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WeatherBrains 635: Doswell Unleashed

WeatherBrains Episode 635 is now online (March 20, 2018). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Joining us tonight is Dr. Charles A. Doswell. Some technical issues delayed Dr. Doswell from joining us, but we got them solved. Dr. Doswell has been on WeatherBrains a number of times, the last time was episode 583.

Dr. Doswell is an American meteorologist and prolific severe convective storms researcher. Doswell is a seminal contributor, along with Leslie R. Lemon, to the modern conception of the supercell, which was developed originally by Keith Browning. He also has done research on forecasting and forecast verification, especially for severe convective storms, and is an advocate of ingredients-based forecasting. Doswell was an early storm chaser; in fact, among the first scientific storm chasers, and still actively chases recreationally. He was the lead forecaster for the first project VORTEX in 1994/1995 and has produced more than 100 refereed publications and several contributions to books and encyclopedias. He edited the American Meteorological Society Monograph Severe Convective Storms as well as coauthored two papers therein. Doswell is a semiprofessional photographer with a special emphasis on storm photographs and also is a Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM). Doswell hosts the blues program Juke Joint and co-hosted with Gene Rhoden the severe storms program High Instability on the ShockNet internet radio station.

Dr. Doswell speaks frankly about storm chasing versus storm spotters.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 91 at Miami (Opa Locka), FL, & 91 at Pembroke Pines, FL, and -15 at Saranac Lake, NY
  • WeatherBrains postponed due to severe storms
  • Major severe weather across northern Alabama yesterday
  • One AL tornado preliminary rating EF-3
  • Amazingly, no tornado fatalities in AL
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

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

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: After a detour for information about the GOES-S launch, this 101 episode returns to our multi-part series on air masses and their classification.

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Web Sites from Episode 635:

Dr. Doswell’s blog, Chuck’s Chatter

Tempest Tours

Picks of the Week:

Brian Peters – Pivotal Weather – model source

Kevin Selle – Data article

Rick Smith – Southeast Severe Storm Symposium

James Spann – NWS Damage Assessment Toolkit

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, Rick Smith, Kevin Selle, Kim Klockow-McClain, and Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

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WeatherBrains 634: 6 Inches in 30 Miles

WeatherBrains Episode 634 is now online (March 12, 2018). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

This show features a full house of storm chasing legends. This includes Jeff Piotrowski and Tim Marshall.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 89 at Thermal, CA, and -4 at 19 miles north-northeast of Dunkirk, MT
  • 25th Anniversary of the blizzard of 1993 in Alabama
  • Kim expecting and Nate’s wife, too – more WeatherBrains crew
  • 3rd Nor’easter getting set for Mid-Atlantic to New England
  • Freezing weather across Southeast US for midweek
  • Possible severe storms into weekend
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

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

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: We interrupt the multi-part series on air masses for information on the launch of GOES-S on March 1st. The series on air masses will return in the next episode of WeatherBrains.

Listener SurveyListener Surveys: Okay, we continue to drive this topic into the ground, but we really do like to hear from you. Many thanks to everyone who has taken the time to fill out the Listener Survey. The survey takes just a minute or two to complete and provides us with an opportunity to learn where you are and hear your thoughts and comments on the show. Click here to take the survey.

Web Sites from Episode 634:

Haag Engineering

Baron Weather Services

Tulsa World story on June 8, 1974, tornadoes

Picks of the Week:

Nate Johnson – Nor’easter explanation

Kim Klockow-McClain – Space-Time Distribution of Tornadoes

Bill Murray – Fog horn!

Brian Peters – Memories of the Blizzard of 1993 by Brian Peters

Jeff Piotrowski – Significant tornado in Italy

Kevin Selle – New York Times article on forests and climate

James Spann – NHC experimenting with 7-day hurricane forecasts

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Satellite view of Storm of the Century

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, Rick Smith, Kevin Selle, Kim Klockow-McClain, and Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

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WeatherBrains 633: No, We Are Not The Only Weather Podcast

WeatherBrains Episode 633 is now online (March 5, 2018). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

It’s a full house for this episode of WeatherBrains with representatives from a number of weather-related podcasts. Joining us are…

• Becky DePodwin, In The Elements

• Scotty Powell from Carolina Weather Gang

• Castle Williams, WeatherHype

• Mark Jelinek, What is it About the Weather

• Phil Johnson of Storm Front Freaks Podcast

This show marks National Weather Podcast Month.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 98 at Rio Grande Village, TX, and -7 at Cut Bank, MT
  • The creative outlet that is podcasts and how they have changed over time
  • The importance of providing good content in podcasting
  • 25th Anniversary of Blizzard of 1993
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

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

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: In part 2 of a multi-part series on air masses, we take a look at some of the characteristics of maritime tropical air masses.

Listener SurveyListener Surveys: Okay, we continue to drive this topic into the ground, but we really do like to hear from you. Many thanks to everyone who has taken the time to fill out the Listener Survey. The survey takes just a minute or two to complete and provides us with an opportunity to learn where you are and hear your thoughts and comments on the show. Click here to take the survey.

Web Sites from Episode 633:

In The Elements

Carolina Weather Group

WeatherHype Podcast

What is it about the weather?

Storm Front Freaks

Picks of the Week:

Nate Johnson – out

Becky DePodwin – The 5 Reasons To Keep Daylight Saving Time

Kim Klockow-McClain – out

Scotty Powell – Carolinas Severe Weather Preparedness Week

Castle Williams – Tornado Enhanced Fujita Scale Tweet by NWS Morehead City NC

Bill Murray – GOES-16 Lightning Mapper

Brian Peters – Gallery of views from the cockpit

Kevin Selle – GOES East image viewer

James Spann –

Mark Jelinek – Spring 2018 Safety Launch Weather-Ready Nation

Phil Johnson – The Spotter Network

Aubrey Urbanowicz – The Virginia earthquake of April 9, 1918

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, Rick Smith, Kevin Selle, Kim Klockow-McClain, and Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

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WeatherBrains 632: WeatherBrains After Dark

WeatherBrains Episode 632 is now online (February 26, 2018). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Joining us for this episode is Gregory Mandt who has overall responsibility for the JPSS Program. In this role, Mandt oversees the development, acquisition, integration, installation, and acceptance of major system elements (spacecraft, instruments, launch services and ground systems) for all four JPSS satellites, the first of which was successfully launched in November, 2017, and the NOAA-NASA Suomi NPP satellite. Before coming to JPSS, Mandt served as System Program Director for the GOES-R Series program for nine years, culminating in the successful launch of the GOES-R/16 satellite in November, 2016.

Previously, Mandt served as Director of the National Weather Service (NWS) Office of Science and Technology where he was responsible for science and engineering planning, the acquisition and refresh of critical technologies, and the scientific developments of the Meteorological Development Laboratory. His previous assignments at NWS included Director of the Office of Climate, Water, and Weather Services from 2000 to 2005 and Chief of the Science Branch, Office of Meteorology, from 1996 to 2000.

Mandt also served as the Program Manager and Lead Engineer for the NOAA Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite (POES) Program from 1992 to 1996.

During his 14 year tenure as an officer in the United States Air Force, Mandt held several management and executive-level positions, including Acquisition Manager of the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP); Executive Officer for the Space Systems Division; Chief of the Spacecraft Engineering Branch, DMSP Program Office; Research Engineer in the Flight Dynamics Laboratory; and Flight Test Engineer.

Mandt holds Master of Science degrees in Systems Engineering and Electrical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Mechanics from the United States Air Force Academy and is also a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College Program Management Course.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 90 at Titusville, FL, and -12 at Gothic, CO
  • First tornado deaths in US late last week
  • Possible severe wx Wednesday in Lower MS River Valley
  • Relatively mild across much of Lower 48
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer thumbs through the incoming messages from our listeners. Always love to hear from listeners.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101:

Listener SurveyListener Surveys: Okay, we continue to drive this topic into the ground, but we really do like to hear from you. Many thanks to everyone who has taken the time to fill out the Listener Survey. The survey takes just a minute or two to complete and provides us with an opportunity to learn where you are and hear your thoughts and comments on the show. Click here to take the survey.

Web Sites from Episode 632:

JPSS Web Page

Central Indiana Severe Weather Symposium

Picks of the Week:

Bill Murray – Satellite Information Familiarization Tool (SIFT)

Brian Peters – Hurricane Heist (2018)

Kevin Selle – 40th anniversary of the blizzard of 1978

James Spann – GOES-16 at College of DuPage

Aubrey Urbanowicz – The StormHour

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, Rick Smith, Kevin Selle, Kim Klockow-McClain, and Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

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