WeatherBrains 944: Bucket O’ Blood

WeatherBrains Episode 944 is now online (February 19th, 2024). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE podcast for you!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a former registered nurse with over 20 years of experience in nursing practice and education.  He’s also been a published author for over 3 decades and has managed the production and publication of numerous healthcare textbooks.  He’s now written an incredible book published in 2023 entitled “Donora Death Fog:  Clean Air and the Tragedy of a Pennsylvania Mill Town”, which discusses one of the most fascinating events in weather history from the historic Donora smog event of 1948.  Andy McPhee, it’s an honor to have you with us.

Bruce Jones of Midland Weather Radio also is back to discuss the importance of NOAA Weather Radio and its timely warnings and information.  Also you can now get 25% off a NOAA Weather Radio at by using PROMO CODE SPANN25.

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

  • Value of historical societies in meteorological research(08:15)
  • Factors of improvement of air pollution emissions (15:30)
  • Industrial vs residential emissions (19:00)
  • Geography and history of Donora (31:00)
  • Significance of “Cement City” (48:00)
  • Start of Oct 26th event/Donnie Dingbat  (57:30)
  • Origin of Donora town name and its originality (01:36:30)
  • NOAA Weather Radio Modernization Act of 2023 (01:47:45)
  • The Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice (01:37:22)
  • This Week in Tornado History With Jen (01:38:45)
  • National Weather Round-Up (01:
  • E-Mail Segment (01:41:22)
  • and more!

Web Sites from Episode 944:  

“Donora Death Fog” by Andy McPhee

Picks of the Week:

Bruce Jones – Rancho Palos Verdes seeks emergency declaration as ground erodes4

James Aydelott – Convective Chronicles on X: Chico, CA radar favorable wind profile for tornadoes

Jen Narramore – Brandon Hulse on X: Weather reports

Rick Smith – Out

Neil Jacobs – SeCAPS 2024

Troy Kimmel – Capital Weather Gang post on jet stream in Mid-Atlantic

Kim Klockow-McClain – Everything to Know About the Great Smog of 1952, as Seen on The Crown

Kim Klockow-McClain – Last Ones Left in a Toxic Kansas Town

Bill Murray – No Name Low storymap of Nov. 15-16, 2023/NWS Key West

James Spann – NWS Baltimore-Washington on X: Weather balloon launch data on upper level wind

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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