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It's amazing how common the symptoms are in the sickness we all have.

 

http://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/2014/10/31/harveyleonard/hXWsWhZF4hidVmXeMGdtyK/story.html

Ha! 

Good story.

 

lol...

Leonard, 65, says his fascination took hold early. “When I was about 5, my parents thought I was odd. I was so into the weather they’d say ‘We don’t know what’s wrong with him.’ I couldn’t sleep when there was the threat of a storm, and I had trouble focusing on school.”
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Thanks for all the pms, didn't realize how many peeps have been effected personally by lung cancer either personally or friends, many not from smoking. Mike needs to think sometimes.

Probably should have posted this when Forky did that but one of my close friends, a former Boss when I was in the MPFD, former Fire Marshall, is in hospice from lung cancer,served in the fire service his whole life.  Its a terrible terrible disease and not a joking matter. Forky's act is shock and awe but in reality its sad. When Zeus calls you out, well you might want to scale back.

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Probably should have posted this when Forky did that but one of my close friends, a former Boss when I was in the MPFD, former Fire Marshall, is in hospice from lung cancer,served in the fire service his whole life.  Its a terrible terrible disease and not a joking matter. Forky's act is shock and awe but in reality its sad. When Zeus calls you out, well you might want to scale back.

 

I found no humor in that as well as i lost a brother in law to lung cancer at 43 yrs old and my wife had one of here daycare moms diagnosed at 35 yrs old with it and never smoked a day in her life

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Going Way Back following the Weather...

 

I thought I would post about how much as changed for someone who is interested in  Meteorology.  I saw some postings in the November thread but this is more banter.  Times have sure changed since I was a 13 year old kid.  I just turned 58.  Many of you were not born when I first started with this hobby.  Weatherfella, you probably remember much of this, happy almost 68!

 

I grew up in the Boston area and in the 1960's there was little weather info.  The National Weather Service had a free number 617 936 1212  and I would call it many times a day.  It was updated every 6 hours and gave a general forecast for 2 or 3 days out.  No Weather Radio  or other means of getting data that I can remember.  Boston had the 3 channels and had each had a Met.  Don Kent on channel 4 was the one most everyone watched. Back then for the weather segment there was a regional board and a national board.  They used chalk or magic markers.  Don Kent was great.  Back then they drew isobars on the maps.  City stations had wind bars, degree of cloud cover etc.  I believe the LFM was the model they used.  No sat or radar.  Don had many interesting ways to predict what was going to happen.  For instance for Boston to have snow Mount Washington had to be 25F or lower.  Many big mistakes were made, sneaky storms etc. but all and all not too bad.  That was the only easy way for the casual weather watcher to get info.

 

Around the late 60's the Mets would show Sat and very crude radar.  I moved to Baltimore in 1970   I was friends with Bob Turk the on air Met who is still there!   Around 4pm  I would get out my AM transistor radio  to see if I could detect T storms.  By the freq and loudness of the static I could tell if storms were getting near.  Bob would call me 30 minutes before airtime and since I lived NW of the city I would report towering Cu etc.

 

During collage I majored in Geography but did a internship at BWI.  That is when I took obs, did the nowcast on the weather radio and got to learn some crude modeling on the big fax machines that chugged out tons of paper.  Then after graduating moved to Boston.  In 1995 when the internet really started going main stream the amount of weather data changed drastically.  I was friends with Harvey, Todd Gross, Barry Burbank etc.  Todd was very much into new technology.  He was the one that told me about the internet.  Back then few people had PC's but he told me to go down to Harvard Square where they had something called a Internet Cafe.  I remember my first time on the net. Webcrawler was the browser and it was slow. I looked up the term "weather" and got 50 hits.  Unbelievable, I could look up city obs, forecasts, discussions of the NWS.  Next day I went and spent $2500 for a Pentium PC and AOL.  My hobby changed very fast.  Now I could learn and read models, communicate with others and the amount of data changed drastically.  Within a couple of years I was not tuned into the TV but getting my info from the source or weather groups. Todd moved away from Boston and the core group of people he created moved from different services and boards as things matured.  My mind is going blank, what was the board before the creation of AMWX?  Lots of politics and it was a said day that board went down.  I was so glad when some of today's mods set up AMWX.  This site, the NWS model page and weathertap are probably my most frequently used sites.

 

By the way over the past 40 years the quality of on air Mets has really decreased in my opinion.  Back in the day the great Mets,  Don Kent, Bob Copeland and the young Harvey Leonard were so informative.  Today it seems more about looks than knowledge.  

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Sounds very similar to my experience Gene, 58 in Feb. Used the net in 91. First down load of a Sat picture took 1 hr but it was heaven, Eastern was prior to AMWX, prior was Wright Weather, prior was Ne.weather prior to that was Usenet. Almost all of the peeps from Usenet days are still around here and other boards.

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Sounds very similar to my experience Gene, 58 in Feb. Used the net in 91. First down load of a Sat picture took 1 hr but it was heaven, Eastern was prior to AMWX, prior was Wright Weather, prior was Ne.weather prior to that was Usenet. Almost all of the peeps from Usenet days are still around here and other boards.

TWC was in there too.
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Sounds very similar to my experience Gene, 58 in Feb. Used the net in 91. First down load of a Sat picture took 1 hr but it was heaven, Eastern was prior to AMWX, prior was Wright Weather, prior was Ne.weather prior to that was Usenet. Almost all of the peeps from Usenet days are still around here and other boards.

Yup Ginxy, ne.weather to Wright Weather to NE Weather.  The day NE Weather went away I almost cried.  So happy with AMWX, I give $ every year!   

 

Brian, I forgot when the weather channel first came out I watched it all the time.  Much better back then although I really like the tropical update during Hurricane's and the tornado coverage too!

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Yup Ginxy, ne.weather to Wright Weather to NE Weather.  The day NE Weather went away I almost cried.  So happy with AMWX, I give $ every year!   

 

Brian, I forgot when the weather channel first came out I watched it all the time.  Much better back then although I really like the tropical update during Hurricane's and the tornado coverage too!

Yeah I don't recall...sometime in the 80s.

I was talking about the TWC forums. Many of us went from TWC to WWBB. Some were on AOL keyword weather back in the mid 90s too.

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I liked Gopher...nice image there using Netscape. lol

 

Old school UM weather, Unisys, and WU were pretty good too.

 

They still have their old school web awards at the bottom of their page...the site is pretty much defunct now though.

 

http://cirrus.sprl.umich.edu/wxnet/

I had a Mac, should have bought Apple stock back then 4 2/-1 splits and a 7-1, 100 shares  for 3500 bucks in 1998 would have made me 276,000 today

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Back in the 60's before graphics and weather channels the NWS gave out hurricane charting maps.  When long and lat came out I was always charting.  I didn't know about troughs/ridges and highs and would get so excited when a storm seemed to be heading for the east coast.  Back in the 60's the warnings/watches were different.  Instead of a winter storm advisory we had travelers advisories.  Big storms had heavy snow watch or warning.  No winter storm warnings.

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