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WeatherBrains 626: Everyone is a Big Wuss

WeatherBrains Episode 626 is now online (January 15, 2018). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Joining us this evening are Mark Taylor and Dr. Brock Burghart from WeatherBell. Mark comes to us from Atlanta, GA, while Dr. Burghart is in Colorado.

We also have Kurt Korte from Surfline. He is lead forecaster at Surfline. Kurt is primarily an Atlantic forecaster. Having some dialogue on the forecast challenges of each basin could be interesting. A couple of other potential topics – Who Surfline is and what we do, the basics of wave forecasting, tools we use to forecast waves, what it means to be the official forecaster for the World Surf League, interesting real time wave events (the North Atlantic and North Pacific are both very active right now with storms/swells).

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 81 at Thermal, CA, and -33 at Estcourt Station, ME
  • Major cold across eastern US
  • Snow impacting Southeast US
  • With so much cold, no severe weather threats
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer is staying up-to-date on the incoming messages from our listeners.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: The Southeast US is facing it’s second snow event of the 2017-18 winter season, so it seemed appropriate to dust of the notes about measuring snow.

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 626:

WeatherBell

SurfLine

Weather Source

Video from NWS Sullivan, WI

Picks of the Week:

Brock Burghart – HRRR Ensemble

Kurt Korte – Hokule’a – A Voyage Of Hope

Bill Murray – Facebook page for Ada Monzon

Brian Peters – 15 Incredibly Cool Facts about Snow

Rick Smith – 1968 snow

James Spann – NCEP SREF Plume Viewer

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Ginger Zee’s book

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Brian Peters, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, Rick Smith, Kevin Selle, and Nate Johnson. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

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WeatherBrains 625: You Can Only Touch it with One Finger!

WeatherBrains Episode 625 is now online (January 8, 2018). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

No specific guests this episode, but we have several of the WeatherBrains gang at the AMS 98th conference being held in Austin, TX. We had hopes of having some of them join in the discussion, but the massive meeting seems to have put an obstacle in the plans.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 80 at Tuscon (Davis Monthan AFB), NH, and -1 at Frenchville, ME
  • Not as cold as last week
  • But more cold coming next weekend
  • Total lunar eclipse at the end of January
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer gets a shot at the incoming messages from our listeners.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: Last week there was a huge brouhaha over the term bomb cyclone used to describe the huge winter storm that impacted the coast of the Northeast US. It even attracted the attention of the skit writers for the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. So we dive into what a bomb is and how they come about. Checkout the pick of the week from Professor Peters for a look at the humor over the use of the terminology.

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 625:

About the 98th Annual Conference of AMS

2017 US Radar Time Lapse

Picks of the Week:

Brian Peters – Skit on bomb cyclone

Kevin Selle – National Snowfall Analysis

James Spann – Roof leaking in Atlanta stadium

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Virginia HD Satellite

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 624: Top 10 Events for 2017 Year

WeatherBrains Episode 624 is now online (January 2, 2018). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

This is one of the most anticipated shows for the WeatherBrains gang as we have Greg Carbin, now at WPC, with his annual year end review of his top 10 weather events for 2017. These are the biggest events in the US based solely on Greg’s personal observations and do not represent any official government list. The titles of each of the top 10 events are listed at the bottom of this page.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 81 at Pembroke Pines, FL, & 81 at Pompano Beach, FL, and -33 at Whitefield, NH
  • Brutal cold across the eastern US
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer will be back to handle the incoming messages from our listeners in our next episode.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: All of us at WeatherBrains wish you a Happy New Year for 2018. The episodes of 101 will return for show 625.

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 624:

Weather Prediction Center

Picks of the Week:

Bill Murray – WPC experimental national forecast chart

Brian Peters – GOES-East Imagery Viewer

James Spann – Cold facts from SPC

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Sudden Freeze of 1836

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, Rick Smith, Kevin Selle, Brian Peters, and Nate Johnson. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

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Greg’s Events

#1 – California Wet and Wild, January, 2017, precipitation ending extreme drought

#2 – Plastered in Portland, Below Normal Temps Northwest US and large snowfall at Portland

#3 – March Wildfires in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas

#4 – Nor’easter in NE US March, 2017

#5 – Ozarks/Missouri Spring Flood – 2nd > 1 billion dollar disaster

#6 – Denver’s Costliest Hailstorm May, 2017

#7 – Arizona’s Deadly Monsoon in July, 2017

#8 – Harvey August, 2017 (3rd billion dollar disaster)

#9 – Irma August-September, 2017

#10 – California burning (most destructive fire year in California history)

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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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