Age: 18, b-day is 8/27. Graduate of MLK High in Nashville, TN. Attends MU in PA. Loves football, soccer, Frisbee, Scouts, Science Olympiad.
By: Astrometeor , 5:17 PM GMT on August 31, 2013
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
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