Jarod and Walker discuss how their confidence in a forecast can impact how they relay information to viewers. After that, they discuss their favorite board games… and that spirals into a hodge-podge of memories, stories, and parental guidance. You’ll just have to listen to see what we mean.
1:05 – What is forecast confidence?
2:50 – High confidence Harvey
3:30 – Confidence in winter weather forecasting
4:05 – Feast or famine forecasts
6:20 – No sympathy can be expected
8:25 – Jarod and Walker sorta look the same
9:45 – Weather treasure maps
11:15 – Weather ‘Clue’
13:30 – Are you a ‘Monopoly’ person?
14:20 – Walker is a railroad magnate
15:25 – Three reasons why Credit Card Monopoly is better
17:00 – Candyland appreciation
17:30 – Jarod’s in-laws are highly competitive
18:25 – Dominoes appreciation
20:35 – Classic “non-board” board games
22:22 – We won’t Wordle
24:05 – Other rec room games
25:30 – ‘Sting Ping’ [if you have a ping pong table and teenagers, proceed with caution]
26:45 – Brothers are psychological manipulators
A viewer wrote in on this topic, so Episode 7 discusses how we know “who works when” during breaking weather events. As you’ll hear, there isn’t a lot of rhyme or reason… it just sort of depends on the situation. Also, when severe weather is over, Walker and Jarod tend to crash… but, not before chowing down on their favorite “crash meals”. What are your favorites?
0:35 – Not much severe weather lately
2:30 – Main working shift times at our station
4:00 – Chief Meteorologists are almost always available
5:05 – Operations for the “Ruston Tornado”
6:45 – News production is critical to informing you
7:45 – Technical director appreciation time
10:45 – When to use a “crash meal”
11:40 – West Monroe has a Waffle Neighborhood
12:15 – Remembering the West Monroe Shoney’s
13:20 – Memories of Cici’s Pizza
14:00 – Accelerated reading, limousine rides, pizza parties, and a cat meowing in the background
14:25 – Book It! and personal pan pizzas
15:05 – Jarod’s cat seriously starts to throw a tantrum
15:55 – Zaxby’s Sauce vs. Cane’s Sauce
16:30 – Walker thinks all ketchups are created equal
17:55 – Walker’s Waffle Special
19:00 – Waffle House and the March 2016 Floods
24:00 – Breakfast food is your BFF
25:15 – Eggs are a cross-species breakfast

Jarod and Walker discuss a recent tweet that struck the ire of many in the weather world. Are meteorologists going to be replaced by our cell phone apps? Plus, the geographical/economical disconnect that often shows in social media across the country. Later, who does their hair and make up? Do they really build their own forecasts? Don’t you guys just read a teleprompter? Jarod and Walker discuss the some of the things you may not know about their profession.
1:15 – Snippy on Twitter
2:25 – The conversation-starter
3:30 – TV news is changing
4:30 – Social media changed everything
5:00 – “Nobody cares what anybody else has to say about anything”
6:20 – Apps vs. Meteorologists
8:20 – Differing opinions are still allowed
11:00 – What do viewers want out of their weather team?
12:00 – Who is Aunt Elda?
13:40 – The “lost signal” of the Flyover States
15:30 – Everyone’s dealing with something
16:40 – TV meteorologists still have a loyal following
17:30 – You’re gonna be old one day
23:15 – Jarod almost got a technical foul at a Christian basketball tournament
25:00 – Your own personal hair/make up artist
26:00 – Bargains are a wardrobe staple
27:05 – Using a teleprompter during newscasts
29:00 – Building your own forecast
31:30 – Viewer feedback is encouraged
32:20 – Guys like Target, too
34:40 – No purple hair
35:40 – “It’s not about you”
37:25 – Companies don’t like morons and terrible people
Severe weather season is here, so Episode 9 pivots in that direction. Jarod and Walker discuss tornado warning trends from each National Weather Service office over the last fifteen years. Which area do you think issued the most warnings? The answer may surprise you. Plus, Walker covered his first on-air tornado warning in late February. Jarod and Walker reflect on how severe weather coverage works, the emotions behind it, and the team effort that is involved.
1:35 – Discussing the data we’re using
3:00 – Who is #1?
3:25 – Tornado warnings don’t necessarily translate to tornadoes
4:25 – Discussing the rest of the top offices
6:45 – Traditional “Tornado Alley”
7:20 – Storm chasing in the Southeastern U.S.
9:30 – Coastal states stay busy
10:00 – Remembering the Hattiesburg tornado
11:10 – Areas prone for violent tornadoes
12:40 – Zero tornado warnings in fifteen years
15:15 – Tornadoes in landfalling tropical systems
20:00 – Walker’s first tornado warning
20:20 – The best kind of tornadoes
21:05 – Walker’s initial reactions, jumping into the pool
22:35 – Furious viewers
26:30 – Jarod can’t recall his first tornado warning
27:50 – The television tightrope
28:30 – Severe weather can produce severe anxiety
31:15 – Treat all tornado warnings the same
34:10 – The steps of severe weather coverage
37:50 – Production Appreciation Time