WeatherBrains 182: Autos, Mobile Homes, and Tornadoes

WeatherBrains Episode 182 is now online (July 20, 2009). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!


Dr. Thomas SchmidlinOur special guest for Episode 182 is Dr. Thomas Schmidlin, chair of the Geography Department of Kent State University, Kent, OH. Dr. Schmidlin obtained his PhD from Cornell University in 1984. His research interests are in climatology, severe weather, and natural hazards. Recent work focuses on tornado hazards and risk of death, especially to persons in mobile homes and motor vehicles, improving tornado warnings, and how warnings are perceived and acted upon. Other recent research topics included severe winter weather and mountain climates.

Plus, JB and Bill talk to Felder Rushing, one of the foremost Southern gardeners, about rainfall and it’s effect on vegetation.

Our mail bag has been filling up, so Kevin runs through the incoming mail. Topics include such items as suing Al Gore for manmade global warming, satellite images for southern Europe, wind farms, hail, and other fascinating weather interests.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: It’s not strictly a summertime cloud type but it is a cloud type seen all across the country during the summer. Of course, we’re talking about cumulus clouds, so the professor opens the cloud book to take a peek at this particular one.

TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of July 21st. This week includes the first hurricane penetration done by Colonel Duckworth. And not just once but twice.

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 182:

Wind Speed Paper by Dr. Schmidlin (PDF format)

Closet, Car, or Ditch? by Dr. Schmidlin

Kent State Faculty, Dr. Schmidlin

Hail Size Chart from SPC


Bill Gates Patents Hurricane Reduction (USA Today Story)

Picks of the Week:

Dr. Tim Coleman – Southern Europe Satellite Image

Bill Murray – Rain Harvester

Brian Peters – Watch, Warning, Advisory Map

James Spann – Drobo

JB Elliott – I forgot!

Kevin Selle – Tribute to Walter Cronkite

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Join James Spann, JB Elliott, Kevin Selle, Dr. Tim Coleman, Bill Murray, and Brian Peters as they come together for another fascinating netcast about the weather.

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