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Weather Nerd

Hello there, fair readers! I’m Brendan Loy, the newest addition to the PajamasXpress team. You might remember me from my coverage of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, which garnered attention from the New York Times, the Washington Post, and various other national and international publications. I also appeared on Tucker Carlson’s show and in Spike Lee’s movie, and I was nominated for “Blogger of the Year” by The Week magazine.

More recently, I’ve written a number of hurricane-related updates for PJ Media — specifically, about Hurricane Felix last year and Hurricane Bertha this year, as well as articles wrapping up the 2007 hurricane season and previewing the 2008 season. But those were just appetizers. Now that I have my own PajamasXpress blog, you’ll be hearing a lot more from me throughout the remainder of this hurricane season (which peaks in late August, September and early October, and officially continues until November 30).

For certain, I will be updating this site at least three times a week, but that’s a bare minimum. In general, I intend to update at least daily, and more often when the tropics are active — particularly when a storm threatens the United States.

In addition to raw meteorological data from the National Hurricane Center and elsewhere, I’ll try to provide my layperson’s analysis and commentary (I have no formal meteorological training, but I’ve been a hurricane buff for almost my entire life), in order to hopefully make the weather jargon a bit more accessible to y’all. I’ll also regularly post links and quotes from around the blogosphere to what other weatherbloggers are saying, and more broadly from news sites and blogs when that’s appropriate. If all goes as planned, “Weather Nerd” will serve as a sort of one-stop-shop for hurricane information when a storm threatens land, as my old “Irish Trojan” blog did during Katrina.

Incidentally, if you’re wondering about that title, “Weather Nerd”… it’s a term that I’ve used to describe myself for many years, ever since I got hooked on The Weather Channel when I was about 7 years old. Then in 2005, it became a New York Times headline. So we figured it would be a good title for this blog, which will put my weather nerdery on display for all to see.

One important note about the title is its use of the word “weather,” as oppose to “climate.” Weather and climate are two very different things, despite what some of the more vocal advocates on each side of the global-warming debate would have you believe, and this is a blog about weather, not climate. To be clear: this blog is agnostic on climate change. I do not intend to express opinions here, one way or the other, regarding the existence, severity, or causes of global climate change (though I may occasionally criticize those, on either side, who make arguments that are clearly fallacious regardless of where one stands on the core issue — particular when the fallacies are related to the confusion of weather and climate, which is a pet peeve of mine, if you can’t tell).

In any event, please do not read any conspiratorial, global-warming-related intent into anything I write. It’s simply not there. I write about hurricanes because I find them utterly fascinating, and always have, since long before Al Gore started making movies. I have no agenda. I’m not trying to convince you of anything. I’m just trying to tell you about the weather, specifically the most fascinating storms on earth: hurricanes.

With that caveat out of the way, I’ll wrap up this introductory post, and simply say thanks for stopping by!

P.S. I’ve got a couple of other blogs, if you’re interested: Ash Blog Durbatulûk (a.k.a. “One Blog to Rule Them All”), where I write about anything and everything that interests me; and Light and High Beauty, my photoblog. However, PJ Media will be the exclusive home for my blow-by-blow hurricane-blogging throughout the remainder of the season. If you want to know what’s happening in the tropics, look no further than “Weather Nerd.”