WeatherBrains 830: I See Feet

WeatherBrains Episode 830 is now online (December 13th, 2021). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE podcast for you!

This week is a discussion of the tornado tragedy on Friday December 10th.

Our Guest WeatherBrain was the first African-American female to receive an undergraduate degree in Meteorology from Iowa State University, and she entered NOAA as an operational meteorologist at the Des Moines Weather Forecast Office. She’s held many positions over her 27 year career in federal government including 13 years as an operational hydrologist and operational meteorologist with the National Weather service.  Dr. Kandis Boyd, welcome back to the show!

Also joining us as Guest Panelist is TV meteorologist at Action New 5 in Memphis. He started his career at KAIT in Jonesboro, Arkansas, which is a sister station of Action News 5. Spencer came to Memphis from WAAY-TV in Huntsville, Alabama where he was the chief meteorologist. Prior to that, he worked at the CBS station in Huntsville as a weekend and morning meteorologist.  Spencer Denton, welcome!

In addition, one of the main writers and researchers for Tornado Talk joins us for this discussion.  He’s a student at Millersville University.  Nelson Tucker, welcome!

Our email officer Jen is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners. Reach us here:

  • Forecast leading up to December 10th (07:30)
  • Guilt in the weather field following major events (21:25)
  • A look back at 1997 Jarrell, TX tornado (26:20)
  • How do meteorologists educate the public to prepare for the next outbreak? (31:30)
  • Understanding the importance of the people and geography of the market you serve (44:00)
  • Corporate responsibility concerning protecting the public (01:02:00)
  • Who is providing information to businesses? (01:12:55)
  • Issues of constant hyperbole from the media/social media (01:23:50)
  • Tornado emergency vs. tornado warning (01:28:50)
  • Weather data processing infrastructure (1:45:00)
  • Thanking first responders after tornado tragedy (02:06:30)
  • The Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice (01:58:00)
  • This Week In Tornado History With Jen returns next week
  • National Weather Round-Up
  • E-mail Officer (01:49:10)
  • and more!

Web Sites from Episode 830:

Dr. Kandis Boyd Bio

Nelson Tucker Twitter

Meteorologist Spencer Denton Facebook

Picks of the Week:

Nelson Tucker – Tornado victims include infant girl, longtime florist and Judge.

Nelson Tucker – Storm victims include Missouri girl, aunt’s ‘special angel’

Jen Narramore – Travis Akers Twitter

Rick Smith – Out

Neil Jacobs – ‘Don’t give up’: Mayfield residents lean on faith as tornado cleanup continues

Troy Kimmel – NWS praise of 12/10 event

Kim Klockow-McClain – Am I safe sheltering at home during a tornado?

Bill Murray – 42 Surreal Pictures That Show Just How Powerful The Kentucky Tornadoes Were

James Spann – WPSD Tornado Coverage

James Spann – Partial County Alerting (PCA) Proposed National Expansion

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Evan Bentley Twitter

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Tornado Archive Data Explorer

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

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