WeatherBrains 819: Two Dr. Neils

WeatherBrains Episode 819 is now online (September 27th, 2021). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest Panelist chases extreme weather like hurricanes.  He’s also a veteran the the show. Mark Sudduth, welcome back to WeatherBrains!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a legend in the field of meteorology.  He grew up in northwestern Kanas.  He he attended Southwestern College with the goal of becoming a basketball couch.  He served in the U. S. Air Force and was eventually assigned to Okinawa.   He earned his Masters Degree and phD at Florida State University and soon became a forecaster for the National Hurricane Center in 1961, and made Director from 1974-1987.   He then  worked as Chief Meteorologist at KHO-TV in Houston, Texas until 2008.  Dr. Neil Frank, welcome!

  • Today’s droughts vs. Dust Bowl in terms of impact (9:55)
  • Look back at Hurricane Carla (17:00)
  • Remembering John Hope (44:00)
  • Discoveries made when making switching from government to TV broadcasting (57: 00)
  • Importance of giving talks when beginning a broadcast career (59:45)
  • Worst-case scenarios in weather (1:04:10)
  • Is it time to replace the Saffir-Simpson scale? (01:11:22)
  • Does the weather community name too many tropical systems?  (01:18:56)
  • Experiences with Hurricane Ida (01:40:16)
  • 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 819:

Dr. Neil Frank

Hurricane Track Patreon

Mark Sudduth Twitter

Picks of the Week:

Dr. Neil Frank – Carbon Dioxide Coalition

Jen Narramore – NOAA library of old weather charters

Dr. Neil Jacobs – “An Informal Introduction to Numerical Weather Models with Low-Cost Hardware” by William E. Foust

Nate Johnson – Out

Troy Kimmel – Foghorn

Kim Klockow-McClain – Foghorn

Bill Murray – “Turn Around, Don’t Drown” 1980s music video

James Spann – NYC to hire forecaster, beef up warnings after Ida flooding

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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