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WeatherBrains 474: Commodities and Weather

WeatherBrains Episode 474 is now online (February 23, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Michael FerrariTonight’s Guest WeatherBrain has his Ph.D. from Rutgers in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics and Evolutionary Biology. He works in the climate research and commodity risk space with a focus on agriculture. He has been involved in several weather startups and is currently with aWhere. Michael Ferrari, welcome to WeatherBrains.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 85 at West Kendall (Tamiami Airport), FL, and -36 at 6 miles east of Champion, MI
  • Cold and winter weather affecting southern tier of US
  • Kevin and Nate out tonight for various reasons
  • Cold suppressing severe weather
  • Cold has grip on northern tier of US
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is trying to handle the incoming messages from our listeners and brings you

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: This episode of 101 goes into another element of clouds, the condensation nuclei. Do you know some of the things that serve as nuclei for cloud droplet formation? Well, you will when you finish 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 474:

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    Picks of the Week:

    Michael Ferrari – Mount Washington Observatory

    Bill Murray – Drops out early!

    Brian Peters – Artificial skylights

    John Scala – Re-creating a tornado in 3D

    Rick Smith – National Tornado Summit

    James Spann – Washington Post article about winter weather forecasts

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Tornado forms in Southern California

    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, 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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    Be sure to check out the weather station equipment from NetAtmo that was reviewed in WeatherBrains Episode 465.

    WeatherBrains 473: Shockingly Taller

    WeatherBrains Episode 473 is now online (February 16, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Gary McManusTonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is the State Climatologist for Oklahoma, Gary McManus. Gary has been with Oklahoma Climatological Survey since 1999, joining the Climate Information Group in 2000. Mr. McManus has B.S. and M.S. degrees in Meteorology from the University of Oklahoma. As a climatologist, McManus studies long-term weather statistics for the Oklahoma Climatological Survey. Although he is trained to forecast the weather, he said he often tells people he chose climatology because he is better at reporting what happened than predicting it.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 87 at McAllen, TX, Edinburg, TX, and Death Valley, CA, and -35 at Mount Washington, NH
  • A surface low moving through the Southeast US creating winter problems;
  • Boston having one of their snowiest years EVER;
  • Lots of winter weather advisories/warnings from East Tennessee into Mid-Atlantic states;
  • Nate facing a serious ice storm; and,
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is out yet again because of snow – what an excuse! But we promise she’ll be back eventually to update everyone on notes from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: We see them nearly every day, and they are sometimes the thing that snags our interest in the atmosphere and weather. They are clouds. But what are they and where do they come from? This begins a multi-part segment on clouds.

    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 473:

    Oklahoma Climatological Survey

    Oklahoma MesoNet Ticker

    Twitter Exchange between Kevin and American Airlines

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    Picks of the Week:

    Bill Murray – Summary Section Added to SPC Watch Messages

    Brian Peters – Boston Globe Snowstorms Gallery

    John Scala – A Push for Advanced Forecasts

    Kevin Selle – Cloud Seeding Operations & Research

    Rick Smith – Presentations from 95th AMS Annual Meeting

    James Spann – SPC SREF Plume Forecasts

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Dr. John Scala, Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Rick Smith, Aubrey Urbanowicz, 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 472: Kickapoo Puddle

    WeatherBrains Episode 472 is now online (February 9, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is Jeff Tongue, the Science and Operations Officer at the NWS Upton NY, which serves New York City. He is also an Assistant Professor at Suffolk Community College and a Lecturer at Stonybrook University.

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

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: For this episode of WeatherBrains 101, the professor takes a look at the term “upper air” and what it means in the field of meteorology.

    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.

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    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – Send In The Weathermen

    Bill Murray – Why Weather Predictions Will Never Be Perfect

    Brian Peters – Around the World Solar-powered Flight

    John Scala – Researchers link Smoke to Tornado Intensity

    Kevin Selle – Northeast Blizzard from Boston Globe

    Rick Smith – Adaptable NWS Forecast/Warning/Observation Widget and Web Page

    James Spann – NWS Enhanced Data Display (EDD)

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – NASA’s New Solarium

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, Dr. John Scala, 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 471: No One Kiss Me

    WeatherBrains Episode 471 is now online (February 2, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    This week’s guest weather brain is Paul Kocin… meteorologist and winter weather expert. He grew up on Long Island, New York and received his B.S. from Cornell University, followed by his M.Sc. from Pennsylvania State University. Along with Louis Uccellini, Paul developed the Northeast Snowfall Impact Scale, which categorizes significant Northeast United States snowstorms from “notable” to “extreme”.

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

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: Yikes, with all the snow and blizzards over the last two weeks, this episode of WeatherBrains 101 tackles the definition of blizzard with some interesting information on the origin of the word used for big snow storms.

    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 471:

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    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – Advanced radar makes maiden voyage from RDU

    Bill Murray – KenTenn 2015 Weather Ready Nation Forum

    John Scala – Groundhog Day Blizzard of 2011

    Kevin Selle – Reporting on the Blizzard of ’15

    James Spann – Boston snow pictures; Boston.com

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Track the number of minutes/hours of daylight as it increases closer to spring!!!

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, Dr. John Scala, 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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