Western Maine Weather At Year Three
Sunset at Tripp Lake, September 2014
With the relentless winter ongoing for the region, it’s been tough to find time to write this post. There are many people to thank, as well as there are new people to formally introduce to you. This has been an exciting year, and a very challenging one in many ways. The region has had it’s share of weather, no question about it. From severe storms, tornadoes, flooding rains, major winter storms, and blizzards, Western Maine Weather was there covering it all. The future is an exciting one as we continue to sharpen our forecast skills and be a reliable source for weather information.
Many Thanks To Many People
As Western Maine Weather grows, there are many people behind the scenes that lend advice & support. I will always be eternally grateful to Charlie Lopresti, Chief Meteorologist at WGME for his help with forecast models to get me
Ryan Breton, Cindy Fitzgibbon, Mike Haggett at WCVB Boston
started. His mentor ship at the beginning was critical for me to understand forecast models and the output they present. Christine Ferreira, morning meteorologist at WGAL in Lancaster, Pennsylvania has been my backbone of support and my biggest fan. As grueling as the trend has been, she’s been there to keep me going, and her encouragement helped me dig deeper when necessary. Bernie Rayno, senior meteorologist at AccuWeather in State College, Pennsylvania has been a great mentor and a good friend. Many folks at AccuWeather, including but not limited to Ed Vallee, Marshall Moss, and Becky Elliot have all been extremely helpful in the support of this venture. Ryan Breton of Atkinson Weather / Penn State has been there since the start, and it’s been amazing to see us both grow in the past few years. We confide in each other a lot, weather related or otherwise. The support family grew this year, thanks to Ryan and his internship at WCVB Boston as that helped open the doors to meeting Windham, Maine native and morning meteorologist Cindy Fitzgibbon, and helped build a relationship with the dean of New England TV forecasters, Harvey Leonard. Last, but certainly not least, the faculty and parents at Hyde School in Bath, Maine have been a tremendous support for me to reach outside of my comfort zone and step out in faith to take this to a higher level.
Western Maine Weather Grows
Doing this full time all the time along with a full time day job and a family has been major challenge at times. With my oldest daughter a senior in high school and involved in school activities and athletic events, I knew I needed help to continue this. Three new additions have come to the Western Maine Weather forecast team. All of which I found on Twitter, all working hard to gain readership, followers, and website audiences.
In early fall, I added Alex Reed, a freshman at Morse High School, to assist. I knew he had the guidance tools and knowledge to cover when needed, and has done that impressively. Alex is an extremely sharp young forecaster for his age. His knowledge of guidance systems and nuances associated with them, as well as his strict attention to detail has made him a solid addition to the team.
In early November, I added Bobby Koenig, a freshman at Gray-New Gloucester. Bobby’s graphical skills are his strength, and has helped Western Maine Weather a great deal in its presentation and website upgrades. Bobby has worked closely with me as he learns guidance and works diligently on improving his forecast skill. Bobby has helped coordinate us as group, helped organize online meetings, and jumps at the opportunity of challenging projects.
At the same time I added Bobby, I also asked Jack Sillin, a freshman at North Yarmouth Academy, to join the team. While Jack did the best he could with the free guidance that was available on the internet, his forecasting ability has grown immeasurably in a short period of time since he has gained access to the best guidance publicly available. Jack’s passion for forecasting just recently earned him a column in the Maine Sunday Telegram, a TV interview with WCSH, as well as an invite to The Weather Channel.
All of these fine young men understand that I have high standards for quality and consistency with our information presented here. They all have demonstrated to me that they are willing to learn. I am extremely proud to work with each of them, and look forward to seeing them grow into future meteorologists in the years to come.
The Future Of Western Maine Weather
With the addition of these fine young gentlemen and the passion they provide, many new features are coming to enhance our product. Bobby has set up the new WMW 5+2 Day Outlook which debuted last night:
Along with that, new weather icons to display the weather of each day. The “+2″ is designed to give you the reader an IDEA of what the tail end of the forecast period may bring. I have been a staunch supporter of 5-Day only forecasts due to model discrepancies beyond 120 hours out. Understanding folks like to have an idea of what the weather may be like to plan weekend or other activities in advance, I’ve opted to add those extra two days in.
Another feature we’re working on implementing with storms, the 36-Hour Outlook:
In this product we will simplify our normal in-depth coverage for use on our Facebook page and will be used on Twitter, also. This will post either in the morning or at noon ahead of the storm, and a full expanded update will occur here on WesternMEwx.com later on in the afternoon or early evening.
The website will feature a new look. All of our bio’s are now under the “Who We Are” page. We also have a new Satellite & Radar page with continuous updates, along with an area Webcam page to see current conditions live as they occur. We hope to have more features added in time for severe weather season in late spring. Stay tuned!
A Big Thank You To Our Valued Followers
Sunrise on Eastern Promenade, Portland, January 2015
In closing, on behalf of all of us here at Western Maine Weather, a big thank you to you, our supporters. Readership of Western Maine Weather has reached near 11,000 page views in January and near 12,000 page views in February. Those that a subscribing via email and other means has neared 1,500. Facebook fans have more than doubled to over 2,500 from last year. All of our Twitter accounts have seen a jump in followers also. If it weren’t for you sharing us with your friends and followers, we wouldn’t be doing this right now. Our goal with every update and on every post is to give you the latest updates and information to the best of our ability, without the media hype and click bait that some news and weather outlets put out. Thanks again, as always, for your support.
The weather continues…