ORIGINAL AIR DATE: May 5, 2017

“The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house. All that cold, cold, wet day.”
Dr. Seuss, The Cat in the Hat

I’ve worked with Rob over the years, that is to say I’ve always known him as a voice behind some pretty accurate forecasts on radio stations I’ve worked at.  Being an amateur weather geek myself, getting the chance to interview Rob was a bonus – I got the chance to talk weather and radio in the same interview.

We take meteorology for granted, and meteorologists for that matter.  Many of us are the first to critique when things don’t go quite as the forecasters expected.  Maybe the forecast called for sunshine on your family picnic, while Mother Nature decided to open up the skies as you cranked up the grill.  Or that forecast for a couple of inches of snow turned out to be more like a foot or so.  Since we’re in New England, the old adage is “If you don’t like the weather, blink, and it will change.”

In this edition of the show, Rob and I talk about how technology has changed forecasting and how he and the other weather professionals at Hometown Forecast Service do their jobs.  We also talk about how HFS provides more than just forecasts for radio stations.  I learned HFS is also the weather service for the City of Haverhill.  Who knew the city had it’s own weather service?  Well, it does.  So does Manchester Boston Regional Airport.

So the next time you curse your favorite meteorologist for raining on your almost successful yard sale, know full well they take their job very seriously and don’t ever want to be wrong.  Mother nature, she is but a fickle woman.