WeatherBrains 410: Not Obeying Stupid Rules

WeatherBrains Episode 410 is now online (December 2, 2013). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

You have been reading the work of tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain for twenty years. He is not a sports columnist or book author. But we look forward to his latest releases with the same enthusiasm that some await the New York Times Best Seller list. You’ve heard of the Online Tornado FAQ. That’s his. Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a lead forecaster with the Storm Prediction Center. Roger Edwards, welcome to the show!

Roger Edwards is a meteorologist with the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, OK, specializing in forecasting and applied research related to severe storms and tornadoes. He has been with SPC and its predecessor, the Severe Local Storms Unit (SELS) in Kansas City, since April, 1993. Before that, Roger was a meteorologist at the National Hurricane Center in Miami. He began his career as a research aide and storm intercept field coordinator at the National Severe Storms Lab in Norman, while in undergraduate and graduate school at the University of Oklahoma. Roger was born and raised in Dallas, and of course, is a die-hard Cowboys fan. He lives in Norman with his wife, Elke; cat, Iniki; and his kids, David Andrew and Donna Camille (all named after hurricanes), who are already avid storm watchers.

Roger Edwards, SPC Lead ForecasterRoger has authored or coauthored several formal publications in AMS journals, as well as many informal papers for AMS and regional conferences on topics ranging from hail size forecasting to RUC-2 model sounding assessment. His current specialties are in analyses of the 3 May 1999 tornado outbreak and of tornadoes spawned by hurricanes.

An avid storm observer since infancy, Roger roams the Great Plains every spring in search of violent and photogenic weather. He witnessed the three costliest weather disasters of their kind in U.S. history: Hurricane Andrew in 1992, the Midwest Floods of 1993, and the Oklahoma City F5 tornado of 1999. His photographic influences include Adam Clark Vroman, Clyde Butcher, Craig Blacklock, and Alan Moller.

Besides “feasting on the smorgasbord of atmospheric violence,” he enjoys travel, field geology, hiking, softball, gardening and fishing.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 88 at Sanderson, TX, and -9 at Alamosa, CO
  • JB Elliott freezes – along with the weather
  • Arctic air coming south
  • Southern US may be in for some ice problems
  • ***Breaking News*** Nate and wife are expecting number 2 in May, 2014
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is out of pocket so the incoming messages from our listeners will get pushed to next week.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: This episode of 101 is like a treasure hunt. The Professor set out to define a hard freeze, but he found such an animal elusive to say the least.

    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 410:

    Storm Eyes, Roger Edwards’ web page

    SPC Tornado FAQ

    Picks of the Week:

    Roger Edwards – Electronic Journal of Severe Storms Meteorology

    JB Elliott – Freezes up!!

    Nate Johnson – Meatwagon Award

    Bill Murray – El Reno Survey Project

    Brian Peters – Sam Champion Exits ABC for Weather Channel

    James Spann – Cooperative Institute for Precipitation Systems

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

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