Archive for May 21st, 2024

WeatherBrains 957: Bird Eggs and Limes

WeatherBrains Episode 957 is now online (May 20th, 2024). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE podcast for you!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain grew up dreaming of being a meteorologist and has had a passion for weather ever since he was a kid.  He was born in Columbus Ohio where he went to high school and has lived there ever since. For college, he first went to Valparaiso for 1 year where he played baseball and took meteorology classes.  Then, he transferred to Ohio State, for his final 3 years of college, where he got his undergraduate in Atmospheric Sciences and a minor in Computer science (coding).  Since graduating from college, he has worked as a technology consultant for 7 years and has also been a cohost on the Storm Front Freak podcast since its inception.  Even though he initially decided to go into consulting after receiving an offer to go into TV meteorology right out of college, his true passion is and always has been weather.  He just recently started a Live Severe Weather streaming show (under the alias Storm Cat5) called Outbreak, where he along with other Storm Front Freaks nowcast tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, and extreme weather across the U.S.. His goal with Outbreak is to bring my passion for weather to the world to get more people to love and understand weather better instead of being terrified of it.   If just one person comes away from their show knowing more about the weather and how to react to it, that’s a success in Brady’s book.  Also, he has had enough with not pursuing my passion for weather, which is really where Outbreak was born from. He loves every second that he is on Outbreak and his goal is to make it a household name.  They have had around seven shows so far.  Brady Harris, welcome to tonight’s show and thanks for joining us.
Also appearing tonight is a dedicated meteorologist and author.  She’s known for her contributions to the Storm Front Freaks Podcast and has a passion for weather education.  She’s the author of the “Frances Fox” books for children.  Her day job is in marketing for Atmospheric G2.  Cyrena Arnold, welcome to WeatherBrains.

Last but certainly not least is two veterans of the show.  Hurricane specialist/chaser/severe weather expert Mark Sudduth and Mississippi State University professor Greg Nordstrom are here tonight with us to discuss their upcoming hail research in the Great Plains, Hurricane Season Outlook, and other topics.  Great to see you both and thanks for joining the show tonight.

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:

  • 80 tornadoes so far in Oklahoma in 2024 (05:00)
  • Severe thunderstorm/major damage in Houston 5/16/24 (10:30)
  • Excessive heat in Atlantic Ocean ahead of Hurricane season (27:15)
  • Communicating Hurricane Season forecasts effectively with the general public (28:00)
  • Mark Sudduth’s hail research (52:00)
  • Pending research of temperature gradient of a hailstone (01:04:30)
  • Storm Front Freaks Podcast (01:22:45)
  • Inspiration/background for “Outbreak” stream (01:26:00)
  • Creation of “Frances the Fox” book series and its impact (01:32:00)
  • What is GXT Radio?  (01:48:30)
  • The Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice (01:43:52)
  • This Week in Tornado History With Jen (01:46:07)
  • National Weather Round-Up (01:
  • E-Mail Segment (01:54:20)
  • and more!

Web Sites from Episode 957:  


AMS Weather Band

Midland Radio

Picks of the Week:

Brady Harris – Live Lightning Map

Cyrena Arnold – NOAA/NWS Headline Scores Home

Bruce Jones – Tornado Talk on X: Ruskin Heights F5 Tornado May 20th, 1957

James Aydelott – Out

Jen Narramore – Photo of Jeff Piotrowski and David Hoadley storm chasing

Rick Smith – May 20, 2013: The day an EF5 tornado struck the OKC Metro

Neil Jacobs – Out

Troy Kimmel – NWS HeatRisk

Kim Klockow-McClain – 51st Conference on Broadcast Meteorology and Seventh Conference on Weather Warnings and Communication

Bill Murray – L.A. FLIGHTS YouTube Channel

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.