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LomondSnowstorm

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I was having a tidy up the other day in my room when I stumbled across a few printoffs from 2005, when I was eleven. It was, unsurprisingly to most on the forum, a five day weather forecast by the BBC and STV from the 2005 Boxing Day easterly. The date printed? Christmas Eve. It was at that moment that I realised just how obsessed I had become with the weather, moreso in winter than summer of course, from when I was just nine or ten. Another thought also crossed my mind, and that was that the 2005 easterly had largely been erased from my mind somehow, so that when people mentioned it on the model thread I would think 'that sounds like a situation which would deliver here but for the life of my I can't remember it!' I then realised that I was in Edinburgh on the 27th/28th which saw no lying snow while I remember getting home to find two or three inches of the stuff later on the 28th [url="http://www.wetterzentrale.de/pics/archive/ra/2005/Rrea00120051228.gif"]http://www.wetterzentrale.de/pics/archive/ra/2005/Rrea00120051228.gif[/url]It's a very nice chart though, like a watered down '87, and I guess Edinburgh does less well out of a southeasterly than Fife.But that's not the point of this entry at all. What I wanted to ask was at what age did you become properly interested/addicted in/to weather and why? It just seems such a peculiar interest to many other people my age outside the forum but the appeal to me seems fairly obvious - the drama of the changes in model output, the most innocent and pure pleasure of watching snow fall, the banter with those who also understand these, not to mention the fundamental connection between meteorology and almost every activity partaken on this earth.Will update the blog with NMM/fax charts if and when more interesting weather comes into the reliable timeframe i.e. 72 hours.Keep the Model Thread and hence all the other members and moderators happy by trying to stick on topic and avoid aggression/saying things for the sake of making a noise!LS
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Growing up in the Highlands, I was always into snow obviously. Lots of days off school as at that time, school was a 10 mile bus journey on a wee B road. Also remember my grandad showing me the weather maps in the newspaper and explaining why it was so sunny/hot one particular summer (high pressure etc).

At that time there was no internet, so tracking the weather was just looking at maps in the Herald. No radar watching then unless you worked for the meto.

Interest always remained due to my love for skiing. When the net took off, this opened lots of opportunities for learning more and watching for what might happen. One might argue we have too much info now!

Still find myself forgetting you are 15 sometimes given the very high standard of your reporting; more educated and mature than many of the 'adults' in the model thread. Are you planning on a degree in meteorology?[img]http://forumcache.netweather.tv/public/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif[/img] If you go for chemisty, give me a call when you graduate; we're always looking for good, objective scientists[img]http://forumcache.netweather.tv/public/style_emoticons/default/good.gif[/img]




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Without wanting to bore anyone.......It was when my husband left Xmas eve 2002, i spent 5 months depressed and staring out of the window. The clouds fascinated me. Found this site dec 2003, and been hooked ever since.


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thanks SS. I am seriously considering meteorology, though I do have a fair interest for something related to but not necessarily politics, but I think I'll keep my options fairly well open for as long as I can until I fully decide[img]http://forumcache.netweather.tv/public/style_emoticons/default/smile.gif[/img]

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Hi LS, nice blog, keep up the hard work :good:

My interest in weather has been with me most of my life. I can't remember a Eureka moment, but I do remember a lot of different weather bringing the family together. For example, going for walks in the snow as a wee kid with my parents and going out to look at the rivers after really heavy rain.

I certainly remember Jan '87 and being at primary school in Glasgow (8 years old); most of the other kids had managed to get home but my parents couldn't be reached. I remember being out in the playground and my Dad appeared out of the snow (out of nowhere to my wee mind!!). We ended up being off school for the rest of the week and got packed off to my grandparents' house in Bridge of Weir (down the road from where I live now) and just played in the snow for a full week :) My Grandad would took us sledging up on the local golf course so it was all good getting packed off like that :lol:

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[quote name='LomondSnowstorm' date='11 February 2010 - 23:37 ']
thanks SS. I am seriously considering meteorology, though I do have a fair interest for something related to but not necessarily politics, but I think I'll keep my options fairly well open for as long as I can until I fully decide[img]http://forumcache.netweather.tv/public/style_emoticons/default/smile.gif[/img]
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By something related to politics do you mean economics?? That's what my first degree is in. A really interesting subject; but a bit like weather watching, when you tell "outsiders" they glaze over quickly.

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I was about 9 or 10 in 1967 and had just moved to Aberfeldy in Perthshire when I became really interested in the weather and started a weather diary. Prior to then my dad had moved around and I lived briefly in East Kilbride, Tain, Stornoway and Dundee. Have brief memories of sledging down our street in Dundee in 1963 and of a major thunderstorm when camping down South as a child. Snow has always been my fav weather but I also like a good thunderstorm or severe gales. Spent many an evening lamppost watching or staring at the skylight to see hints of sleetiness if it was cold and wet. Could see the mountains from my bedroom window so from September was looking out for the first snow and through to June / July to see the last snow patch melt. Still have a huge interest in the snow patch thread on NW.
Favourite Summer would be 1976 though June 1975 was interesting with snow on the 2nd followed by a heatwave.
1979 with 70 snow lying days in Aberfeldy was the best [and coldest]Winter but 1984 for the depth of snow was the most exciting.
Moved around a lot [Aberdeen,Dundee, Peterhead, Elgin, London / Kent and Yorkshire] from mid-eighties to mid-nineties before finally settling down in Dundee. Mid Jan 1987 was memorable here and I spent a memorable week from 23rd to 31st Dec 1995 in Aberfeldy and Aviemore with the Christmas blizzard and severe frosts.
Was getting worried that those Winters were things of the past so much heartened by 2008/9 and even more by the current Winter. Hopefully it is not over yet.
Cheers Nor.

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