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WeatherBrains 536: I Knew Nothing About Tornadoes

WeatherBrains Episode 536 is now online (April 25, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

This episode of WeatherBrains will look back five years to the historic weather events of April 27, 2011, in the Southeast US, especially Alabama. Joining us tonight is Kim Cross, author of What Stands in a Storm, a story that traces the events that day through compelling stories from the people who survived that day. Also part of the discussion includes Stephen Latimer, Forecaster NWS Huntsville, AL, and Jim Stefkovich, Meteorologist-in-Charge, NWS Birmingham, AL.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 101 at Cotulla, TX, and Laredo, TX, and 13 at Mount Washington, NH
  • Moderate risk for severe weather in Nation’s heartland for Day 2 (see graphic below)
  • Drought still strong in southern California
  • Very little cold weather in US
  • High wind/dry conditions in Southwest US
  • Some winter weather in Central Rockies
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Day 2 Severe Weather Outlook

Our email bag officer (Aubrey) is back with a summary of emails from our listeners.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: No WeatherBrains 101 for 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 536:

NOAA’s Natural Disaster Survey Report on April 27, 2011

Summary of Historic Tornado Event of April 27, 2011, from NWS Birmingham

NWS, Huntsville, AL, Remembering April 27, 2011

Kim Cross’s What Stands in a Storm

Article on families accepting diplomas after April 27, 2011

To subscribe to the brand new SkyWritings, an email newsletter from the WeatherBrains gang, click HERE.

Picks of the Week:

Kim Cross – Bo Bikes Bama

Nate Johnson – ASCII weather art

Stephen Latimer & Jim Stefkovich – NWS interactive site for April 27, 2011, stories/pictures

Bill Murray – NOAA Interactive Maps for April 27, 2011

Brian Peters – SPC WCM 25-Year tornado averages

Kevin Selle – Turn Around, Don’t Drown

James Spann – NWS Louisville, KY, Shareholders Report

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Rocky Mtn Fire 2016, Shenandoah Valley

SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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 535: I Didn’t Use The Bail Money

WeatherBrains Episode 535 is now online (April 18, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Kory HartmanOur Guest WeatherBrain tonight is Kory Hartman. Kory is a veteran of WeatherBrains having appeared on episodes 385, 315, 126, and 117. Kory Hartman is the CEO at SevereStudios, a site that is familiar to everyone on this show. He is also a member of the weather staff at KSFY in Sioux Falls as a weekend meteorologist and webmaster.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 97 at Death Valley, CA, and 15 at Big Piney, WY
  • Absolutely incredible flooding in Houston/Harris County Texas
  • Authorities performed over 1,200 high water rescues today
  • And the rain continued to fall in Southeast Texas
  • Cyclone Fantala churning in the South Indian Ocean
  • Other areas relatively quiet
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer is trying to catch up, so the email bag will be summarized fully next week.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: The 101 segment will occasionally profile a person who has had a major impact on the science. So in remembrance of the passing of Dr. Bill Gray, hurricane researcher at Colorado State University, this episode details his life and some of the major accomplishments he achieved in more than 50 years in weather.

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 535:

Severe Studios

Chaser-Spotter article 1

Chaser-Spotter article 2

Chaser-Spotter article 3

ARRL/NWS Memorandum of Understanding

NWS SKYWARN Weather Spotter Program

To subscribe to the brand new SkyWritings, an email newsletter from the WeatherBrains gang, click HERE.

Picks of the Week:

Kory Hartman – Video discussing safety lessons from El Reno Tornado

Nate Johnson – NEXLAB Models for iPhone

Brian Peters – Houston Chronicle viewer flooding pictures

John Scala – Weather for previous Boston Marathons

Kevin Selle – Practical Meteorology, An Algebra-based Survey of Atmospheric Science and Meteorology for Scientists and Engineers, 3rd Edition

Rick Smith – Photographer experiences rising water firsthand

James Spann – Is There Any Hope for TV Meteorologists

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Shenandoah National Park fire

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Dr. John Scala, 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 534: Tales from the Tropics

WeatherBrains Episode 534 is now online (April 11, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Eric Blake, National Hurricane CenterIn this episode of WeatherBrains, we’re going to visit with Eric Blake. Eric is a Hurricane Specialist at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, FL.

Blake received his Bachelor’s Degree in Atmospheric Science from the University of Louisiana at Monroe in 1998 and his Master’s Degree in Atmospheric Sciences from Colorado State University in 2001. His graduate studies were under the tutelage of Dr. William Gray, a renowned expert on tropical meteorology and hurricanes.

Blake began his career with the National Hurricane Center in 2000 as a student intern. He advanced to a full-time position at NHC in 2002 and became a hurricane specialist in 2006. The specialist position involves the issuance of track, intensity, and wind radii forecasts as well as associated watches and warnings for tropical cyclones in the Atlantic and eastern Pacific oceans. Blake also performs post-season analyses of hurricanes and hurricane forecasts for the Atlantic and eastern Pacific basins, and recently was the lead author of the Hurricane Sandy tropical cyclone report.
Blake is an instructor for classes at NHC, including the FEMA and NWS courses, which help to educate partners on hurricane-related dangers. In addition, he is a frequent presenter and participant in meteorological meetings, including the National Hurricane Conference, to promote hurricane awareness and preparedness.

Blake specializes in medium- to long- range forecasting, and received a Department of Commerce Bronze medal for work related to extended-range tropical cyclone forecasting. He helped create the 5-day Tropical Weather Outlook and is also a member of the NOAA Atlantic and Eastern Pacific seasonal hurricane forecast teams.

Blake serves on the Tropical Cyclone Best Track Change Committee, which considers proposals to change the hurricane record, important for long-term studies of climate. He has authored numerous scientific articles on hurricanes, serves as a reviewer for scientific journals, and is also the lead author for the book Eastern North Pacific Tropical Cyclones, 1949-2006.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 92 at Cotulla, TX, Del Rio, TX, Laredo, TX, McAllen, TX, & McGregor, TX and 6 at Hettinger, ND, and Mount Washington, NH
  • North Texas experienced tremendous hail damage with baseball size hail
  • Severe weather in corridor from E Texas to SW Alabama
  • Rest of week a bit calmer in severe weather department
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer is out this evening due to house guests. Email bag will have a triple play next week.

Special congratulations goes out to our friend, Patrick Marsh, at the SPC who became a first time dad this evening around 7 pm. Patrick made the announcement in a “local stork report” commonly seen in the NWS as an LSR or Local Storm Report.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: In this episode we’re going to take a look at the history of weather radar. Radar is a relatively new discovery having come about with early pioneering efforts in the late 1800s.

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 534:

Solving the Jigsaw Puzzle of Hurricane History by Eric Blake and Todd Kimberlain

National Hurricane Center

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Picks of the Week:

Nate Johnson – NWS abandoning all caps in messages

Bill Murray – not sure!

John Scala – Physics Today article on tornadoes and flash floods

Rick Smith – Joplin Disaster Recovery Summit

James Spann – Accu-Weather Extends Forecast to 90-Days

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, 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 533: Grecian Formula Works Well

WeatherBrains Episode 533 is now online (April 4, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain has been a meteorologist at WDBJ-TV in Roanoke since 1982. He recently became the Director of Weather Operations. Robin Reed, welcome to WeatherBrains! Besides weather, he is a big baseball fan and actually played some baseball.

Tonight’s other Guest WeatherBrain is the Chief Meteorologist at WDBJ. Brent Watts, welcome to the show! Brent has had a rather non-traditional career path to meteorology, and he has a serious focus on social media and apps.

Robin Reed and Brent Watts, WDBJ-TV Roanoke

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 99 at Death Valley, CA, and 1 at Mount Washington, NH
  • Marginal risk for severe weather on Day 2 and 3
  • Cold from Great Lakes to New England
  • Quite warm in Southwest US
  • Cold coming for the weekend, too
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer has to handle company, so she just peeks in for a few minutes.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: In this episode of 101, we take a look at another aspect of our atmosphere, the interface with water surfaces. Did you know that about 70 percent of the Earth is covered by water, and the oceans hold about 97 percent of all of our water? You’ll even learn the name of the top most layer of the oceans, actually both names!

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 533:

WDBJ-TV Weather site

To subscribe to the brand new SkyWritings, an email newsletter from the WeatherBrains gang, click HERE.

Picks of the Week:

Brian Peters – Mighty Wind in the East

Robin Reed – Tornado Club in Wisconsin

John Scala – Runners run half marathon through hail

Kevin Selle – Anatomy of a Weather Tweet

James Spann – School Closings in Hazardous Weather, Part 1 and Part 2

Aubrey Urbanowitz – peeks in for just a few minutes

Brent Watts – Davis WeatherLink

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, 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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