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#135 SFFP - Jill Gilardi - Sasquatch and a Unicorn

#135 SFFP - Jill Gilardi - Sasquatch and a Unicorn

July 11, 2021

In This Episode

  • Guest: Jill Gilardi, Meteorologist at WBRC-TV Birmingham
  • Special Appearances: Tim Bacca, Storm Photographer of the Year and Scott Peake, Storm Photograph Winner of the Year
  • Tracker Chat - Audio Diary Live during Hurricane Dorian
  • Lightning Round: Will My Pet Kill Me?
  • 5% Discount at Helicity.co/sff
  • #weatherfools - We present the fools doing stupid things in weather situations
  • Wx Resources - We share some great web sites, apps, equipment and other great weather resources you'll want to use
  • Wasted Weather - We dig through the dark web to find the discarded clips of our weather friends in the bag
  • Reveal of our next guest…

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Storm Photos of the Year

 Our Guest

Jill Gilardi, Meteorologist WBRC-TV, Birmingham

Jill Gilardi joined WBRC in 2013. She has nearly 15+ years of experience as a broadcast meteorologist, serving audiences in St. Joseph and Springfield, Missouri as well as Omaha, Nebraska.  She started storm chasing in 2008 and even worked for a storm chasing company called Extreme Chase Tours.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in meteorology at Lyndon State College in Vermont.  One of the toughest TV days for Jill was May 22, 2011, the day of the Joplin EF5.

Follow Jill on Twitter - @jillgilardi

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Submit your questions or comments about this show to questions@stormfrontfreaks.com or on our social media accounts and we may read it on our next episode!

Next Episode we will be joined by storm chaser of the Tornado Titans, Brandon Sullivan.  Recording live for Patreon.com/stormfrontfreaks members on Thursday, July 22nd at 9pmET/8pmCT and available on all podcast players the following Sunday.

Credits

  • Opening Music: Brett Epstein
  • Closing Music: Gabe Cox
  • Other Music: “Pecos Hank” Schyma from El Reno Blues
#8 El Niños - Tommy Chong - Ex-con Philosopher

#8 El Niños - Tommy Chong - Ex-con Philosopher

July 4, 2021

In This Episode

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  • Guest: Tommy Chong
  • Tommy Chong joins the Tornado Hunters and shares his philosophy on life, parenting, weather and golf.
  • Chris shares his moment in tornado history with a story about the Aurora Nebraska tornado event of 2009
  • Thanks to Scott McPartland for audio from the Aurora Nebraska tornado video. https://youtu.be/r4rhISzy-lk
  • NicktheBody shares his story of how he got into the world of storm chasing.

Our Guest Bio: Tommy Chong

Canadian-American actor, writer, director, musician, cannabis rights activist and comedian. He is known for his marijuana-themed Cheech & Chong comedy albums and movies with Cheech Marin, as well as playing the character Leo on Fox's That '70s Show. He became a naturalized United States citizen in the late 1980s.

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#134 SFFP - Pat Hyland - That Was a 5 F-Bomber

#134 SFFP - Pat Hyland - That Was a 5 F-Bomber

June 27, 2021

In This Episode

  • Guest: Pat Hyland, Chair of the National Weather Museum and Science Center
  • Drive Weather App on Apple and Android
  • Tracker Chat - Best Places to Eat
  • Lightning Round: Is This a Museum?
  • 5% Discount at Helicity.co/sff
  • #weatherfools - We present the fools doing stupid things in weather situations
  • Funny Weather Memes - We share some hilarious weather themed memes you may want to use
  • Weather Trollbot 5000 - Our robot interprets what our weather friends were really thinking when they responded to their trolls
  • Reveal of our next guest…

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Our Guest

Pat Hyland, Chair of the National Weather Museum & Science Center

The National Weather Museum and Science Center in Norman, OK is a non-profit Museum working toward creating a state-of-the-art facility for the preservation of weather artifacts, education of science, math, and safety, and showcase of innovations in the field of science.  It opened in 2016.

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Next Episode we will be joined by Jill Gilardi, TV Meteorologist with WBRC in Birmingham, AL.  Recording live for Patreon.com/stormfrontfreaks members on Thursday, July 8th at 9pmET/8pmCT and available on all podcast players Sunday, July 11th.

Credits

  • Opening Music: Brett Epstein
  • Closing Music: Gabe Cox
  • Other Music: “Pecos Hank” Schyma from El Reno Blues
#7 El Niños - Kelly Taylor - Never Buy Yellow Gatorade

#7 El Niños - Kelly Taylor - Never Buy Yellow Gatorade

June 23, 2021

In This Episode

Our Guest Bio: Kelly Taylor

Kelly Taylor shocked the comedy industry by placing second in the prestigious Just for Laughs Homegrown competition. His performance did not go unnoticed as creative heads from NBC Universal, Happy Gilmore Productions and Jimmy Kimmel quickly approached with interest. Later that year Kelly did a tour of the Canadian Colleges, and was Named Canadian College Comedian of the year.

Follow Kelly on –

Twitter: @tictaylor

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#133 SFFP - 5th Anniversary: An Evening with the Freaks

#133 SFFP - 5th Anniversary: An Evening with the Freaks

June 13, 2021

In This Episode

  • 5th Anniversary: An Evening with the Freaks
  • Life Changing Weather Events
  • Drive Weather App on Apple and Android
  • Tracker Chat - Sharing Chasing Duties
  • Thoughts and Memories of the Show
  • 5% Discount at Helicity.co/sff
  • Lightning Round: Family Feud-Late Edition

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Tornado Trackers are at www.tornadotrackers.org

 

Find the Drive Weather App on Apple or Android and at www.driveweatherapp.com

 

Get 5% discount at Helicity including Storm Front Freaks Podcast Merch at helicity.co/sff

        

Submit your questions or comments about this show to questions@stormfrontfreaks.com or on our social media accounts and we may read it on our next episode!

Next Episode will be with the Chair of the National Weather Museum, Pat Hyland.  Recording live for Patreon.com/stormfrontfreaks members on Thursday, June 24th at 9pmET/8pmCT and available on all podcast players Sunday, June 27th.

Credits

  • Opening Music: Brett Epstein
  • Closing Music: Gabe Cox
  • Other Music: “Pecos Hank” Schyma from El Reno Blues
#6 El Niños - Brett Tippie - No One Has Been Impaled Too Badly

#6 El Niños - Brett Tippie - No One Has Been Impaled Too Badly

June 6, 2021

In This Episode

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  • Guest: Brett Tippie, Hall of Fame Mountain Biker
  • Brett shares stories of facing danger and how people cope with scary situations like tornadoes and avalanches.
  • We watched two videos in the video segment:

Our Guest: Brett Tippie

Brett Tippie is a legend, no question.

He was among the first to snowboard at Sunshine and Blackcomb (at the time two of the only places you could in Canada), he’s competed in over 25 World Cup events and represented Canada on the National Team in Snowboardcross and Giant Slalom. But Tippie is most recognized for two things:

His larger than life personality, and for pioneering freeride mountain biking. As one of the respected “Godfathers of Freeride”, Tippie starred in the breakout film, “Pulp Traction” and went on to star in the Kranked Series, graced the covers of numerous magazines, competed in the landmark Redbull Rampage and traveled the globe introducing freeride to the world.

 

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Twitter: @Bretttippie

 

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#132 SFFP - Warren Madden - Your Wife’s on Line 6

#132 SFFP - Warren Madden - Your Wife’s on Line 6

May 30, 2021

In This Episode

  • Guest: Warren Madden, Chief Recon Coordinator for Air Force Hurricane Hunters
  • Drive Weather App on Apple and Android
  • Tracker Chat - Favorite Video Editing Apps
  • Lightning Round: Retired Hurricane or Retired Supermodel
  • 5% Discount at Helicity.co/sff
  • Interview with Meteorologist JP Kalb of Weathering the Autism Storm
  • #WeatherFools - We present the fools doing stupid things in weather situations
  • Wx Resources - Our freaks share the best web sites, photos, videos and equipment

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Our Guest

Warren Madden, Chief Recon Coordinator for the Air Force Hurricane Hunters

From 1993 to 1996, Warren was the weekend meteorologist at WHIO-TV in Dayton, OH, followed by ten years at The Weather Channel as an on-air meteorologist.  

In 1998, he joined the Hurricane Hunters of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron. He served as an Aerial Reconnaissance Weather Officer until 2012, flying over 1000 hours including missions into Hurricanes Rita, Ivan, Wilma and Floyd.  

Since 2014, Warren tasks, coordinates, and quality-controls the missions in support of both the National Hurricane Center and Central Pacific Hurricane Center in Miami. 

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Wx Resources Links:

Submit your questions or comments about this show to questions@stormfrontfreaks.com or on our social media accounts and we may read it on our next episode!

Next Episode will be with storm chasing husband and wife duo, Aaron Jayjack and Misheyla Iwasiuk.  Recording live for Patreon.com/stormfrontfreaks members on Thursday, June 10th at 9pmET/8pmCT and available on all podcast players Sunday, June 13th.

Credits

  • Opening Music: Brett Epstein
  • Closing Music: Gabe Cox
  • Other Music: “Pecos Hank” Schyma from El Reno Blues
#5 El Niños - Paul Brandt - We Helped Write this Song

#5 El Niños - Paul Brandt - We Helped Write this Song

May 27, 2021

In This Episode

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  • Guest: Paul Brandt. Country music recording artist
  • Paul share stories from Nashville, life on the road as a musician and his brush with tornado history as he witnessed the 1998 EF3 tornado that went through Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Paul also shared with us a song that he wrote specifically for this program about storm chasing.
  • We watched two videos in the video segment:

Our Guest: Paul Brandt

Paul Brandt is the most awarded male Canadian country artist in history.

His 1996 debut RIAA certified Gold album Calm Before the Storm went on to sell one million albums internationally, propelled by the #1 single and wedding classic “I Do”. Stateside, his #5 and #1 charting songs “My Heart Has A History”, and “I Do” were the first to chart by a male Canadian Country artist on the US Billboard Top 20 since 1976.

Throughout his remarkable career, Paul has always focused on using his celebrity to help by shining a light on the lives of those less fortunate and has encouraged others to do the same. He has traveled extensively to developing countries around the world to raise awareness for various humanitarian aid organizations.

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Web: https://www.paulbrandt.com/ 

 

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#131 SFFP - Bill Murray - Still Attached to the Umbilical Cord

#131 SFFP - Bill Murray - Still Attached to the Umbilical Cord

May 15, 2021

In This Episode

  • Guest: Bill Murray, WeatherBrains Co-Host
  • Twister Movie Museum-Wakita, OK
  • Drive Weather App on Apple and Android
  • Tracker Chat - Sharing Storm Video
  • Lightning Round: Twister 25th Anniversary Pop Quiz
  • 5% Discount at Helicity.co/sff
  • #WeatherFools - We present the fools doing stupid things in weather situations
  • Brady's What Happens Next? - We pause weather videos and ask our group what they think will happen next in the video
  • Weather Trollbot 5000 - Our robot interprets what our weather friends were really thinking when they responded to their trolls

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Our Guest: Bill Murray, Co-Host on the WeatherBrains

Bill did television weather for fun at the CBS affiliate in Birmingham for five years in the early 90s and created and sold a weather company called The Weather Source. His group then formed The Weather Company (now The Weather Factory) in 1998 for which he has served as President since then.  Bill also owns a hotel management company that manages 34 hotels across the country from New Mexico to Florida.

Bill has been a co-host on the WeatherBrains since it began back in 2006.

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#WeatherFools Links:

Brady's What Happens Next Videos:

Submit your questions or comments about this show to questions@stormfrontfreaks.com or on our social media accounts and we may read it on our next episode!

Next Episode will be with storm chaser Brandon Sullivan.  Recording live for Patreon.com/stormfrontfreaks members on Thursday, May 27th at 9pmET/8pmCT and available on all podcast players Sunday, May 30th.

Credits

  • Opening Music: Brett Epstein
  • Closing Music: Gabe Cox
  • Other Music: “Pecos Hank” Schyma from El Reno Blues
#4 El Niños - El Reno Commentary

#4 El Niños - El Reno Commentary

May 9, 2021

In This Episode

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  • Guest: Peter Slack

On May 31 2013 a very well forecast tornado event happened outside Oklahoma City near the community of El Reno. This day was special and tragic at the same time. Not only was this the largest tornado ever recorded, but due to its forecastability and proximity to Norman Oklahoma, it was also the most researched and documented tornado in history.

Sadly, the day took a tragic turn when 9 people were killed, including 4 storm chasers. Three of these chasers were Tim Samaras, Paul Samaras and Carl Young who made up the highly respected TWISTEX team. By anyones standards Tim Samaras would have been considered as a safe and experienced chaser. NOBODY expected Tim to be among the first storm chasers killed while chasing. It was unfathomable.

As mentioned, the forecast was consistent and quite scary. In fact, the Storm Prediction Center in Norman Oklahoma did such an amazing job of forecasting that when we looked at the models the day before and looked at the SPC’s forecast, we put a pin in the map at El Reno and actually spent the night prior to the tornado in a motel in the town.

The tornado ended up being 2.6 miles wide at its peak and there were radar indicated winds which peaked at almost 300 MILES PER Hour. Crazy. Officially the tornado was given a hotly debated rating of EF3 since after all, the EF scale is a measure of damage and not wind speed. Either way it was intense, dangerous and a day that none of us will ever forget.

For this episode, we have brought together everyone who was in our truck that day including the director of photography Peter Slack who was shooting the entire time and documenting our experience with El Reno and what could easily have been the end of our lives.

Here is how this commentary is going to work. We are going to play the video that Peter shot that day from the back seat of Flash, the Tornado Truck. I will stop the video at key decision making points and we will discuss our thoughts, and share some insight as to how and why we made the decisions we did. Facilitating the process will be our good friend Nick Schenher (NicktheBody) who was watching all of this unfold on our live stream. So if you would like to watch the video and see what we are seeing during this commentary, head on over to YouTube and visit my YouTube page by searching for Greg Johnson Tornado Hunter. You will find the El Reno video and you can watch and pause when needed.

Next Episode

Our Next Episode: We will be Joined by Tommy Chong of Cheech and Chong

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