WeatherBrains 945: REAL WeatherBrains

WeatherBrains Episode 945 is now online (February 27th, 2024). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE podcast for you!

Tonight’s guest WeatherBrains are esteemed figures in the field of tornado research, renowned for their comprehensive documentation and analysis of significant tornado events in the United States. Tom is the author of “Significant Tornadoes 1680-1991,” and “Significant Tornadoes 1974 – 2022” both seminal works in tornado history, and Doris has played a key role in producing them both. Together, their expertise and dedication have greatly enhanced our understanding of tornadoes and their impacts. Tom and Doris Grazulis, welcome to WeatherBrains!


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:

  • How Tom Grazulis got interested in weather (14:29)
  • Seeing the damage of the Worcester, MA tornado in 1953 (17:30)
  • Visiting the Weather Bureau office (21:00)
  • His college career, meeting Doris and first job (25:00)
  • How the research began! (39:00)
  • Tornado Videos (01:00:00)
  • Tom goes chasing / Matt Biddle (01:07:00)
  • Reprinting the Big Green Book (01:27:00)
  • Accolades for a legend (1:33:00 through 1:58:00)
  • The Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice (No segment this week)
  • This Week in Tornado History With Jen (02:04:00)
  • E-Mail Segment (No segment this week)
  • and more!

Web Sites from Episode 945:  

Tornado Project

Picks of the Week:

Bruce Jones – Foghorn

James Aydelott – Spotting fires/hot spots on satellite data

Jen Narramore – Issuing a Warning” Demonstration – National Weather Festival 2021

Rick Smith – One year anniversary of the Feb 26 2023 severe weather event, including the Norman tornado

Neil Jacobs – AMS Weather Band Jamposium

Troy Kimmel – Last 350,000 METARs with important leading META data.. (Thanks Daryl at ISU)

Kim Klockow-McClain – A tribute to Matt Biddle, my friend and colleague

Bill Murray – NWS SCN24-25: Changes to Issuance of U.S. Tropical Watches/Warnings on Intermediate Advisories, Inclusion of Links in the Tropical Cyclone Public Advisories, and Updates to the Time Zone Referenced in the Eastern Pacific Tropical Cyclone Forecast Products, Beginning May 15, 2024

James Spann – Dramatic Downtrend Post on X

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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