WeatherBrains 747: Is That A Beta Max Player??

WeatherBrains Episode 747 is now online (May 11th, 2020). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s first Guest WeatherBrain received his Bachelor’s Degree in meteorology from Penn State University, and earned his Master’s and Doctorate Degrees at the University of Chicago, where he studied tornadoes under Dr. Ted Fujita.  He joined the Weather Channel in 1999 and became their tornado and severe weather expert.  Dr. Greg Forbes, welcome to WeatherBrains!

Tonight’s second Guest WeatherBrain has spent the last 19 years producing, directing, shooting and editing national programs for public television.  Michael Rossi, welcome to WeatherBrains!

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Guest Panelist tonight is a Research Scientist who works at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences.  She studies the social issues that emerge alongside weather and climate hazards and is currently writing a biography about Dr. Ted Fujita.  Jen Henderson, welcome to WeatherBrains!

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • 24th anniversary of “Twister”
  • Meteorologists slowly returning to work amid pandemic
  • Above average activity forecasted for 2020 Hurricane season
  • Was the 1977 Smithfield tornado briefly considered an EF6?
  • National Weather Round-Up
  • The Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

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Web Sites from Episode 747:


Dr. Greg Forbes Twitter

Rossi Films

Picks of the Week:

Jen Henderson – The Japanese Meteorologist That Saved the World

Dr. Greg Forbes – “Halsey’s Typhoon: The True Story of a Fighting Admiral, an Epic Storm, and an Untold Rescue” by Bob Drury

Jennifer Narramore – Dr. Ted Fujita Papers

A. J. Grossbardt – NYC Weather: Hail Storm Pelts City Mid-May

Nate Johnson – Twister (1996) Movie Review

Troy Kimmel – Coronavirus Could Disrupt Weather Forecasting

Kim Klockow-McClain – Storm season 2020: The cone isn’t shrinking this year; what that means for forecasting

Bill Murray – “Tilly and the Terrible Tornado” by Brittany Crawford

Kevin Selle – Out

James Spann – Himawari-8 Real-time

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Washington Post Opinions Tweet

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Troy Kimmel, Dr. John Scala, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, Kevin Selle, Jenn Narramore and Kim Klockow-McClain. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather. graphic

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