Wunderground Meteorologist Shaun Tanner

Hurricane Haven with Dr. Jeff Masters at 4 p.m. ET, The Daily Downpour at 3 p.m. ET

By: shauntanner, 4:45 PM GMT on June 29, 2010

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Join Weather Underground Meteorologists Shaun and Tim for The Daily Downpour today, Tuesday, at 3 p.m. ET, 12 noon PT today!
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Weather Underground Meteorologists Shaun and Tim will talk about any new updates on the oil spill in the Gulf, the hurricane season, and any weather related topics that are going on around the world.

Dr. Jeff Masters' show Hurricane Haven will be on the air 4 p.m. ET, 1 p.m. PT to discuss the latest on Tropical Storm Alex. Will it become a hurricane? Listen here to find out.

Both shows will be taking call-ins at 415-983-2634.

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The Daily Downpour at 3 p.m. Eastern, 12 noon p.m. Pacific today!

By: shauntanner, 5:15 PM GMT on June 24, 2010

Listen to the Weather Underground Broadcast Network here!

The best weather-related show on the internet today at 3 p.m. ET, 12 noon PT today!
Listen here!

Weather Underground Meteorologists Shaun and Tim will talk about any new updates on the oil spill in the Gulf, the hurricane season, and any weather related topics that are going on around the world.

Also, we will have an update on Portlight's various efforts in the Gulf and Haiti.

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Hurricane Haven with Dr. Jeff Masters at 4 p.m. ET, The Daily Downpour at 3 p.m. ET

By: shauntanner, 4:50 PM GMT on June 22, 2010

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The Weather Underground Broadcast Network continues today with The Daily Downpour at 3 p.m. ET, 12 Noon PT, 1900 GMT and Hurricane Haven with Dr. Jeff Masters at 4 p.m. ET, 1 p.m. PT., 2000 GMT. Listen here!

In both cases, programs will be taking your phone calls and questions. Just call 415-983-2634 to get through to these professional meteorologists. Also, you can submit questions by WunderMail. To do this, log into the site, then click on "Mail" at the top of the page. Then, compose a message to member handle "broadcast". Those messages will go through to the hosts of the shows.

But wait, there's more...prize packs!

I have consulted our vast legal department and got the okay to provide a few gift Weather Underground Prize Packs to callers who want to play a game. So, it should be fun!

We have also made it easier to find the Weather Underground Broadcast Network's homepage. You can now find the page by going to the top of any page and mousing over Local Weather. Then click on "Broadcast Network". Or you can just bookmark this page.

The Giving Continues!

We have also got the podcast system up and running. You can listen to past shows by going to the Weather Underground Broadcast Network homepage and clicking on a link under the "Archived Shows:" section on the right hand side of the page.

Also, we have submitted the Podcasts to iTunes and are waiting for confirmation. You will be able to find Podcasts in iTunes by searching the iTunes Store for "Weather Underground". There, amoung the other Weather Underground products will be the Podcasts of past shows.

We invite everybody to listen today as some very important topics will be discussed.

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The Daily Downpour at 3 p.m. ET, 12 noon PT

By: shauntanner, 4:39 PM GMT on June 17, 2010

Listen to the Weather Underground Broadcast Network here!

The best weather-related show on the internet today at 3 p.m. ET, 12 noon PT today!
Listen here!

Weather Underground Meteorologists Shaun and Tim will talk about any new updates on the oil spill in the Gulf, the hurricane season, and any weather related topics that are going on around the world.

Also, the solstice is coming up. What plans do you have for it?

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Hurricane Haven with Dr. Jeff Masters 4 p.m. ET, 1 p.m. PT, The Daily Downpour before

By: shauntanner, 4:35 PM GMT on June 15, 2010

Listen to the Weather Underground Broadcast Network here!


The Weather Underground Broadcast Network continues today with The Daily Downpour at 3 p.m. ET, 12 Noon PT, 1900 GMT and Hurricane Haven with Dr. Jeff Masters at 4 p.m. ET, 1 p.m. PT., 2000 GMT. Listen here!

In both cases, programs will be taking your phone calls and questions. Just call 415-983-2634 to get through to these professional meteorologists. Also, you can submit questions by WunderMail. To do this, log into the site, then click on "Mail" at the top of the page. Then, compose a message to member handle "broadcast". Those messages will go through to the hosts of the shows.

But wait, there's more...prize packs!

I have consulted our vast legal department and got the okay to provide a few gift Weather Underground Prize Packs to callers who want to play a game. So, it should be fun!

We have also made it easier to find the Weather Underground Broadcast Network's homepage. You can now find the page by going to the top of any page and mousing over Local Weather. Then click on "Broadcast Network". Or you can just bookmark this page.

The Giving Continues!

We have also got the podcast system up and running. You can listen to past shows by going to the Weather Underground Broadcast Network homepage and clicking on a link under the "Archived Shows:" section on the right hand side of the page.

Also, we have submitted the Podcasts to iTunes and are waiting for confirmation. You will be able to find Podcasts in iTunes by searching the iTunes Store for "Weather Underground". There, amoung the other Weather Underground products will be the Podcasts of past shows.

We invite everybody to listen today as some very important topics will be discussed.

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The Daily Downpour at 3 p.m. Eastern, 12 noon p.m. Pacific today!

By: shauntanner, 4:49 PM GMT on June 10, 2010

Listen to the Weather Underground Broadcast Network here!

The best weather related show on the internet today at 3 p.m. ET, 12 noon PT today!
Listen here!

Weather Underground Meteorologists Shaun and Tim will talk about any new updates on the oil spill in the Gulf, the hurricane season, and any weather related topics that are going on around the world.

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Small Business and Weather

By: shauntanner, 10:17 PM GMT on June 08, 2010

The description of what a Small Business varies depending on who you ask. However, even when you ask a supposed expert like the Small Business Administration, you still can't get it straight. As it turns out, a Small Business is different whether you are talking about returned receipts or number of employees. According to the Small Business Administration, a business of 500 or fewer employees in the manufacturing or mining industries is considered a small business. In the wholesale trade industry, this number drops to 100 or fewer employees. On the dollar side of things, a retail company of taking in $6 million or less is a small business. If you are a farmer or in agriculture, then that number drops drastically to $500,000. My point is this, the definition of what a small business is varies drastically. Yet, weather affects both large and small businesses regardless of the type, duration, or severity of the weather. The difference is that when weather hits a small business, it is much more affected than a large business. Small businesses recover much more slowly when affected by weather.

If you work for or own a small business, Weather Underground wants to know how weather affects you. Weather Underground itself is a good example in that we are a small business and of course weather affects us. On bad weather days, our website hits skyrocket. Thus, while it may be good for our bottom line, we also have to prepare for this surge by prepping our data center, buying new servers, monitoring the website more closely, and dealing with escalated questions from members and the media.

Another example would be a construction company. When it rains, outside construction has to cease. Clothing stores sell more clothes depending on the temperature outside, hot air balloon companies can only fly during good weather, scuba diving companies can't dive during rough seas, restaurants sell more soup during cold weather, etc. Weather Underground wants your stories. We want to hear how your business is harmed by or benefited by the ambient weather around you. Get as detailed as you want. You can post on this blog, which will be read by me, or you can sent me a WunderMail by logging into the site and clicking on "Mail". You can then compose to handle "shauntanner". Our hope is that we can collect enough stories to tell everybody the story of the small business owner or employer and how weather is a protagonist or antagonist to their business.

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Hurricane Haven with Dr. Jeff Masters at 4 p.m. ET, The Daily Downpour at 3 p.m. ET

By: shauntanner, 4:33 PM GMT on June 08, 2010

Listen to the Weather Underground Broadcast Network here!


The Weather Underground Broadcast Network continues today with The Daily Downpour at 3 p.m. ET, 12 Noon PT, 1900 GMT and Hurricane Haven with Dr. Jeff Masters at 4 p.m. ET, 1 p.m. PT., 2000 GMT. Listen here!

In both cases, programs will be taking your phone calls and questions. Just call 415-983-2634 to get through to these professional meteorologists. Also, you can submit questions by WunderMail. To do this, log into the site, then click on "Mail" at the top of the page. Then, compose a message to member handle "broadcast". Those messages will go through to the hosts of the shows.

But wait, there's more...prize packs!

I have consulted our vast legal department and got the okay to provide a few gift Weather Underground Prize Packs to callers who want to play a game. So, it should be fun!

We have also made it easier to find the Weather Underground Broadcast Network's homepage. You can now find the page by going to the top of any page and mousing over Local Weather. Then click on "Broadcast Network". Or you can just bookmark this page.

The Giving Continues!

We have also got the podcast system up and running. You can listen to past shows by going to the Weather Underground Broadcast Network homepage and clicking on a link under the "Archived Shows:" section on the right hand side of the page.

Also, we have submitted the Podcasts to iTunes and are waiting for confirmation. You will be able to find Podcasts in iTunes by searching the iTunes Store for "Weather Underground". There, amoung the other Weather Underground products will be the Podcasts of past shows.

We invite everybody to listen today as some very important topics will be discussed.

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No New Plastic Month Challenge...Postmortem

By: shauntanner, 5:16 PM GMT on June 04, 2010

Well, we are already 4 days into June and I am just now getting to my postmortem for my family's experience in May attempting to buy no new plastic. As I sat listening to Tim recount his experience on The Daily Downpour, I quickly realized we had two different experiences. For Tim, a single guy living in a big city, he found his ability to avoid plastic rather easy. In fact, his needs were vastly different than for my family of four. We had to navigate around obstacles like overnight diapers, running out of toothpaste, getting enough food for the family, etc. We finally overcame that fact that we couldn't find any juice without plastic in its container on the second to last day of May. See the video below:



But, around all of those obstacles, I learned a lot. A recap of the main bullet points of learning can be read below:

1. Garbage that ends up in landfills does not biodegrade, degrade, or decompose. I think it is natural to think that if we throw away something normally easily biodegradable, it will breakdown to compost fairly quickly in a landfill. Not true. For garbage to decompose, certain environmental elements are needed, mainly oxygen and water. These yummy ingredients are what are required by the microorganisms responsible for decomposing garbage. As it turns out, landfills are specifically designed not allow decomposition. Modern landfills are lined with plastic to prevent moisture from entering the landfill, and they are covered to prevent oxygen from mixing into the garbage. Decomposition is discouraged to prevent harmful chemicals from entering the watershed when things do decompose. Don't believe me? Watch the video below. It shows a core sample of landfill garbage that had been resting in the landfill from 1948-2002. You can literally still read the date on the flimsy newspaper even after all of these years.



2. Homemade toothpaste is not good. It turns out the toothpaste companies know how to make toothpaste taste good. After running out of toothpaste and realizing that we can't buy any new toothpaste because it is contained in plastic, Daniela tried her hand at making some homemade toothpaste. The ingredients included hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, salt, and water. The results are in the video below. I waited until after midnight on June 1 to brush my teeth specifically to use the shiny new tube of toothpaste that was calling for me on our bathroom counter. It was like running naked through a field of tulips.



3. Staples of foods are not wrapped in plastic. If you don't believe that avoiding plastic in a modern grocery store is difficult, try it. While you can certainly find food that is wrapped in paper (i.e. go to the meat counter and insist the meat is wrapped in paper), it is difficult to find ENOUGH food to get you, your wife, and two kids through the week remotely close to happy. After going shopping the first week, I quickly realized something very important. As I looked down at the table of food we had amassed, I realized that the things wrapped in paper are the staples of food. Flour, sugar, salt, rice, etc. are the things food is made OUT of. So, we take these staples, create the food we see in grocery stores, and wrap them in plastic.

4. Farmer's Markets are saviors. We didn't really utilize our nearest big Farmer's Market until the end of the month and I think that was a mistake. Not only can you get food without plastic at Farmer's Markets, but these outside markets are healthier for not only you, but the environment. They feature locally grown produce that are often grown "organically". The food you buy also have a much less carbon footprint by the time you buy it than comparable grocery store food. This comes with a caveat, however. You have to buy a significant amount of food at a Farmer's Market to get that carbon savings. If you just buy one bunch of grapes, and drive it home. The carbon your cars produces to and from getting the grapes will offset your savings. So, feel free to stock up, like we did.

5. Plastic shopping bags are trouble. The biggest eye-opening experience I personally had was watching four workers specifically pull plastic shopping bags off a conveyor belt and put them into the garbage heading for a landfill. Ugh. I was under the impression, as are a lot of people, that the bags we put into the recycling bin are bound for recycling. Not so for many garbage transfer stations. While it depends on who is actually picking up your recycling, it is highly probable that your plastic shopping bags are filtered out of the recycling process. Thus, if I can suggest one thing to anybody reading this, it would be invest a couple bucks in some reusable shopping bags. This one act of environmental kindness will save an enormous amount of space in our landfills, and potentially harmful chemicals from getting into our watershed.

If you are living in a modern society, it is virtually impossible to avoid plastic. We are not advocating you do so, we are only advocating being aware of your disposal practices. No one can deny that using less plastic is better for the environment. So, why not just be aware of what you are using and limit anything you are willing to? The best way to reduce your landfill footprint is to reduce what you are buying. For things you have to buy, try to reuse or recycle them.

I am attempting to put my experiences into a mini-documentary that I hope to have available in the future.

Also, the last thing I learned is that Tim loves himself.

Updated: 6:51 PM GMT on June 04, 2010

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The Daily Downpour Thursday at 3 p.m. ET, 12 noon PT. Listen here!

By: shauntanner, 5:18 PM GMT on June 03, 2010

The best weather related show on the internet today at 3 p.m. ET, 12 noon PT today!
Listen here!

Weather Underground Meteorologists will talk about their No New Plastic Month challenge, as well as get you all caught up on National Weather and weather news topics. You will learn something and be entertained!

Updated: 6:41 PM GMT on June 03, 2010

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The Weather Underground Broadcast Network Begins Today!

By: shauntanner, 2:43 PM GMT on June 01, 2010

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Today is the start of the hurricane season, and thus, we have decided to shake up the schedule. The Weather Underground Broadcast Network will air Tuesdays (TODAY!) and Thursdays from 3-5 P.M. Eastern Time, 12 noon-2 P.M. Pacific Time. Listen here!

3-4 P.M ET. will be The Daily Downpour with meteorologists Shaun Tanner and Time Roche. This show will discuss everything weather-related in the world. This is also where Shaun and Tim will discuss recent topics taken on by Weather Underground's Green Earth Society.

4-5 P.M ET. is the NEW show Hurricane Haven with Dr. Jeff Masters. Dr. Masters will discuss the current hurricane season, forecasts, and differing effects on hurricane development.

In both cases, programs will be taking your phone calls and questions. Just call 415-983-2634 to get through to these professional meteorologists. Also, you can submit questions by WunderMail. To do this, log into the site, then click on "Mail" at the top of the page. Then, compose a message to member handle "broadcast". Those messages will go through to the hosts of the shows.

But wait, there's more...prize packs!

I have consulted our vast legal department and got the okay to provide a few gift Weather Underground Prize Packs to callers who want to play a game. So, it should be fun!

We have also made it easier to find the Weather Underground Broadcast Network's homepage. You can now find the page by going to the top of any page and mousing over Local Weather. Then click on "Broadcast Network". Or you can just bookmark this page.

The Giving Continues!

We have also got the podcast system up and running. You can listen to past shows by going to the Weather Underground Broadcast Network homepage and clicking on a link under the "Archived Shows:" section on the right hand side of the page.

Also, we have submitted the Podcasts to iTunes and are waiting for confirmation. You will be able to find Podcasts in iTunes by searching the iTunes Store for "Weather Underground". There, amoung the other Weather Underground products will be the Podcasts of past shows.

We invite everybody to listen today as some very important topics will be discussed.

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Shaun Tanner has been a meteorologist at Weather Underground since 2004.

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