Four years ago, I began by immersive education in meteorology at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. For those that knew me for the many years before that, I had always found a strong passion for the weather and being able to communicate it to the masses. From drawing maps on the backs of place mats while out to dinner, to being the first to tell people in middle school what was going to happen with the weather the next day, meteorology was my calling from day one. Until it was not.
Don’t get me wrong, my four years at Plymouth State University were some of the best four years of my life. I learned so much from my classes, my professors, and my experiences, that it opened my eyes and expanded my horizons. But along the way, amidst all the lengthy equations, complex physical characteristics, and endless variables, I lost sight of what made me fall in love with meteorology in the first place – what was actually happening outside our front doors. While my classmates and I would be working to learn coding, differential equations, and physics, stories like Hurricane Sandy, the snowpocalypse, and tornado outbreaks passed by, which is was truly drew me into the weather enterprise.
It took me until late August, some three months after graduating with my degree in meteorology, to realize that all that education, all the hard work, and all the long endless nights were meant to prepare me to better understand what I already knew and loved about following the weather. I could easily now explain to someone why Hurricane Joaquin was so uncertain to track, or why South Carolina was going to get hardest by rain and flooding. I am proud to say I am back pursuing my dream of becoming a broadcast meteorologist and becoming a part of the meteorology community.
Over the coming days, weeks, months, and years, Weather Unlimited will be home to my ramblings, thoughts, feelings, and analysis of the biggest stories in weather. I hope to be able to provide my perspective and information on stories that are a part of one of the few aspects of life that we feel every waking moment. I sincerely hope you will join me on this weather journey.