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WeatherBrains 943: Stop Picking Up Copperheads

WeatherBrains Episode 943 is now online (February 12th, 2024). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE podcast for you!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is the author of the compelling and insightful book “Death Clouds on Mount Baldy:  Tucson’s Lost Tragedy”.  The book discusses and chronicles the harrowing 1958 blizzard in Arizona that stranded a pack of Boy Scouts and the extensive rescue effort that followed.  Cathy Hufault, welcome to the show tonight.


Also joining us tonight is Cathy’s brother, Ralph Coltrin.  He’s a key figure in the book as he was one of the boy scouts who decided to return to camp that day and was a survivor of the incident.  His first hand experience offers us a profound and unique perspective on the events that unfolded as well as the lasting impacts.

Bruce Jones of Midland Weather Radio also is back to discuss the importance of NOAA Weather Radio and its timely warnings and information.  Also you can NOW get 25% off a NOAA Weather Radio at by using PROMO CODE SPANN25.

Our email officer Jen is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners. Reach us here:

  • ChaserCon 2024 Summit (1:00)
  • Baltimore 2024 AMS Annual meeting review (08:00)
  • Discussion on 1958 Arizona blizzard (12:00)
  • Enduring relationships following tragedy/Long-term impacts (32:45)
  • Memorial erected on mountain (37:45)
  • Colorado Emergency Managers Conference 2024/Role of Emergency Management in weather (01:19:00)
  • The Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice (01:13:02)
  • This Week in Tornado History With Jen (01:15:50)
  • National Weather Round-Up (01:25:30)
  • E-Mail Segment (No segment this week)
  • and more!

Web Sites from Episode 943:  

“Death Clouds on Mount Baldy: Tucson’s Lost Tragedy” by Cathy Hufault

Midland Weather Radio

Picks of the Week:

Bruce Jones – Four people went hiking on Mt. Baldy during a mega storm. One is still missing.

James Aydelott – James Aydelott on X: KC Chiefs photo

Jen Narramore – Out

Rick Smith – Twisters Official Trailer

Neil Jacobs – Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Troy Kimmel – Out

Kim Klockow-McClain – Why Taking Risks Helps You Grow — and How to Do It

Bill Murray – Turbli Flight Turbulence Forecasts

Bill Murray – Weather Band Jamposium 2024

James Spann – 2024 NSCS Rolling Fork Panel

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Troy Kimmel, Bill Murray, Rick Smith, James Aydelott, 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.