Kyle (writersdream07) wrote,

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A story about weather! Hmm.....

Well, I just finished revising my profile story for New Writing.  The instructor called me last night from my house and asked me to revise that story since she will be showing it to the editor-in-chief of the college newspaper.  Well, I did just that and now the story's done.  Before revising it, I got a 47/50 on it.  Not too bad, eh?  Anyway, here's the story:


            Tim Klingler’s sixth grade weather project sits right next to his master’s thesis in meteorology in his office.  The two represent his lifelong interest in the weather.

            But this interest started way before that.

            What got him interested in weather?

            “I was a weather watcher as a kid,” he said.  “I watched the weather all the time.”

            Klingler said that the house that he grew up in as a kid faced the west so he was able to get all the storms that went by.

            In sixth grade, Klingler made a weather station to record the weather.  Since then, his interest has gone a long way.  For the last 10 years, he has taught Meteorology at Delta.

            Why is he interested in weather?

            “I find it fascinating as a science,” Klingler said.  “Society is influenced so much by the weather.  I find it neat to see the weather events.”

            The most fascinating thing about weather for Klingler is the variability.

            “It’s fast changing and it’s never the same,” he said.  “For geologists, it takes years for them to study the change.  For meteorologists, it takes minutes.”

            Klingler said that severe storms and tornadoes are the weather topics that interest him the most.

Recalling a memorable story, he said he saw a tornado and it never got recorded.

            “I was so excited that I forgot to report it,” Klingler said. “It was not made official since I didn’t call it in.”

            In spite of that, Klingler got taped footage of the tornado.  The footage, however, ended up in the NOAA weather archive in Boulder, Colorado.

            Another story had him chasing a thunderstorm in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

            “It was so bad that the city had to shut down,” Klingler said.  “There was hail that filled in the ditches.  I almost got caught in the flooding.”

            Klingler also adds that chasing storms is not an exciting job most of the time.

            “Ninety-five percent of storm chasing is boredom,” Klingler said.

            For future weather events, Klingler keeps a camera in his car, just in case.

            Before teaching and weather chasing, Klingler had a job at Northwest Airlines as an airline meteorologist.

            “My main job was to forecast the wind and the turbulence,” Klingler said.

            Klingler forecasted the wind to minimize the plane’s fuel usage and forecasted the turbulence to ensure safety.

            Other than forecasting for an airline, Klingler’s interest in weather has led him to create his own weather station.  He set it up at home and has been recording the weather every day for 15 years.

            “It is a digital weather station,” Klingler said. “It has a thermometer, rain gauge, barometer and a wind sensor.”

            Klinger checks his weather station once every day.

 In addition to that, Klingler wanted a weather station at Delta.  Around that time, the science division was in the process of purchasing one.

            “I was asked to pick one,” Klingler said.  “I was the one that set it up.”

            The weather station project eventually added a web page, where students and staff can see information about the current weather.  The webpage updates every second.

            “The webpage was kind of the icing on the cake,” Klingler said.

            Other than the weather stations, Klingler gets his current weather from the National Weather Service and a couple of university sites on the internet.

            For anyone else that wants to pursue the hobby, it isn’t cheap.

            “It would cost about $1,000 for a good weather station,” Klingler said.  “The other part would be looking and using it.”

            Besides using a weather station, it takes an experienced weather hobbyist some work to create a forecast.

            “They need a lot of data,” Klingler said.  “It takes current awareness of current weather from many sources.  This would be from a lot of experienced people that have done it awhile.”

            What weather event was the most interesting for Klingler?

            "In Minnesota, a foot of rain fell in an 8 hour period,” he explained.  “There was so much flooding that I couldn’t get to work.  My wife was with me. Those were some scary times.”

            Klingler’s weather hobby doesn’t bother his wife.  In fact, she has a degree in meteorology and also is interested in weather.

            “We met in weather lab,” Klingler said.  “She’s more tame in her interest in weather.  I’m a little kookier.”

This story might go in the paper. Let me know what you thought of it.

Now to continue on my work for News Writing…..

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