My first interest in the weather

By: JohnnyParker , 6:59 PM GMT on January 11, 2011

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The first thing that got me interested in the weather is when a big apple tree fell and nearly hit the side of our house in 1999. I was five years old. My mom told me and my sister to come outside the next morning and I was astounded by what had occurred. When I saw how close the tree was to hitting our house, I decided from that day forward that I would become a meteorologist.

I had a computer that I checked everyday to see what the weather would be and tracked hurricanes and warned people of impending storms. I remember telling my mom that "kids just don't understand the danger of weather." She thought I was pretty cute..a 2nd grader trying to be a meteorologist, but she was also proud of me. By the 3rd grade, the kids all called me "Weather Man" and would always ask me questions about the weather. I visited our local TV station, WTVA in Tupelo, MS and helped their Weatherman, Dick Rice, put together a forecast for the 5:00 news. Anytime I got to choose a topic to write about in school, I always chose something about the weather. I still do. My favorite topic is hurricanes. But, it wasn't until the year 2005 that I would really get a taste of what hurricane seasons can do.That year was really destructive for the United States and it killed many people and broke lots of old records. Hurricane Katrina was devastating to my state of MS.

In the summer of 2007, I started working on my very own hurricane book, which consists of hurricanes that have happened all over the world, some dating back to the time of Christopher Columbus. After that I started putting all of the storms on microsoft excel and I'm still working on them today. The websites that I use for tracking storms and hurricanes are,, national weather service, national hurricane center,, and

I am also a certified weather spotter for the national weather service and I am a precipitation reporter for the CoCo RaHS - Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network. My motto for weather is "Always Be Prepared".

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5. dherrick1128
8:21 PM GMT on June 18, 2015
I read about you in the book, "What Stands in a Storm." I've always had a fascination with weather, but it really started when Hurricane Charley came through central Florida in 2004. My mom has a video of me giving the weather forecast, lit only by a flashlight when I was 7 years old. Now I'm 17 and just completed my first year as an atmospheric science major at the University of Kansas. When I was little, I would watch all of the storm chaser shows on the Weather Channel and the show "It Could Happen Tomorrow" even if they gave me nightmares. It's so cool what you did in high school with the emailed reports and text messages. I've never thought of doing that. I also just became a trained spotter for the NWS. My goal when I finish college is to work at the Center for Severe Weather Research.
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3. NRAamy
12:38 AM GMT on January 12, 2011
welcome aboard!!!!!

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2. unclemush
12:34 AM GMT on January 12, 2011
Welcome to WU! :)
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1. Beachfoxx
12:19 AM GMT on January 12, 2011
Hi Johnny - welcome to WU... there are a lot of people who like you, found a reason to be fascinated by Mother Nature & the weather she brings us!

Welcome to the community!
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About JohnnyParker

I am Johnny Parker and I am 21. I have studied the weather since I was 5. I have cerebral palsy and my goal is to become a meteorologist.

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