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Behind the Front
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WBRC First Alert Chief Meteorologist, J-P Dice, is going beyond the forecast. He sits down with weekly guests to chat about a range of weather topics.
 
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WBRC Chief Meteorologist J-P Dice is sits down with experts to discuss how weather plays a role in basically everything. This week, J-P talks to Donald Keith to discus the University of Alabama and how severe weather is addressed for everything from campus life to what to do with 100,000 fans at Bryant-Denny Stadium. This episode of Behind the ...…
 
This week, JP-Dice talks about the dark side of broadcasting. Storms and hurricanes may be bad news but so are internet bullies. UAB psychologist Dr. Josh Klapow breaks down the science on people who believe they know more than the weather person on TV, and why they resort to insults on the internet. This episode of Behind the Front is sponsore ...…
 
It’s the peak of hurricane season, and storms like Dorian have everyone watching the weather. The impact of a hurricane is un-measurable, and meteorologists are tasked with making the most accurate predictions possible. WBRC meteorologists J-P Dice and Wes Wyatt sit down to discuss how reading the data can be a close a call and how far techniqu ...…
 
The hospital and university that make up the UAB sits in the heart of downtown Birmingham and is a blur of activity that sees tens of thousands of employees, students and visitors each day. UAB’s presence is reminiscent of a small city within itself and when a severe weather event impacts the area, many peoples’ well-being is at stake. Randy Pe ...…
 
This week J-P Dice sits down with Chris Darden of the National Weather Service Birmingham office to uncover what works and what doesn’t when communicating with the public about weather events. Meteorologists work to give an accurate prediction of where severe weather is headed, but it’s up to the community to know if they’re in the cross-hairs. ...…
 
Severe weather comes in many forms, and this week J-P Dice and Wes Wyatt talk about the technicalities of forecasting severe summer weather. It’s a serious nerd session of mesoscale convection systems, what to look for on satellite imagery and appreciating just how far technology has come. This episode of Behind the Front is sponsored by Durant ...…
 
Summer vacation at some point seems to drag. It’s the same thing every day and you find yourself wanting to change it up. Who knew the weather team felt the same way? When it’s nothing but sunny skies and the same scattered showers for days on end, J-P Dice and Jill Gilardi have to figure out how to keep the weather interesting. Learn what they ...…
 
Keeping viewers safe is the main goal of a forecast. But what’s the best way to convey that information? Tim Heller is a weather consultant, who works with meteorologists on how to better communicate with the audience. He joins J-P Dice to discuss HellerWeather, working in Houston, and how Hurricane Harvey changed the course of his career. This ...…
 
Welcome to summer in the south! The time of year when scattered storms and heat dominate the weather headlines. So what exactly is a “feels like” temp? And what does it really mean when there’s a 50% chance of rain on the radar? J-P Dice and Wes Wyatt break down some of the more common terms you need to know this time of year. Plus, thoughts on ...…
 
Did you know FedEx has their own in-house meteorology department? Kory Gempler, Manager of Weather Services, joins J-P Dice to discuss how the team at FedEx’s global operations center helps guide Air & Ground crews across the world, making sure your shipment arrives, no matter the forecast. This episode of Behind the Front is sponsored by Duran ...…
 
Jim Van Fleet spends his days building forecasts. But he’s not focusing on a particular area or state, he’s working on forecasts for all around the world. He’s the Chief Meteorologist for Royal Caribbean International. Jim joins J-P Dice to discuss being the first of his kind and what it has been like shaping the brand new position. Plus what i ...…
 
It’s not uncommon this time of year to see a storm seemingly pop up out of nowhere in the afternoon. J-P Dice and Wes Wyatt discuss why the summer can be the hardest season to forecast. Plus, J-P and Wes talk BBQ just in time for the Fourth of July. This episode of Behind the Front is sponsored by Durante Home Exteriors. Click Here or Call (205 ...…
 
You might get sick of the heat during the summer months, but you can also get sick BECAUSE of the heat too. Dr. Jason Junkins MD joins J-P Dice to discuss how the heat can send you to the hospital and the warning signs of heatstroke. Plus, what’s the #1 risk factor for heat exhaustion, and the importance of staying hydrated. This episode of Beh ...…
 
You can get severe weather alerts almost anywhere: television, phones, social media, etc. But if the messaging is hard to understand, it doesn’t matter how you get it. J-P Dice speaks with Dr. Cory Armstrong, Department Chair of Journalism & Creative Media at the University of Alabama, on the research the university is doing to better understan ...…
 
Fred Hunter has been covering hurricanes for 20+ years. He joins J-P Dice to share tales from the coast. Plus, Fred shares his thoughts on why anyone would ever want to cover a hurricane, his closest calls, and the biggest celebrity he has ever come across while chasing storms. This episode of Behind the Front is sponsored by Durante Home Exter ...…
 
Meteorologists unite! J-P Dice and Wes Wyatt are preparing for the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Annual Meeting in California. They breakdown the importance of weather seals, like the AMS seal, and share their stories of how they got certified. Plus, how the weather industry was at the forefront of using social media, and how it shaped ...…
 
What on earth would make someone want to get into the weather business? J-P Dice finds out from a few future meteorologists on this episode of Behind the Front. Hear from both Andrew Vice, Mississippi State, and Josh Culbreth, University of South Alabama, two weather interns at WBRC FOX6 News this summer. Learn what got them into weather, where ...…
 
The Atlantic hurricane season doesn’t officially begin until June 1st, but we have already seen the first named storm of the year with Andrea. J-P Dice and Wes Wyatt preview the season, including the list of names for 2019, and look back on some of the busiest years they have witnessed. Plus, experts are forecasting a below average season, but ...…
 
Imagine collecting data for storms by flying right into the eyewall of one. Maj. Kyle Larson, Weather Officer with the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, speaks with J-P Dice on how the Air Force tracks hurricanes, his most memorable storms, and what it’s like being in a WC-130J aircraft. Plus, find out how you can tour the “Hercules” at Wea ...…
 
Weather Fest is back - and it's bigger than ever this year! In this bonus edition of Behind the Front, J-P Dice and Wes Wyatt break down what you can expect at the First Alert Weather Fest, including touring a hurricane hunter aircraft and a sneak preview at the "News Brothers" playlist. Related: The who, what, where, and when of Weather Fest 2 ...…
 
Are you afraid of bad weather? You aren’t alone. Dr. Josh Klapow joins J-P Dice to discuss how you can face your fears and how they could be tied to other forms of anxiety. Plus, dealing with internet trolls after major weather events. This episode of Behind the Front is brought to you by Durante Home Exteriors. Click Here or Call: (205) 956-41 ...…
 
Why does it feel harder to breathe during the summer months? Matt Lacke, air pollution meteorologist for Jefferson County, explains how heat can alter the quality of the air around you. Plus, the importance of the Air Quality Index, and how you can help the environment while helping out your wallet at the same time. Related: Behind the Front #9 ...…
 
“Oh it’s not a tornado threat, it’s just wind.” Have you ever heard that? J-P Dice and Jill Gilardi talk the truly devastating power of wind, and why you should never take it lightly. J-P and Jill explain how a severe wind event, like on 4/18/19, can prove to be more destructive than a day with a handful of tornado warnings. Related: Woman dies ...…
 
It’s already been an active month for severe weather and another threat is rolling into the state this week. J-P Dice and Wes Wyatt track Thursday’s storm risk. Plus, what to look for when scrolling through so many posts about weather on your Facebook feed. And do you have a severe weather plan? J-P and Wes discuss why every second matters when ...…
 
April has historically been a very active month for severe weather in Alabama. J-P Dice and Wes Wyatt look ahead to some potential storm threats while looking back on some of the biggest tornadoes to hit the state in the month of April. Plus, where do you go when bad weather hits? J-P and Wes discuss where to shelter yourself during storms. Thi ...…
 
Behind the Front is turning one! We’re celebrating the special occasion by revisiting some of the biggest moments from the first year of the show. J-P Dice recaps a handful of the 50+ episodes released in the last 12 months. Learn about storm PTSD, spotting fake weather posts on Facebook, what went wrong with the Snowmaggedon forecasts, and muc ...…
 
Weather can change in an instant in Alabama. You need to be prepared for anything. In this special episode of Behind the Front, J-P Dice and Wes Wyatt introduce you to a brand-new way to stay ahead of the forecast, the First Alert Trifecta. This episode of Behind the Front is brought to you by Durante Home Exteriors. Visit: https://www.durantew ...…
 
The future of forecasting could be very eco-friendly. Dan Satterfield, WBOC Chief Meteorologist, joins J-P Dice to discuss green energy and using solar energy to power his station in Salisbury, MD. Plus Dan looks back on his time in Birmingham and covering the Blizzard of 1993. This episode of Behind the Front is brought to you by Durante Home ...…
 
It’s been one year since a tornado hit Jacksonville, Alabama, causing widespread damage, including on the campus of Jacksonville State University. On the same night, Cullman County was devastated by hail. Wes Wyatt joins J-P Dice to look back on the historic severe weather event on March 19, 2018. Plus, a look at how those communities are recov ...…
 
It’s already been a very wet year and it’s only March. Jill Gilardi joins J-P Dice to look back on a very rainy winter and what it could mean heading into spring and severe weather season. This episode of Behind the Front is brought to you by Durante Home Exteriors. Visit: https://www.durantewindows.com/ or Call: (205) 956-4110 to learn how Dur ...…
 
Recovery efforts continue in East Alabama days after an EF-4 tornado left a path of destruction. Josh Johnson, WSFA 12 Chief Meteorologist, joins J-P Dice to discuss tracking such a powerful storm and the devastating impact of the tornado outbreak that has claimed the lives of more than 20 people. Related: Drone footage shows EF-4 tornado’s dam ...…
 
What’s it like trying to land your first weather job in the media? Hunter Williams of 13WMAZ in Macon, GA, joins J-P Dice to discuss getting your name out there, moving to places you aren’t familiar with, and what to expect for anyone coming out of college. This episode of Behind the Front is brought to you by Durante Home Exteriors. Visit: htt ...…
 
It can sometimes feel like in the state of Alabama that severe weather season lasts all year. That’s why it’s so important to be prepared for anything. Jim Stefkovich, Meteorologist with the Alabama EMA, joins J-P Dice to discuss Severe Weather Awareness Week and what you should know to keep you safe in severe conditions. Related: Alabama’s Sev ...…
 
What causes turbulence? Can it damage the plane? When’s the best time to fly? Dr. John Knox of the University of Georgia joins J-P Dice to answer these sky-high questions. Plus, how new research is helping to better predict turbulence and create a more comfortable experience for passengers. This episode of Behind the Front is brought to you by ...…
 
There’s just something about seeing snow in the forecast that can cause a psychological response when you see it pop up. Friend of the podcast, Dr. Josh Klapow, stops by to discuss why trying to predict the certain uncertainty associated with snow can lead to a rollercoaster of emotions for some. Where's the snow?: 1/29/19 This episode of Behin ...…
 
What’s the best thing to do when you’ve been working all day on tracking winter weather? You record a podcast in the middle of the night! J-P Dice and producer, Sebastian Posey, discuss forecasting snow, why everyone runs to the store to get bread & milk, and more.By WBRC FOX6 News.
 
Have you come across a post on Facebook or Twitter warning you of a massive snowstorm heading your way? Before you go out to stock up on bread and milk you need to know just where the message is coming from. Wes Wyatt joins J-P Dice to talk about the rise of fake weather posts and what you can do to spot a phony account.…
 
“It takes away a little bit of your passion for weather when you see the destruction, and the hurt, and just how helpless you feel from it.” Those of the words of Chris Smith, Chief Meteorologist at WJHG in Panama City Beach, Florida. He joins J-P Dice to discuss the lingering impacts of Hurricane Michael on the Florida Panhandle. Plus, how the ...…
 
You may be wondering how much snow we will get this winter, but this year you should be asking how much rain instead. Wes Wyatt joins J-P Dice for the first episode of 2019 where the two discuss the mild winter ahead. Plus, why you shouldn’t worry about the “name” of winter storms, the difference in marginal and slight risks, and more.…
 
J-P Dice looks back on some of the best moments from Behind the Front in 2018. Hear from hurricane hunters, a Tornado Alley Icon, and much more. If you want to hear full versions of any of the episodes highlighted this week you can find links below: Episode #1 – Storm Anxiety Episode #10 – Hurricane Hunter Pilot Episode #19 – The Future of Weat ...…
 
On Christmas Eve Santa Claus will be coming to town! For over 60 years, NORAD has been tracking Kris Kringle’s world tour, giving you the chance to follow along on his journey. In this special holiday edition of Behind the Front, J-P Dice speaks with John Cornelio, Deputy Director NORAD, and USNORTHCOM, on the technology they use to keep tabs o ...…
 
Baron Weather’s Chief Development Officer, Bob Dreisewerd, talks the impact severe weather can have on bridges and roads. Plus, how new technology is helping to provide better safety for users and how it allows meteorologists to pinpoint the areas of severe weather and even time of arrival. Baron Weather is located in Huntsville, Ala. You can l ...…
 
In a winter storm, what causes ice instead of snow? What’s the difference between sleet and hail? Is J-P Dice a fan of Vanilla Ice? Find out the answers to these important topics and more as J-P takes a look at your winter weather questions.By WBRC FOX6 News.
 
J-P Dice answers your questions in this special listener mailbag edition of Behind the Front. What are the chances of a white Christmas this year? What is thundersnow? All that and more is answered this week.By WBRC FOX6 News.
 
The fury of flurries – when it comes to snow in the forecast, it seems like there is no middle ground. Either the event falls apart or we get hit with a winter wonderland. But J-P Dice and guest, Wes Wyatt, explain why it’s not snow that worries them, it’s ice. Plus, how something like “Snowmageddon” can completely shut down a city.…
 
Storm chasing is already a dangerous activity but imagine tracking a tornado in the dark. Jill Gilardi returns to the show this week to discuss how tough it can be covering severe weather at night.By WBRC FOX6 News.
 
"Jump back, throw me down, Loretta, it's Friday night in the big town!" A phrase made famous by Gary England. The Oklahoma weather icon joins J-P Dice this week to discuss his 40+ years covering weather, his involvement in movies like Twister, and what are some of the worst storms he’s ever seen.By WBRC FOX6 News.
 
Daylight Saving Time is here once again. Winter is coming, which means the days will continue to get shorter. This loss of sunlight could give you a case of “the blahs”. But could it be more serious than that? Friend of the podcast, Dr. Josh Klapow, stops by to discuss Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and how this time of year could cause depr ...…
 
Fred Hunter joins J-P Dice this week to discuss covering Hurricane Michael in Panama City, the Waffle House Index, and more. Plus, how does Michael rank compared to other storms Fred has covered in the last 22 years?By WBRC FOX6 News.
 
Have you ever heard of a TAF? It stands for Terminal Aerodrome Forecast and its important information for any pilot looking to take to the sky. Mary Keiser, a Senior Meteorologist with the National Weather Service, joins the show this week to discuss Aviation Weather and the importance of forecasting for airways. Plus just how big a factor bad ...…
 
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