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WeatherBrains 652: Smoke From A Distant Fire

WeatherBrains Episode 652 is now online (July 16, 2018). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a meteorologist at the Naval Research Laboratory. Dr. David Peterson, welcome to WeatherBrains!

Last year was a record year for wildfires across the globe, and their impact on the atmosphere remains highly uncertain. Thanks to new research from expert scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, the world is gaining more insight into what drives these massive and escalating events. NRL meteorologist Dr. Peterson explained his findings from his recent research, “Wildfire-Driven Thunderstorms Cause a Volcano-Like Stratospheric Injection of Smoke,” during a press conference at the European Geosciences Union’s annual General Assembly in Vienna, Austria, held from April 8 to 13. “Our research shows that the stratospheric impact from five wildfire-driven thunderstorms, known as pyrocumulonimbus or pyroCb, was comparable to a moderate volcanic eruption,” Peterson explained the NRL pryoCb research team’s findings and that it’s an interdisciplinary collaboration with scientists from both the Marine Meteorology and Remote Sensing Divisions within NRL. The significance of volcanic eruptions in the climate system has been recognized for several decades, but pyroCb research is relatively new, originating at NRL in the early 2000s, according to Peterson.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 120 at Death Valley, CA, and 41 at Naples, ID
  • NASA Sponsored Joint Korea/US Air Quality Campaign
  • Birmingham reached 105F on this date in 1980
  • Tropics all quiet in Atlantic basin
  • 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: The 101 is out this week due to poll work for the runoff election in Alabama on July 17th.

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 652:

Example of large pyroCb

News from the US Naval Research Laboratory

NRL research into cirrus clouds

Picks of the Week:

Nate Johnson –  Out

David Peterson –  Nice plain language summary of our pyroCb study (actual paper is accepted, but not available yet)

Univ. Wisconsin pyroCb blog:

NRL pyroCb research website (near-real-time satellite imagery):

Kim Klockow-McClain –  Out

Bill Murray –  Gets the buzzer

Kevin Selle –  Out

Rick Smith – Weather Safety at Venues and Public Gatherings

James Spann – Can Billions of Corn Plants Affect the Weather in Nebraska?

Aubrey Urbanowicz –  Out

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

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WeatherBrains 651: Early Days of The Weather Channel

WeatherBrains Episode 651 is now online (July 9, 2018). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Our two guest WeatherBrains tonight will help us all take a stroll down memory lane by looking back at some of the first years of The Weather Channel.

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain #1 is a legend in meteorology. He was the first Director of Meteorology at The Weather Channel, Chief Meteorologist at WSI, and was Dr. Dewpoint on the Intellicast website. He is currently Co-Chief Meteorologist at WeatherBell Analytics. We’re happy to have Joe D’Aleo.

Joining us as Guest WeatherBrain #2 is Al Lipson. Al was a Lead Forecaster at The Weather Channel in the early days. Apparently Al was a bit of a wise-cracker.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 121 at Death Valley, CA, and 34 at Bodie State Park, CA
  • Atlantic Basin has become active
  • Chris off Carolina coast now a hurricane
  • Beryl reached hurricane status but degenerated to an open wave
  • Hot in Southwest US
  • Drought centered on Four Corners Area
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer runs out of time, so a double mail bag next week.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: Ever wonder about what the National Weather Service does all year as well as what it costs to provide those services? We take a look into some of the statistics that make up an average year for the NWS.

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 651:

WeatherBell Analytics

List of Weather Channel Mets

Weather Channel Pioneers (book)

Weather Channel Pioneers web page

Picks of the Week:

Kim Klockow-McClain – SPC Thunderstorm Forecasting Series

Bill Murray – gets the fog horn.

Brian Peters – gets the fog horn.

James Spann – Tropical Tidbits satellite imagery

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Storm Events Database

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

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WeatherBrains 650: Reverting to Drugs

WeatherBrains Episode 650 is now online (July 2, 2018). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Joining us as Guest WeatherBrains this week we have Ariel Cohen and Ryan Bunker from NWS Topeka, KS. Ariel is the Science and Operations Officer (SOO) at WFO Topeka. They bring a whole host of additional people to the show. They will be discussing the topic of mentorship and career advancement.

Kevin Selle invited Aubrey’s partner in crime while in Norman last week to the show, so joining us from WOOD-TV, Grand Rapids, as our Guest Panelist we have Ellen Bacca.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 119 at Death Valley, CA, and 31 at Leadville, CO
  • Westerlies pushed north along US/Canadian border
  • Severe weather west of Great Lakes next couple of days
  • Hot in Southwest US and along coast from VA to ME
  • Highest drought conditions in Southwest US
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer has been off seeing the world in Norman, OK, so we’ll see what happens with the email basket tonight.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: A WeatherBrains listener sent in a question about a term he heard in a forecast discussion. The term was baroclinic so this episode tries to provide some definition for our listeners.

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 650:

WOOD-TV Weather, Grand Rapids, MI

NWS Topeka, KS

NOAA Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship

NOAA/NWS Student Employment Opportunities

SPC Thunderstorm Forecasting Series

Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom for a picture of some of the WeatherBrains gang in Norman, OK, last week.

Picks of the Week:

Ellen Bacca – Shelf cloud very low to ground

Kim Klockow-McClain – FY19 Appropriations for NOAA

Brian Peters – NWS Lightning Fatality Statistics

Kevin Selle – Bull gear replacement on Pueblo, CO, Doppler radar

James Spann – Tweet on heat burnt from NWS Boulder

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Finding a National Park

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

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WeatherBrains 649: Don’t Touch Anything

WeatherBrains Episode 649 is now online (June 25, 2018). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Joining us on this episode of WeatherBrains are guest WeatherBrains Benjamin May and Joe Tankersley. Ben came to marketing as a senior executive at Chateau St. Michelle winery. He left this to develop public safety-related “edu-tainment” programs at Disney in Orlando.

Teaming with Disney Imagineer Joe Tankersley, they managed to get together a huge pot of funding and create a program that successfully improved preparedness behaviors for hundreds of thousands of people. They teamed with FLASH, and through that, connected with many of the big names in our field. Through those connections, both men continue to be involved with NWS safety campaigns.

Also joining us from KMBC-TV in Kansas City is guest panelist Nick Bender. Nick is the morning meteorologist there and the proud father of a new baby boy.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 120 at Death Valley, CA, and 30 at Gothic, CO
  • Large slight risk area Tuesday centered on IL and MO
  • Hot in Southwest US into TX
  • Atlantic Basin quiet for now
  • Eastern Pacific Basin has Daniel and another disturbed area
  • 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 take a look at one of those cloud features you might see as developing updrafts work upward to create a thunderstorm.

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 649:

FLASH

Disney Imagineering

StormStruck

Be sure to scroll to the bottom for a special picture.

Picks of the Week:

Nick Bender – Instability, Skew-T, and Hodograph Handbook

Nate Johnson – Make Maps Beautiful

Kim Klockow-McClain –

Brian Peters – RadarScope Blog

Kevin Selle – What Journalists Can Learn from Local TV Meteorologists

Rick Smith – Harvey Service Assessment

James Spann – Cullman Tornado of June 22, 2018

Aubrey Urbanowicz – see picture at the bottom of the page

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

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Several of the WeatherBrains gang are in Norman, OK, where they took this picture on June 25, 2018. From left to right, Rick Smith, Kim Klockow-McClain, Aubrey Urbanowicz, and Kevin Selle.

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