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WeatherBrains 955: Potato Guns And Fire Alarms

WeatherBrains Episode 955 is now online (May 6th, 2024). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE podcast for you!

Tonight’s Guest Panelist is a show regular.  He’s the SOO at the Birmingham NWS office.  Kevin Laws, it’s always good to see you on the show.

Our first Guest WeatherBrain tonight is an Emergency Management Officer with the Jefferson County Alabama Emergency Management Agency.  Melissa Sizemore, thanks for joining us on this week’s episode.

Melissa Sizemore, CEM

Guest WeatherBrain No. 2 is a former EMA officer with Calhoun County Alabama.  He’s now a full-time Professor at Idaho State University with the Homeland Security Program.  He will soon be joining the faculty at Jacksonville State University with their well-known and respected Emergency Management Program.  Jonathan Gaddy, it’s good to see you on the show.

A medium light skin toned man with brown hair and beard wearing a white shirt and grey suit jacket.

Bruce Jones of Midland Weather Radio also is back to discuss the importance of NOAA Weather Radio and its timely warnings and information.

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

  • What is a Science and Operations Officer?  (03:30)
  • Rapid growth in Emergency Management field (10:45)
  • Integrated Warning Team Concept (15:20)
  • Excessive hyperbole concern in professional weather enterprise (22:30)
  • Potential economic/financial issues as a result of excessive hyperbole (28:00)
  • AMS Digital Seal (32:45)
  • “Hot Washes” in EMA field (51:40)
  • Lack of cohesion in perceiving risk in Social Science’s infancy (01:07:30)
  • Ongoing severe weather in Kansas and Oklahoma (01:22:30)
  • Weather enterprise and its role in Emergency Management (01:38:30)
  • How do we make the warning process better?  (1:43:15)
  • Acceptable FAR/False Alarm Ratio (01:45:30)
  • 2024 Hurricane Season (01:54:15)
  • The Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice (01:25:35)
  • This Week in Tornado History With Jen (No segment this week)
  • National Weather Round-Up
  • E-Mail Segment (No segment this week)
  • and more!

Web Sites from Episode 955:  


AMS Weather Band

Midland Radio

Picks of the Week:

Jonathan Gaddy – FEMA Integrated Emergency Management Course (IEMC)

Melissa Sizemore – CERT

Kevin Laws – Rip Current Awareness

Bruce Jones –

James Aydelott – Out

Jen Narramore – Road in Smithville, MS named after Johnny Parker

Rick Smith – Out

Neil Jacobs – Hurricane Awareness Tours

Troy Kimmel – Foghorn

Kim Klockow-McClain – Conditional Intensity Forecast Verification Using Significant Severe Local Storm Reports

Bill Murray – Out

James Spann – Real Time Tropical Cyclones

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.