Like many things today, there are plenty of places you can get weather news. From local television or radio news to several weather-related web sites and even social media sites like Facebook, you don't have to look far to find information about the weather.
But where do you like to get your information? Do you have a favorite web site you turn to like Justin Berk's Just In Weather or Foot's Forecast? Of course there's the old standards of The Weather Channel and the National Weather Service and local television and radio stations. But even with those is there one you trust more than the others?
I remember watching Norm Lewis when I was growing up; I think at the time he was with WBAL TV. But now I tend to look at as many sites as possible to get my information.
The rise of social media has had a major impact as people often start talking about storms weeks in advance and well before most trained meterologists like to begin discussing potential storms. The recent blizzard was one of those examples as predictions of snow amounts and the storm's impact were on Facebook a week before many professionals were really talking about the storm. But that was also a rare occurance where the weather models were in agrement so far ahead of the actual storm.
I've always been a bit of a weather-geek. Although, the interest really took off after going to college and living in eastern North Carolina for several years. Living through several hurricanes and tropical storms probably had something to do with that.
I remember Hurricane Floyd in 1999 when I was living in Rocky Mount, N.C. and the city was essentially split into three seperate islands. It's the most devestating storm I ever lived through.
Coming back home to Maryland and the interesting weather we have only fueled that geekdom some more. My son was born in 2012 soon after the derecho, a term I hadn't heard before then, hit the area. Somehow we were the only ones in our family that didn't lose power.
The availability of weather information across the Internet and social media has made it easier for people to follow upcoming events. I hope to use this blog to share information and my interest in the weather as we experience all that the weather in central Maryland has to offer.