I am Johnny Parker and I am 20. I have studied the weather since I was 5. I have cerebral palsy and my goal is to become a meteorologist.
By: JohnnyParker , 6:59 PM GMT on January 11, 2011
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 weather.com, weatherunderground.com, national weather service, national hurricane center, stormpulse.com, and accuweather.com.
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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