The site is Grotonweather.com...does that mean the forecasts are only good for Groton?No. Grotonweather was just the name I picked when starting out back in 2006. When I forecast, I am creating that forecast based on what I think the weather will be like in all of Cortland, S. Cayuga and Tompkins Counties.
Who are you, and why should I trust your forecasts?Good question. I have been a resident of Groton since I was about 3 years old. I have been interested in the weather since early in elementary school and have spent many years watching our local weather. I believe that experience is an invaluable resource when forecasting for any area. I understand our area's microclimate and how it influences our weather. I use this expertise to give a more specialized forecast for our area. This, I believe, sets me apart from the media and National Weather Service, and most certainly apart from national weather sources like The Weather Channel and Accuweather.
So you have experience, but when the weather turns dangerous, I want a professional meteorologist, not some amateur who thinks he knows it all.I will be the first to admit I have much to learn about the atmosphere and how it works. Any meteorologist who thinks they know it all is not a true meteorologist at all. The atmosphere is so complex, the meteorological community is still years and years away from even coming close to be able to make such a claim.
At the same time though, I am no amateur meteorologist either. I have a Bachelors of Science Degree in Meteorology from SUNY Oswego and am working on my Masters Degree in Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell. I have been making professional forecasts for numerous in numerous situations, both in the private and public sectors. I have forecast for school districts and colleges near Lake Ontario while at Oswego, have blogged for Syracuse.com and even have my own weather consulting business, Finger Lakes Weather. I also interned with the National Weather Service in June and July of 2009.
Still, what sets your forecasts apart from the television meteorologists or the National Weather Service?As I stated above, I think my personal connection and expertise to the area gives me an edge over some of the other forecasters. Having lived in the area since I was three, and observing the weather almost as long, I have over 20 years of experiencing the microclimates of the Finger Lakes. Furthermore, I incorporate multimedia in a variety of ways, with maps, videos, and extensive use of the social networking sites Facebook and Twitter. However, what I hope to do differently than the others is give you forecasts that you can understand and use. I do not believe in saying things such as "There will be a 30% chance of rain today. Amounts between 0.1 and 0.25 inches" What does that forecast tell you? Should you bring an umbrella? How much is 0.1 or 0.25 inches?
I try hard to keep my forecasts easy to use and understand. I am so interested in this problem, that I completed a two-year thesis project for the SUNY Oswego Honors Program to further investigate what people want to know, and how to get them that information. From the results of that project, I developed my unique Forecast Confidence system. Not only do I tell you specifically what parts of the forecast are uncertain, but I tell you why they are and how the weather might be different than forecast. No other weather forecast for this area does that. I have also taken a Broadcast Meteorology class taught by News Channel 9 Meteorologist Chris Brandolino, in which we focused on making and delivering useful forecasts.
You claim to have 'Central New York's most detailed forecast and doppler radar'. What does that mean and how can you say that?For my forecasts, I base that claim off of my 4 methods of forecast delivery: the Quick-Cast, the Weather Story, the Seven-Day Outlook and the Detailed Forecast. These different forecasts all will help you understand what to expect from the weather. That alone isn't enough to make the above claim though. It is my Forecast Confidence system that makes my forecasts the most detailed in Central New York. No other service gives you the forecast, the level of confidence in it, and what alternative weather scenarios may unfold.
I call my radar the most detailed because, unlike other weather radars available online, I show more than just precipitation. Overlayed on top of the normal precipitation (or wind fields) shown on radar are severe weather watches and warnings, radar-calculated storm attributes and severe weather reports. By plotting these additional things, I hope to keep you better informed when severe weather strikes. Information saves lives.
Do you give educational and community presentations? How much do they cost?I absolutely love to get into the community or classroom to share my knowledge. I have given numerous talks, including at Groton Elementary School, Norwich Elementary School and the Groton Public Library. I can talk about the weather in general, or a specific topic or event. I do not charge for these talks, but donations are always appreciated to offset any travel/materials cost and to compensate for the time I put into creating a talk. To schedule a talk, please contact me.
Still have questions? Send your questions or comments using this form, and I will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible!