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A Defense Engineer With A Passion For Weather Is Forecasting On Facebook—And Tells You How To Build Your Own Hur...

A Defense Engineer With A Passion For Weather Is Forecasting On Facebook—And Tells You How To Build Your Own Hur...

Jonathan Carr, a 32-year-old software engineer who does aerospace work for a defense contractor, discovered a passion for weather prediction when he was five years old and his father taught him to judge wind speed and direction by watching ripples on New Jersey’s Barnegat Bay. In college, he studied physics and mathematics as part of his computer science curriculum, not realizing at the time that it would give him insight into weather as well. These days, weather prediction is more mathematical modeling than ripple watching, but for Carr, it’s just as much fun. In 2005, Carr began looking at the published results of mathematical global climate models; some are available for free online, others can be obtained for a small subscription fee. He read books about meteorology. And he started making his own predictions, sharing those quietly with friends. It turned out he was pre...

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