WeatherBrains 199: A Private Weather Service

WeatherBrains Episode 199 is now online (Nov. 16, 2009). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!


Mike Smith, Weather Data, Inc.The WeatherBrains guest for tonight is Mike Smith, the Founder and President of Weather Data, Inc., based in Wichita, KS. Weather Data provides weather forecasting, consulting, and weather risk management to companies and organizations around the US, Canada, and Mexico. The company was acquired by Accu Weather in 2006.

Mike founded the company in 1981. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and had a television career in Kansas City, St. Louis, and Wichita. Like many meteorologists, his interest in weather was sparked by a major weather event on May 20, 1957, when an F5 tore through Kansas City.

Cover to Mike's bookWeatherData just moved into new headquarters in Wichita. His approach is that the warning system isn’t broken, it’s the best in the world. In fact, he has a book coming out in May, 2010, about the warning system.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • High in North Pole, AK, 17 below!
  • 6-8″ of snow over Kansas
  • 84 in Miami
  • 44 below in Hulsia, AK
  • 19 percent of US under snow cover
  • Remnants of Ida played havoc with the Mid-Atlantic coast
  • Tropics are quiet
  • and more!
  • Our Email Officer (EMO) has a lot to do to catch up on the mail bag this week after a long absence. Spann is so happy Kevin is back on the bridge as Chief EMO.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: It’s called a jet stream and both hemispheres have them. This week 101 takes a look at the jet stream, where it is, and some of the influence it has on our weather.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of November 17th which marks the passing of one of the greatest tornado researchers ever to live, Dr. Theodore Fujita.

    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 and Email Links from Episode 199:

    Fractal Weather

    Weather Data, Inc.

    Mike Smith’s web page

    Wolfram Alpha

    Comments for National Hurricane Center on proposed changes

    Picks of the Week:

    JB Elliott – University of Michigan’s Severe Weather Page

    Bill Murray – AMS Survey on Climate Change

    Brian Peters – GeoEye Image Gallery

    Kevin Selle – Boston Channel Weather Page

    James Spann – Storm Spotting Introduction

    Join James Spann, JB Elliott, Kevin Selle, Bill Murray, and Brian Peters as they come together for another fascinating netcast about the weather.

    We love to hear from you! To leave a recorded message, call 1-888-247-8627. Some calls may be used in future episodes. Also, feel free to post comments to the site and drop us an email at email at (at symbol) weatherbrains dot com.

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