Episode #127: Cedar Rapids

From Wikipedia: “The August 2020 Midwest derecho was a severe weather event which took place from August 10–11, 2020 across the Midwestern United States and portions of southwestern Ontario. The derecho caused notably widespread high winds and spawned an outbreak of weak tornadoes. In addition, certain areas reported torrential rain and large hail.”

The worst of the damage was in eastern Iowa. Once the derecho was gone, we stopped hearing about the damage left behind. Was it cleaned up that quickly? Not at all! Here is the conversation I had with my colleague, Lou Maglio, whose wife is from Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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Episode #126: Blue Sound

Over my recent long weekend, I visited with my cousin, Judy, and her husband Jeff. They recently moved from Pittsburgh to Sneads Ferry, North Carolina, less than a mile away from Topsail Beach along the Atlantic Ocean. We spend quite a bit of time walking the beach, enjoying the sounds and smells of the ocean. These rhythmic sounds of the water lapping up the sandy shoreline is known as “blue sound.” There have been many studies to try to pin down why that environment seems to be so therapeutic. I asked my younger brother, Denié, to try to enlighten the WeatherJazz® podcast audience about why it is the ocean has so much appeal to so many people.

This is how I recorded the surf sound for Episode #126, for those interested:

Denié’s cooking website is:

DenieBernier.com

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Episode #125: Lunar-Martian Dance

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Episode #124: Five Planets

Check out tonight’s sky! Out of the five planets visible in the sky at the same time, three of them are easy “naked-eye” (you don’t need a telescope) objects.

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Episode #123: Don Kent (Part 2)

Meteorologist Don Kent pioneered the craft of television meteorology in the 1940s and 1950s.

I had the great honor of interviewing Don back in 2009 for one of WeatherJazz’s premiere episodes. This is part two of my 2009 interview with Don with the purpose of appreciating the groundwork that he established in the early and fast-changing world of media meteorology. Here this the one line of a hand-written letter I received to which I made reference in the podcast:

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Episode #122: Don Kent (Part 1)

On Episode #121, I introduced you to WBZ-TV-4, Boston’s newest meteorologist, Jacob Wycoff. I mentioned a couple of former WBZ-4 meteorologists during that conversation. One of them, Don Kent, pioneered the craft of television meteorology in the 1940s and 1950s.

I had the great honor of interviewing Don back in 2009 for one of WeatherJazz’s premiere episodes. I thought it was a good time to replay this episode to show us all how far we have traveled since those early days of television weather, and to appreciate the groundwork Don Kent (and others like him) gave us. This is the first of a two-part series.

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Episode #121: Jacob Wycoff, WBZ-4, Boston

Congratulations to Jacob Wycoff on landing a dream job at one of Boston’s premiere television news outlets, WBZ-TV-4! Jacob is one of those young aspiring meteorology students that I watched as he earned his degree in meteorology, then slowly found himself in the right place at the right time.

Many years ago, I had the opportunity to have Boston legend Don Kent on this podcast, along with another very popular meteorologist by the name of Bruce Schwoegler. Jacob becomes the third guest from WBZ-TV-4, a WeatherJazz® first. Let’s meet a delightful and talented young meteorologist who, in my humble opinion, will become the next New England weather icon.

Here’s the photo we made reference to when Jacob got the green light from his western Massachusetts news director to grow a beard.

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Episode #120: Hurricane Laura

Hurricane Laura made landfall in the early morning hours of Thursday. Here’s a special WeatherJazz® update. The links and videos I made reference to are below.

National Hurricane Center LINK

ADDED: Lake Charles, Louisiana’s NEXRAD Dropper Radar was completely destroyed by Hurricane Laura’s winds:

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