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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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    WeatherBrains 445: What Title?

    WeatherBrains Episode 445 is now online (August 4, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest Panelist is an intern at the NWS in Nashville. His BS and Masters are from Texas Tech University. Trevor Boucher, welcome to WeatherBrains!

    Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a real ACE as you will learn from the discussion tonight. He grew up in Northern Michigan and attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor for his undergraduate education. He received his Masters and Ph.D. from Florida State University. His bio says he is a research atmospheric scientist with expertise in synoptic-dynamic meteorology, numerical weather prediction analysis, and tropical cyclone climate interactions. Dr. Ryan N. Maue, welcome to WeatherBrains!

    Trevor and Ryan on WeatherBrains 445

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 109 at Big Bar, CA, and 41 at International Falls, MN, Lake Yellowstone, WY, and Doe Lake, MI
  • Bertha upgraded to hurricane status on August 4th
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is missing once again.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: The field of weather uses a number of different models in arriving at the impact of a particular weather event. One of those used in the tropical arena is called SLOSH and has nothing to do with drinking, but it does have something to do with how much water a tropical system will impact an area.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of August 4th.

    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 445:

    Florida State University

    Picks of the Week:

    Trevor Boucher – bridges for hard of hearing

    Bill Murray – Reassessment of 1700-1855 Tropical Atlantic Activity

    Rick Smith – Weather Geeks from Weather Channel

    James Spann – No Buzzer

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    The regular WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, 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 444: Holding Nate Back

    WeatherBrains Episode 444 is now online (July 28, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest Panelist is the Morning and Midday Meteorologist at KFSN, the ABC O&O in Fresno, CA. She is a recent graduate of Mississippi State University. She is famous for her 3D weather cakes which have attracted a cult following.

    When you look in the dictionary for the definition of the word climatologist, you see tonight’s picture next to it. She served in state climatology offices for nearly twenty years, serving in the position of State Climatologist for Wisconsin from 1989-1996 and Assistant State Climatologist for Georgia from 2001-11. She is a Past President of the American Association of State Climatologists and she is a CCM as well. She currently serves as the Agricultural Climatologist for the Crop and Soil Sciences Department at UGA. And she does all this while keeping one of our favorite guests, Dr. John Knox, straight. Dr. Pam Knox, welcome to WeatherBrains!

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 111 at Glendale, AZ, and 33 at Pahaska, WY and at Snake River Ranger Station, WY
  • Atlantic quiet but a wave moving through South Central Atlantic may become second named storm
  • Bill eating Indian food in Calgary, Alberta
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: Sometimes there are terms which just don’t seem to fit the meaning that they have. We’re not making fun of this word, but when put in context of other things in life, it seems to be contrary in meaning. So see how this applies to extratropical.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of July 28th.

    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 444:

    ABC 30 Fresno, Shelby’s station

    On the Case – Knox Blog

    John Christy/Kerry Immanuel Climate Discussion

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – KickStarter Project – Forecasting toolkit for iPad

    Bill Murray – Experimental

    Brian Peters – Gets the Fog Horn!

    James Spann – Atlantic Wind Shear

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Blog on El Nino Status

    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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