WeatherBrains 460: Slip Sliding Away

WeatherBrains Episode 460 is now online (November 17, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Keith Stellman, MIC, NWS Peachtree City, GAJoining us as our guest WeatherBrain tonight is Keith Stellman, Meteorologist-in-Charge of the NWS office in Peachtree City, GA. Stellman earned a bachelor’s degree in atmospheric science from Northeast Louisiana University in Monroe, LA, in 1996 and a master’s degree in meteorology from Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL, in 1999.

He started his career with the National Weather Service as a Meteorologist Intern at the Tallahassee, FL, office in 1997. He served as a Senior Hydrologic Forecaster and Senior Hydrometeorologist at the Lower Mississippi and West Gulf River Forecast Centers before joining the Southern Region Headquarters team as the Regional Training Officer and then as the Techniques Development Meteorologist. Most recently, Stellman served as the Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the NWS office in Shreveport, LA, from 2007 to August, 2012.

During his career, Stellman has conducted hundreds of interviews with local and national media including CNN, The New York Times and The Weather Channel. He has had the opportunity to serve as the NWS liaison to the State of Texas during high impact events and worked in the Texas State Emergency Operations Center during Hurricane Rita in which he personally briefed President George W. Bush. In addition, Stellman has been deployed to the National Hurricane Center as a member of the NWS Hurricane Liaison Team in which he was responsible for briefing FEMA and The White House. Not only is Stellman well versed in communication and briefing skills, he also brings a strong technological background to the office. He was a developer for the RIDGE radar GIS webpage and the River Forecast Center Precipitation Analysis GIS website. Most recently, Stellman has been part of a group to develop the Damage Assessment Toolkit, a program to help collect detailed information on damage surveys and display this information in an interactive map and meaningful way in which partners can extract the data.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 89 at Melbourne, FL, and West Palm Beach, FL, and -23 at Big Trails, WY
  • Yet another cold blast coming across the country
  • Severe weather Sunday/Monday along Gulf Coast
  • All 50 states will see below freezing temps
  • Substantial tornado in Blountstown, FL
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is out due to technical issues, so she’ll summarize your incoming messages next week.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: A big chill is affecting the country once again, so this week in WeatherBrains 101 we take a look at wind chill or how it feels out there. Did you know the wind chill index actually changed a little more than ten years ago?

    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 460:

    NWS Peachtree City, GA, Web Page

    1982 Alabama Ice Storm

    Wireless Emergency Alert information from the FCC

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – METAR Remark

    Brian Peters – Nov. 17, 2013, Tornado Outbreak Survey

    John Scala – Info on book, Wizards, Aliens, and Starships

    Rick Smith – NWS Directives page

    James Spann – Earthquake Warning Service

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, Dr. John Scala, Rick Smith, 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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    1. swhitaker says:

      Do you think a potential danger of going with a warning system with criteria like Great Britian would be that it would not factor in local climatology in a way that makes sense in the U.S. Because the U.S. is so much larger and people are quite mobile, it makes little sense to tell someone who lived all their life in Dallas that the upcoming winter weather event is “fairly common” now that they moved to or are on business in Chicago. For them, it will be anything BUT common and only further muddy the waters for people’s perception. I can just imagine this causing big problems in the U.S., where we cover a much broader range of climates and micro-climates.

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