WeatherBrains 790: Aurorasaurus

WeatherBrains Episode 790 is now online (March 8th, 2021). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain earned his PhD in atmospheric and space sciences from the University of Michigan.  He was part of the team that transitioned the Space Weather Modeling Framework (SWMF) from research to operations at NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center – the first such transition of a physics-based numerical geospace model.  He is currently an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Arlington.  He is a developer for the SWMF and studies both the physics of space weather and advancements in space weather forecasting.   Dr. Daniel Welling, welcome to WeatherBrains!

Tonight’s Guest Panelist is the suggestion of Friend of the Podcast Jay Farlow.  Our Guest Panelist is the Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the NWS in Indianapolis.  Sam Lashley, welcome!

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • What does the Space Weather Prediction Center do?  (5:00)
  • Ensembles and deterministic forecasting (17:14)
  • Effects of space weather (22:00)
  • PROSWIFT Act (41:00)
  • What happens in a solar minimum?  (47:10)
  • Role of the magnetic field in determining the habitability of a planet (58:50)
  • NOAA scales for spaceweather activity (1:16:08)
  • The Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • This Week in Tornado History with Jen
  • National Weather Round-Up
  • and more!

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

 Web Sites from Episode 790:


First-ever ‘space hurricane’ detected over the North Pole

Picks of the Week:

Dr. Daniel Welling – NOAA Space Weather Workshop 2021

Sam Lashley – NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center

Sam Lashley – Central Indiana Severe Weather Symposium 2021

Bruce Jones – Tim Vasquez

Jen Narramore – Tornadoes of 2020 – Is it over yet?

Nate Johnson – Aviation community dashboard

Troy Kimmel –  Out

Kim Klockow-McClain –  Out

Bill Murray – Thunderstorm Photography: Capturing the storm one ‘flash’ at a time

James Spann – What’s up in space?

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Out

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Troy Kimmel, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, Jen Narramore, Nate Johnson, and Kim Klockow-McClain. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather. grhic

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