Archive for July, 2022

WeatherBrains 860: Strikingly Unpleasant

WeatherBrains Episode 860 is now online (July 11th, 2022). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE podcast for you!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a graduate of the University of Georgia.  She was a broadcast meteorologist at WTVM-TV in Columbus, Georgia.  Since February 2022, she is the lead Forensic Meteorologist for Atlas Forensic Meteorology.  Anna Sims, welcome!
Anna Sims
Also joining the show as Guest Panelist #1 is meteorologist Sam Lane Gould.  He’s worked in Tulsa, Joplin and Panama City, Florida.  He’s now the Senior Forensic Meteorologist at Atlas Forensic Meteorology.  Sam, welcome!
In addition, welcome Guest Panelist #2 Jim LaDue. He works as an instructor for the National Weather Service Warning Training Division.  Welcome!
Our email officer Jen is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners. Reach us here: email@weatherbrains.com.
  • Where do green skies come from?  (07:30)
  • Hurricane wind vs. flooding with insurance claims (01:12:00)
  • Revisiting harassment in the broadcast weather field (01:03:00)
  • Insurance companies treatment of hail damage (01:20:00)
  • Forensic engineers and meteorologists working with insurance companies to aid claims (01:23:00)
  • The appeal of forensic meteorology (01:28:30)
  • The Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice (01:43:45)
  • This Week in Tornado History With Jen (No segment this week)
  • National Weather Round-Up (0
  • E-Mail Segment (0
  • and more!

Web Sites from Episode 860:

Atlas Forensic Meteorology

Anna Sims Twitter

Jim LaDue Twitter

Picks of the Week:

Jim LaDue – Color Names

Jim LaDue – ” Towards the “Perfect” Weather Warning: Bridging Disciplinary Gaps through Partnership and Communication” edited by Brian Golding

Anna Sims – Green Sky in South Dakota

Same Lane Gould – Australia floods: Unfounded cloud seeding claims spread online

Jen Narramore – Out

Rick Smith – Out

Neil Jacobs – A Green Flash Page

Troy Kimmel – CoCoRaHS expands into Guam

Kim Klockow-McClain – Cameron Nixon Twitter

Bill Murray – “Weather in the Courtroom” by William Haggard

James Spann – NWS Boulder Tweet on Heat Risk

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Troy Kimmel, Bill Murray, Rick Smith, Jen Narramore, Dr. Neil Jacobs, and Dr. Kim Klockow-McClain. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating podcast about weather.

WeatherBrains 859: Neil Didn’t Respect The Polygon

WeatherBrains Episode 859 is now online (July 5th, 2022). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE podcast for you!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrains are the co-chairs of the Joint Conference for Weather Warnings and Communication as well as the Broadcast Meteorology Conference.  Tonight’s show will be looking at the highlights of the conference and what many in the meteorology community took away from the experience.  Robbie Berg is a Senior Hurricane Specialist at the National Hurricane Center.  Jennifer Spinney is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Disaster and Emergency Management at York University.  Robbie and Jennifer, welcome to WeatherBrains!
Our email officer Jen is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners. Reach us here: email@weatherbrains.com.
  • Changing attitudes of the younger generation toward traditional broadcast meteorology (46:45)
  • Benefits of virtual vs. in-person experiences for meteorology students (01:05:00)
  • Biggest Conference takeaways for weather professionals (01:20:30)
  • The Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice (01:32:00)
  • This Week in Tornado History With Jen (01:33:45)
  • National Weather Round-Up (0
  • E-Mail Segment (01:34:53)
  • and more!

Web Sites from Episode 859:

The Sixth Conference on Weather Warnings and Communication in conjunction with the 49th Conference on Broadcast Meteorology

Picks of the Week:

Jen Narramore – Review of the damaging EF-4 tornado across west central Minnesota on July 8th, 2020

Rick Smith – When Dangerous Weather Approaches The Spanish Translation Problem Looms

Neil Jacobs – A Meteorologist’s Worst Mistake

Troy Kimmel – Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network

Troy Kimmel – CoCoRaHS Maps

Kim Klockow-McClain – Changing Climates: Equity and Adaptation in a Warming World

Bill Murray – Out

James Spann – New Supercomputers Take Over NOAA’s Weather Forecast Models

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Troy Kimmel, Bill Murray, Rick Smith, Jen Narramore, Dr. Neil Jacobs, and Dr. Kim Klockow-McClain. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating podcast about weather.