WeatherBrains 114: Super Outbreak Special

WeatherBrains Episode 114 is now online (March 31, 2008). This is THE netcast audio program for people who absolutely love everything weather.

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April 3 and 4, 1974 was the single biggest day so far in US tornado history. And this episode of WeatherBrains brings together the biggest group of players who lived and worked through that event. The regular weather geeks are joined by Robert Ferry, Meteorologist in Charge of the Birmingham NWS office in 1974, Jay Shelley, a forecaster at Birmingham during that event, and Allen Pearson, Director of SELS, the precursor to the Storm Prediction Center (SPC), in 1974.

Mailbag: And James Spann puts his hand into our mail bag to review feedback from listeners.

From The Weather Center:
WeatherBrains 101: A question from a listener in New York takes the illustrious professor into more explanation of ice crystals and light reflection as he delves into sun pillars. A fairly rare event, sun pillars are related to sun dogs which were featured in episode 69 in May, 2007.

Listener SurveyListener Surveys: Okay, we’ve driven 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 114:

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April 3 and 4, 1974

Super Outbreak Web Page (NWS Central Region)

NOAA 25th Anniversary of April 3 and 4, 1974

James Spann again hosts the show with the usual collection of weather geeks for this look at the field of weather in the latest episode of WeatherBrains.

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