Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Data: It’s what’s for dinner…and breakfast…and lunch…and snacktime…and also you probably have some in your pocket.

So, after a storm you take home more than memories and pictures. You take home data. A lot of data. You’d be impressed by the amount of data. By the look of the pages I’ve got piling up here, you’d think that storm systems were made entirely out of numbers…which would make watching the weather forecast sort of weird.

“Off to our southwest we have a low pressure system of 3s and 4s sweeping across the planes, which hopefully will leave us with another perfect weekend of sunny 7s with a slight chance of 1s. Keep your umbrellas ready Monday because there is going to be one huge 9 coming into the area, might make the morning commute a little tough.”

I’m starting to think of each raindrop as a set of numbers that I will eventually have to log into a spreadsheet. This is the kind of thought that crazy people have. Maybe it’s time to step away from the keyboard and take a walk. Over to Ma ‘n Pa’s…


  1. Good idea, take a walk. I love your blog! How do you like Ma 'n Pa's? What's it like?

  2. Visiting Ma 'n Pa's is maybe my favorite part of the internship (that doesn't involve actually chasing down storms). If you're ever in the area you've HAVE to drop in, even if it's just for the candy - which reminds me, Debbie wanted me to go pick up some snacks for tomorrow. We're going to a day conference about some new storm tracking technology that's coming on the market...and those talks can go way loooooooooooong. These talks might be why The Unofficial Canute Motto is: Be prepared for any stormy situation(and please don't forget the snacks.)