WeatherBrains 419: Talking Snow Forecasting Busts

WeatherBrains Episode 419 is now online (February 3, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

This week the WeatherBrains gang tackles the events of a week ago in the Southeast US in which two major cities, Atlanta and Birmingham, were crippled by winter storms. Our guests include Dr. John Scala, Meteorologist with WGAL, Harrisburg, PA, Jim Stefkovich, MIC of the NWS Forecast Office in Birmingham, AL, Dr. Kim Klockow, AMS/UCAR Congressional Science Fellow at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Dr. Laura Myers, Ryan Wade, researcher and winter weather expert at the University of Alabama Huntsville, and Allison Brasher Kay, a Birmingham resident who spent the night in her car on Interstate 65 in Birmingham, AL.

Get ready for a lively and honest discussion from numerous angles on this crippling event.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 86 at New Smyrna Beach, FL, Kissimmee, FL, Orlando, FL, and Plant City, FL and -30 at Doe Lake, MI
  • Second in three winter storms affecting the US from Kansas to New England
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer continues to handle the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: We recently received a question from Richard asking why the United States sticks with the Fahrenheit scale for temperature while the rest of the world uses Celsius. Interesting question, Richard, and I probably do not have a good answer to the ‘why’ part. But let’s look at a little of the history of the Fahrenheit scale..

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of February 3rd.

    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 419:

    National Weather Service Birmingham

    Capital Weather Gang

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – Snow Coverage Bingo

    Bill Murray – 2014 Storm Surge Graphics from NHC

    Brian Peters – SPC Watch, Warning, Advisory Map

    James Spann – SPC Storm Event Database

    Jim Stefkovich – Mt. Holly NWS AFDs

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Fun Weather Facts for Connecticut

    Ryan Wade – NWS Mobile, AL and NWS Slidell, LA

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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

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