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Longest running weather podcast in the universe. Eleven years in production, James Spann and a group of private sector and NWS meteorologists gather around the digital mahogany table to talk about their favorite subject, with some great guests.

Dec 5, 2023

Tonight's show is all about fire warnings and wildfire forecasting.

Our first Guest WeatherBrain is the Science and Operations Officer with the NWS Norman.  He's previously worked in Amarillo, Lubbock, Midland and Tulsa NWS.  He recently received the Charles L Mitchell Award for his years of work in fire weather forecasting.  Todd Lindley, thanks for joining us tonight.

Second Guest WeatherBrain is the Deputy Fire Management Chief of the Oklahoma Forestry Services.  He's responsible for both fighting fires on the ground as well as prescribed fire management.  He's also part of the Northern Rockies Incident Management Team One.  Drew Daily, thanks for being a part of the show.

Our email officer Jen is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners. Reach us here:

  • What is a Deputy Fire Management Chief?  (09:10)
  • NWS Fire Weather Program (13:30)
  •  Current state of fire prediction (17:45)
  • What are fuels and how do we acquire that information and account for it?  (23:00)
  • Red Flag Thread Index (27:00)
  • Role of media in wildfire preparation and awareness (36:00)
  • Invasive species/Red Cedar and fire threat (40:00)
  • Outside variables for controlled burns (45:30)
  • Diurnal range of energy release component (58:00)
  • Satellites and wildfire detection (01:02:00)
  • What is column collapse?  (01:30:00)
  • The Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice (01:41:27)
  • This Week in Tornado History With Jen (01:43:30)
  • National Weather Round-Up (01:49:30)
  • E-Mail Segment (01:45:30)