On February 10, 2008 I wrote my first entry on Wunderground, talking a little bit about a winter storm approaching our area. Little did I know I would write over 350 entries on here, covering everything from ice storms, blizzards, tornadoes, flooding to the most mondane... every Summer.
All of these entries have been written from my home base of Pickaway County, Ohio. It's somewhere I've lived since 1999, and have seen more weather events here than anywhere else I've ever lived.
Ashville, South Bloomfield, Circleville... I've lived in all of these small Central Ohio towns that reside in Pickaway County. It's a rather rural area that doesn't get much attention unless it's the third week in October and the Circleville Pumpkin Show is underway. Along with lack of recognition, it certainly didn't get any special coverage when it came to weather.
I like to think I helped that out a little bit.
I write because I love weather, I write because I love teaching others about weather, but most importantly write because I want to inform. Whether it's a forecast well ahead of a storm, conveying a watch or a warning for our area, or just giving analisys of a storm after it's past. These are the things people need to know, and I hope I've done a good enough job.
This may sound like a goodbye entry, but it really isn't. It's a goodbye to Pickaway County, my home for many many years. I'm moving to Canal Winchester, in Franklin County, the same county as Columbus. Now there's a bigger responsibility. Writing for a potential audience of almost 2 million people.
Sure, why not.
Starting Saturday my address will change once and for all. While writing for a more broad area is nothing new (I usually cover all of Central Ohio in the winter), it'll certainly be a change. When you live in one area all your life you're used to seeing the storms roll over familiar terrain. You're accustomed to certain paths and trends. While I'm only moving 25 miles north, it feels like a world away.
So that explains my silence for the last month and a half. Closing on a house, packing, moving... it takes a lot of your time. Oh, and Ohio weather has been pretty boring lately. Little rain, hot days makes for little to write about.
But don't worry, after this weekend I'm sure there will be plenty to post. Until then...