Let It Never Be Said We Built This Alone.
We have had help. A lot of help. From smart men and women getting undergrad meteorology degrees or master’s degrees while at Mississippi State.
They put college or grad school on hold several times (or more) per week to dive in to our weather a write long form forecasts read millions of times.
Along the way they suffered my often blunt and hopefully-caring assessments of their writing styles, forecasting themes, and severe/winter weather messaging.
Sometimes I did not like their GIFs. And sometimes I was wrong about that.
I told each of them “writing is a muscle, it improves the more you work it.”
Work it they did. While their classmates played. For no money. They got the experience of real-world forecasting. They adulted in college.
We hoped their work with us would help equip them where-ever they wanted to be in the meteorology community. Turns out they landed in cool places.
We are not responsible for their success. They are. They worked for it, fueling their talent. They had bigger contributions from family, teaches, friends, and mentors. We are only a small part of their success as they chose their career paths.
We are immeasurably pleased to have played a very small part of their success.
The Original, Yasser Kishk
Yassir Kishk: 250 forecasts, 5/2/13 to 10/19/14
Generation 2.0, Bobby McIllece
Bobby McIllece, 220 forecasts, 4/23/14 to 5/3/15
Generation 3.0, Kaiti Blake & Meagan Massey
Kaiti Blake, 137 forecasts, 137 forecasts, 3/8/15 to 3/8/16. Today she’s an on-air meteorologist at KSAT in San Antonio, Texas
It's @NashSevereWx Appreciation Week! Former Interns will recognize the selfless service NashSevereWx provides to Middle TN.
— Brendan Schaper (@brendanschaper) July 16, 2018
Meagan Massey, 83 forecasts, 5/22/15 to 3/6/16. Today’s she’s an on-air meteorologist at KCEN in Waco, Texas.
Today we take the @NashSevereWx party train to Waco, TX!
— Brendan Schaper (@brendanschaper) July 17, 2018