Podcast Available: The IcePod Episode Seven – The Weather Man

Date: 
18 November 2020

Podcast Available
The IcePod Episode Seven
The Weather Man

For more information and to access the podcast, go to:
https://theicepodcast.home.blog/

For questions, contact:
Kirstin Werner
Email: polarprediction [at] gmail.com

Sara Pasqualetto
Email: sara.pasqualetto [at] awi.de


The IcePod announces the release of episode seven, The Weather Man. The IcePod is the podcast about polar science and the people. Hosts talk to scientists who went on board Polarstern, the German research icebreaker, for the biggest research expedition in the Arctic. It is produced in collaboration with the Alfred Wegener Institute and Radio Weser.TV, where the full episode with music will be played.

For the seventh episode of The IcePod, hosts talk with Robert Hausen, who works as a forecaster for the German Weather Service (DWD) and joined leg three of the Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAiC) expedition.

Episode Description:

Since Robert was a kid, he always waited for the snow to fall and grew up wondering about all kinds of weather phenomena. And this is where he ended up: Polarstern. MOSAiC has been his first Arctic cruise while Robert usually sails the Antarctic seas. This actually qualified him to take part in the coldest leg that MOSAiC could offer its participants.

Part of his job aboard Polarstern was to inform people every day at 8:00 a.m. about how the weather will be like that day. For that, Robert had to look at different weather forecasts and choose the one that fits the best to…well, we're not telling you but go listen to the episode!

Eventually, he was rewarded with a helicopter flight across the Arctic sea ice. This might have also consoled him for not being able to be back in Germany for his daughter's birthday at the end of April – leg three of MOSAiC was also the longest leg due to the rearrangements caused by the Corona pandemic. Another highlight for him was the crusted lamb that was served to the science team and crew on Easter Sunday. With Robert, hosts debunk some weather myths: Sheepy clouds don't actually bring rain, and red skies are not always foreteller of good weather.

The episode with music is also played at Radio Weser.TV (Bremen) on:

  • Saturday, 14 November 2020, 9:00–11:00 a.m. UTC (10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. CEST); and
  • Sunday, 22 November 2020, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. UTC (12:00–2:00 p.m. CEST)

For more information and to access the podcast, go to:
https://theicepodcast.home.blog/

For questions, contact:
Kirstin Werner
Email: polarprediction [at] gmail.com

Sara Pasqualetto
Email: sara.pasqualetto [at] awi.de