WeatherBrains 326: Mushy Monkey Brains

WeatherBrains Episode 326 is now online (April 23, 2012). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Chris NovyTonight’s Guest Panelist is a WeatherBrains alum. Chris Novy came to Birmingham in November to teach spotter safety at the ABC 3340 Weather Xtreme spotter training event. He is perfect to help us debate recent events in the chaser community tonight. His video-rich presentations are always eye-catching, amusing, informative, and occasionally sobering. His message is always the same – no spotter report, no video clip, no smidgen of name recognition, is worth losing your life for.

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain found himself staring into the teeth of the Tuscaloosa tornado last April 27th and had the presence of mind to snap what some think is the definitive picture of that beast of a storm (see the photo below). Jimmy Jones is a UPS driver who lives with his family in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He joins us tonight from his home.

Underpass Photo of April 27, 2011, Tornado

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Snowing in New York and Pennsylvania
  • Extremes: 110 at Death Valley, CA, and 14 at Kenton, MI
  • 0 at Dead Horse, AK
  • story about St. Paul Island from JB
  • and more!
  • Our mail bag has been getting some attention and Kevin puts it in perspective.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: It’s electrifying and fascinating at the same time. Lightning is absolutely amazing, so this week WeatherBrains 101 takes a look a just a few compelling facts about lightning.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of April 24th. Of course, you can’t think about this week without recalling the devastating events in Alabama on April 27, 2011.

    Listener SurveyListener Surveys: Okay, we continue to drive this topic into the ground, but we really do like to hear from you. Many thanks to everyone who has taken the time to fill out the Listener Survey. The survey takes just a minute or two to complete and provides us with an opportunity to learn where you are and hear your thoughts and comments on the show. Click here to take the survey.

    Web Sites from Episode 326:

    Weather Ready Nation

    Photo by Jimmy Jones along with story

    Stewart’s Fountain Classics

    Picks of the Week:

    JB Elliott – JB Gets the Fog Horn ! !

    Bill Murray – Dark Sky app

    Chris Novy – iMapWeather TV

    Brian Peters – Pictorial Celebration of Earth Day

    Kevin Selle – Kevin’s Pick actually from his son Matthew

    James Spann – John Brown’s YouTube Channel (storm video)

    JP Spann – Hail Picture

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like JB Elliott, Kevin Selle, Bill Murray, and Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

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