How I got Interested in Meteorology

By: Astrometeor , 5:17 PM GMT on August 31, 2013

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Well, I've read some other persons here who have great hurricane stories and whatnot, but mine is pretty simple.

Basically, those nighttime thunderstorms that kept waking me up and sending my running to Mom and Dad for shelter. That perked my interest around 2nd grade. Me almost wetting myself from the insane lightning storms that went on at night often during the summers before 2007 was not a sight to behold. Unfortunately, after the major drought of '07, I haven't seen many t-storms since then of the pure power that those storms back then held. Maybe I'm a lesser of an impressionable person, now. Who knows.

Then came 4th grade in April of 2006. Forever sealed my fate. I didn't get to see it, but while me and 600 other students were in tornado drill mode at my elementary school, we had an F3 tornado go by just 1/2 mile or so to the north. Epic. We had teachers going around passing out candy and giving hugs, because, it was pretty clear to everyone that someone would be losing a home. I had classmates crying under the full realization that something bad was going on. My father finally picked me and my brother up (after the storm cleared), and we watched as pretty much every emergency vehicle from Nashville to our south poured into the city (Goodlettsville) to assist in the clean-up. The Metro Church got hit directly, but luckily a member of the church saw the tornado coming and moved the nursery and the 13 babies to the back of the building, where everyone successfully rode out the storm.

I remember watching Katrina in '05, but hurricanes aren't all that interesting for a guy that lives nowhere near the coast. I quickly forgot about those systems up until last year. Katrina actually passed by as a tropical storm and I remember looking out my window and thinking to myself "This thing sure does look wimpy".

After winning awards in three Science Fairs for my meteorology-based projects, including my 5th grade one where I predicted my local weather against the NWS (and did better than the NWS) which granted me a First Place trophy in one of the sections of the Fair, I have found myself repeatedly asked what I am going to major in. Meteorology of course. Duh.

So, yup, this is my pretty pathetic story on how I got interested in weather.

Metro Church damage in my hometown

Same tornado:
Gallatin destruction

NWS coverage:
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13. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
9:15 PM GMT on September 07, 2013
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12. originalLT
3:34 AM GMT on September 04, 2013
Good story Astro. My interest started in 1954, when I was 5 years old--our area of the Northeast was affected by two hurricanes that fall. Alot of trees and big branches were down, and that impressed me. Then in 1960, our area was again hit by a hurricane, Hurricane Donna, got sent home from school early--loved that!. Then there was the winter of 1960/1961 where we had 3 major snow storms. That cemented the deal on my interest in weather.
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11. Astrometeor
3:12 AM GMT on September 04, 2013
Quoting 8. nigel20:
Very interesting story, Astro...thanks for sharing!


Thank you, and thanks for stopping by Nigel!
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10. Astrometeor
3:12 AM GMT on September 04, 2013
Quoting 9. palmettobug53:
I've never seen, nor been in/near, a tornado. But I can relate to the fear and sheer terror of an event like that. I sat through Hurricane Hugo as it made landfall.

Dad and I used to sit outside in the carport and watch summer thunderstorms. As an adult, I'd watch them from inside the house, as we have no garage or carport. I thoroughly enjoyed the light show and crashes of thunder.

No more. Hugo cured me of that. When the wind picks up in adavance of a storm of any kind, I get very nervous. The severe T-storm we had last night had me anxious and jumpy.

Like you, though, my experience spurred me to become a weather watcher in ways that I wasn't before. It also led me to WU, for which I am thankful.


I had a science teacher refer me to WU. I didn't think much of it until I discovered Dr. Masters' blog, then I lurked around till I decided to join.

The traumatic experiences back in elementary school had the opposite effect for me with regards to what Hugo did to you, now I get disappointed if a thunderstorm doesn't produce a heavy downpour, hail, impressive lightning, etc.
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9. palmettobug53
1:08 PM GMT on September 03, 2013
I've never seen, nor been in/near, a tornado. But I can relate to the fear and sheer terror of an event like that. I sat through Hurricane Hugo as it made landfall.

Dad and I used to sit outside in the carport and watch summer thunderstorms. As an adult, I'd watch them from inside the house, as we have no garage or carport. I thoroughly enjoyed the light show and crashes of thunder.

No more. Hugo cured me of that. When the wind picks up in adavance of a storm of any kind, I get very nervous. The severe T-storm we had last night had me anxious and jumpy.

Like you, though, my experience spurred me to become a weather watcher in ways that I wasn't before. It also led me to WU, for which I am thankful.
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8. nigel20
11:06 PM GMT on September 02, 2013
Very interesting story, Astro...thanks for sharing!
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7. Astrometeor
5:46 AM GMT on September 02, 2013
Quoting 6. JanesVacation:
Thanks for stopping by my blog. It's cool that you are so interested in weather and your 5th grade weather predictions are impressive!

Have a great senior year of high school. It is a special one that you will always remember! Sounds like your headed to college to become a meteorologist or maybe a astrophysicist?


Meteorologist, probably with a specialty in severe storms/tornadoes.

Thanks, and I hope your students don't give you too much trouble.
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6. JanesVacation
12:58 PM GMT on September 01, 2013
Thanks for stopping by my blog. It's cool that you are so interested in weather and your 5th grade weather predictions are impressive!

Have a great senior year of high school. It is a special one that you will always remember! Sounds like your headed to college to become a meteorologist or maybe a astrophysicist?
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5. Astrometeor
5:25 PM GMT on August 31, 2013
Quoting 3. HurricaneAndre:
Well,my 5th anniversary for tracking weather will be next Friday.Hope you can go to my blog and Dr.Masters' blog and celebrate.


I'll try and come Andre, no promises though. I'll let the others know too.
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4. Astrometeor
5:24 PM GMT on August 31, 2013
Note for Skye: I posted my grade (for my project) on my last blog post, feel free to respond either there or here.
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3. HurricaneAndre
5:23 PM GMT on August 31, 2013
Well,my 5th anniversary for tracking weather will be next Friday.Hope you can go to my blog and Dr.Masters' blog and celebrate.
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2. Astrometeor
5:21 PM GMT on August 31, 2013
Quoting 1. Doppler22:
About time :p Nice story


Thanks Logan, I was just waiting for the weekend (last weekend I posted my summer project, so that day was taken) to post a new blog, trying to do one a week here.
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1. Doppler22
5:19 PM GMT on August 31, 2013
About time :p Nice story
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