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WeatherBrains 576: Kevin Goes Down the Tubes

WeatherBrains Episode 576 is now online (January 31, 2017). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Joining us for this episode is the newly retired former Meteorologist-in-Charge of the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Birmingham, AL, Jim Stefkovich.

Stefkovich launched his career with NOAA’s National Weather Service in 1982 as a student trainee/computer programmer at the National Weather Service Techniques Development Laboratory in Silver Spring, MD. He served as a meteorological observer at the Weather Service Meteorological Observation site in Waycross, GA, in 1984 and became a forecaster intern at the Weather Service Office in Lake Charles, LA, in 1985. Three years later, Stefkovich became a forecaster at the Atlanta, GA, office. In 1991, he joined Southern Region Headquarters as the Next Generation Weather Radar regional focal point responsible for coordinating its implementation. Stefkovich served as the warning coordination meteorologist at the Weather Forecast Office in Fort Worth, TX, from 1993 to 2000 before being promoted to meteorologist-in-charge of the Weather Forecast Office in Jackson, MS. Stefkovich spent several years serving as meteorologist-in-charge of the Chicago Forecast Office before transferring to the Weather Forecast Office in Birmingham, AL.

Stefkovich is the recipient of numerous local and regional awards including Office Unit Citations and a Bronze Medal for superior service during hurricane and tornado outbreaks. He has also assisted in national leadership courses for multiple government agencies. Stefkovich earned a bachelor’s degree in meteorology from Pennsylvania State University in 1983. He is a member of the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association and has authored and presented several papers at national conferences. Stefkovich has also served on several national NWS teams, including the Service Assessment Team for the deadly April 1998 tornado outbreak in Alabama and Georgia. And Jim loves to fish.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 84 at Cotulla, TX, and -19 at Saranac Lake, NY
  • No severe weather forecast for next several days
  • Cold across the northern tier of the US
  • But warm across the southern US
  • Winter is far from over!
  • 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: It’s not something I’ve actually seen, though I really would like to. It’s called a hole punch cloud or sometimes a fallstreak cloud, and it definitely conjures up the idea of alien invasion as in the movie Independence Day. It’s a fascinating mix of contrails and supercooled water.

Web Sites from Episode 576:

Guilty of Malpractice

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Picks of the Week:

Bill Murray – Telluride Avalanche Video

Brian Peters – NWA January 2017 Newsletter

Kevin Selle – Meteorological Development Laboratory

Rick Smith – Best Practices for Sharing Weather Information via Social Media

James Spann – Davis Instruments Weather Map

Jim Stefkovich – alternative Twitter feeds

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Women Meteorologists: Don’t Call Us ‘Weather Girls’

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 575: Brian, Quit Muting

WeatherBrains Episode 575 is now online (January 24, 2017). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

One of the biggest guests we’ve ever had joins us from the NWA Chapter meeting in Birmingham, Tim Marshall. Tim has worked a long time with assessing storm damage and conducting storm surveys. With over 40 years of storm chasing, Tim brings an experienced and down-to-earth look at this subject.

Also joining us from the local Birmingham NWA Chapter is chapter president, Mark Rose.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 94 at Laredo, TX, and -16 at Mammoth Lake, CA
  • Big events over last weekend
  • Tornado deaths in 2017 already exceed all of 2016
  • 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: This edition of the WeatherBrains 101 segment is more of a news item. NOAA’s newest satellite, GOES-16, has just sent the first high resolution images, so this seemed like a great topic to keep all you weather nerds, er, enthusiasts, up-to-date on great step forward in our satellite observation program.

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 575:

Haag Engineering

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Picks of the Week:

Nate Johnson – RadarScope latest

Brian Peters – GOES-16 sends first high resolution images

Kevin Selle – National Snow Analysis

James Spann – AMS Best Practices for Social Media

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Twisted tree in SE

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 574: Never Used It on Either End

WeatherBrains Episode 574 is now online (January 16, 2017). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

*** See revised information at the end of this page ***

Jesus Haro, MIC NWS San FranciscoTonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is the Meteorologist in Charge at the National Weather Service in San Francisco Bay Area/Monterey. Mr. Haro was on a previous WeatherBrains show (Episode 465) when he was the MIC at the NWS Office in El Paso, TX. Jesus Haro, welcome back to WeatherBrains!

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 84 at Harlingen, TX, & Marathon, FL, and -37 at Stanley, ID
  • Big ice storm winding down in Central US
  • Only marginal severe weather risks in southern US next few days
  • Unseasonably warm across the Southeast US
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer is out this week.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: Snow covered 49 percent of the Lower 48 at last check, so when the weather turns warmer, snow melt could become an issue. So what is snow melt and how does it contribute to flooding? That’s the topic for this episode of 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 574:

NWS San Franciso

Tsunami Warning Center

Drought Monitor

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Picks of the Week:

Bill Murray – Gets the fog horn!

Brian Peters – WPC Probabilistic Winter Precipitation Guidance

James Spann – Interactive weather satellite imagery

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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The following note was penned to the WeatherBrains gang by Tim Bice.

Lady and Gents,

You mentioned on the most recent WB that you had not heard of the NWS offices on Instagram. As Jesse mentioned there are several experimental offices. Here is a list for your enjoyment:

NWS Sacramento
NWS Missoula
NWS Seattle
NWS San Francisco
NWS El Paso (a personal favorite)
NWS San Antonio
NWS Wakefield
NWS Columbia
NWS Hastings
NWS Sioux Falls
NWS Juneau
NWS Fairbanks

Have a great day and enjoy the picture viewing,

Tim (Bice)

WeatherBrains 573: Fastest Thing on the Highway

WeatherBrains Episode 573 is now online (January 10, 2017). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

John Murphy, COO NWSTonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the National Weather Service. He was formerly the Director of the NWS Office of Science and Technology. He served as a career meteorologist in the United States Air Force for 29 years before joining the NWS in 2011. He was the Commander of the Air Force Weather Agency. His meteorology degree is from Lyndon State and his Masters is from Penn State. John Murphy, welcome to WeatherBrains!

The Office of the Chief Operating Officer (OCOO) manages the day-to-day mission execution units responsible for delivering NWS weather, water, climate and space weather products, services, and information as well as the budgetary planning for 11 National Service Programs. The Office is responsible for coordinating and integrating all aspects of mission execution to ensure consistency of NWS products and services. The Office is responsible for enforcing National Service Program policy. The Office manages the NWS Operations Center (NWSOC) and provides liaison services to other partnering agencies. The Office is the lead for Continuity of Operations (COOP) planning to ensure organizational and management continuity. The Office monitors and reports service delivery performance measures, conducts and evaluates operational service efficiency, effectiveness, and customer satisfaction, and develops NWS policy delineating NWS’s mission and its public sector responsibility to produce and disseminate information. The Office manages and oversees resources to maintain and sustain effective mission execution, identifies and validates needed service requirements, and ensures those needs are incorporated into cross-portfolio planning activities. These activities require active coordination and collaboration with all members of the climatological, hydrometeorological, space weather, and oceanographic communities as well as all weather-sensitive constituent communities including other Federal, state, and local government agencies; the media; the private weather information sector; academic institutions; non-governmental organizations; constituent organizations; and the public.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 88 at McAllen, TX, & Edinburg, TX, and -17 at Lewistown, MT
  • Cold relinquishing it’s grip for now
  • New storm on the horizon for next weekend for Central US
  • With cold, little severe weather next several days
  • 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: There’s a lot of cold over the eastern US the last several days, and cold weather can lead to some issues later in the year. These issues can be ice jams produced by ice forming on the surface of rivers, streams, and creeks. Debris jams are similar, but can occur at anytime of the year.

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 573:

Jobs web site

Occupational workforce analysis (NWS)

NWS Office of Chief Operating Officer web page

NWS organizational structure

Warn on Forecast program

HR-1561, Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2016

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Picks of the Week:

Nate Johnson – Weather video by Mike Olbinski

Bill Murray – gets the fog horn!

Brian Peters – Weather and inauguration days

Kevin Selle – Skybrary, a single point of reference for aviation safety

James Spann – Interactive snow information

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Sierra Nevada cam with 8 feet of snow

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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