I was born in New Orleans but we moved shortly thereafter to Connecticut. Three years later we moved to Los Angeles where I got to be a part of the last years of the 1960’s. My mother is real happy about that influence. We then moved to Houston which is really what I really consider my hometown. I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Journalism and I promptly became a Financial Consultant with Merrill Lynch at the tender age of 22. I did fairly well but was disenchanted so I went back to school and got my degree in Meteorology with a Physics minor from The Florida State University. I’ve been here since 1998 and had some time on my hands so I got a MA in History from The University of Louisville. The Graduate Office reported to me that I had citation and I thought that meant that I had to pay a parking ticket before I could get my diploma. Turns out it was a Dean’s Citation for Academic Excellence. I was glad. I hate parking tickets. A revised version of my thesis is being published in the academic journal, Ohio Valley History. You never know what happens when you try.
I got married to Snow White in 2005 on the day of Thunder Over Louisville. She wanted fireworks on her wedding night. I have two cats, Nit and Wit whom are also known as Kitty Cat and Fatso, Abee and Mary Todd and Barfette and Poopalot. Snow White and I walk and ride bikes and row(scull) when the water is not too high or it’s not too cold. We also like to go out and about and do silly things like have picnics or visit odd places. How many of you have ridden a bicycle built for two around Lake Michigan for about 20 miles or visited Mt. St. Helens or stayed on an island in the middle of Chesapeake Bay for a week with a bunch of cats?
So, what about this blog? I’m a Meteorologist right? What about the weather….hmmm? When there is something to talk about, I will devote the blog exclusively to that. That is especially true when it’s something dangerous or it affects people’s lives….like a foot of snow. I’ll tell you what I think and try to break it down into something everyone can understand, even explain why some things happen, why our forecast is what it is and why, at times, we may differ from other sources. But, let’s face it, most of the time the weather is rather pedestrian and on those days, I will make brief mentions about it and then go on to something I find interesting for the day. I mean, I could talk about positive vorticity advection or the hypsometric equation but that’s no fun. I look at that stuff every day. Instead, I like to use “This Date In History” to illustrate some of the more interesting things that may have happened or, some times, use it to take a position on a given subject. It’s really just a fun way to find something that is often not earth shattering but is rather interesting. I mean, what can be more interesting than Thomas Jefferson’s big hunk of cheese? Most recently, I”ve been teaching American History and European History at the college level and have continued the blog with the hopes that perhaps some of my students can recognize that history does not have to be boring.
I welcome all comments and generally post them all. If there is vulgarity or something that is just plain mean about an individual, especially those who are not public figures, I will not post it. Some people take shots at me…like when I simply asked questions about Chemtrails and that’s okay. Just keep it clean. Hey, it takes more creativity to use clean language to insult someone than it does to use run of the mill profanity that one can hear on the street. This site is about creativity and information and all insults will be judged on the merit of their creativity and cleanliness.
I could tell more but I am boring myself.