I blogged off and on for 6 years covering events such as Hurricane Irene, the 2011 Halloween Snowstorm, Hurricane Sandy, the Blizzard of 2013, the Blizzard of 2015 (and that entire crazy winter), as well as the 2016 drought and countless other smaller weather events. It led to a short lived role as a national blogger for a storm chasing company called Tornado Titans. By June 2017 page clicks were up and I decided to get bold and pull the trigger on something I have always wanted to try; my own meteorology website. I purchased a domain name and attempted to sell premium weather content. I moved the platform to WordPress and established Blackstone Valley Weather Service. Page views quickly plummeted as I put content behind a paywall. And I get it. Why pay for weather when there are so many places to get it for free?
Eventually I dropped the paywall and the page views returned in force this winter. But I wasn't going to keep the blackstonevalleyweatherservice.com domain. I spent a lot of money trying to get the new page started but with no money coming back to me it is not sustainable. On top of that I took a new job as a consultant in the environmental/engineering/atmospheric science world so I have event less time than I did before to commit to growing revenue. The domain name is also too long. Next time I launch a new site, and there will be a next time, the name will be short and to the point. I learned a lot trying and ultimately, for now, failing to start a business. The "business" side failed but the blog grew. Facebook likes are approaching 800 people and page views in March were AWESOME.
So what is next? For now I will return to my roots right here on Blogger. I have missed blogging. There is something that is therapeutic about talking about the weather. As I look back at some of my past work, I'm proud of the effort I put in and look forward to delivering more quality work to my readers in the future. Today is not only the anniversary of the 2011 New England Tornado outbreak but also marks the beginning of the North Atlantic Hurricane Season. Although slightly odd for a New England meteorologist, I've always been enthralled by Hurricanes. Today just feels like the right time to start blogging again.
Gordon replaced Gilbert and Joyce replaced Joan after the 1988 season. Kirk replaced Keith after the 2000 season. In comparison, the 2023 list is full of retirements.
Being the list for the deadly 2005 and 2017 have allowed for this list to stray far from the original in 1981. Past performance of the list has nothing to do with the upcoming season of course. There is hope for a quiet season thanks to cooler than normal sea surface temperatures in the Main Development Region of the tropical Atlantic. If this persists, it would help to limit tropical development between the Western African coast and the Caribbean islands. After Irma and Maria, I certainly hope this is true.
|OSPO Global SSTA 5/31/18 (image NOAA)|
For comparison here is 6/1/17. Notice the abundance of warmer than normal water between the islands and Africa.
|OSPO Global SSTA 6/1/17 (image NOAA)|
A few showers will be possible this afternoon with dew points in the low 70's. Saturday will be similar but a cold front will drop south late tomorrow afternoon/early evening. Tomorrow is not a washout and should be dry for the majority of the afternoon. Temperatures cool down on Sunday as the pattern changes to a cooler and potentially wetter regime.
Thanks for reading and welcome back.