Behind the Front

Behind the Front
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.
The Folklore of Fred Hunter
Jul 18 • 16 min
How long has Fred Hunter been covering the weather? He was forecasting storm fronts before there was even a weather wall to stand in front of! You’ll enjoy hearing all about how Fred Hunter is Absolutely Alabama, and absolutely one of a kind.
Is the heat making you depressed?
Jul 11 • 12 min
Feeling depressed during the dog days of summer? It could be tied to Seasonal Affective Disorder. While SAD is normally associated with the colder times of the year, Dr. Josh Klapow explains how the heat can be just as guilty in affecting your mood.
The one factor that could put you more at risk for leaving kids in a hot car
Jul 3 • 13 min
It’s the unthinkable. A parent leaving their child in a hot car. You tell yourself that it would never happen to you. But Dr. Josh Klapow explains how you could be at a higher risk for leaving your kids in the car than you could ever imagine.
The Unusual Nature of AL Weather
Jun 27 • 25 min
“I have probably surveyed a tornado in pretty much every month.” Those are the words of Chris Darden. He’s the Meteorologist-in-Charge at the National Weather Service in Birmingham. He shares details on some of the craziest weather he’s seen in the state…
The Ballad of Wes Wyatt
Jun 20 • 18 min
Music and Meteorology. J-P Dice speaks with First Alert teammate, Wes Wyatt, on growing up in Tuscaloosa County, his love of music, and where his love for weather started. Plus, Wes reflects on his first day as the Chief Meteorologist at WTOK in Meridian,…
Predicting Hurricanes
Jun 13 • 22 min
How do you plan for a hurricane? J-P Dice speaks with David Bernard, Chief Meteorologist for FOX 8 New Orleans, on forecasting tropical weather, the frustrations of inaccurate reports on social media, and the job of explaining uncertainty to viewers.
Hurricane Hunters Pilot
Jun 6 • 25 min
Most people leave the coast when a tropical storm or hurricane is heading their way. Imagine if your job was to fly right into one! J-P Dice speaks with Captain Will Simmons, a pilot with the U.S. Air Force Hurricane Hunters, on how flying into these…
Air Quality
May 30 • 12 min
Did you know there is an air quality meteorologist? They are responsible for issuing the air quality forecast each day, based on the Air quality index. J-P Dice speaks with Matt Lacke, an air pollution meteorologist in Jefferson County, who explains why…
Alabama Meteorologists
May 23 • 24 min
How do meteorologists work together across the state? WBRC First Alert Chief Meteorologist, J-P Dice, speaks with Josh Johnson, Chief Meteorologist from WSFA in Montgomery, and Brad Travis, Chief Meteorologist from WAFF in Huntsville, on how stations…
Women in STEM
May 16 • 23 min
Are you familiar with STEM? It refers to the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. For years it’s been male-dominated field. But an ongoing push has led to more women landing science-related jobs. J-P Dice speaks with meteorologist, Jill…
Tornado Paths
May 9 • 21 min
Do tornadoes follow the same paths? J-P Dice speaks with Dr. Tim Coleman, of UAH, on his research into tornado tracks. Dr. Coleman also shares some of his wildest memories from storm chasing across America.
Warning Sirens
May 2 • 25 min
How often have you heard the screeching sounds of a tornado siren? They sound scary, and certainly get your attention. But now there’s a growing push to get rid of them, due to technological advances in alerting you of severe weather. J-P Dice discusses…
The April 27th Tornadoes
Apr 25 • 34 min
Seven years ago, Alabama was hit with one of the deadliest tornado outbreaks in the state’s history. J-P Dice speaks with fellow First Alert Meteorologists, Wes Wyatt & Fred Hunter, on what it was like covering 62 tornadoes on April 27th, 2011. And in…
Forecasting Fears
Apr 18 • 25 min
WBRC First Alert Meteorologist, J-P Dice, speaks with Dr. Laura Myers, of the University of Alabama, on how people react to weather messaging, especially during severe weather season.
False Alarms
Apr 11 • 19 min
WBRC First Alert Meteorologist, J-P Dice, speaks with Kevin Laws, NWS Birmingham Science Operations Officer, on how the National Weather Service is working to reduce the false alarm rate on tornado warnings.
Storm Anxiety
Apr 4 • 22 min
WBRC First Alert Meteorologist, J-P Dice, speaks with Dr. Josh Klapow, a clinical psychologist at UAB, about how past weather events can lead to severe anxiety.
Apr 3 • 3 min
WBRC First Alert Meteorologist, J-P Dice, breaks down what you can expect to hear on this brand-new show. Go beyond the forecast on a number of different weather topics.