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Weather geek

August 14, 2010 - Jennifer Brookens

Ever since I was a kid, I've been a severe weather geek. And this summer, I realize I've been using that knowledge a lot more than usual.

This could be either a good or bad thing.

The bad thing is that we've had a lot more severe weather. Even life-long residents of Martin County say they've never seen a summer like this one (coming off a vicious winter that lifers say was one of the worst!) The number-two bad thing is that my constant blabbing about severe weather stuff (I've learned) is irritating to those who aren't interested.

"So you're really proud that you know all this stuff?" one person asked me.

OK - so knowing all the retired hurricane names (and each year) is pretty geeky. But the plus side is that my geek area is not "worthless" knowledge. It's helped plenty in covering severe weather events this summer (and summers past), and may have even saved some lives. One co-worker who was on the road during the June 17 tornado outbreak was by Albert Lea, when she saw, "...a cloud that looked just like the one Jenn has on her computer wallpaper. I remembered she told me that if you see that, don't drive under it. And here we were about to drive under it." These friends instead stopped and took cover.

Can I be as braggadocious to say I may have saved their lives? Well, maybe that's stretching it. But they were able to safely drive home the next morning, which is the most important thing of all.

But I'm willing to give this severe weather knowledge a break if we can just have some calm, nice weather for fair week, and the rest of the summer into fall... I think we're all just a bit storm-beaten around here.


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