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Behind the Front: Nighttime Tornadoes

11/14/2018
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Storm chasing is already a dangerous activity but imagine tracking a tornado in the dark. Jill Gilardi returns to the show this week to discuss how tough it can be covering severe weather at night.

Duration:00:18:53

Behind the Front: Gary England – Tornado Alley Icon

11/7/2018
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"Jump back, throw me down, Loretta, it's Friday night in the big town!" A phrase made famous by Gary England. The Oklahoma weather icon joins J-P Dice this week to discuss his 40+ years covering weather, his involvement in movies like Twister, and what are some of the worst storms he’s ever seen.

Duration:00:28:02

Behind the Front: Don't 'fall back' into depression

10/31/2018
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Daylight Saving Time is here once again. Winter is coming, which means the days will continue to get shorter. This loss of sunlight could give you a case of “the blahs”. But could it be more serious than that? Friend of the podcast, Dr. Josh Klapow, stops by to discuss Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and how this time of year could cause depression for some. Plus, what are the three steps you could take to help fight off the winter blues.

Duration:00:12:11

Behind the Front: Hurricane Michael vs. Fred Hunter

10/24/2018
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Fred Hunter joins J-P Dice this week to discuss covering Hurricane Michael in Panama City, the Waffle House Index, and more. Plus, how does Michael rank compared to other storms Fred has covered in the last 22 years?

Duration:00:24:49

Behind the Front: The dangers of flying in severe weather

10/17/2018
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Have you ever heard of a TAF? It stands for Terminal Aerodrome Forecast and its important information for any pilot looking to take to the sky. Mary Keiser, a Senior Meteorologist with the National Weather Service, joins the show this week to discuss Aviation Weather and the importance of forecasting for airways. Plus just how big a factor bad weather plays in most airplane crashes.

Duration:00:29:16

Behind the Front: Hurricanes and Heatwaves

10/10/2018
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What happened to fall? First Alert Meteorologist, Jill Gilardi, joins J-P this week to discuss the never-ending summer, an active hurricane season in the tropics, and when it may actually start feeling like autumn around Alabama.

Duration:00:17:58

Behind the Front: Mike’s Weather Page

10/3/2018
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What once was just a hobby for Mike Boylan has grown to become one of the most trusted sources for tropical updates. He joins J-P Dice to discuss Mike’s Weather Page, building trust with users, the power of social media, and how to avoid fake weather accounts on Facebook. Plus, how he balances family with forecasting and much more.

Duration:00:27:06

Behind the Front: Storm(s) of the Century

9/26/2018
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Hurricanes, tropical storms, blizzards – you’ve likely experienced a “storm of the century” for several different severe events over the years. Paul Dellegatto, from FOX13 in Tampa, joins J-P Dice to discuss the unique personalities of storms, when and why anyone would try to ride out a hurricane, and the most impactful events he has covered in his nearly 30-year career at WTVT. Which happens to include the tropical storm that would go on to form the Blizzard of 1993 in Alabama.

Duration:00:21:42

Behind the Front: What about Cullman?

9/19/2018
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Cullman County is in the Birmingham television market, but it’s in Huntsville’s National Weather Service warning area. Sound confusing? Friend of the podcast, Chris Darden, the Meteorologist-in-Charge at the NWS in Birmingham, joins the show this week to help explain the split with Cullman, how it affects severe weather advisories, and how offices across the states work together to cover multiple counties.

Duration:00:16:30

Episode 24: The Evolution of Radar

9/12/2018
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The godfather of weather radar software, Mike Gibson, talks developing new programs that now help you track storms better than ever. Plus, what led to the creation of GREarth and why these radar tools are more than just eye candy.

Duration:00:14:23

Episode 23: Why weather radios are still important

9/5/2018
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With so many different apps and alerts out there, why do you still need to have a weather radio? Bruce Thomas of Midland Radio explains how NOAA weather radios continue to be at the forefront of warning you and your family during severe weather.

Duration:00:15:08

Episode 22: Climate Change

8/29/2018
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It’s a hot button issue that often sparks a debate across party lines - climate change. Dr. Marshall Shepherd, of the University of Georgia, joins J-P Dice to discuss the science behind it, and why it transcends politics.

Duration:00:28:53

Bonus: Introducing Air It Out

8/28/2018
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J-P Dice speaks with his WBRC cohort Rick Karle, about his brand-new podcast - Air It Out. Find out what you can expect to hear on this brand new weekly sports podcast from the makers of Behind the Front. Air It Out premieres on 8/30/18. New episodes will be released each Thursday during football season. Learn more about the show here.

Duration:00:15:45

Behind the Front: The Origin of Matt Daniel

8/22/2018
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Matt Daniel has joined the WBRC First Alert Weather Team as a digital meteorologist. Hear what sparked the Georgia native’s love for weather, his hobbies, and what brought him to Central Alabama. Plus, he dishes on some of his favorite foods as he begins discovering all the Magic City has to offer.

Duration:00:16:22

Behind the Front: Baron Weather

8/15/2018
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Every second counts when it comes to sharing critical information during severe weather. Baron Weather has been helping meteorologists reach the public for nearly 30 years with their storm tracking tools. Steve Bray, Baron’s New Director of Broadcast Meteorology, explains the importance of using the air around us to time storm threats as early as possible.

Duration:00:22:47

Behind the Front: The Future of Weather in the Media

8/8/2018
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The way we get News continues to change thanks to advancements in technology. So, what does that mean for weather? Nate Johnson, of the National Weather Association Broadcast Meteorology Committee, shares his thoughts on what the future of forecasting could look like in the next few years.

Duration:00:22:10

Behind the Front: The Seal of Approval

8/1/2018
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Have you ever noticed the little logos next to a meteorologist’s name? Nate Johnson, of the National Weather Association Broadcast Meteorology Committee, explains what those seals mean, and how a meteorologist earns them. Nate and J-P Dice discuss the importance of taking the complex nature of weather and being able to share it with the viewers, in Part One of our “Weather on Television” series.

Duration:00:13:46

Behind the Front: Snowmaggedon – What went wrong?

7/25/2018
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January 28th, 2014. To many people that was just a Tuesday – but the folks of Alabama know it by a different name – Snowmaggedon. The impact of the wintry storm was felt across Central Alabama. But what went wrong with the forecasting of the monumental event? Dr. Tim Coleman, of the University of Alabama Huntsville, discusses some of the major factors going into covering Snowmaggedon.

Duration:00:21:17

Behind the Front: The Folklore of Fred Hunter

7/18/2018
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How long has Fred Hunter been covering the weather? He was forecasting storm fronts before there was even a weather wall to stand in front of! You'll enjoy hearing all about how Fred Hunter is Absolutely Alabama, and absolutely one of a kind.

Duration:00:16:53

Behind the Front: Is the heat making you depressed?

7/11/2018
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Feeling depressed during the dog days of summer? It could be tied to Seasonal Affective Disorder. While SAD is normally associated with the colder times of the year, Dr. Josh Klapow explains how the heat can be just as guilty in affecting your mood.

Duration:00:12:43