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WeatherBrains 605: Ode to a Saltine Cracker

WeatherBrains Episode 605 is now online (August 21, 2017). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain needs no introduction to the average American, much less the average WeatherBrains listener. But in case you have been living under a rock, meet the man who made FEMA what it is today. Mr. Craig Fugate, finally, welcome to WeatherBrains!

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 113 at Death Valley, CA, and 34 at Gothic, CO
  • The Eclipse of 2017 is in the rearview mirror!
  • Many weather stations showing a dip coincident with eclipse.
  • Slight risk for severe wx from Wrn KY to Nrn VT
  • Still not too hot in the East; hot in the West
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Note: Extremes are typically for the Monday evening of the show, but that may vary depending on when the show is recorded.

Our email bag officer dips into the pouch to see what the latest incoming messages are about.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: Can you believe that it is already coming up on the start to meteorological Fall? So just what contributes to the autumn colors we see in the leaves? With the help of some information from the U.S. Forest Service, we’ll take a look at those factors.

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 605:

Full bio on Craig Fugate

FEMA web site

2004 hurricane season (from NHC)

FCC Changes to WEA

Picks of the Week:

Brian Peters – Eclipse 2017 pictures from across the country Special thanks to Rick for the pick!

Kevin Selle – Saltine cracker view of the eclipse

Rick Smith – Solar eclipse transformed America

James Spann – New tornado alley emerges

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Mt. Washington Twitter page

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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How NOT to prepare for a total eclipse!

WeatherBrains 604: Solar Eclipse 2017

WeatherBrains Episode 604 is now online (August 14, 2017). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain grew up in Fayette, AL. She earned her degree in Broadcast Meteorology at Mississippi State University. She is currently a Weather Operations and Sales Manager at Iteris, Inc. in Grand Forks, ND. During her free time, she loves being outdoors with her fiancé and 2 dogs. Leah Dailey, welcome to WeatherBrains.

Iteris, Inc. is an American company which was set up in 1969 and is now based in Santa Ana, CA, focusing on intelligent information solutions to the traffic management market globally.

And tonight’s Guest Panelist is the podcast’s Resident Astronomer. He needs no introduction since we hear the dulcid tones of his voice every week! Tony Rice, welcome aboard!

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 114 at Death Valley, CA. and 36 at Leadville, CO
  • Tulsa tornado
  • Solar Eclipse upcoming
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer is back so count on her to review recent incoming messages from our listeners.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: The professor is AWOL this week due to working the local voting poll in his area for the primary to fill the Senate position vacated by Jeff Sessions.

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 604:

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Picks of the Week:

Nate Johnson – Is there any common ground?

Tony Rice – Solar Eclipse 2017

Bill Murray – Weather Analysis & Forecasting Handbook by Tim Vasquez

Kevin Selle – Free VAD winds data

James Spann – Three tornadoes in three states

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Day In WX History

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 603: I Wrapped Up and the Phones Went Wild

WeatherBrains Episode 603 is now online (August 7, 2017). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Our guest WeatherBrain for this episode is Dr. Judith Curry. Dr. Curry has a PhD in Geophysical Sciences from the University of Chicago (1982) and a B.S. in Geography from Northern Illinois University (1974). Dr. is the former chairman (2002 – 2014) and former professor at the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Curry resigned from her position at Georgia Tech on January 1, 2017, citing the “craziness” of climate science, and plans to focus on her private business, Climate Forecast Applications Network. She continues to write and speak prolifically on the climate change issue and run the blog Climate Etc. She has been invited by Republicans to testify at climate change hearings regarding alleged uncertainties regarding man-made climate change. She has also participated in a variety of blogs in the skeptical science community including Climate Audit, the Air Vent, and others. Dr. Curry has been criticized by climate scientists for her climate outreach in the blogosphere based on assertions not necessarily supported by the evidence: particularly that the “climate always changes.” Scientist Mark Serreze, director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder, points out that “Climate doesn’t change all by itself for no good reason. Something has to force it.”

Guest WeatherBrains number 2 is James Aydelott, chief meteorologist at Fox 23 in Tulsa. His great grandparents moved into Indian Territory before 1900 and his grandfather was born in Howe. His parents were both teachers in Tulsa Public Schools. James has always been fascinated by the severe weather that seems to hit Tulsa with fearsome regularity.

James’s dad piled the family in the station wagon and toured the damage after each round of severe weather, and all that destruction made quite an impression on young James. After graduating from Tulsa’s East Central High School, James headed to the University of Oklahoma and graduated with a degree in meteorology. James has worked in Sherman, TX, Savannah, GA, Wichita, KS, Dallas, TX, and in Tulsa, seeing and forecasting everything from tornadoes to hurricanes to blizzards. He has years of tornado chasing experience and is a severe weather and Doppler radar expert. James is an instrument-rated pilot and enjoys flying his Cessna Cardinal. James and his wife Robyn have two children and golden retriever, Mia, who also loves to fly. He also likes to cook and has even been a celebrity chef in Tulsa’s own Chef Fest. James is involved in Tulsa’s Iron Gate Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry, and Tulsa’s Restore Hope Ministry.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 115 at Death Valley, CA, and 28 at West Yellowstone Gate, MT
  • And our own Bill Murray was just at Yellowstone
  • Still hot in the West and Southwest US
  • Still somewhat mild over the eastern half of the country
  • Tropical Storm Franklin closing in on Yucatan Peninsula
  • Lots of rain over the Southeast US
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer is out once again, so the mail bag gets postponed again.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: For this episode of WeatherBrains 101, we take a look at the overall definition of jet stream including what it is and where they occur. Jet streams are a factor in both northern and southern hemispheres as well as other planets.

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 603:

Link to Tarmo’s video

Fox 23 Weather

More information about WEA

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Picks of the Week:

Kim Klockow – Australian Bureau of Meteorology

Bill Murray – No pick but off doing interview.

Brian Peters – Clear air turbulence injures 10

Kevin Selle – No pick so gets the fog horn.

Rick Smith – Popular Mechanics article, “How to Stop the Wind”

James Spann – Is there any common ground?

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 602: Supposed to be my Natural Scent

WeatherBrains Episode 602 is now online (July 31, 2017). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

This show looks at the OKC television market with Guest WeatherBrains Damon Lane, KOCO. Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is the Chief Meteorologist at KOCO TV in Oklahoma City. Before coming to OKC in 2009 he was the Chief Meteorologist at KTXS TV in Abilene, Texas. He got his bachelors degree in Meteorology/Atmospheric Science from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Damon Lane, welcome to WeatherBrains!

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes:
  • Tropical Storm Emily formed earlier today off West Coast of Florida
  • Emily now a depression crossing Florida
  • Little severe weather across the US
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer is in and out this week so hopefully back in full force next week.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: If you were watching the eastern North Pacific, you saw where there were two tropical storms that were in relatively close proximity, so there was the potential for an interaction of the storms. This interaction is called the Fujiwhara effect or Fujiwhara interaction. So just what is that? It is the topic for this edition of 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 602:

WOCO Television

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Picks of the Week:

Kevin Selle – Leslie Anne Martin art work

Rick Smith – Texas Monthly article

James Spann – RAMMB site for satellite data

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Haby Hints

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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