The WeatherJazz® Podcast
Summary: A podcast focusing on meteorology, the earth sciences, general science, and occasionally open, unrelated topics of interest hosted by Cleveland television meteorologist Andre Bernier of WJW-TV, FOX 8.
Are you a Christmas trivia aficionado? This episode is for you, especially if you love talking about snow of Christmas Day. The first thing I settle is the "official" National Weather Service definition of a "White Christmas." Then we dig into the details together. I pray this episode will be the perfect way to cap your Christmas Eve routine.
My brother, Denié, sent me a link to a new study that is getting close to pinpointing the compounds that may be good for your brain! As someone who enjoys a few cups of coffee in the morning, this is a great find (see the link on WeatherJazz.com that goes along with this episode). I asked for your participation tonight via the FOX 8 Weather Facebook Page, asking what kind of coffee you like. Also, as we approach Christmas, I was curious how many of you preferred snow to no-snow on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
I gave it my best effort, but I didn't have a whole lot of luck spotting Comet Wirtanen near the Pleiades Cluster tonight. I may have had better luck with my digital SLR, but I'll need to download them and take a closer look. Stay tuned. And we are still losing daylight hours until Friday, but don't let that concern you. Check out this episode and I'll tell you why!
After a special word of caution for travelers heading south on Interstate 75 or 77 this weekend, I look into three special episodes that are coming in the next few months on WeatherJazz®.
Before I dig into the astronomical topic of the day, I feel the need to reflect on the somber nature of a day when we had to say goodbye to our 41st President, along with a personal anecdote about this kind and classy man. Then I'll tell you about a short-period comet that may give us quite a showing in the coming few weeks.
Today's episode begins with a discussion of early sunsets as we approach the winter solstice, along with late sunrises that will put things into perspective. Then, we travel to the South Pole where the sun has been shining continuously since September 23rd and won't go down until March of next year. What time zone are they in?
During the morning hours of Wednesday, November 28 (2018), several repeating rows of clouds appeared at the trailing edge of the cloud deck over the Ohio Valley. They were clearly seen on the visible GOES-16 satellite images and loops. These are known as "gravity wave" clouds or "mountain wave" clouds. In Episode #026, we talk about how these clouds form. There are photos below the podcast audio file on WeatherJazz.com under the post called "Ripple" Clouds.
We are only a week away from Thanksgiving now. Having just weathered the first statewide winter storm this morning, I'll look ahead to see what the cards hold for our upcoming holiday. Plus, I go "unplugged" tonight by taking my portable audio recorder around the FOX 8 newsroom to ask some of my colleagues to share their all-time favorite Thanksgiving memory. I'd also like to hear from you! What is your fondest Thanksgiving memory? Use the Anchor.fm app to send me an audio message, or send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or leave a comment on the WeatherJazz.com episode entry (comments).
November is taking us deeper and deeper into the cold when you compare the numbers to what we should be seeing, but you might be surprised with one of the "winter stats" thus far. Join me as we dig into the numbers for the first 13 days of November. I'll also tell you about a newly discovered comet heading toward our sun. It was not discovered by a professional astronomer, but three amateur backyard astronomers. What should we expect? Drop in and find out on tonight's episode of WeatherJazz®!
Here's a special weekend edition dealing with the first bonafide lake effect snowfall of the season, complete with NWS warning updates as of noon Saturday. It's appropriate, then, to talk about Christmas music! I'll open up the comments feature on WeatherJazz.com so that you can chime in on this fun topic.
Before we talk about record November cold stretches, something we are on the precipice of seeing, we'll revisit our bi-annual time change practice. There are two additional states considering banning Daylight Saving Time. I'll also review some of your comments left on WeatherJazz.com
Our bi-annual exercise of jerking around our body clocks in the spring and fall just occurred. At least in November, we "gain" an hour of sleep, right? Question: Has Daylight Saving Time outlived its usefulness? You may be surprised in learning that the EU just voted to do away with Daylight Saving Time. Arizona and Hawaii don't observe it. Idaho recently voted on it. In this episode, I explore the practice of moving our clocks twice a year.
Here's a quick update for trick or treaters, plus I go off topic tonight. It's a sweet topic: candy! We look at the top ten candy bars of the contemporary era. What is your favorite?n Is it on the list? Find out!
You gave me your questions on the FOX 8 Weather Facebook Page last night, and I took the best eight to answer them on tonight's episode of WeatherJazz®.
Surely you've noticed the sun setting earlier and earlier. That's about to accelerate thanks to Daylight Saving Time coming to an end soon. Plus, did you know that the USA is a country with many active volcanoes? It's more than you think! Let's explore together along with your weekend weather update.