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WeatherBrains 658: Direct from NWA & St. Louis

WeatherBrains Episode 658 is now online (August 27, 2018). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

This episode of WeatherBrains is coming directly from the NWA annual meeting in St. Louis, MO. Lots of discussion on various topics from the NWA conference. Joining us tonight from the meeting are Dr. John Scala, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, Scott Martin, James Spann, Greg Stumpf, Alis Smith, Kevin Laws (BHM), Fred Glass, Dr. Pam Heinselman (NSSL), and Dr. Chuck Graves (St. Louis University).

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 114 at Death Valley, CA, and 29 at Bodie State Park, CA
  • Severe thunderstorm watches tonight North Central US
  • MCS from MN into WI Monday night
  • Severe weather stays north from Great Lakes to New England next 2 days
  • One year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey
  • 25th anniversary of 1993 Flood in St. Louis area
  • and more!

Our email bag officer can’t review the mail being at NWA conference.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: No 101 this week due to the special topic of the NWA annual meeting.

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 658:

NWAS web site (link to annual meeting)

St. Louis Science Center

Picks of the Week:

Bill Murray –

Brian Peters – Summer weather safety

James Spann –

Aubrey Urbanowicz –

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 657: Live from Japan

WeatherBrains Episode 657 is now online (August 20, 2018). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Dr. David Bodine from the Advanced Radar Research Center (see link in Web sites section) in Norman, OK, is building the prototype phased-array radar. He will join us from Japan where he is working for a few months with researchers at Kyoto University. This is definitely one of the longest connections for a Guest WeatherBrain in the history of the podcast – perhaps THE longest.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 119 at Death Valley, CA, and 30 at 3 miles east of Agate, NE
  • Severe storms occurring in Mid-South Region
  • Tuesday severe possible western PA to northern VA
  • Tropical Atlantic is quiet
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer is dealing with a new graphics system, so we’ll give her a pass for this episode. Quadruple mail bag results next week.

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 657:

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Advanced Radar Research Center

Phased array tutorial

NWS Service Life Extension Program

Kevin’s story on radar

Chinese weather radar network

Picks of the Week:

David Bodine – Phased Array Radar Symposium at AMS

Brian Peters – Saharan Air Layer

Kevin Selle – Comeback in manufactured housing

Rick Smith – National Weather Museum

James Spann – Bryan Norcross article in Washington Post

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Twitter for #NWAS18

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 656: Mike Dropping Moment

WeatherBrains Episode 656 is now online (August 13, 2018). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain served for nearly 30 years in Emergency Management in Alabama including stints under five governors. He served on the cabinets of two Alabama governors. For nearly seven years, he was the Director of the Alabama Emergency Management Agency. Today, he is the Managing Partner at Blue Skies Business Group.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 112 at Death Valley, CA, and 33 at Bodie State Park, CA
  • Disturbed area in North Atlantic not expected to develop
  • SPC has only marginal risk areas next two days
  • Still hot in Southwest US
  • Trough still along East Coast
  • Heavy rain NY and PA today
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer is absent once again so no incoming messages from our listeners.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: In this episode of 101, we continue our four-part series on NOAA operations for hurricane and tropical storm research and operational support to hurricane forecasters. This episode looks at the NOAA aircraft used to measure the inside of the storms.

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 656:

Manufactured Housing statement on tornado deaths

Blue Skies Business Group

Picks of the Week:

Kim Klockow-McClain – NASA’s Parker solar probe

Brian Peters – Bride gets through flood

Kevin Selle – The Coming Storm

James Spann – Chinese announcements through NWS phone system

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Kevin Selle, Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, Rick Smith, 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 655: Eat Your Eyeballs for Lunch

WeatherBrains Episode 655 is now online (August 6, 2018). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

This episode features a focus on the upcoming National Weather Association annual meeting August 25 to 30, 2018, in St. Louis, MO. Joining us are Janice Bunting, Executive Director of the NWA, and Pat Spoden, Hospitality Host for the meeting as well as handling The RON! The RON is a special session to try to connect researchers and operational meteorologist.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 119 at Death Valley, CA, and 28 at West Yellowstone, MT
  • Hot along West Coast of US
  • Severe storms eastern Colorado Monday evening
  • Cooler weather coming to OK and North TX
  • 1st all-woman flight crew on hurricane hunter flight into Hector
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer is out due to weather in her area.

Be sure to scroll to the bottom for a couple of pictures from NWA 2017.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: In this episode of 101, we begin a four part series discussing the various aircraft used by NOAA as part of hurricane forecasting and research. This episode begins with an introduction on hurricane hunters.

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 655:

National Weather Association annual meeting (click on tab)

OKC Dodgers special event for NWA

www.apple.com in honor of Kim’s trip

Picks of the Week:

Kim Klockow-McClain – Trump’s pick for science advisor

Bill Murray – Article on Mendocino Fire

Brian Peters – NWS lightning statistics for 2018

Kevin Selle – Guide to colors and data visualization

Rick Smith – Avoiding rip currents

James Spann – Central Pacific Hurricane Center

Pat Spoden – Fascination with fires and weather impact

Greg Stumpf – Extreme Exposure Fine Art Gallery

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 at the NWA in 2017 during The RON.

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