It's no secret that I'm a weather geek. Some may say they are, but I think you'll find this as video evidence that I'm the ultimate. My love for the weather started when I was only 6 years old. I was immediately addicted to the Weather Channel when it first debuted in the early 1980s. We only had one TV in the house with cable and my obsession forced my parents into putting another cable outlet in my bedroom so I could watch it there.
When severe weather or winter weather affected the state, I would draw my own maps outlining areas affected and I would even write my own weather discussions. I guess in a way, I started blogging when I was about 8 years old. (see pictures below)
One Christmas, I received a "Mr. Microphone" from Santa Clause. The signal only reached about 100 feet, but that didn't stop me. My own radio station was born and I called it WWZZ. I don't know why though. I had some news and music, but weather was the focus.
For my 9th birthday, my parents arranged a tour of the National Weather Service office in North Little Rock. It was a surprise as I remember the drive across the river not knowing where we were going. I was in weather heaven when I figured it out. Meteorologist Nelson DeVilliar gave me the tour. He just recently retired from the office and I will forever be grateful to him and my parents for that day! My love for everything weather didn't stop there.
On a trip to Atlanta, Georgia, I got a tour of the weather channel. I even got to sit down with the late John Hope who was their hurricane expert. He showed me satellite images from the tropics and treated me like a friend that day. Again, I was in weather heaven.
I'll also never forget working in Chattanooga, TN several years ago. My wife and I were driving in downtown and I spotted Dr. Lyons who once worked at the Weather Channel as well. He took over as the hurricane expert when John Hope died. I pulled over to the side of the road, got out, and ran down the side walk shouting, "Dr. Lyons, Dr. Lyons." Out of breath, I didn't know quite what to say when he turned around.
This blog has been a passion and love of mine since I started it in 2006. I love working at Channel 7, but 3 minutes a weathercast just isn't enough for me and this blog allows my passion to have no time limit. I look forward to many more posts and years to come. Most of all, THANK YOU for even reading it and making it what it is today.
Below are some of my early weather maps from the early and mid 1980s. Enjoy and I hope you have a good laugh!
|What an artist huh?|
|Check it out, a winter severe weather set up! Maybe a La Nina year? LOL|
|A November soaker!|
|Okay, I was only 10 years old when I drew this. My county outlines weren't the greatest|