WeatherBrains 371: Tornado Tubes and Roach Spray

WeatherBrains Episode 371 is now online (March 5, 2013). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Our guest WeatherBrains was nominated by Paul Miller, a geography graduate student at Virginia Tech. Prof. Dave Carroll has been instrumental in the establishment of the meteorology program in Blacksburg, VA, and for years, he was Virginia Tech’s only meteorology faculty member, and he should provide a great perspective on meteorology education. He is an oustanding professor and has led an undergraduate stormchasing field experience every summer for years.

Prof. David Carroll, Virginia TechDavid Carroll is a native of Roanoke Virginia and studied environmental science as an undergraduate before completing his graduate work through the Department of Geosciences at Mississippi State. Connections to Virginia Tech spread through his family as five other family members completed either undergraduate or graduate degrees at the university. Before joining the Department of Geography’s new meteorology degree program, Dave spent several years teaching a dual-enrollment Applied Meteorology course for accelerated high school students and undergraduates through Virginia Tech’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He currently teaching the Weather Analysis sequence of courses, and runs the field studies in meteorology for the department. He is currently working on mobile mesonet applications for use in studying the near-storm environment of severe thunderstorms throughout the U.S. and cold-air damming events in the central Appalachians. He is accompanied tonight by other important folks from the program there in Blacksburg.

Guest panelist is Dave Williams, Chief Meteorologist from WCIV-TV in Charleston, SC.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 82 at Imperial and Ocotillo Wells, CA, and -16 at Yellowstone Lake, WY
  • Snow storm hits upper Midwest again
  • Snowing from eastern Illinois to West Virginia and Tennessee
  • 1060 millibar high near the Pole
  • and more!

Our email bag officer, Nate Johnson, is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: In the 101 continuation of a series on dual polarization radar, this week the episode looks at the improvements in detecting hail and the products which help to unravel this element.

TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of March 4th.

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Web Sites from Episode 371:

Virginia Tech

Meteorology at VT

Virginia Tech Geography Department

Prof. Carroll’s web page


Picks of the Week:

JB Elliott – No Pick!

Nate Johnson – Most Accurate Snow Map

Bill Murray – 1. Get Well Card for Sally
2. Kathy Bell sent a pound cake

Brian Peters – Gets the Fog Horn!

Kevin Selle – 1. Haze weather app
2. WeatherCube weather app

James Spann – Meteorgram Generator

Dave Williams – makes weather observation instead of pick!

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

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