I wanted to share this from WxBell. There are lots of hobbyists, students, and pro mets out there that don't like JB, but stuff like this post is why I like him.
"Social Media and the Weather
I find there is alot of hand wringing out there about social media and the weather. A rough approximation is that the more the "authority" you are ( followers can be a way of determining that, or standing in academia or gvt) the more you dont like seeing information coming from so many sources. I am EXACTLY OPPOSITE OF THAT for a couple of reasons 1) I think that the more ideas there are the better. It challenges me if I see something I dont believe no matter where it comes from. I also believe people are not stupid. I had 0 followers for instance when I started, now I have alot more. My twitter site is basically what interests me at the time I want to shoot my big mouth off ala Ralph Kramden. And every now and then I go in an watch, just for fun, how many people I lose if I tweet something political. But for me, I dont care. My life is not justified by being an authority in anything since all this looking at the weather over the years have taught me that there is only one authority on the outcome of the weather. For spiritual people its the good lord. For people not inclined, its nature. For those worshipping co2 like its God, then its co2.
2)No one has monopoly on weather. And if you notice, we are seeing more and more the idea that open and transparent are words that mean nothing. If someone with 50 followers posts something someone doesnt like, maybe he loses people. If he posts something that turns out right, he gains people. So what? So what if he puts something on that forces and authority to look. Maybe its that are not looking and dont want people to know? Every day I rant against the GFS and how the market will turn on some crazy run. But that means I have to look and see if its right or wrong. That life
3) Let me ask some that read this that have busted their tails for x year, be it in academia, gvt or where I am,. what if you were someone that loved this subject when you were a kid and had the chance to compete against the big guys. Wouldnt you? And guess what.. there are 18 year olds out there any sport that can challenge guys that may be 10 years older than them. Who the heck is anyone to keep them down
4) But what about "responsibility" Well you do have a responsibility that is equal to where you are. And you have to act accordingly. If you have 1.000 followers and you post the day 16 GFS why should that make anyone mad? There are 7.3 billion people on the earth, and chances are not alot of those followers are going to buy it anyway. But you think anyone with a thousand followers posting some wild model run is going to force action with rational people? So I am anti Orwellian Big Brother.
In 1976 I was on the radio on WOND in ACY. I would go over the weather station in Atlantic City and look at maps, and make a forecast for them. I did that in college. I had many kind people that would help me, including one who is still as dear to me today that worked there as anyone I have ever met in the field. And I am sure I caused some aggravation and alot of it especially before Belle as I was out on Friday talking hurricane threat and it was nowhere in the forecast at that time. And it was a double whammy , cause they all knew my dad, so they started having to field questions on something not in their forecast. ( side note I just had the same thing here. My wife works for PSU wrestling I am a volunteer coach for the NLWC. Garrett is not happy about our football team and says so. But we know people in football,. I am not saying coaches are not beyond criticism but is Garrett going to be a football coach some day? I doubt that, so he has a responsibility to the wrestling staff given his mom works for them and all the coaches know each other, to keep it down IMO. But now I know how my dad must have felt, difference is anyone that knew me knew where I was going) But they understood, even if some did not like me, what I was about. And in the end were great to me. They probably could have shut me down, but they did not. Far be it from me now to advocate anything that would not allow someone with passion and drive in our field to take his shot
In short, if someone is try to build their following and has very few, its not like its shouting fire in a crowded theater. There is virtually no one in the theater, but you can be sure if he turned out right, whoever was in there would thank him or her
Besides if they see something I dont, it can help me."
Someone can delete it if they want I thought it was a good read to start the day.