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Episode 56: Lions and Tigers and Typhoons, Oh My!

In October of 2018, Super Typhoon Yutu, packing winds of 180 mph, slammed into Saipan, the largest island of the Northern Mariana Islands. And in it's wake, complete destruction. We talk with April Lipinski, who works with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. And she was in Saipan after the island and other parts of the commonwealth were left reeling from the devastating impacts of the storm. While April and her team were working to help the people of Saipan, there was an interesting...


Episode 55: Haters Gonna Hate: Defending Meteorology and Forecasting

You know, as a meteorologist, did you know you can be right half the time but still have a job. The amount of times we all hear that, am I right? There's no doubt public perception of weather and weather forecasting isn't always great. And with many meteorologists and forecasters in the spotlight, the hate messages can be downright hurtful, and that can take a terrible mental toll on those who work so hard to predict the weather. But, many on-air personalities have had enough, and they're...


Episode 54: The Real Impacts of a New Hurricane Scale

Currently, the weather community uses the Saffir-Simpson scale to communicate potential property damage due to hurricane force winds. At its core, the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale is a 1 to 5 rating based on a hurricane’s sustained wind speed. However, recently the weather community has begun to question whether categorizing hurricanes based solely on their wind speed can effectively communicate the multitude of hazards that often accompany tropical weather. To address this...


Episode 53: WeatherHype Holiday Spectacular (2018)

It's been a few months since Castle and Minh were able to record an episode of WeatherHype together, so obviously there's going to be a bit of shenanigans in this episode. In addition to everyone's favorite "Song of the Week" segment, we have some cool gift ideas for the weather person in your life, a few organizations that we will be giving to this holiday season, and lots of other weird things...because, well, it's us. Did you not expect it to get a little weird? Castle is giving...


Episode 53: WeatherHype Holiday Spectacular (2018)

It's been a few months since Castle and Minh were able to record an episode of WeatherHype together, so obviously there's going to be a bit of shenanigans in this episode. In addition to everyone's favorite "Song of the Week" segment, we have some cool gift ideas for the weather person in your life, a few organizations that we will be giving to this holiday season, and lots of other weird things...because, well, it's us. Did you not expect it to get a little weird? Castle is giving...


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 additional...


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 a...


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 links...


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 lives....


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 are...


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 the...


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 up...


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 Thin...


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 modification,...


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...