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The Ripple Effect of Natural Disasters

Guest: Clark Schweers, Principal; BDO Forensic Insurance and Recovery Practice Description: Natural disasters happen every year all across the country changing the lives of those directly affected forever. Just look at this year’s hurricanes, the deadly and destructive wildfires in California...but there is also an indirect effect to these disasters that ripples across the country and hits the wallet of nearly every American. Clark Schweers joins us today from BDO Global to breakdown how...


Your Winter Outlook

Guest: Dr. Judah Cohen, Director of Seasonal Forecasting at Atmospheric & Environmental Research Description:Colored leaves are on the ground and some flakes have already fallen. Winter is just around the corner and everyone is wondering how cold will it get? How much snow will fall? Today, Dr. Judah Cohen gives us a sense of what we can expect. We dive into seasonal forecasting and examine how today’s weather can provide clues into next month's weather. What is El Nino’s role? Why is...


The Intersection of Weather and Politics

Guest: Harry Enten, Senior Writer and Analyst, CNN Politics Description: Millions of Americans will be voting this November for their favorite candidate. When they head out to the polls some will enjoy sunshine, others will get cold and rain, and maybe even a few folks will see snowflakes. Weather might even keep some people from even heading out the door. Just how does weather affect elections...and more generally politics? Today, we’ll pose these questions and more to Harry Enten from CNN...


Reporting Live in Hurricane Michael

Guests: The Weather Channel meteorologists: Stephanie Abrams, Jen Carfagno, Chris Bruin Description: Hurricane Michael stormed ashore the Florida Panhandle earlier this month. Lives were upended and changed forever. Millions watched the full fury of the hurricane unfold live on their screens. And today we are joined by three field reporters that covered the storm: The Weather Channel meteorologists Stephanie Abrams, Jen Carfagno and Chris Bruin. We hear their stories as they take us...


40 Years of Broadcasting The Weather

Guest: Tom Skilling, WGN-TV Chief Meteorologist Description: From the outside looking in, living in the Midwest during the winter months can be brutal! Frigid temperatures that take your breath away and blizzards that stack snow feet high! But today’s guest knows a thing or two about Midwest winters...and that is just the tip of the iceberg. Tom Skilling has been the on-air meteorologist at WGN-TV in Chicago since 1978...for those counting, that is 40 years! In that span of time, it can...


Hurricane Hype & Hurdles

Guest: Dr. Rick Knabb, Hurricane Expert, The Weather Channel Description: Communicating a weather forecasting is tricky task, but the challenges associated with hurricane forecasts bring a whole new set of hurdles. Dr. Rick Knabb, former director of the National Hurricane Center joins Dr. Marshall Shepherd to discuss how to avoid hurricane hype and stick with the impacts when talking to the public. It isn't as easy as you might think...


Storm of Suspicion

Guest: Dr. Elizabeth Austin, Forensic Meteorologist, Founder WeatherExtreme Description: Shoeprints in the snow, the absence of dew, or maybe DNA preserved in a puddle of rainwater....seemingly trivial clues in an active crime scene, but to forensic meteorologists, these are the subtle leads that can put a suspect away for murder. Dr. Elizabeth Austin, a forensic meteorologist who's worked on countless criminal cases, joins us to discuss this fascinating profession and her role in a new...


Let Science Speak

Guests: Dr. Katharine Hayhoe - An Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University, Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. Dr. Alan Townsend - Townsend currently is director of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research and professor in the Environmental Studies program at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Description: During this week's Weather Geeks podcast Dr. Shepherd had the privilege of...


Trash Talkin’ with Dr. Jenna Jambeck - Where Do All the Plastics Go?

Guest: Jenna Jambeck, PhD. - Associate Professor in the College of Engineering at The University of Georgia Today we're sitting down with Dr. Jenna Jambeck, Associate Professor in the College of Engineering at The University of Georgia who teaches environmental engineering with a focus on solid waste. What do you think happens to those plastic bottles and other trash when you toss it? Dr. Jambeck, along with a team of reasearchers, estimates that millions of metric tons of plastic waste...


Beyond the Polygon - the Social Science Behind Severe Weather Warnings

Guests: Jen Henderson, PhD - Postdoctoral Fellow with the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences in Boulder, CO. Julie Demuth, PhD - Research Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in the Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology Lab Description: Today, we’re excited to welcome Dr. Jen Henderson, a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences in Boulder, CO and Dr. Julie Demuth, a Research Scientist at the...


Discussing the Dangers of Kids in Hot Cars

Guest: Jan Null, CCM - Department of Meteorology & Climate Science, San Jose State University Description: Today, we’re excited to welcome Jan Null, Certified Consulting Meteorologist with the Department of Meteorology and Climate Science at San Jose State University. Jan has spent decades forecasting and studying weather across the U.S., especially in California, and he “prides himself on being able to predict the unpredictable.” He served as Lead Forecaster at the National Weather...


NASA's New Administrator

GUEST: Jim Bridenstine, Administrator of NASA DESCRIPTION: From flying high above the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, to being elected as a Congressman of Oklahoma in the U.S. House of Representatives, our guest has dedicated his life to serving his country. Today we’re excited to welcome newly confirmed NASA Administrator, Jim Bridenstine. Jim hails from Tulsa, OK where he became all too familiar with extreme weather, so he understands the importance of improving our forecasting...


Bryan Norcross: 50 Years of Broadcasting

Guest: Bryan Norcross - Hurricane Specialist at Local 10 Miami Description: His first weather report came over the radio back in 1969 and spoke of a hurricane named Camille heading toward the Gulf coast. Since then Bryan Norcross has covered dozens of major weather events - including Hurricane Andrew, which changed South Florida and his life forever. Bryan has worked at local new stations, national cable networks including and The Weather Channel. He has seen it all, done it all and has...


Wildfires - On the Front Lines

This week on Weather Geeks we go to the front lines of the firefight. The 2018 deadly and devastating wildfires could get even worse as brave men and women put their lives on the line. We explore the day to day conditions that help and hurt the effort and explore the factors that makes their job so dangerous. Weather Channel Correspondent Dave Malkoff, tells some of their stories and explains what it's like to battle these monster fires. Joining the conversation is Jess Gardetto from the...


Astrophysics With a Twist

Guest Dr. Paul Sutter Astrophysicist, writer, speaker, producer and podcast host Description This week on Weather Geeks Astrophysicist Dr. Paul Sutter joins us. Paul is an "Agent to the Stars" - passionately interacting with the public in science outreach. He is host of the "Ask a Spaceman!" podcast, where he answers space questions posted on social media. And today we get to ask him questions...with topics ranging from the the cosmos to communicating the complicated. It is sure to be an...


Leading The Nation's Forecast Center

Guest: Dr. David Novak, Director, Weather Prediction Center Description: Whether it is forecasting an epic flood event days before the first raindrop or warning the public about an upcoming blizzard when it comes to tracking storms the meteorologists at The Weather Prediction Center play a critical role in keeping Americans safe from the dangers of weather. This week, meet the man in charge of directing this critical group of forecasters. Dr. Dave Novak joins me to discuss Weather...


The Man Behind The View From Above

Guest: Astronaut Terry Virts Description: This week on Weather Geeks we are honored to have International Space Station Commander Terry Virts. Terry first flew into space aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour in 2010. Four years later he returned and spent 200 days aboard the ISS taking more photos from space that any other astronaut. Many of these photos appear in his book “View From Above”. We’ll talk about that view, space travel, the fragility of our planet and much more.


WeatherSTEM Takes Root

Guest: Ed Mansouri, CEO & Founder WeatherSTEM Description: Just because you are a meteorologist doesn’t mean you aren’t exempt from the hazards of severe weather...and our guest proves this point. Ed Mansouri, founder and CEO of WeatherSTEM, a company that utilizes a network of weather stations for emergency planning purposes, agriculture needs, and K-12 education, recently had lightning cause damage at his house while he and his kids were home. We’ll hear more about his experience and how...


The Highs and Lows of Science and Politics

Guest: Angela Fritz - Deputy Weather Editor for the Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang This week on Weather Geeks - Take the hot tempers inherent to any science or political discussion, combine them, and give them a national stage to debate on one of the most prominent weather blogs on the web, located at the heart of the political world - The Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang based in Washington, D.C. We will discuss the nightmare that can be communicating science through a...


Forecasting Behind Enemy Lines [Rebroadcast]

From the Weather Geeks Archives - Most Americans probably don't realize that the first ones behind enemy lines are often a small group of meteorologists who are sent in to harms way to collect the weather data needed to give the U.S. armed forces the home field advantage they need to win the battles necessary to protect our freedom. Major Jonathan Sawtelle, a former Special Operations Weather Team operations officer, will provide amazing insight into this truly special force.