Debbie Jarvis-Ferguson  
Certificate of Achievement in Weather Forecasting

Hello and welcome! 

This is my personal web page for the Certificate of Achievement in Weather Forecasting program.  On this page I will highlight projects and real-time weather events that occur during the duration of the program - an Apprentice Weather Diary, as it were.

My love of storms goes back to when I was a baby girl in Texas sitting in the kitchen doorway to watch the rain and lightning, feel the wind and wait for the thunder.  I'd sit in my little red rocker and cover myself with a blanket so I wouldn't get too wet.  Mama would let me sit there until her floor started getting wet.  Then I'd be going from window to window to make sure I saw it from every angle.  Clouds have always fascinated me, especially dark ones.  All my free-style drawings as a child had dark storm-cloud blue skies rather than the smiling suns all the other kids drew.  I have a rebel heart and a gypsy soul, and inclement weather goes along with that stormy nature.

I grew up in Dallas, Texas by Love Field, and lived for a time in Arlington by Six Flags Over Texas.  Through the consequences of life, I moved to Kansas City, Missouri in 1995.  Mesocyclones figure prominently in both places.  My other hobbies besides weather are reading and collecting books, ghost hunting and parapsychology/metaphysics.  I also like movies, classic tv, and popular music of many kinds, and know much useless trivia in each of these areas.  Two of my favorite current tv shows are TAPS Ghosts Hunters and Deadliest Catch: Alaskan Crab Fishing

Growing up and as a young adult, I would watch any show or read any book that had to do with a storm, or that had a storm involved.  Eventually, I found books on the histories of major storms and weather events, and documentaries on tornadoes and hurricanes, such as the 1974 Tornado Outbreak (Xenia, Ohio) and the legendary Great Galveston Hurricane of 1900.  Of course, now we can add the Hurricane Quad of 2004, the record-breaking hurricane season of 2005 (27 named storms, with 5 in the Greek alphabet), and the 1999 Oklahoma City Tornados.  I finally found my way to storm reports from NOAA and the NWS, and storm chaser logs on the Internet.

To better understand these documents and histories, and to understand the maps and methods of my favorite weather personalities, is my goal - and this program answers that desire.  And, when the skies turn dark and the wind turns sinister, I want to be able to foretell what's coming to call by more than intuition, premonition and aching joints.