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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

Behind the Front: The one factor that could put you more at risk for leaving kids in a hot car

7/3/2018
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It’s the unthinkable. A parent leaving their child in a hot car. You tell yourself that it would never happen to you. But Dr. Josh Klapow explains how you could be at a higher risk for leaving your kids in the car than you could ever imagine.

Duration:00:13:11

Behind the Front: The Unusual Nature of AL Weather

6/27/2018
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“I have probably surveyed a tornado in pretty much every month.” Those are the words of Chris Darden. He’s the Meteorologist-in-Charge at the National Weather Service in Birmingham. He shares details on some of the craziest weather he’s seen in the state of Alabama, as well as, a look at how he ended up here in the first place.

Duration:00:25:53

Behind the Front: The Ballad of Wes Wyatt

6/20/2018
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Music and Meteorology. J-P Dice speaks with First Alert teammate, Wes Wyatt, on growing up in Tuscaloosa County, his love of music, and where his love for weather started. Plus, Wes reflects on his first day as the Chief Meteorologist at WTOK in Meridian, MS, which fell on Sept. 11th, 2001.

Duration:00:18:37

Behind the Front: Predicting Hurricanes

6/13/2018
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How do you plan for a hurricane? J-P Dice speaks with David Bernard, Chief Meteorologist for FOX 8 New Orleans, on forecasting tropical weather, the frustrations of inaccurate reports on social media, and the job of explaining uncertainty to viewers.

Duration:00:22:35

Behind the Front: Hurricane Hunters Pilot

6/6/2018
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Most people leave the coast when a tropical storm or hurricane is heading their way. Imagine if your job was to fly right into one! J-P Dice speaks with Captain Will Simmons, a pilot with the U.S. Air Force Hurricane Hunters, on how flying into these storms can reveal vital information on each tropical system.

Duration:00:25:16

Behind the Front: Air Quality

5/30/2018
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Did you know there is an air quality meteorologist? They are responsible for issuing the air quality forecast each day, based on the Air quality index. J-P Dice speaks with Matt Lacke, an air pollution meteorologist in Jefferson County, who explains why air quality is so important during the summer. And what factors determine issuing a code yellow, code orange, etc.

Duration:00:12:51

Behind the Front: Alabama Meteorologists

5/23/2018
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How do meteorologists work together across the state? WBRC First Alert Chief Meteorologist, J-P Dice, speaks with Josh Johnson, Chief Meteorologist from WSFA in Montgomery, and Brad Travis, Chief Meteorologist from WAFF in Huntsville, on how stations across Alabama work together during major severe weather events.

Duration:00:24:03

Behind the Front: Women in STEM

5/16/2018
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Are you familiar with STEM? It refers to the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. For years it’s been male-dominated field. But an ongoing push has led to more women landing science-related jobs. J-P Dice speaks with meteorologist, Jill Gilardi, on discovering a passion for science and facing obstacles throughout her career.

Duration:00:22:59