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WeatherBrains 960: Paid By The Frame

WeatherBrains Episode 960 is now online (June 10th, 2024). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE podcast for you!

Our First Guest WeatherBrain is a forecaster at the National Weather Service in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  She’s also a GIS expert and is involved in several local regional and national GIS projects.  She has a Masters and Bachelors Degree in Meteorology from Mississippi State University.  Megan Williams, it’s great to see you.


Our Second Guest WeatherBrain is the WCM/Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the NWS New Orleans/Baton Rouge.  She also does community outreach, quality control, product improvement, and is largely the face of the forecast office.  She holds a Bachelor’s in Meteorology and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.  Lauren Nash, thanks for stopping by to hang out with us tonight.


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

  • 100+ tornadoes in State of Oklahoma so far in 2024 (04:00)
  • April 2021 Capsizing of Seacore Power (09:45)
  • Wake Low explained (13:10)
  • Forecasting Wake Lows (33:00)
  • Role of local media after storms move offshore (38:45)
  • How do local mariners get weather information?  (40:15)
  • Improving watch/warning framework (47:15)
  • Advice for young meteorologists (51:15)
  • Hurricane season preparation for tropical NWS offices (53:00)
  • Lessons learned from Hurricane Ida (01:02:30)
  • NWS New Orleans/NHC relationship (01:09:00)
  • June 8th, 1974 tornado outbreak (01:28:30)
  • The Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice (01:17:36)
  • This Week in Tornado History With Jen (01:20:36)
  • National Weather Round-Up (01:
  • E-Mail Segment (01:21:45)
  • and more!

Web Sites from Episode 960:  

New Orleans/Baton Rouge NWS

Megan Williams on X

Lauren Nash on X


Picks of the Week:

Megan Williams – 2 rescued and 1 body recovered from Albuquerque arroyos following flash flooding

James Aydelott – Chris Tomer on X: Cat Watching a Tornado in Northern Lincoln County, Colorado

Jen Narramore – NWS Storm Prediction Center on X: May 2024 Month-In-Review Thread

Rick Smith – Twisters (2024) Movie Tickets and Showtimes Near You

Neil Jacobs – Out

Troy Kimmel – June 8th 1974 Tornado Outbreak and Flash Floods

Kim Klockow-McClain – Out

Bill Murray – Out

James Spann – A Comprehensive Analysis of the Spatial and Seasonal Shifts in Tornado Activity in the United States

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.