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Author: Andre Bernier

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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. Support this podcast:
126 Episodes
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. --- Support this podcast:
There'll be a fun astronomical "dance" in the Friday night skies. Here are the details in this episode of WeatherJazz®. --- Support this podcast:
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. I'll tell you where to look in tonight's sky. --- Support this podcast:
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. --- Support this podcast:
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. --- Support this podcast:
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. --- Support this podcast:
Hurricane Laura made landfall in the early morning hours of Thursday. Here's a special WeatherJazz® update. --- Support this podcast:
Episode #119: Rainbows

Episode #119: Rainbows


Why don't we ever seem to see rainbows at high noon? There's a great reason for that! Let's explore the relationship between the sun angle and rainbows in today's episode of WeatherJazz®. --- Support this podcast:
I've been able to expand this podcast into a new chapter by setting up a WeatherJazz® Audience Connect line. In order to "test" it, I asked my audience to call in to tell me what their favorite season is and to explain why. The volume of calls was so amazing, that I had to pull a random sampling of calls to share with you. Additionally, we'll look at Lake Erie's surface water temperature trace so far, and I'll expand on the desert southwest heat records set in the last week or so. --- Support this podcast:
Bill Martin was a popular Cleveland television news anchor for many decades who retired about a year ago and moved to Lakewood Ranch in Florida. Bill was recently involved with something that opened his eyes to something that, as air travelers, we need to know. Join me and my conversation with Bill Martin as we also briefly talk about how Dick Goddard shaped the face of Cleveland weather forecasting. Dick Goddard passed away on Tuesday morning, August 4, 2020 at age 89 in Florida. --- Support this podcast:
You may have seen something novel during recent tropical seasons. Systems that are called "invests." Is this something new? What is an invest and how does it differ from a tropical depression, tropical storm, or hurricane? Let's have a look in today's episode of WeatherJazz®. Also, there's a new Mars rover preparing to launch. I'll tell you the meteorological instruments that are on board and when to check out NASA's web site to watch the launch. There's a new way to become a supporter of this podcast. This is a direct way for this audience to secure more frequent episodes as well as expand the topic base in the future. I thank you ahead for considering your partnership. CLICK HERE for support options. Thank you and God bless you. --- Support this podcast:
Much of the U.S.A. has experienced prolonged summery heat, including Ohio. FOX 8 morning meteorologist Scott Sabol joins me to discuss the dynamics behind this year's summery pattern and what we might expect in August and September. --- Support this podcast:
How did Comet NEOWise get its name? And how can you best view it in the coming week? That's my topic on Episode #114. Go to toi see two of the images I snapped along the Lake Erie shoreline last night. Feel free to click on each image for a bigger and more detailed view. --- Support this podcast:
With the start of this week's heatwave, lets slice and dice some numbers that may help put this one in perspective. --- Support this podcast:
Tromsø is Norway's 4th largest city and it is well inside of Earth's Arctic Circle at almost 70° North latitude. That means Tromsø experiences perpetual sunshine during the summertime. In addition to being home to a research university, there is quite an influx of tourists since Tromsø is so accessible by auto, ship, or aircraft. What is life like in Tromsø in the summer? Let's ask someone who lives there in today's episode of WeatherJazz®. --- Support this podcast:
Just as I have been encouraged by my television weather heroes in the 1970s, now I get to identify and encourage students who have that certain "sparkle in their eye" for meteorology. During season one of WeatherJazz, I introduced you to several of my understudies who have since gone on to start their careers in media meteorology. Today, I'll introduce you to a high school graduate who begins his college atmospheric science degree pursuit at "the" Ohio State University this autumn. His name is Jordan Scheufler. --- Support this podcast:
With such seasonal weather extremes in our 49th state, Alaska, the task of designing and building roads has a few more challenges than the same task in Ohio (or any other U.S. state!). That's why I invited a Materials Engineer from the Alaska Department Of Transportation to be my special guest to talk about those challenges. --- Support this podcast:
If you, like us, turned off your heat for the summer period, you stirred from your slumber searching for a fuzzy hoodie to don. The coffee tasted extra delicious after witnessing the sight of your backyard or window thermometer touting temperatures somewhere in the 40s! While there were no record lows in Ohio this Sunday morning, there was one nearby. Plus, why is the sky so blue on days like this? Let's explore! --- Support this podcast:
Wednesday's squall line affected virtually everyone in Ohio at one point or another, some affected to a greater degree than others. The squall line itself was impressive, but what happened after the line passed has to be considered just as dramatic! Make sure you visit and look up Episode #108 where you will see some amazing photos and a time lapse of what happened after the storm passed by. --- Support this podcast:
With so much time spent at home in the last few months, I've increased my reading. Here is my book review on three books that I have either finished or am currently reading. --- Support this podcast:
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