Growing Interest in Meteorology

I love weather. I think, in different ways, I always have.

When I was growing up, I would watch Bill Matheson’s weather forecasts. I would end up laughing, with every forecast. Can a person really end up laughing during a weather forecast? The short and simple answer is a resounding yes! Especially, with regard to Mr. Matheson’s style of forecasting. There were always jokes and antics. Of course one can never forget the meter stick. He would bang it on the floor at the end of every forecast (or at the end of every forecast I can remember).

This was my introduction to weather. Did I understand anything about meteorology? No. Did I know what the heck a warm or cold front was, or why some clouds produce rain and others don’t? Nope. At the tender age of 7, I hadn’t a clue. All that I knew and understood, was Bill Matheson was funny. A grandfather type; jovial and always ready with a belly laugh.

However I’m older now. I still don’t know the complete ins and outs of meteorology, or understanding weather patterns, and how there could be a 30 percent chance of rain one day, and 60 percent chance the next day. I do know a few basics however.

I have a rough idea of what a weather trough is (a low pocket or trench in the atmosphere, where hot or warm air can settle in). I also have a base understanding of what causes tornadoes to form, the different types of clouds and what type of weather is associated with each, and other meteorology terms and facts. I have definitely grown in my understanding, and love of meteorology.

As for living in an extreme weather climate, that serves to fuel my interest all the more. I am forever intrigued and mystified how quickly weather conditions can change. There is an old saying “Alberta weather changes every five minutes.” That, in my observations through the years, is true and describes the climate Albertans live in, to a T.

So as a new junkie, I follow the news each day. That includes following weather forecasts on TV from the local weather specialists and meteorologists. My career aspiration is to work in journalism. One day, with a lot of hard work, I hope to work in TV news. My main focus is news but with my unceasing interest in meteorology, who knows, maybe I’ll be able to fill in for a meteorologist or weather specialist someday. Though, I have a lot more to learn about the science of weather and weather prediction before that could ever be a real possibility.

Grateful thanks to Citytv Edmonton weather specialist Michele McDougall, CTV Edmonton meteorologist Josh Classen and Global Edmonton meteorologist Nicola Crosbie, for their help in making this blog post possible.

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