So who am I? It is really simple. I'm someone who just loves and are fascinated by the weather & everything related to it. It always have been and I enjoy sharing my knowledge to help others understand it better.
Hi, my name is Wessel Wessels and I am a self-proclaimed weather fanatic.
So, if you need to know more, here's my story, the extended version.
To be honest, I hated school. The thought of being forced into a uniform to look like everybody else and learn about things I honestly couldn't care less about still makes me squirm. But I guess most kids feel like this at some point.
This carried on throughout my high school years. There was one exception, though. There was one subject called Geography (a combination of Geology and Climatology) that made me sit up and pay attention.
While I battled to stay awake (or take a nap in such a way that I don't get caught by the teacher) during all my classes, everything changed whenever I walked into the Geography classroom...
There was just something about the way in which our planet and environment behave and all its different components work and respond to each other, that really fascinated me. This was especially true when the weather and climate were discussed.
After school, I did what most high school graduates did in the '80s and '90s was expected to do: Enroll in a college or university.
Growing up in an academic family with my dad being a doctor of Mathematics at the local university I didn't have much of a choice. I got rid of the uniform, but still faced years of battling through subjects to get a degree I had no idea what I will do with.
Once again, my saving grace was Geology & Climatology, which was the only subject I really excelled at. The only other thing I enjoyed as much during those years, was this thing called a Gym and working out, something I still do religiously more than 25 years later.
In my 3rd year, I just couldn't take it anymore and quit 6 months before finishing my degree to my passion for Graphic Design and Desktop Publishing. Yes, I know. You don't have to say it. You can imagine what my parents' reaction was.
Anyway, my love for all things weather-related never faded. One of my first "big purchases" more than 15 years ago was a home weather station which I still have today. I just loved learning about all the variables it measured, and it opened up a whole new world to me.
I loved playing "weatherman" and seeing if my growing knowledge of the weather, combined with my high-tech can do a better job at predicting the weather than the meteorologist on television.
During the late 1990s, another technology noisily came to life, and the Internet was born. (Anyone older than 35 will be very familiar with the noise the original modems made while connecting to Internet.)
Luckily by the time I needed more detailed information to thoroughly understand some weather-related subject, the internet has evolved into a seemingly endless source of information. I could get my hands on almost any piece of information I could think of.
From postgraduate papers in weather research to high-resolution satellite images from NASA with detailed explanations became available with a few keystrokes.
During the same time, my frustration started growing as weather forecasts also started to become more hi-tech with meteorologists standing in front of animated maps showing symbols and weather system I knew was complete greek to the average viewer.
Forecasters also started using terminologies that were also foreign to most viewers. Even though I understood it and made sure I researched anything I didn't, I knew the regular weather observer was missing out on getting to know the weather.
A discussion about the difference between local and regional weather led me to writing my first article explaining it in detail. The response was very positive, which made me write my next article. The rest is history.
My aim is to use my more than 15 years of experience and tens of thousands of hours of research to make everything weather-related understandable and exciting to anyone who wants to know more.
Whether it is the simple shape of the raindrop, the more complex workings of the Coriolis Effect, or setting up your home weather station, I want to explain it in a way that anyone can understand, and hopefully develop a keen interest in the wonderful world of weather.
With our weather and climate impacting all of us with the one extreme even of the other, I know its more important than ever to know what is happening around us.
I still have much to learn and will never stop researching to have the best possible information available, and will always share any relevant and essential weather information with my readers.
If you made it this far, congratulations are in order. You now know everything you need to know about me and the goal of this website.
Enjoy the article and always feel free to leave a comment if there is a subject you want to learn more about it.