WeatherBrains 861: Eddy Dissipation Rate

WeatherBrains Episode 861 is now online (July 18th, 2022). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE podcast for you!

This week, we introduce our new full-time Panelist to the show.  He’s been Chief Meteorologist for FOX23 in Tulsa Oklahoma for over 12 years.  James Aydelott, welcome aboard!!!
Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a guest suggestion.  He’s a professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Nebraska. He is also the director of TORUS (Targeted Observations by Radars and UAS of Supercells), where he quite literally flies in the face of storms, seeking the reasons some supercell thunderstorms generate tornadoes while others do not.  His project, a collaboration with the University of Colorado, NOAA and the University of Oklahoma, includes manned aircraft, fixed wing drones and on-the-ground instruments mounted in SUVs. His goal is to improve forecasting and increase public safety by reducing false alarms. He is in the midst of a research season, the first since COVID, where for the first time his group will provide real-time data to National Weather Service meteorologists for their forecasts.  He attended Texas A&M for his undergraduate studies and attended the University of Illinois for his phD.  Dr. Adam Houston, welcome to the show!
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  • Change in student engagement in research opportunities (51:15)
  • Importance of drones in meteorological research (01:08:00)
  • Improving forecasting of airmass summertime thunderstorms (01:19:00)
  • The Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice (01:23:36)
  • This Week in Tornado History With Jen (01:25:54)
  • National Weather Round-Up
  • E-Mail Segment (01:27:42)
  • and more!

Web Sites from Episode 861:

TORUS Twitter

Severe Storms Research Group Twitter

University of Nebraska Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

University of Nebraska Severe Storms Research Group

Picks of the Week:

Dr. Adam Houston – SBS Dateline Documentary

James Aydelott – Tulsa OK Summer 2022 Weather Data

Jen Narramore – Katrina Then and Now: A Look Back Using New Storm Surge Forecasting Products and Services

Rick Smith – Heatstroke Deaths of Children in Vehicles

Neil Jacobs – Global Fishing Watch Map

Neil Jacobs – Rare phenomenon: Sky turns blood red in China’s Zhoushan

Troy Kimmel – Satellites watch record-breaking wildfires burn across Alaska

Kim Klockow-McClain – The Creation of a Research Television Studio to Test Probabilistic Hazard Information with Broadcast Meteorologists in NOAA’s Hazardous Weather Testbed

Bill Murray – Foghorn

James Spann – North Pacific Mystery Facebook photo

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.

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