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WeatherBrains 644: Sometimes My Tool Goes Out

WeatherBrains Episode 644 is now online (May 21, 2018). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain was an Air Force Meteorologist in the late 80s and early 90s. In the late 1990s, he left the Air Force to run his weather consulting programming business. He has published numerous books on weather forecasting. Tonight, we will watch over his shoulder as he broadcasts his nightly Meteorology Lab program on YouTube. Think of it as a 45 minute Weather Xterme Video like James and Brian do, only on steroids. Tim Vasquez, welcome to WeatherBrains.

Tonight’s show is also a first for WeatherBrains as we do a joint podcast with Tim. And it features the longest weather roundup ever.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 103 at Death Valley, CA, and 25 at Cotton, MN
  • SPC has marginal risk areas next two days
  • Weather roundup from Tim
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer was absent last week, but weather and her television job interrupt her email bag report this week.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: There have been an abundance of weather photos over the last several weeks of shelf clouds which sometimes seem to be depicting the end of the world. In this episode we take a look at shelf clouds and what they really represent.

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 644:

Tim’s Weather Analysis and Forecasting book

Meteorology Lab (Tim’s podcast)

Weather Graphics page

USGS Volcano Twitter account

Picks of the Week:

Nate Johnson – Cliff Mass blog post changing forecaster roles

Kim Klockow-McClain – Volcano Alert Levels (USGS)

Bill Murray – Gets fog horn!

Brian Peters – Weatherwise magazine

Kevin Selle – Newsweek story on Tim Samaras

James Spann – Radiosonde as suspicious package

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Gets fog horn (due to weather and flooding)!

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, Rick Smith, Kevin Selle, Kim Klockow-McClain, and Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

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