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WeatherBrains 554: Bracing For Impact

WeatherBrains Episode 554 is now online (August 29, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

This episode of WeatherBrains takes a look back on the 11th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

John Zarrella is this week’s guest WeatherBrain; he worked for CNN from 1981–2013. In addition to covering numerous hurricanes and tropical storms, he was the principal correspondent for CNN’s coverage of the U.S. space program, covering such events such as John Glenn’s 1998 return to space, the Mars Pathfinder mission and numerous space shuttle launches.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 113 at Death Valley, CA, and 34 at Lake Yellowstone, WY, Truckee, CA, & West Yellowstone, MT
  • Heading into meteorological Fall but still hot
  • Tropical Atlantic has sprung into action
  • 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 554:

NCDC report on Hurricane Katrina

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Picks of the Week:

Nate Johnson – The Watch & Warning Rainbow

Bill Murray – National Weather Association WeatherReady Fest 2016

Kevin Selle – Drone data used to upgrade storm

Rick Smith – News organizations embarrassed with rotten weather reporting

James Spann – 30-minute tornado warnings?

Aubrey Urbanowicz – NOAA Hazard and Data Viewer

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 553: Most Exposed Guy

WeatherBrains Episode 553 is now online (August 22, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Jeremy Scott SmithOur Guest WeatherBrain for this episode is a Senior Meteorologist at FedEx Global Operations Control Center, Jeremy Scott Smith. He’s also a contributor for Ray’s Weather Center, covering the Appalachian Mountains of NC at VA, a former meteorologist at the United States Air Force and Air Force Reserve with 10 years of experience in aviation meteorology. He has 2.5 years on the media side with a B.S. from Mississippi State and he is working toward a M.S. at University of North Dakota in Space Science.

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a suggestion of listener and contributor Tony Rice. Jeremy, welcome to the show!!!

Greg DubinJoining Jeremy as tonight’s second Guest WeatherBrain is a flight dispatcher for a major legacy carrier in the U.S., Greg Dubin. Since he is not an official spokesperson, we will call his employer “Global Airlines.” Depending on how tonight’s show goes, he will be entering the WeatherBrains Guest Protection Program. He has spent many years in flight operations including several as a dispatcher. He is a ham radio operator, loves aviation and traveling, and, of course, weather. Greg, welcome to WeatherBrains!

Jeremy, we want to thank FedEx for being the Title Sponsor of the upcoming National Weather Association WeatherReady Fest at the Nauticus Science Museum in Norfolk on Saturday, September 10th.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 113 at Death Valley, CA, and 27 at Stanley, ID, Bondurant, WY, & Yellowstone National Park South Entrance, WY
  • Tropics have heated up
  • Have Fiona, TD 7, and a disturbed area approaching Leeward Islands
  • Some heat in northern Rockies
  • 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: Do you have any idea what a WEA is? I suspect that most people do not, so this episode is a description of what a WEA is and when you can expect to see one. If you want even more information about WEAs after you hear this episode, you can find an informational document here.

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 553:

FedEx USA

Ray’s weather center

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Picks of the Week:

Nate Johnson – Aviation weather site

Brian Peters – Boston Globe article about tornado in Concord

Kevin Selle – #WeLoveWeather Twitter account

Rick Smith – Louisiana flood raises questions

James Spann – NHC pronunciation guide

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 552: This Show Has Meat?

WeatherBrains Episode 552 is now online (August 15, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Our guests include the leaders running the 2016 NWA Annual Conference which will be in Norfolk, VA. There is a link in the web site section to the NWA conference page. These guests include Janice Bunting, Trevor Boucher, Michael Vescio, and Trisha Palmer.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 121 at Death Valley, CA, and 31 at 1 mile east of Dillon, CO
  • Record flooding in southern Louisiana from a weak upper low
  • Severe weather this evening across Indiana
  • Some life in tropical Atlantic
  • Tony Rice out – reasons amazing!
  • and more!

Our email bag officer is out and actually flying back to her home.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: We continue to look at some of the myths associated with lightning. The death toll from lightning in the United States has reached 25 and is rapidly approaching the 10-year average of 31. And there are so many myths about lightning. Striking twice in one spot as well as how close will the next strike be to the last one.

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 552:

Obituary of Gil Clark, hurricane forecaster

NWA 2016 Annual Conference

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Picks of the Week:

Trevor Boucher – See a Flash, Dash Inside!

Janice Bunting – Weather Ready Nation Summer Safety Campaign

Nate Johnson – Weatherman versus weather app

Bill Murray – SPC Mesoscale Analysis Pages

Trisha Palmer – stolen from Rick!

Brian Peters – Rebuttal to Mr. Spann’s POW

Kevin Selle – Fire tornado in Oregon

Rick Smith – Psychology of dealing with unprecedented events

James Spann – Age of TV Weathermen is Over

Michael Vescio – Forest Service article

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 551: Mr. Bammer

WeatherBrains Episode 551 is now online (August 8, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Our guest WeatherBrain tonight is Tony Rice. Tony is an information security engineer and Virginia Tech alumni working at a telecommunications company in Research Triangle Park, NC. His career has spanned various areas of research and development in software engineering, analytics, and information security.

Tony speaks in area classrooms, museums and libraries. He also helps broadcast meteorologists across the country share the night sky with their viewers. He is also a frequent guest on local television news in Raleigh, NC, discussing current NASA missions and astronomical phenomenon, and he has been known to hold impromptu sidewalk astronomy sessions with passers-by.

His proudest moment so far is leading an event with the National Park Service at the Wright Brothers Memorial in Kitty Hawk, NC, for over 800 visitors on the Space Shuttle program leading up to the launch of the final mission.

Tony is also the voice of our Astronomy Outlook.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 117 at Death Valley, CA, and 29 at Denio, NV
  • Small areas of slight risk across North Central US
  • Tropical Atlantic remains quiet
  • Heat continues in OK and N TX
  • Deep South highs in the 80s with numerous storms
  • Earl crossed into Pacific to become Javier
  • and more!

Our email bag officer is out tonight but she’ll handle the incoming messages from our listeners when she returns.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: Last week we took a look at the lightning deaths so far for 2016. Unfortunately, 2 more people have been added to the statistics, both struck on the beach. In this episode of 101 we’ll take a look at a couple of well known myths about lightning.

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 551:

WeatherBrains 159: Dave Schwatrz

NBC Stations get Mobile Radar Trucks

Spot the Station (ISS)

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Picks of the Week:

Nate Johnson – Clear sky forecasts

Bill Murray – Gets fog horn!

Brian Peters – Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere

Tony Rice – Juno mission

Rick Smith – Discussion on evacuation versus staying ahead of hurricanes

GOES-14 SRSOR Imagery

James Spann – NOAA Satellites and Information real-time tropical products

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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