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WeatherBrains 573: Fastest Thing on the Highway

WeatherBrains Episode 573 is now online (January 10, 2017). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

John Murphy, COO NWSTonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the National Weather Service. He was formerly the Director of the NWS Office of Science and Technology. He served as a career meteorologist in the United States Air Force for 29 years before joining the NWS in 2011. He was the Commander of the Air Force Weather Agency. His meteorology degree is from Lyndon State and his Masters is from Penn State. John Murphy, welcome to WeatherBrains!

The Office of the Chief Operating Officer (OCOO) manages the day-to-day mission execution units responsible for delivering NWS weather, water, climate and space weather products, services, and information as well as the budgetary planning for 11 National Service Programs. The Office is responsible for coordinating and integrating all aspects of mission execution to ensure consistency of NWS products and services. The Office is responsible for enforcing National Service Program policy. The Office manages the NWS Operations Center (NWSOC) and provides liaison services to other partnering agencies. The Office is the lead for Continuity of Operations (COOP) planning to ensure organizational and management continuity. The Office monitors and reports service delivery performance measures, conducts and evaluates operational service efficiency, effectiveness, and customer satisfaction, and develops NWS policy delineating NWS’s mission and its public sector responsibility to produce and disseminate information. The Office manages and oversees resources to maintain and sustain effective mission execution, identifies and validates needed service requirements, and ensures those needs are incorporated into cross-portfolio planning activities. These activities require active coordination and collaboration with all members of the climatological, hydrometeorological, space weather, and oceanographic communities as well as all weather-sensitive constituent communities including other Federal, state, and local government agencies; the media; the private weather information sector; academic institutions; non-governmental organizations; constituent organizations; and the public.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 88 at McAllen, TX, & Edinburg, TX, and -17 at Lewistown, MT
  • Cold relinquishing it’s grip for now
  • New storm on the horizon for next weekend for Central US
  • With cold, little severe weather next several days
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: There’s a lot of cold over the eastern US the last several days, and cold weather can lead to some issues later in the year. These issues can be ice jams produced by ice forming on the surface of rivers, streams, and creeks. Debris jams are similar, but can occur at anytime of the year.

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 573:

Jobs web site

Occupational workforce analysis (NWS)

NWS Office of Chief Operating Officer web page

NWS organizational structure

Warn on Forecast program

HR-1561, Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2016

To subscribe to the brand new SkyWritings, an email newsletter from the WeatherBrains gang, click HERE.

Picks of the Week:

Nate Johnson – Weather video by Mike Olbinski

Bill Murray – gets the fog horn!

Brian Peters – Weather and inauguration days

Kevin Selle – Skybrary, a single point of reference for aviation safety

James Spann – Interactive snow information

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Sierra Nevada cam with 8 feet of snow

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, 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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