Let's talk weather
Welcome to the Daily Gazette weather watch blog. Weather is a topic which is of considerable interests to many people for different reasons and it has been one of my hobbies to watch the weather since grade school. The key word here is watch and it is much different from the science of forecasting. Watching happens in the present and past with an eye to analysis and historical perspective but it cannot exist in a vacuum without an awareness of current forecasting models and predictions.
FULL DISCLOSURE: I am not trained as a meteorologist. My background is that of marine biologist with a focus on shellfish physiology and decades of experience in that field together with regulatory matters, instructing, policy formulation and disaster preparedness. How does that fit with watching the weather ? A marine biologist spends a great deal of time on the water. While I did not derive income from fishing or other related careers it is imperative that all persons on the water keep a watchful eye on the weather because that is what will influence the state of the seas. Further, the first rule throughout this career has always been to arrive home safely to my family each night – the sea does not know compromise.
As a scientist I am also constantly measuring things and recording observations with an eye to analysis and new hypothesis. The extension of that is my daily recording of data from our weather station on Cape Cod for some 35 years. This information together with other similar reports is used by the state climatologist – again for analysis. An early instructor under whom I studied had a wonderful phrase “data is like money in the bank – you never know when you will need it but if it isn’t there you are out of luck”. Little did I suspect that when I first began sending monthly reports in 1980 that the entire topic of climate change would be happening but it is one small part of the information with which we can now base discussion.
With that background we will be touching on various topics about the weather – local, regional and worldwide from our perch on Maxon Road Extension. Future plans are for live data from this site as well as the creation of historical records. My hope is to provide some insight and background beyond the basics of decision making about bringing the umbrella or not. Discussion is certainly welcome as is any insight or teaching that our readers can provide to round out the perspective. As the weather changes so does our understanding of it and the science that is used to analyze the data. Please join us !