Archive for May 14th, 2024

WeatherBrains 956: From One Swamp To Another

WeatherBrains Episode 956 is now online (May 13th, 2024). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE podcast for you!

Our Guest WeatherBrain tonight is an old friend of the show.  He recently joined Spire, a weather forecasting company that utilizes advanced satellite technology and data analytics to produce highly accurate and timely weather forecasts.  He appeared on show No. 303 in November 2011 and show 751 a few years later in 2020.   He’s a seasoned meteorologist with extensive experience in weather technology data analysis.  He co-founded Weather Decision Technologies before it was acquired by DTN.  Michael Eilts, welcome to back to WeatherBrains.

Michael Eilts

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:

  • Origins/acquisition of RadarScope (17:15)
  • WDT acquisition by DTN (20:30)
  • What is radio occultation?  (23:45)
  • Impact of Spire’s data/Governmental relationships (28:30)
  • Paradigm shift of satellite data from governmental to commercial (35:30)
  • Physics of the low Earth orbit of the atmosphere (47:35)
  • Differences between artificial intelligence and machine learning (52:45)
  • AMS Forecast Improvement Group (58:55)
  • What defines a “bust” in the weather community?  (01:14:00)
  • The Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice (No segment this week)
  • This Week in Tornado History With Jen (01:07:57)
  • National Weather Round-Up (01:26:00)
  • E-Mail Segment (01:09:10)
  • and more!

Web Sites from Episode 956:  

AI weather modeling: Spire and NVIDIA’s partnership presents true evolution in weather prediction


AMS Weather Band

Midland Radio

Picks of the Week:

Bruce Jones – Foghorn

James Aydelott – Video of the tornado in the Jemez Mountains

Jen Narramore – Jen appears on “Across the Sky” podcast to discuss Tornado Talk

Rick Smith – April 25-May 10th 2024 Severe Weather Sequence analysis from NWS SPC

Rick Smith – PBS NOVA Tornado! Original Broadcast, 1985

Neil Jacobs – Here come the cicadas! Cicada double brood emerging across eastern states with potential impacts to young trees, no danger to people and pets

Troy Kimmel – Tennessee Valley Weather

Kim Klockow-McClain – Foghorn

Bill Murray – Foghorn

James Spann – National Hurricane Center Products and Services Update for 2024 Hurricane Season

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.