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Intelligence Dearth

By: Astrometeor, 8:40 PM GMT on June 27, 2015

1/27/15 (With Edits and Clarifications Added Since)

This specific essay is a focus on the type of intelligence supply I discovered and enjoyed during my time at MLK Magnet High School in Nashville, TN and the lack of that supply that exists here at college, much to my disappointment.

I love my friend group here at this university. I love the university. But, out of my friend group who began as a meteorology majors, only a few of them (yours truly included) will probably graduate with a B.S. in the science. For the others, the math will forcefully push them out of the university. I blame their high schools for the obvious dearth of mathematical skill. I should not be helping my friends write an equation of a line given a point and a slope. That is 9th grade level material, if that (was considered behind in my high school).

But beyond that, I can’t have an intelligent conversation with hardly anyone. Now, I’m not saying there is a complete lack of intelligence at the university. There are intelligent folk. There’s the Honors college (but sadly I am not a part of that section of the college, some of have said it is for the better). I know of only two other intelligent persons, one is both sarcastic and exhibits large personal faults of his own, the other cracked under pressure and is no longer a friend, probably rightfully so.

Before I continue, I mean in no way anything against any of my fellows at the university. This is not an arrogant outcry with no foundation in reality. This is a marked whine, if you will, that despite Millersville’s great achievements, they have failed wholeheartedly to attract talent to their meteorology program. I should not have to endure sexual immaturity to the point of absolute insanity (the persons here would vigorously disagree that they are sexually immature).

There were plenty of people at home that I could find an intelligent conversation with. My online friends gave me a mammoth resource in which to converse with. I debate all sorts of ideas with a few of them. I talk about politics and law with my parents and aunts/uncles. I learn a lot from them. Those resources are absent in college. And I am sad because of it. Sure, you could take a class at college, but it’s tinted horribly by dozens of kids who inject their own rebellious (and noticeably liberal) opinions into a semi-factual discussion…and it ruins the class. In high school I learned a good amount from some of the top debaters in the country, guys who did a ton of research and then presented it in a manner you couldn’t refute. That’s the intelligent conversations that I dearly miss. Or playing Risk when we should be studying for our multitude of AP tests and talking strategy on conquering the world…a fun youthful enterprise, one I know a certain Jewish girl would love to have done with me.

There have been a scary number of days while attending college where I am either finding myself knocking my head into the wall in my room from pure boredom (I have stuff I want to do, but no one to talk to), or frowning from the pure immature idiocy in the recreation room of my hall (naturally [as said above] the perpetrators wouldn’t agree with me on this). Weather Underground has since become my haven for intelligent conversation, a haven that I have neglected of late. Thanks to all those who blog here, except for the trolls, they can go and talk to the immature folks in college, they might find a familiarity amongst each other.

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Review of May and Outlook of Summer

By: Astrometeor, 1:57 AM GMT on June 07, 2015

Well, according to the meteorological calendar, summer started on June 1. While Max and the rest of the normal world is still stuck in spring mode, I’ve moved on.

Quoting 1. MaxWeather:

My summer starts late in June as it does to many of us... 20 days later than yours...


Summer is indeed here, and my schedule is about to become weirdly cluttered. This upcoming week I have one week of driver’s ed where they will supposedly teach me how to drive, and I should have my license in hand by the end of the week. Following week is Boy Scout summer camp, where I shall be an adult “leader”, not sure what the word in quotes means, lol. This may be my last summer camp at Boxwell Reservation, with the next summer probably going to be spent in a research internship somewhere. In July, I have a cousin that’s getting married, so that will require my presence in a small town in Indiana. There’s a chance I could be in Michigan the week before, but details are still out on that.

Here's the JAS (July, August, September) outlook from the CPC on temperature and precipitation: Link

Review of May…

It was really quiet for the month of May in Nashville and the surrounding area, capping off a quiet spring overall. Nothing exciting severe wise, and here’s the weather summary from the Nashville NWS:

Quoting Nashville NWS:
Dry Start to May

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NASHVILLE TN
1003 AM CDT THU JUN 4 2015

...NASHVILLE HAD ITS DRIEST START TO ANY MAY ON RECORD...

NORMALLY MAY IS THE WETTEST MONTH IN NASHVILLE...BUT NOT MAY 2015
WHEN MEASURABLE RAIN DIDN'T FALL THE FIRST OF HALF OF THE MONTH.
THIS WAS THE DRIEST START TO ANY MAY ON RECORD...AND WEATHER
RECORDS FOR MAY IN NASHVILLE DATE BACK 145 YEARS. IN FACT...MEASURABLE
RAIN DIDN'T FALL IN NASHVILLE FROM APRIL 26TH THROUGH MAY 14TH...A
TOTAL OF 19 DAYS WITHOUT MORE THAN A TRACE OF RAIN. THE RAINS DID
RETURN THE LATTER PART OF THE MONTH. THE TOTAL RAINFALL FOR MAY
WAS 3.56 INCHES...WHICH IS 1.94 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. THE GREATEST
RAINFALL DURING A 24 HOUR PERIOD WAS 0.72 INCHES ON THE 26TH AND
27TH. THERE WERE NO CALENDAR DAY RAINFALL RECORDS SET.

THE TEMPERATURE IN NASHVILLE AVERAGED 70.9 DEGREES IN MAY WHICH
IS 3.4 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THE AVERAGE HIGH WAS 82.4 DEGREES AND
THE AVERAGE LOW WAS 59.3 DEGREES. THE WARMEST TEMPERATURE WAS 92
DEGREES ON THE 10TH AND THE COOLEST WAS 44 DEGREES ON THE 1ST AND
22ND. 90 DEGREES ON THE 8TH TIED THE RECORD HIGH FOR THE DATE SET
IN 1952. 92 DEGREES ON THE 10TH BROKE THE OLD RECORD FOR THE DATE OF
91 DEGREES SET WAY BACK IN 1896.

THERE WERE 3 DAYS WITH THUNDERSTORMS.

THE AVERAGE WIND SPEED WAS 5.9 MILES AN HOUR. THE FASTEST GUST WAS
36 MILES AN HOUR FROM THE SOUTH ON THE 17TH.

FOG OCCURRED ON 13 DAYS...WITH 1 DAY OF DENSE FOG.
$$
BOYD
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Apart from the slow change of seasons and my brief comments on them, I am getting back to writing and I may or may not decide to put up blog entries on the various topics I’ve fell through. Maybe a few poems, but those are highly irregular in schedule.

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