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Episode 52: We Should Be More Than Research Robots (w/ Katie Wedemeyer-Stombel - Part 2)

On this week’s episode of WeatherHype, we continue the conversation with Katie Wedemeyer-Stombel and discuss balancing professional and personal relationships in graduate school. Katie gives us her personal insights on the topic, as well as provides us with tips and strategies for overcoming some of these challenges in all walks of professional life. Stay tuned, Part 2 of Katie's interview is coming up next! For more information on the topics discussed during this podcast or for...


Episode 51: It's Something That I Do, But Not Who I Am (w/ Katie Wedemeyer-Strombel - Part 1)

Impostor Syndrome is the psychological phenomenon in which an individual doubts their accomplishments and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a fraud. Despite evidence of their accomplishments, most individuals attribute their success to luck, or as a result of deceiving others into thinking they are more intelligent than they perceive themselves to be. Have you ever had feelings like this? Ever felt overwhelmed in your job or in school? Ever feel like it is extremely...


Episode 50: Florence Recap: Communication Challenges and Successes

As Hurricane Florence made landfall on Friday, September 14th near Wrightsville, NC, meteorologists were forecasting that roughly 10 million gallons of rainfall would impact North Carolina and the surrounding states. You heard me right - 10 million gallons! To try and put that into perspective, that is enough to fill 15 million Olympic size swimming pools, 36 thousand Empire State buildings, and 60 million Washington Memorials. How can we even communicate something that is so hard to...


Episode 49: Do People Think Radar Is Useful? (w/ Michelle Saunders)

Doppler radar technology is easily accessible, and we often see if on our local news, on our weather apps, and on websites. But do people know how to properly use radars to access weather conditions? Do people find radars to be useful for their day-to-day activities? We talk with Michelle Saunders, a PhD candidate at the University of South Florida, who's looking into these questions and ideas. Plus, we talk to one person who's never really used a radar before (my roomie) and sit down for...


Episode 48: Shooting the Breeze (Tangent Central)

On this episode, we are switching things up a bit! We've been a bit busy this summer, so we're going to have a little fun on this episode! Join us as we discuss a hodge podge of weather topics, including: lightning & hiking safety, the extreme temperatures on the West Coast, and World Cup weather!. Also included are personal stories and even a Catfish moment! As always, we finish up with our songs of the week. Get ready, because a goofy episode of Weather Hype is headed your way! For...


Episode 47: A Weather Communication Perspective on the Duck Boat Tragedy

A tragic accident involving an amphibious vehicle commonly known as a duck boat has claimed the lives of 17 people including nine members of one family. It happened on Table Rock Lake near the tourist town of Branson, Missouri as two different duck boats carrying dozens of passengers were hit by a severe thunderstorm on the evening of July 19, 2018. While one boat was able to make it to shore safely, the other boat carrying 31 people unfortunately capsized, with 17 people losing their...


Episode 46: Piecing Together Autism and Weather Communication (w/ Matt Bolton)

In the weather community, we often talk about vulnerable populations and strive for inclusion of all people. We're joined by Matt Bolton, an undergraduate student at St. Leo University, who has done incredible work relating to this important topic. Matt's work is diverse, and one area he looks into is Autism Spectrum Condition and how it relates to meteorology. Matt shares his insights from his research and experiences in hopes that we can all be more aware and understanding of those who...


Episode 45: Crisis Communication of Volcanic Proportions (w/ Dr. Janine Krippner)

In the last two weeks, the eruption of Kīlauea, a shield volcano on the Big Island of Hawai'i, has forced roughly 2,000 residents to evacuate, destroyed around 40 structures, and even caused several serious injuries. We are joined by Dr. Janine Krippner to explore the vast world of volcanology. While the Kīlauea event has been devastating, it is our hope that it can bring hazard communities together to learn from one another. Therefore, this podcast is a first step toward learning about...


Episode 44: Icelandic Adventures in Weather and Emergency Management

Minh recently went on a personal trip to Iceland, and he gained really cool perspectives on the country's emergency management system. Join Minh and Castle as they recount some of his stories of how emergency management and weather are similar and different in Iceland compared to the United States. Minh also shares some great travel tips if you plan to visit Iceland in the future and digs into what weather communication might be like for tourists and visitors who travel to other countries...


Episode 43: Are Severe Thunderstorm Warnings Overused? (w/ Joe Lauria)

Weather warnings are the bread and butter of weather communication, but is it possible to have too many weather warnings? Can there be too much of a good thing? We're joined by broadcast meteorologist Joe Lauria from Fox4 in Kansas City, who had a hunch that too many severe thunderstorm warnings were affecting his viewers. On this episode of WeatherHype, Joe tells us all about his investigation into the number of severe thunderstorm warnings that are issued around the country. We finish...


Episode 42: Does it "Merit" a Weather Badge? (w/ Christina Edwards)

Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts all across the country have the opportunity to learn about weather and climate, but how they're learning about that information can be a little confusing. While STEM education and outreach is important, some of the new standards and requirements within the Girl Scouts of America program are making weather education much more difficult. We are joined by Meteorologist Christina Edwards from WHNT News 19 in Huntsville, Alabama for more insight on this topic. From...


Episode 41: Drilling the Skies (w/ Jonathan Jennings)

They say if you don't like something, change it. Well, have you ever walked outside, hating the weather and wishing you could change it? If you have, you're not alone and you're not the first person to think about it. C.W. Post, a Texas entrepreneur and idea-man, had an explosive idea to alter the weather above the West Texas skies. We're joined by Jonathan Jennings, the Director of Meteorology of the Texas Weather Modification Association. He will give us insights into weather...


Episode 40: What is it about Weather Podcasts? (w/ Mark Jelinek)

What is it about Weather Podcasts? Wait... Mark, what are you doing here?? On this episode of Weatherhype, we are joined by Mark Jelinek (the host of the fantastic weather podcast: What is it About the Weather?) to discuss podcasting as a story-telling medium, NOAA's Weather Ready Nation initiative, and the future of weather podcasting. Mark conducted a small study with some of the weather podcast's audiences to ask: Are we, the podcast hosts, being good Weather Ready Nation Ambassadors?...


Episode 39: Continuing the Mental Health Conversation

Inspired by the recent In the Elements podcast, this episode of Weather Hype is dedicated to continuing the conversation around mental health. Specifically, we share personal stories of mental health, experiences, and strategies for overcoming our own personal struggles. Additionally, the conversation moves into discussing the challenges of undergraduate and graduate school and the associated mental health that accompanies these stressful situations. Finally, we deep dive into the world of...


Episode 38: Recap of #AMS2018

The American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting is billed as the "world's largest yearly gathering for the weather, water, and climate community." For Castle and Minh, it's a great opportunity to learn about new research, connect with folks in the weather and climate world, and most importantly to reunite with old friends. There are so many things happening at AMS every year, and there's absolutely no way we could spend roughly an hour going over every single detail. But, we tried to...


Episode 37: The NAS Report: Social Science, Weather, and Beyond

On this new episode of WeatherHype we are breaking down the recently published National Academies of Science (NAS) report on the integration of social and behavioral sciences within the Weather Enterprise. As a podcast who frequently discusses social science, we first take a step back to examine the terms "social and behavioral sciences" and "weather enterprise." What do they mean, and what/who do they include? Next, we provide our major takeaway points from the 100-page report. What were...


Episode 36: Conflict of Interest: The Future of NOAA

Remember last episode when we got super political? Well, get ready for some more politics. And this time, we’re diving into President Trump’s nomination of Barry Lee Myers for the new administrator of NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. What is NOAA? Who is Barry Myers? Why should you care? We’ll have a compilation of press reports, opinions from various sides, and our own insights on the nomination and what it could mean for NOAA and the National Weather Service. Join...


Episode 35: Analyzing Irma and the Politics in Puerto Rico

We are back after a month of travel to discuss our active hurricane season in the Atlantic, and specifically to break down Hurricanes Irma and Maria. On this episode, we provide our personal perspectives of experiencing Hurricane Irma and talk about guilt/shame messaging that was evident from social media posts. We then shift the focus to discuss the aftermath of Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria, and all of the political mumble jumbo that is attached to this disaster. We finish up with life...


Episode 34: Hurricane Harvey in Progress

As the devastation in Southeast Texas and Louisiana continues to unfold, we wanted to capture the many ideas, opinions, and thoughts that have been circulating around on social media from both the meteorology community and the public. From the decision to evacuate to the innovative use of social media during this event, Castle and Minh examine these ideas to inform people about the nuances in decision-making and also the challenges that many people face in the coming months and years. It is...


Episode 33: Biometeorology and Personal Weather Monitoring (w/ Evan Kuras)

What's up, Hypesters?! We are back in full swing, and starting August off with our good friend Evan Kuras! On this show, we dive into the world of biometeorology and personal weather monitoring. This episode has something for everyone! We discuss personal heat exposure, environmental justice, tailored weather messaging and warnings, cooling and hydrating resources in communities, and of course Moana. After, we describe our songs of the week - in intricate detail I might add - and figure out...