The Weather Channel Podcast
By The Weather Company, An IBM Business
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Want to go beyond the forecast? Then get ready to experience deep weather topics with the award-winning and trusted scientists and experts at The Weather Channel and weather.com. We also bring you inside the powerful stories that impact real people. Join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook.
||CleanHow to REALLY Prepare For Hurricane Season||Ari Sarsalari sits down with Tropical Weather Specialist Johnathan Belles to pick his brain about how to prepare for hurricane season. This episode features a lot of unique, rarely-heard-of tips and tricks you can use to keep your family safe if you live in a hurricane-prone area.||8/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat Annoys Meteorologists The Most?||Rain on your wedding day? We hear about it! But ever wonder what annoys meteorologists the most? In this episode, Ari Sarsalari, Jonathan Erdman and Chris Dolce sit down to talk about some the things that really miff them -- from forecasts gone wrong to people driving through floodwaters. Here’s an honest look at what really grinds their gears.(1:00) Driving through flooded roadways(8:14) Rain chance percentages(12:55) When your friends ask you when it's gonna rain(15:27) When people don't take lightning seriously(21:23) Abrupt forecast changes(25:50) When people don't take warnings seriously(29:35) Condescending meteorologists(31:08) Heat lightning||8/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy Do Children Keep Dying in Hot Cars?||Dozens of children die each year in hot cars, and July is usually the deadliest month. Why and how does this keep happening? In this episode, Ari Sarsalari talks to Castle Williams, a Ph.D. student at the University of Georgia, about his research into this and how to avoid such a tragedy.||8/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHugo, We Have a Problem!||Down an engine, stuck in the eye of a hurricane a group of meteorologists and crew almost give their lives to keep others safe. In this episode, meteorologist Ari Sarsalari chats with fabled former hurricane hunter Dr. Jeff Masters, as he recalls the mission that almost prevented him from coming home. Read "Hunting Hugo," on the Cat6 blog on wunderground.com||7/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy EF5 Tornadoes are the Worst||Meteorologists Ari Sarsalari and Bob Henson talk about the science behind the incredible destructive nature of high end tornadoes. They explain what the "Fujita Tornado Damage Scale," is and what it takes to rate a an EF5 tornado and a review of some of the worst EF5 tornadoes of all time.||7/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStorms Destroyed My Stuff. Will Insurance Cover It?||From tornadoes to hail and hurricanes, weather can destroy everything you own in an instant. Meteorologists Ari Sarsalari and Jonathan Erdman take a deep dive into what insurance will and will not cover when disaster strikes. They chat with Bryan Wood, an insurance adjuster, who happens to be a meteorologist.||5/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanZac Brown Band Member is Fighting for Puerto Rico||Hurricane Maria hit especially close to home for Danny de los Reyes, percussionist for the Zac Brown Band. The Puerto Rico native takes us back to early days after the storm, the struggle to find his mom and family, who live on the island. And he takes us inside his non-profit, that is bringing music and hope to the island. We get an update on recovery efforts there and find out what is still needed. You can help Danny's effort by visiting dayglowmusic.org||5/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Thrill and Heartbreak of Storm Chasing||Join meteorologist Ari Sarsalari and well-known storm chaser, Brett Adair, as they relive some of the most destructive tornadoes. Find out what it takes to chase dangerous storms and the often heart-wrenching, real-life encounters that come with them.||5/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHurricane Season Outlook: Why You Should Definitely Care||Meteorologists Ari Sarsalari and Jonathan Erdman share this year's hurricane season outlook from The Weather Company and Colorado State University. They explain why we have these forecasts and why everyone should take storms seriously.||4/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSevere Weather Season: Warnings, Readiness and What to Believe||With spring severe weather season upon us and meteorologists Ari Sarsalari and Jonathan Erdman talk all things severe weather. What you need to do to be prepared for the current severe weather season. Plus, a deep dive into controversial issues like warning fatigue, SPC outlooks, tornado sirens, and more. Follow Ari Sarsalari and Jonathan Erdman on Twitter!||4/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow The Weather Channel Was Born||It was an idea that began on a napkin, 35 years ago. Meteorologist Ari Sarsalari catches up with one of the founders of The Weather Channel, Tom Moore. The two take a trip down memory lane and compare weather forecasting then and now. Find out why Tom Moore had papercuts on his thumbs when severe weather hit and how early maps were created. What did an early broadcast look like on this 'non-ending weather telethon'?||4/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Learning a TON about weather
I stumbled upon this podcast on stitcher and I’m hooked. I feel like I’m actually learning a ton of things about whether and some of the inner workings of the industry, which is pretty cool. Can’t wait to see you guys talk about the crazy, crazy stuff with tornadoes and hurricanes.
If you're a fan of weather or science in general who's looking to learn more about the field, this is the podcast for you. Ari and Jon are great at discussing the hot-button issues in weather, and I like that they're not afraid to have a little fun, too. Be sure to subscribe to this podcast!
More Weather Less Fluff Please
At first, I was really looking forward to this podcast and Ari delivered with an insider’s analysis of various terminology and weather phenomenon. However, the podcast has since started to shift towards more public interest pieces and less weather.
I think the weather channel is missing a great opportunity to cater to those weather nerds who would like a deeper appreciation of the various weather phenomena that are contributing to the forecast referencing the real time weather of the week or season.
I think if the weather channel thinks they need to keep it fluffy and light to appeal to a broader range of consumers, then they are missing the mark. There is a real niche here for a serious but introductory discussion on topics like sheer and how it effects storms or what does instability mean. Sure, the occasional public interest story could serve to garner interest, but there are already enough podcasts focused on these topics and not enough focused on why the weather is what it is.