moved to the shores of Lake Erie, in Erie, Pennsylvania in 2003. He continues on as the weekend meteorologist, it was here and later in Rochester New York that his understanding for mountain meteorology would begin.

    Brian is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM), an accreditation awarded by the American Meteorological Society. He also holds his seal of approval from the National Weather Association.

    Brian’s love for the weather began even before he entered grade school. Living in Indiana, he grew up with severe storms and the power and beauty had him hooked. As a child Brian was a regular viewer of The Weather Channel and local weather programs.

    If you have ever talked to Brian you know he has a strong passion for weather and is willing to talk about it anytime and anyplace. When he isn’t talking or looking at the weather he enjoys watching and following NASCAR. For those that don’t know, Brian is known by many in the NASCAR garage as the “NASCAR Weatherman.” He has a large social media following from Twitter and Facebook where he has teams and drivers like Danica Patrick, Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick and Jeff Burton following him, just to name a few. Besides NASCAR, he enjoys following the Indianapolis Colts, the New York Yankees, his Purdue Boilermakers in both Football and Basketball and has been known to watch a Boise State game or two pulling for the Broncos.

    Brian Lives in Twin Falls with his wife and 3 boys. His family loves calling southern Idaho their home and they especially love being involved in the community and just meeting new people when he is out.

    Tonight’s Guest Panelist is the developer of an app that Bill used as his Pick of the Week last week. The app is Weather Informant, and it is a very useful tool for monitoring NWS text information. So we welcome Pete Curran to the show.

    Also joining us is Colin MacIntyre from Long John Index Service of Canada.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 88 at West Kendall, FL, and -19 at Willow City, ND
  • Another shot of cold coming?
  • 63 inches of snow in Upper Peninsula of Michigan
  • Snow this evening in Iowa and Nebraska single digit temperatures in Idaho
  • But 63 in New Orleans
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer handles the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: Keeping up with water vapor in the atmosphere is much easier when using water vapor imagery from the GOES satellites. So what is a water vapor image and what does it tell you about the weather?

    TWIWH: No TWIWH this 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 422:

    911Weather Site

    Weather Channel article on Daytona 500 weather

    Environment Canada changing wind chill

    Picks of the Week:

    Pete Curran – Picks his own site as above

    JB Elliott – Aurora Gallery

    Nate Johnson – Problem with Wind Chill

    Colin MacIntyre – Do I need a jacket

    Bill Murray – East Mississippi Chapter NWA

    Brian Peters – Get Weather Info WITHOUT an App

    James Spann – Instagram Weather Pictures

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Storm Fax

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like JB Elliott, 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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