WeatherBrains 798: Gonna Buy That Roofer Some Chick Fil A

WeatherBrains Episode 798 is now online (May 3rd, 2021). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s first Guest WeatherBrain led a panel discussion at the 101st Annual Meeting of the AMS this year about a multidisciplinary approach to reduce the astronomical cost of certain weather disasters.  He’s a team lead instructor at the Warning Decision Training Branch at the NWS in Norman.  James LaDue, welcome back to WeatherBrains!

Our second Guest WeatherBrain has written several books on the economics of tornadoes.  He also has researched the economic impact of the WSR 88-D radar network.  Dr. Kevin Simmons, welcome!

Our third Guest WeatherBrain is the Director of Public Affairs and Economic Development, to help provide Moore’s ongoing story with community resilience.  She’s been through all of Moore’s major tornadoes and had a part in helping with Moore’s response from its disasters.  Deidre Ebrey, Welcome!

Our fourth Guest WeatherBrain is a structural and wind engineer from Trinidad and Tobago.  For over twenty years, his research addresses the widening gap between poor performance of residential structures in high wind events and the limited structural engineering within these structures. His research identifies engineering solutions that reduces wind damage to buildings from tornadoes and hurricanes.   He is a professor at the University of Florida.  Dr. David Prevatt, welcome!

Our fifth Guest WeatherBrain is the Managing Director of Research at the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety.  Dr. Tanya Brown-Giammanco, thanks for joining us!

  • Anniversary of May 3, 1999 tornado outbreak (15:30)
  • Lessons we learned from 2020’s Hurricane Sally/Fortified Home Programs (29:20)
  • Issues with unrated garage doors in relation to building codes (48:45)
  • Standard builder’s grade vs. higher grade of glass (1:21:10)
  • The Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • This Week in Tornado History with Jen
  • National Weather Round-Up
  • and more!

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 Web Sites from Episode 798:

Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety

NWS/OCLO Warning Decision Training Division

Picks of the Week:

Bruce Jones – World’s Heaviest Hailstone

Dr. Tanya Brown-Giammanco – FORTIFIED vs. Common Residential Construction

James LaDue – NOAA Damage Assessment Toolkit

Jen Narramore – Remembering the Super Outbreak

Nate Johnson – 1991-2020 U.S. Climate Normals Quick Access

Troy Kimmel – Out

Kim Klockow-McClain – At War with the Weather: Managing Large-Scale Risks in a New Era of Catastrophes

Bill Murray – Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety

James Spann – Storm Chaser Loses Drone Capturing Close-Up Footage of a Tornado

Aubrey Urbanowicz – SnydermanPhotography Tweet

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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