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You see it every day. It’s the subject of poetry, literature, art and film. It can inspire spiritual experiences, and it can destroy everything you have ever worked for. It is the weather, and no one knows it better than we do. Join us every week for the agony and the ecstasy of the one story that the entire world participates in and the science behind it. From the people behind The Weather Channel TV network.

You see it every day. It’s the subject of poetry, literature, art and film. It can inspire spiritual experiences, and it can destroy everything you have ever worked for. It is the weather, and no one knows it better than we do. Join us every week for the agony and the ecstasy of the one story that the entire world participates in and the science behind it. From the people behind The Weather Channel TV network.


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You see it every day. It’s the subject of poetry, literature, art and film. It can inspire spiritual experiences, and it can destroy everything you have ever worked for. It is the weather, and no one knows it better than we do. Join us every week for the agony and the ecstasy of the one story that the entire world participates in and the science behind it. From the people behind The Weather Channel TV network.








In-Depth with the Hurricane Hunters

Guests: Richard Henning & Kevin Doremus, Hurricane Hunters As we’ve highlighted nearly a hundred of times on this podcast, there is a lot more to meteorology than what you see on TV! A meteorologist can work in insurance, they can work for NASA, and they can work for airlines just to name a few. But one of the most important and dangerous jobs that is in the field of meteorology is that of a Hurricane Hunter. These brave men and women fly into the eye of a hurricane multiple times a day in...


Cloudy with a Chance of Pain

Have you ever heard someone say that they know a storm is coming because their joints start aching or they have a migraine? Well there is a scientific basis to that, but what about general pain receptors during common weather patterns? In past decades, it was difficult to answer such a general science question...but it’s not anymore! Today’s guest is Dr. David Schultz from the University of Manchester to talk about his study and how smartphones helped his team complete their research!


Highlighting Racial Challenges in STEM

The racial injustices experienced by millions of Americans have been brought to greater attention in recent weeks. Among those Americans are members of our scientific community who have endured their own instances of racial discrimination along their paths to success. Many have felt marginalized, placated, and that they are often not being offered the same opportunities as many of their fellow white colleagues. Joining me today are 3 incredibly talented atmospheric scientists: Dr. Brad...


Weather and the Human Condition

Guest : Dr. Andrew Grundstein, UGA Introduction: Many of us have seen first-hand the impacts weather can have on our daily lives, and today we’re going to focus on the dangers associated with heat and thunderstorms. Heat related illnesses are often underrated and sadly, this can lead to many trips to the emergency room...or worse. Today’s guest, Dr. Andrew Grundstein of the University of Georgia, has been focusing on one particular aspect of the heat: how it impacts athletes and children...


Rip Currents, Rising Tides, and Meteotsunamis… Oh My!

Guest: Dr. Greg Dusek, NOAA Ocean Service The oceans hold more than 96% of the Earth’s water, and it’s the motions of those oceans we’re focusing on today! As people hit the beaches, many are unaware of underlying dangers lurking close to shore, and we’re not talking about JAWS… We’re talking about RIP CURRENTS, which lead to some 30,000 rescues EACH YEAR! Today’s guest is Dr. Greg Dusek, Senior Scientist at NOAA’s National Ocean Service, and he knows all about rip currents. We’ll discuss...


The Weather Out West

Guest: Dr. Daniel Swain Introduction: If you’re not from California, what is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of its weather? Severe droughts? Constant wildfires? 75 and sunny every single day? In any given year, those could all be correct! But what about over the past 30 years to create a climate normal? That’s where our guest today comes in… Dr. Daniel Swain is a climate scientist at UCLA and he’s been researching California’s weather patterns and finding the connections...


The Relationship Between COVID-19 and Climate Change

Guest: Dr. Aaron Bernstein, Harvard University Introduction: We all know that climate change has been detrimental to the health of our Earth, with increased deforestation and melting ice caps. But what about our own health? Or our children’s health? My guest today is Dr. Aaron Bernstein from Harvard University, who focuses on the health impacts of the climate crisis on children’s health and advancing solutions to address its causes to improve the health and wellbeing of children around the...


Are Floating Cities the Future of Hurricane Protection?

Guest: Marc Collins Chen, Oceanix Introduction: When a hurricane is fast approaching, experts always say that you have to fear the water, whether it’s rain coming down from the sky or the surge from the ocean or the flood from the rivers. What if I told you that my guest today has created a concept that would make you flock to the water and live a safer life from hurricanes? Marc Collins Chen is the CEO of Oceanix, a company that builds floating structures that can hold up to thousands of...


Professor, Author, and Atmospheric Model Extraordinaire

Guest: Dr. Adam Sobel, Columbia University Introduction: Most of the time when we bring someone on to Weather Geeks, they have a certain niche or a specific craft or an interesting line of research to discuss with us. But today, I have a guest with me who does it all! Dr. Adam Sobel is a professor of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics and of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University. He teaches everything from tropical meteorology to climate thermodynamics to...


COVID-19’s Impact on Pollution

Guest: Ryan Stauffer, NASA Introduction: The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how we all live our lives, both in the present and in the future. We’ve all been stuck in our homes and adopted teleworking techniques in order to reduce as much time as possible with other people that may be sick. With these changes, we have noticed some positive impacts to our environment, including animals flocking to places they normally don’t and improved air quality in major cities. Today we’ve brought in Dr....


Keeping Up the PACE with NASA

Guest: Ivona Cetinic, NASA Oceanographer Introduction: NASA does a lot more than mapping our solar system...they have also been mapping our oceans for over 20 years! The ocean is extremely important in our Earth’s health, circulation, and economy, so it is equally as important that our ocean is in good health too! In 2022, NASA will be launching the PACE mission, which stands for Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem, to further advance their understanding of our oceanic and...


Communicating Climate

Guest: Bernadette Woods - Placky Introduction: The proper communication of climate science is just as important as communicating it at all! In an ever-changing world, keeping up with communication techniques is extremely important. The intersection of television and science has never been more vital than today! On this episode, we’re joined by Bernadette Woods Placky, Chief Meteorologist and Climate Matters program director, a division of Climate Central. As an Emmy Award winning...


Mitigating Disasters & Their Impacts on Society

Guest: Dr. Stephen Strader, Villanova University Introduction: Hurricane Harvey...Hurricane Dorian...the deadly Camp Fire...the devastating Super Tornado Outbreak of 2011… These disasters likely bring to mind the powerful images you saw from communities hardest hit by these extreme weather events. In a world with an increasing number of disasters, it’s becoming more apparent that we need to work to understand our own vulnerabilities so we can prevent future disasters. Today’s guest is Dr....


Radar Meteorology & Observations of Severe Storms

Guest: Stephen Nesbitt, University of Illinois Introduction: Today we’re happy to welcome Professor Stephen Nesbitt from the University of Illinois. Dr. Nesbitt has his hands in a variety of projects & research interests, including mesoscale and cloud dynamics, radar and satellite meteorology, and tropical meteorology. His extensive field research has taken him to 5 continents for more than 20 field campaigns! One such project required his team to travel to Argentina & Brazil to study some...


The Science of Climate Drawdown

Guest: Dr. Marilyn Brown, Georgia Tech Introduction: The word “drawdown” is used in multiple fields, from banking to investing, but for today’s episode, the most important use of the word is in climatology. Climate drawdown is the point at which greenhouse gas concentrations begin to decline on a year-to-year basis in order to reach carbon neutrality. The United States still has to take many steps in order to achieve drawdown, but there are many teams of brilliant scientists across the...


Severe Storms & Tornadoes - Ties to Climate Change

Guest: Dr. Harold Brooks, NSSL Introduction: The United States is known to produce some of nature’s most severe weather as it allows for just the right ingredients to come together. As extreme weather becomes a more common occurrence, many have begged the question: Will we see more severe storms and even tornadoes as our world continues to warm? Today’s guest is Dr. Harold Brooks of the National Severe Storms Research Lab, and his research seeks to help answer this very question. His...


With Severe Weather, Anything GOES

Guest: Dan Lindsey, GOES-R Program Scientist Introduction: While the debate of “model wars” continues into the new decade, the satellite technology that the United States has advanced over the years is second-to-none! Being able to see the atmosphere from a top-down view has changed the way that meteorologists around the world can forecast the daily weather. They can see where severe storms are to provide up-to-the-second forecasts in order to keep people safe. One of the men behind these...


Flooding from a Hydrologist’s Perspective

Guest: Michael Kane, Water Resources Engineer Introduction: Hydrology is the study of the movement, distribution and management of water on Earth, including the water cycle, water resources, and environmental watershed sustainability. Hydrologists work with other scientists to investigate how water impacts their respective fields, so meteorologists and hydrologists have a special relationship. Meteorologists focus on the water coming down from the sky, and the hydrologists focus on what...


Waiting to “Exascale”: Prepping the EURO Model for the Next Generation in Computing Power

Guest: Dr. Peter Bauer, ECMWF Deputy Director of Research & Head of the Scalability Programme Introduction: I need more power…!! Computing power that is. This has been a major focus for numerical weather prediction in hopes of creating more accurate and detailed predictions of Earth’s systems. The highly touted European Model has long been one of the leaders in numerical weather prediction performance. As the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) prepares to integrate...