Our Guest WeatherBrain for this episode is Jason Bowman. For over 30 years, he has been studying and forecasting the weather. Over the past 10 years, he’s found that social media has provided atmospheric scientists and broadcast meteorologists with the ability to follow our passion, as well as share our knowledge to keep people safe and also entertained. Like many atmospheric scientists, Jason was born with the love of the weather. At a young age, Jason would create winter forecasts for his family and classmates, dreaming for the day he could provide millions with their personalized weather conditions. In 1992, Jason went to the State University of New York in Albany. Jason forecasted at WNYT, the NBC affiliate in Albany NY. After graduation in May, 1996, Jason shifted his focus to the advertising industry, working for organizations such as National Geographic and MTV. While fine tuning his business management skills, Jason would continue to forecast on the Facebook page he created prior to Hurricane Sandy in 2012. With rapid growth of the Facebook forecast page, Jason co-created My Weather Concierge®, a new and unique mobile weather app, powered by a group of tremendously talented forecasters.
Tonight’s guest on this slightly delayed episode of WeatherBrains are Jeff Piotrowski and John Huntington. This will be Jeff’s fifth appearance on our podcast having appeared in Episodes 384, 354, 289, and 282. John Huntington is also a repeat guest having been on Episode 290. Both of our guests were at ChaserCon 2016 along with our own Rick Smith.
Tonight’s guest WeatherBrain works with the Capitol Weather Gang and joins us at the last minute. Jason Samenow, welcome to WeatherBrains.
Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a graduate of the University of Nebraska. He is in his 25th year of Broadcast Meteorology, starting right out of college with AccuWeather and then doing television in Des Moines before moving on to Oklahoma City where he would stay for 18 years. He has spent the last three years in Dallas. Rick Mitchell, welcome to WeatherBrains.
This week Bill Murray, Dr. John Scala, and Rick Smith anchor the show from the annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society in Phoenix. They interviewed an all star cast from the weather enterprise.
Joining this episode is the National Warning Coordination Meteorologist, Greg Carbin, from Storm Prediction Center, Norman, OK. He’ll be providing us with the rundown on the 10 biggest weather events for 2014. Greg is a big star on WeatherBrains with perhaps the greatest number of appearances on the show.
Our guest for this episode is Jesus Haro, Meteorologist of the NWS office in El Paso, TX. Jesse will be talking about issues that they face on the international border and using hangouts to reach schools in the local area.
First is James Aydelott, Chief Meteorologist from KOKI, Fox23, in Tulsa, OK. James grew up in Tulsa and is a fourth generation Okie. His great grandparents moved into Indian Territory before 1900 and his grandfather was born in Howe. His parents were both teachers in Tulsa Public Schools. James has always been fascinated by the severe weather that seems to hit Tulsa with fearsome regularity. James’s dad piled the family in the station wagon and toured the damage after each round of severe weather, and all that destruction made quite an impression on him. After graduating from Tulsa’s East Central High School, James headed to the University of Oklahoma and graduated with a degree in meteorology. James has worked in Sherman, TX, Savannah, GA, Wichita, KS, Dallas, TX, and Tulsa, OK, seeing and forecasting everything from tornadoes to hurricanes to blizzards. He has years of tornado chasing experience and is a severe weather and Doppler radar expert. James is an instrument-rated pilot and enjoys flying his Cessna Cardinal. James and his wife Robyn have two children and golden retriever, Mia, who also loves to fly. He also likes to cook and has even been a celebrity chef in Tulsa’s own Chef Fest. James is involved in Tulsa’s Iron Gate Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry, and Tulsa’s Restore Hope Ministry. Guest WeatherBrain number 2 is Steve Piltz, Meteorologist in Charge of the Tulsa NWS office. Steve has been with the NWS for over 26 years, the last 13 years as MIC at the Tulsa office. The Tulsa office covers 25 counties in Oklahoma and seven in Arkansas. And Guest WeatherBrain number 3 is Shelby Hays. Shelby is a WB Alum, having appeared on shows 443, 423, and 403. Shelby joined the KOCO 5 First Alert weather team in November, 2014, where she will be the weekend meteorologist. She is a native Oklahoman who grew up wanting nothing more than to be a meteorologist. From a very young age Shelby was fascinated by storms. It began with fear but grew into a passion for learning about the weather. One of the reasons she loved weather so much was that it’s always changing. She knew this would provide for a rewarding career. Shelby pursued her dream at one of the finest meteorology schools in the world, the University of Oklahoma. She spent her time in college studying weather and also studying the television business. Shelby completed internships in both Oklahoma City and Nashville, TN. She graduated from OU with a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology. She also spent time in New York City at Good Morning America learning from ABC Meteorologist Ginger Zee. Shelby began her broadcast career at KFSM, the CBS affiliate in Fort Smith, AR, as the weekend morning meteorologist. The chance to come home to Oklahoma City was a dream come true for Shelby.
Kathryn Miles is an award-winning science writer and the author of three books: Adventures With Ari, All Standing, and Superstorm: Nine Days Inside Hurricane Sandy, which was published by Dutton earlier this year. Her essays and articles have appeared in dozens of publications including Best American Essays, Ecotone, The New York Times, Outside Magazine, and Popular Mechanics. Miles holds a Ph.D. from the University of Delaware and currently serves as a faculty member for the graduate programs at Green Mountain College and Chatham University. Gary Szatkowski began his career with the National Weather Service in 1980 after graduating from St. Louis University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology. Gary has worked at duty stations for the National Weather Service in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Oklahoma City, OK and Washington, DC. Since 1997, Gary has been the Meteorologist-in-Charge at the National Weather Service Office in Mt. Holly, NJ. The Mt. Holly office provides weather forecast and warning services for the residents of New Jersey, Delaware, eastern Pennsylvania, and northeast Maryland. As Meteorologist-in-Charge at the Mt. Holly office, he is responsible for all products and services provided by that office. Gary is a member of the American Meteorological Society & the National Weather Association. Gary has been recognized as a ‘Hurricane Sandy Hero’ by the Newark Star-Ledger newspaper and received the Weather Hero Award for 2012 from the Weather Research Center for his work during Hurricane Sandy.
Our guest WeatherBrain this week include Paul Iniquez from the National Weather Service office in San Jaoquin/Hanford, CA. Paul is the SOO, Science and Operations Officer, at the NWS in Hanford, CA. He is from Minnesota but has worked in NWS offices all over. His undergraduate degree is from St. Cloud State University and his MS is from Arizona State. Paul Iñiquez, welcome to WeatherBrains!
Also joining us as Guest Panelist is Joseph Rentken. Joseph became a super moderator of the Accuweather.com forums in 2008. Since then, he has become a storm spotter for the various NWS offices where he has lived. He is a storm chaser and now serves as the volunteer meteorologist at KOPN.