I have always had a keen interest in meteorology but never had the time to really get into it because of my research work as a research psychologist and regulatory scientist. But now in retirement from Penn State and RIKI I do have the time to really begin to make a full excursion into it. So this blog post will be very different than all the previous 175 blog posts and I will introduce this new journey.
As many of you probably know, I am a real data geek. I have been since grad school when you begin to make the decision to go clinical or research in psychology. I have always loved numbers and working with data sets. So for me it was an easy choice. Recently, I had found that I wasn’t getting my data fix and being a data addict, I started to think more about meteorology and all the data that are present when you look at radar and weather charts. So I took the plunge and got my personal weather station (PWS). It is an Ambient Weather WS-2902-C WiFi OSPREY Solar Powered.
Here is a posting of my RIKIRJF Weather Station:
As you can see from the weather station name I have stuck with the RIKI label. Here are some other URLs that will take you to other weather related sites that you might be more familiar with:
I have fully engaged in my excursion in setting up my PWS, but also I am pursuing getting registered and certified as a mPing SkyWarn Spotter so that I can send actual observations of storm conditions in addition to the data that gets sent to the NWS: National Weather Service via their CWOP program from my PWS (GW2138; G2138).
I have also become a member and an associate with the Royal Meteorological Society and the American Meteorological Society to learn more of the science and to further my education and take courses.
https://www.rmets.org/ Royal Meteorological Society
https://www.ametsoc.org/index.cfm/ams/ American Meteorological Society
I have been so welcomed by the memberships of both societies and they have been so willing to share their knowledge with an amateur meteorologist. It has been a great deal of fun and very intellectually stimulating. It is not everyday when you can correspond with meteorologists from NOAA and NASA. I plan in future blog posts to share some of these conversations; but also check out my Facebook and Twitter sites where I will be posting as well.
Rick Fiene, RMetS Member: 59934; CWOFID: GW2138; MADISID: G2138. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org (Email for RJFRIKI) or email@example.com (Institute email for RIKIAWS/RIKIRJF).