Not so random thoughts on this Thursday.
Confessions of an Ivory Tower Meteorologist
I have something that I need to get off my chest. Something that bothers me deeply.
I get excited about extreme weather.
I can barely sleep during weather events like Harvey and Irma, and I'm not even all that interested in tropical meteorology.
I feel guilty about this. After all, these storms are horrific, taking lives and destroying communities.
However, I also feel terror and nausea looking at both forecasts and the aftermath of these events. It's a weird mélange of feelings.
Meteorologists Are People Too
The National Hurricane Center is located in Miami. Our nation is fortunate to have such a dedicated men and women working 24/7 to monitor and forecast tropical storms such as Irma. Keep in mind that these meteorologists, their families, and their homes are also in the crossfire of Irma.
Utah Alums Contribute to the Effort
I've been following the activities of an esteemed University of Utah alum and one of our current graduate students who are collecting critical data on Irma on one of the Hurricane Hunter aircraft. Talk about living the dream!
So Much Extreme Weather, So Little Time
One of the perks of my job is that I get to spend a lot of time looking at the weather. A lot. Your worst weather nightmare is my dream job.
My preference is winter storms, but I am a weather omnivore. I will consume whatever is available.
Over the past two weeks, I've had a diet of all-time record heat, western wildfires and smoke, Harvey's record rainfall and flooding, and now one of the most intense Atlantic hurricanes on record. Digging into these events challenges my knowledge and provides great teaching moments, but I can barely keep up.
Mother Nature had better calm down soon. I've been overeating and am starting to get fat.
Back to work....