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WeatherBrains 426: In the Beginning When I was Trying

WeatherBrains Episode 426 is now online (March 24, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

The GBO, or Guest Booking Officer, has outdone himself tonight and the WeatherBrains podcast will once again test the limits of Google+. We don’t have two guests or even three, but FOUR guests.

Appearing as our guest panelist is Cheryl Nelson, also known as Mrs. Virginia International 2014. She is a TV personality, meteorologist, and model. She is a natural disaster preparedness ambassador.

Adding to the guest list, we have a big crowd of WeatherBrains for tonight’s show, all NWS folks, and all involved in an innovative forecasting project that intrigued our very own Aubrey.

Joining us as guest WeatherBrains we have Steve Zubrick, Science and Operations Officer (SOO) at the NWS office in Sterling, VA, which serves the Washington, DC area.

From the NWS office, Taunton, MA, we have Joe Dellacarpini, who is the Science and Operations Officer (SOO) for the office serving the Boston area.

And rounding out this fabulous lineup, we have Dave Novak who is not a SOO but serves as the Chief of the Development and Training Branch at Weather Prediction Center (WPC).

Guest WeatherBrains for Episode 426

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 96 at Death Valley, CA, and -27 at Embarrass, MN
  • Winter storm shaping up for Mid-Atlantic and New England states
  • Some discussion of the Polar Vortex
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: It happened worldwide at exactly 1657 GMT! That’s when the vernal equinox occurred – or is the autumnal equinox? What exactly is an equinox? All the answers to these questions on this episode of WeatherBrains 101.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of March 24th.

    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 426:

    NWS Baltimore/Washington web site

    NWS Boston web site

    Weather Prediction Center web site

    Cheryl Nelson’s web page

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – USGS Beta Product Site

    Cheryl Nelson – Storm Blok

    Brian Peters – NWS San Antonio bats on radar

    James Spann – James Spann at UGA AMS Meeting

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Lightning Safety Article

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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