WeatherBrains 531: His Head Symmetrical Without Potholes

WeatherBrains Episode 531 is now online (March 21, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Dr. Jordan GerthTonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a Research Meteorologist at the University of Wisconsin Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies. He is a lifelong Wisconsin Badger. We’re happy to welcome Dr. Jordan Gerth to WeatherBrains.

Dr. Jordan Gerth is an assistant researcher at the University of Wisconsin in Madison affiliated with the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies. His primary area of expertise is satellite meteorology. His dissertation work involved producing a blended sky cover analysis and short-term sky cover forecasts. He currently works to transition new and experimental satellite products directly to operational meteorologists in the field as part of the GOES-R and JPSS Proving Grounds, a readiness activity to prepare forecasters for the next-generation weather satellites. His other research includes studying the impact of retrieved atmospheric parameters from satellite observations in numerical weather prediction model solutions. Jordan also pursues interests infusing new technology into the weather forecasting process and has served on professional committees for both the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association.

Tonight’s Special Guest is a senior at Mississippi State University, studying meteorology. She is the President of the East Mississippi Joint Chapter of the AMS/NWA. She is in charge of the upcoming Severe Weather Symposium (link below). Welcome to WeatherBrains, Meagan Massey.

Meagan MasseyMeagan Massey is from the Dallas–Fort Worth area of Texas and joined the Campus Connect Forecasting Team in August, 2015. At a young age, two tornado outbreaks in DFW piqued Meagan’s interest for weather. During the stormiest/wettest year on record in 2015 for Dallas, Meagan interned with the WFAA–TV Weather Team while assisting on severe weather coverage as well as giving reports live on-air to Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus. She even had her first flight experience during a feature story with Meteorologist Colleen Coyle. Her forecast skills were also put to the test while interning at KAIT–TV in Jonesboro, AR, with Chief Meteorologist Ryan Vaughan. Every week Meagan adds comedy and creativity into forecast blogs for Meagan is a 2015 Harold Taft Scholar.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 96 at Death Valley, CA, and 4 at Herman, MI
  • Cast your vote for Ginger Zee at
  • (voting until 8 pm EDT Tuesday, March 22)
  • Windy in Kevin’s area especially tomorrow
  • Cold in the Southeast US and much of the East
  • Relatively benign weather across much of US
  • Severe weather possible Thursday, March 24th
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer squeezes in the latest emails from our listeners before doing the evening weather!

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: When you get weather information off a METAR, the visibility is followed by what if anything is reducing the visibility. Other than precipitation, there are a number of items that can be responsible for the reduced visibility. One of those is volcanic ash, but there are several others. In this edition of the 101 segment, we take a look at what those are and how they get reported.

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 531:

Mississippi State Severe Weather Symposium

Summary of work of Dr. Jordan Gerth

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Picks of the Week:

Jordan Gerth – CIMSS Satellite Blog of eclipse

Nate Johnson – Team Zappa

Meagan Massey – MS State Severe Weather Symposium

Bill Murray – NOAA Geostationary Satellite Server

Brian Peters – New capital of lightning

John Scala – Lightning kills festival goer in New Orleans area

Kevin Selle – Tornado Pod Story – Part 1
Tornado Pod Story – Part 2

Rick Smith – NWS lightning statistics

James Spann – Radarscope 3.0 released on March 22, 2016

Aubrey Urbanowicz – 2016 Bloom Watch

SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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