This is a fun show with no guests, and a lively discussion on the future of the severe weather warning system in the U.S., and the weather enterprise in general. Listen and let us know what you think.
Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain #1 is the President of the Teachers in Space organization, Elizabeth Kennick…
And tonight’s second Guest WeatherBrains is Dr. Elizabeth Austin, President of WeatherExtreme, Ltd, a research and consulting firm. She has served in the NWA and AMS for many years and is the Chair of the Board of the CCMs for the AMS.
Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a Senior Fellow Meteorologist at the Savannah River National Laboratory and is the 2016 President Elect of the American Meteorological Society (AMS)… Matt Parker.
And tonight’s Guest Panelist is Alex Forbes, currently a senior high school student who plans on pursuing a degree in meteorology. He wants to be a television meteorologist in a top ten market or at one of the networks.
Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain, Mark Sudduth, was on Episode 416. He needs no introduction to weather fans which is most of our audience. He has worked in hurricane awareness and education since graduating from UNC-Wilmington in 1995. Over the past eighteen years, he has had the privilege of working with local, state and federal agencies to develop award-winning hurricane awareness projects. In addition, his work with business and industry to reach out to communities on a local level has led to several large-scale hurricane preparedness campaigns from Texas to Maine. He is the Founder of HurricaneTrack.com.
Our Guest WeatherBrain for this show is Dr. Phil Klotzbach, a Research Scientist in the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University. He received his Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from CSU in 2007. Dr. Klotzbach has been employed in the Department of Atmospheric Science for the past fourteen years where he has been co-author on the Atlantic basin hurricane forecasts with Dr. William Gray. He became first author on the seasonal hurricane forecasts in 2006. Klotzbach developed the two-week forecasts currently being issued during the peak months of the hurricane season between August-October.
On August 24th of this year, an outbreak of about 23 tornadoes touched down across Central Indiana, northwestern Ohio, and into Ontario, Canada. The event was well warned, but created a controversy because the event was unusual in that it was unforecast by them.
Listener Jay Farlow, ham radio call of W9LW (Whiskey Niner Lima Whiskey), suggested we talk about the outbreak on tonight’s show. Fortunately there were no deaths or serious injuries in the event.
Our Guest WeatherBrains with insight into this event include Dan McCarty (Meteorologist In Charge of the NWS office in Indianapolis), Danielle Dozier (meteorologist with Fox 59 in Indianapolis), and Dr. Jeff Frame (Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Illinois).