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WeatherBrains 623: In My Older Age I’ve Been Off

WeatherBrains Episode 623 is now online (December 26, 2017). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Our guest WeatherBrain for this episode is Dr. Pam Heinselmann. Dr. Heinselman’s primary research objective is to determine how to best capitalize on phased array radar capabilities to address 21st century forecast and warning needs including the NOAA Weather and Water strategic mission goal to increase lead time and accuracy for weather and water warnings and forecasts. She is accomplishing this objective through a combination of innovative scanning strategy design, leadership of data collection and analysis activities, active involvement with end users, and graduate student mentorship. Working with radar data has been Dr. Heinselman’s passion, as indicated by her earlier teamwork that was recognized by a NOAA Bronze Medal in 1998 and Silver Medal in 1999 for improvements to NEXRAD algorithms.

In July, 2009, Dr. Heinselman was selected for the 2008 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The PECASE Award is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government upon outstanding scientists and engineers in the early stages of their careers. This award recognizes her research and leadership accomplishments in using phased array radar for observing hazardous weather. Subsequently, in October, 2009, her Heinselman et al. 2008 paper entitled, “Rapid Sampling of Severe Storms by the National Weather Radar Testbed Phased Array Radar” was chosen for the OAR Outstanding Paper of the Year Award. In 2010, her publication also won the Professor Dr. Vilho Vaisala Award.

Dr. Heinselman is a Ph.D. graduate of the University of Oklahoma School of Meteorology (2004) and an M.S. and B.S. graduate (1994 and 1992, respectively) of the St. Louis University Department of Earth and Atmospheric Science. She is orginally from Westminster, MD.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes:
  • Episode pre-recorded so not much weather info
  • Mild for some
  • Cold for some
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer was out for this episode.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: WeatherBrains 101 is off for the holidays, but it will return after the first of 2018. Merry Christmas!

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 623:

Warn on Forecast

FACETS in the National Weather Service

CNET article about NTSC3

atsc3 web site

Picks of the Week:

Pam Heinselmann – Warn on Forecast webinar

Kim Klockow-McClain – Publicly Sharing Weather Information

Bill Murray – True/False Film Fest

Brian Peters – WFO Fort Worth write-up of 1929 snowstorm

Kevin Selle – No pick means fog horn!

James Spann – Arctic Oscillation and Polar Vortex Analysis & Forecasts

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, Rick Smith, Nate Johnson, 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 622: Bumped by Chicken Conference

WeatherBrains Episode 622 is now online (December 18, 2017). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a CCM, a CBM, and NSH. She is a graduate of Cornell University and the AMS Commissioner on Professional Affairs. She is also the morning meteorologist at News 13 in Orlando. Maureen McCann, welcome to WeatherBrains.

Maureen McCann knew she wanted to be a broadcast meteorologist since the age of 4, when Hurricane Gloria blew through her New England hometown. So, it’s fitting that Maureen has landed in Central Florida, since it was a hurricane that sparked her interest in weather in the first place. A native of Massachusetts, Maureen joined News 13 from KMGH in Denver. Beyond her work in-studio, she was often reporting live in blizzards and severe weather. In 2011, her storm chase adventures transformed into a 30-minute special, “Tracking Twisters,” which was honored with an Emmy Award and a Colorado Broadcasters Association award.

Although Colorado’s weather is drastically different than Florida’s, Maureen is no stranger to 24-hour news. Before Denver, she spent several years at our sister Spectrum News station in Austin, which gave her experience with lengthy rounds of severe weather coverage. There, she also completed graduate coursework at the University of Texas at Austin. She is continuing her graduate studies currently at University of Central Florida, focusing on geographic information systems and emergency management.

Maureen graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Atmospheric Science. Her career began at WABI in Bangor, ME, followed by WTVH in Syracuse, NY.

A Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) by the American Meteorological Society, Maureen is an active member within the organization, having served on the Board of Broadcast Meteorology where she helped award the CBM seals to her peers and organized the annual AMS Broadcast Conference.

Currently, Maureen is the AMS Commissioner on Professional Affairs. In this nationally recognized role, she oversees several boards and committees involving the Society’s certification programs, including the CBM seals. Maureen is also one of very few broadcasters to earn the prestigious Certified Consulting Meteorologist seal, or CCM. The CCM designation is issued by the Society to highly qualified meteorologists providing research and services to a wide variety of users of weather information. CCMs must demonstrate exemplary qualities of character and devotion to high professional standards.

Anyone who knows her is aware that Huey Lewis and the News is her favorite band and she is a big fan of all the Boston sports teams. Her other interests include skiing, hot yoga, tennis, golf and running. She completed the Disney Marathon in 2010, and she’s hoping that if she runs it again, the weather will be warmer; that was the year with record cold in Central Florida!

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 85 at Pembroke Pines, FL, Fort Myers, FL, & Fort Myers/Southwest Florida International Airport, FL, and -17 at Big Black River, ME
  • GOES-R underwent an identity crisis today
  • Severe weather possible in SE US on Wednesday
  • Rainy from Texas to Georgia
  • Warm in Florida/cold in Oklahoma
  • 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: In this episode of 101 we’re going to look back a bit to trace the history of weather radar to the present day. And believe it or not, you have to go all the way back to the 1880s for the first appearance of the idea of radar.

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 622:

Matt Parker, AMS

WeatherBrains Episode 561

Picks of the Week:

Maureen McCann – Board for Private Sector Meteorologists

Kim Klockow-McClain – Boundaries of Metropolises by algorithm

Bill Murray – Hashtag #WhyINWA

Brian Peters – No pick so he gets the fog horn!

Kevin Selle – Ships triggering lightning

Rick Smith – AMS 98th annual meeting

James Spann – EMC’s GEFS plumes

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Dreaming of a white Christmas?

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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Thanks to Tony Rice!

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WeatherBrains 621: The Atmosphere Is Very Unforgiving

WeatherBrains Episode 621 is now online (December 11, 2017). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Joining us tonight is Guest WeatherBrain Steve Weiss from the Storm Prediction Center, Norman, OK. To our knowledge this is Steve’s first appearance on WeatherBrains.

And our guest panelist is Mark Jelinek. Mark is a returning guest having been on Episode 584 and Episode 585.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 87 at Anaheim, CA, & San Bernardino, CA, and -6 at West Yellowstone, MT
  • Big snowfall for Southeast US last Friday
  • Winter weather from Texas to Maine
  • Comparisons to Hurricane Harvey forecasts
  • Comparing SPC today to the 70’s and 80’s
  • 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: Unfortunately the previous week has been quite busy, so there was no time to prepare a 101 episode for this show. I presume it will return next week.

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 621:

Picks of the Week:

Kevin Selle – Out!

Bill Murray – Out!

Rick Smith – Out!

James Spann – The Snow Of December 8, 2017

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Out!

Kim Klockow – Alaskan North Slope climate change

Mark Jelinek – National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center

Steve Weiss – Mesoscale Discussion 1795

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 620: Every Day a Tornado Day

WeatherBrains Episode 620 is now online (December 4, 2017). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is the Chief of the Forecast Services Division at NWS Headquarters. In this role, he oversees policy for the wide variety of services that touch the public and NWS partners. He also serves as national lead for the NWS Hazards Simplification project which, with support from the social science community, has a goal of maximizing comprehension of and effective response to NWS hazard messages. He also supports NWS Weather Ready Nation initiative via direct interactions with external partners and serves as an Expert Team Lead for Impact-based Weather Services for the United Nation’s World Meteorological Organization. Eli Jacks, welcome back to WeatherBrains!

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 89 at McAllen, TX, & Falfurrias, TX, and -5 at Stanley, ID
  • Large storm system over extreme western Great Lakes
  • Pattern change underway
  • Troughiness over eastern US to bring some cold weather
  • Drought conditions returning across southern US
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer dips into the bottom of the bag to bring the latest listener email.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: We’re just a few days into meteorological winter and the winter weather advisories, warnings, and watches have sprung up with a sizable storm moving through the North Central US. So in this episode of 101 we’ll take a look at snow and the various descriptions surrounding it.

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 620:

NWS web page

NWS Water Center

Weather Ready Nation

Overview of National Water Center, Tuscaloosa, AL

NWS Directive on severe weather products

Patrick Marsh look at Tornado Emergencies

Picks of the Week:

Eli Jacks – Astraphobia, also known as astrapophobia, brontophobia, keraunophobia, or tonitrophobia is an abnormal fear of thunder and lightning, a type of specific phobia. It is a treatable phobia that both humans and animals can develop.

Kim Klockow-McClain – NWS hazard simplification project

Bill Murray – WeatherBrains & WeatherReady Nation survey

Brian Peters – WeatherReady Ambassadors

Kevin Selle – Monthly photos

Rick Smith – Snow during a La Nina

James Spann – Leeches predicting the weather

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Devastation on the Delaware (1955)

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, Rick Smith, Kim Klockow-McClain, 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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Special photo thanks to gang member Kevin Selle.