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Ice Station Housman is a show all about the weather – what causes it, what effect it has on us puny humans, and what we can do to improve the weather and/or our reaction to it. Hosted by weather enthusiasts, Jimmy Marks and Joel Housman.

Ice Station Housman is a show all about the weather – what causes it, what effect it has on us puny humans, and what we can do to improve the weather and/or our reaction to it. Hosted by weather enthusiasts, Jimmy Marks and Joel Housman.
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Ice Station Housman is a show all about the weather – what causes it, what effect it has on us puny humans, and what we can do to improve the weather and/or our reaction to it. Hosted by weather enthusiasts, Jimmy Marks and Joel Housman.




Episode #0028 - "Winter 2018 - 2019 Predictions"

Its the beginning of Season Two! On this week's show we discuss last winter vs this winter snow total predictions as well as talk about another El Nino, the "polar vortex", the Arctic Oscillation (AO) and the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO). Show Notes! Winter 2018 - 2019 Last winter's prediction results. The North Atlantic Oscillation Global Patterns: Arctic & North Atlantic Oscillations FiveThirtyEight Forecasts The National Dog Show This year's snow predictions: Current Arctic...


Episode - #0027 "Nor'easters of March"

This week on the show the gang talks about the recent Nor'easters and what causes them. Show Notes! Show predictions before Winter: Joel: 25" for DullesBecky: 43" for State CollegeJimmy: 8" for Richmond Airport Actual measured snowfall: Dulles: 11.8”State College: 14.9”Richmond: 12.4” Jimmy guessed the amount closest to actual, so he wins. Wikipedia: Nor'easter Why Are There Suddenly So Many Nor'Easters? Accuweather: What is a Nor'easter? Dakota Smith, aka @weatherdak's The Four...


Episode - #0026 "Hot Water Parsley Predictions"

On this week's show, Becky, Jimmy, and Joel talk about the upcoming cold weather pattern that is going to affect most of the US for the next couple weeks, how we did for snowfall predictions from last winter, and our predictions for the upcoming winter. Show Notes! Winter Weather Predicitons: NOAA Accuweather Wunderground The Weather Channel Capital Weather Gang The Farmer's Bullshitbook Almanac November La Nina Update Ryan Maue's GFS GIF NOAA's Winter Outlook Snow...


Episode - #0025 "Harvey and Irma"

On this week's episode, Becky, Jimmy and Joel cover Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath as well as Hurricane Irma, the impact the storm has had so far and what is expected to come. Show Notes! Becky's Irma Twitter List Beck's Facebook Stormblog Hurricane Harvey LANDFALL The forgotten but freakish damage from Hurricane Harvey’s eyewall in Rockport, Tex. FLOODING Harvey marks the most extreme rain event in U.S. history Texas flood disaster: Harvey has unloaded 9 trillion gallons of...


Episode - #0024 "The Enemy is Disinformation"

On this week's episode, our dynamic trio cover a number of topics including NASA's Juno probe flyby of Jupiter, recent flash flooding, weather twitter, a rogue ice berg, and the upcoming solar eclipse. Music: This week's outro music was "I Feel the Earth Move Under My Feet" by Carol King. Sponsors: This week's episode is sponsored by Audible. You can get a free audiobook download and a 30 day free trial at With over 180,000 titles to choose from, you...


Episode #0023 - "North to Alaska"

On this week's episode we take the listener from the tropics, where Tropical Storm Cindy was, all the way to Alaska and the land of the glaciers. Show Notes! TROPICAL STORM CINDY GOES-16 GIF of Cindy, via Cindy: Tropical storm Cindy threatens ‘life-threatening’ floods along northern Gulf Coast before moving inland Cindy remnants impact mid-atlantic Friday & Saturday AccuWeather Ready ALASKA WEATHER Alaska Climate Research Center Chicken,...


Episode #0022 - "Babies and Weather"

On this week's episode, we cover babies and how weather affects them along with a plethora of other rat-hole topics and a little followup on recent weather events. Show Notes! Unusually Hot or Cold Weather Could Affect Babies' Weight What Your Birth Season Could Say About You Temperature-dependent sex determination Effects of Extreme Weather on Reproductive Success in a Temperate-Breeding Songbird Effects of climate on reproduction in cattle. Today is the least cool day to be...


Episode #0021 - "Cuts"

This week on the show we discuss proposed budget cuts by the Trump Administration to the weather related government programs. Show Notes! Weather Service Employees ‘Shocked’ by Reported Budget Cuts Quote from above article: “It’s not a well-thought-through idea, in my opinion,” said Daniel Sobien, president of the National Weather Service Employees Organization. Though he speaks only for the relatively large weather service staff, the cuts discussed in the White House-to-agency...


Episode #0020 - "Ocean Currents and How They Affect Weather"

Our first episode where all three co-hosts are in the same studio for recording! On this week's episode we discuss how the GOES-16 weather satellite is progressing, the recent severe weather outbreak in the mid-west, a check-in on the rainfall and drought in California, the weird winter we've been having, and we cover our main topic of ocean currents and how they affect the weather. Show Notes! GOES-16 Cool GIF of a radar loop generated from GOES-16 GOES-R/GOES-16 Website MID-WEST...


Episode #0019 - "What Does A Meteorologist Actually Do?"

On this week's episode, Becky, Jimmy, and Joel welcome guest Steve Travis, a meteorologist for Accuweather on the show to talk about the recent storms that have impacted the west coast, and lightened California's drought conditions. Steve also talks about what his typical day is like as a weather forecaster vs. what people perceive he does. Show Notes! Topic 1: West Coast Storms rain and snowfall. How have they affected California's Drought? Five feet of snow and counting —...


Episode #0018 - "The 2016 Snow-verview"

On this week's show Jimmy, Becky, and Joel take a walk down the memory lane of significant weather events in 2016, of which Snowzilla is the most memorable. It was also a year full of flood events, both tropical and non-tropical in nature. We take a look ahead to 2017 and how La Nina might shape the weather in the coming year. Show Notes! Topic: The weather of 2016-year in review + La Nina Snowzilla tops list of 2016’s most significant weather events in WashingtonYear of the flood: The...


Episode #0017 - "2016 Tornado Season Review"

On this week's show Jimmy, Becky, and Joel welcome back Katie Wheatley as well as a new guest, Ian Livingston to recap the 2016 Tornado season. We talk about how El Nino affected tornadoes in the US this year, how this year compares to previous years, and what the biggest outbreaks were. We also have brief follow-up on coral bleaching in the Great Barrier Reef as well as news that GOES-R is now GOES-16. Show Notes! Follow-up: Life and death after Great Barrier Reef bleachingGOES-R is...


Episode #0016 - "GOES-R, Not Gozer"

On this week's show Becky, Jimmy and Joel have Dan DePodwin on to talk about weather satellites and the upcoming launch of the new GOES-R satellite. Show Notes! Topic: Weather Satellites and GOES-R Wikipedia: Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES)Wikipedia: GOES-RNASA's GOES-R WebsiteGOES-R Spacecraft Overview Lockheed Martin's GOES-R Datasheet (PDF)Photos: Atlas 5 rocket assembled for crucial GOES-R satellite launchRocket Launch: United Launch Alliance Atlas V GOES-R...


Episode #0015 - "The After-Matthew"

On this week's show, our intrepid trio discuss the recent Hurricane Matthew. We review how the storm was forecasted, the impact it made on Haiti, Cuba, the Bahamas, and the United States. Show Notes! Topic: The aftermath of Hurricane Matthew Gifs we mentioned in the show: Forecast Track Radar Loop Popular Science: Hurricane Matthew Was Deceptively Powerful Impact on Haiti: Before and After Satellite Images Show Haiti's Catastrophic Damage From Hurricane MatthewHaiti Before and After...


Episode #0014 - "The Storms of the Century"

On this episode, we begin a deep-dive on some of the most devastating hurricanes (officially-named storms only) of the last century. From Camille in '69 to Sandy in '12 (that's a weird way to write that), we look at the impacts these storms had on human life, our economy, governance, emergency response, and the culture. This one's less goofy than other one's we've done, but there's some damn-fine analysis and Wikipedia reading going on. Also, Becky explains why these storms behaved the way...


Episode #0013 - "If it is more than 5 days out, there is no need to shout!"

The peak of hurricane season is upon us! We discuss some of the storms going on at the time of this recording, as well as some basics about tropical systems. How they work, what sizes they can be and what storm surge is. Show Notes! Recent Weather News How to help Louisiana Flood Victims Midwest Tornado Outbreak Deadly lightning strike kills 323 Reindeer Some Tropical Links: Tropical Storm HermineNational Hurricane Center Becky's blog on Hermine-impacts to Delmarva, New Jersey and...


Episode #0012 - ""

On this week's show, we discuss microbursts, recent flooding, the beginning of hurricane season, "rain bombs", and our recent heat wave. Also, Jimmy doesn't accept that we've exhausted all possible planets we could live on... Show Notes! Recent Weather News MicroburstsRecent photogenic Microburst over Phoenix, AZDelta Air Lines Flight 191 crash "Rain Bombs" Historic flooding in Ellicott City, MD Becky telling you what you need to know to prepare and be safe.2016 Hurricane Names Topic:...


Episode #0011-"Methane in The Sky, With Diamonds!"

In a twist on the normal discussion of weather on Earth, the crew of Ice Station Housman takes a journey through the solar system to see what other planet's weather is like. The main goal: to determine which planet humans can relocate to in the unfortunate case of Earth becoming inhabitable. Show Notes! Introductions- The gang's all here! Joel, Jimmy and Becky tackle the complexities of space together. Topic: Other Planet's Weather Mercury:...


Episode #0010 - "All Over The Map"

This week Becky, Jimmy, and Joel are joined by Katie Wheatley, GIS mapping expert, to talk about mapping the weather. Show Notes Introductions Katie's bio on Today's Topic: Mapping the weather. what is GIS againgreen screen failThe NWS enhanced data displayA sea breezesea breeze cocktailTornado Town, USA This weeks outro-music is "Maps" by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.


Episode #0009 - "Right Round Like A Record, Baby"

On this week's show we discuss the four day severe weather outbreak from earlier last week as well as what YOU should do in the event of a tornado warning. Jimmy is out this week, so Becky and Joel review a blog post she wrote in early 2015 covering the topic of tornado safety. We also cover the discussion that popped up this week related to the old vs new method for rating tornado severity and highlight a number of intense videos from the past week's storms. Show Notes! Introductions -...