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Elizabeth (Poem)

By: Astrometeor, 4:44 AM GMT on August 10, 2014

Hi all, Astro here. This poem was written to a girl whom I love dearly and hold close to my heart. She is the closest thing I have to a best friend in a human, and I respect her immensely. This poem was written for her as a graduation present and a semi-farewell. She will attend MIT this fall. Thanks to BaltimoreBrian for his ever brilliant advice and for pointing me the right way when I wrote this.

A pure and noble spirit is thee
Something I wish I could be.

You are a unique friend,
Something I will never see again.

You are very intelligent and smart,
with the bonus of a big beautiful heart.

You are kind and gentle,
and you're not all that temperamental.

You are an extremely sweet girl,
to the world you are a beautiful pearl.

You have been unimaginably kind,
encompassed within an intelligent mind.

And even though you are well accomplished,
you have been steadfastly modest.

Everyone who meets you knows you are a miracle,
with a character so perfect, which (in this world) is atypical.

I want to be able to know you forever,
I don't want to lose you, no, not ever.

But, just in case, to thee I bid farewell,
I know you will do spectacularly well.

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100th Blog Celebration

By: Astrometeor, 3:00 AM GMT on August 05, 2014

Yes, this is my 100th blog everyone. Although the entry number says “99”, one must remember that the counter starts with the first blog being “0” and then the second being “1” and so on. Always confuses me.

Anyways, I decided to bring up a little something from several months ago. I was still technically undecided about where my undergraduate studies should occur, and so I took my second trip out to the University of Oklahoma. While there, my family and I took a tour of the National Weather Center, a building that houses NWS Norman, the Storm Prediction Center, and OU’s meteorology college. I talked to a professor there, who showed me a model of a new radar that he was developing, one that should be able to get more samplings of a storm and at a faster rate as well.

The tour took us all over, we got to see NOAA’s/OU’s version of DOW (Doppler on Wheels) truck, along with another truck that had a prototype of the aforementioned professor’s experimental radar. That is where this little item comes in:

Astrometeor with Doppler on Wheels truck used by OU photo NathanDoW_zps6e5b2772.jpg
Figure 1. Astrometeor is standing in front of NOAA’s DOW at the National Weather Center in Norman, OK. In the background is an experimental radar mounted upon a truck for field testing.

From 0-99, I have created a rather interesting variety of blog posts. Not even I could’ve known that I would write about opinions on various nuances of society, poems about some of my closest female friends, all in addition to the local and global weather and climatic events. 100-199 should be just as diverse.

I myself as a blogger have gone from a lurker getting a hold of the culture here to a guy who has arguably some of the best friends in the world, even though he’s only met one in real life. Truly amazing. I have gone from a shy kid who wouldn’t even share his first name in WU chat, to a kid who’s willing to engage in even the strangest conversations the teenage bloggers can concoct on late-night chats.

I have gone from one who would know a little bit about weather while holding a fierce passion for it to a guy who now knows all sorts of terms, such as ATCF, ECMWF, GFS, CMC, AMO; along with phrases such as “wishcasting”, “eat your crow”, and “it’s going to Cayman”.

Anyways, it has been an amazing first 100 blogs, and I shall try to (at the minimum) match that performance in the next 100 blogs.

Thanks to everyone for reading my blogs, and I hope you shall do so in the future. Thanks for the kind words and the constructive criticisms (well, except for Max and Cody…those two need to learn the term “constructive criticism”), and I shall try to write satisfactory to everyone’s expectations of Astro.

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