Pat Shingleton: "Dumspter Diving..."
With access to a variety of weather resources, opinions are easily advanced via social media. Observers can access radar, satellites and forecast models, putting them in the eye of the storm from their home. In 1977, while at the "other" station, my friend and co-worker, Grey Hammett, retrieved four-hour-old satellite pictures from the National Weather Service Office in New Orleans on his return trip to Baton Rouge. Two years ago, Ryan Wade, then a PhD candidate at the University of Alabama-Huntsville, posted a paper on hurricane forecasting. He noted a resurgence of budding meteorologists combing through trash cans at Weather Service Offices. They're retrieving Hurricane Hunter Data of crumpled, satellite photos, just as I did 37 years ago.
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