VIDEO: EdWatch: Delmar teen's weather forecasting is a social media hit
Whether you call him a weather expert or enthusiast, a Delmar teen's passion runs deep.
"The weather bug came and bit me," he laughs.
WDEL's Amy Cherry tells you more about him and his forecasts in this week's WDEL Delaware EducationWatch.
University of Delaware freshman Alex Seymore LOVES the weather.
"I watch The Weather Channel all day, every day," he said.
He's loved it since he was four, dreaming of some day being Jim Cantore on The Weather Channel, standing outside being battered by blizzards and hurricanes.
"Every single Christmas, I would always as for a weather instrument, a barometer, a handheld anemometer," Seymore said.
So he took his love and people's fascination and started his own Facebook page. It's called "Delmar Weather". He's got more than 11,000 likes, and this self-trained meteorologist is strangely on-point with his forecasts.
"A lot of people say I'm not wrong, but I just try to get the most accurate forecast out there," he said. "I just love it. Being out there, just gives me so much adrenaline and so much happiness, and it's incredible."
He speaks fondly of bone-chilling -10 degree temperatures and riddles off weather stats from 2010 like a sports fan would name the top home run hitters.
"January 30th, we saw 10.5 inches. Then six days later, we got an 18-inch blizzard, and then four days after that we saw an 8-inch blizzard."
During the recent snowstorms, Seymore has glued to the computer and the TV.
"I was updating from 7 p.m. until 11 a.m. the next morning."
"No sleep for the weather man," I joked.
"No sleep," he laughed.
Lack of sleep is well worth the feelings he gets from forecasting.
"Nothing that people that don't enjoy the weather would know what it's like. It's just your heart starts beatin' really fast, and you just get really excited and overwhelmed," he said.
He's a mini-celebrity in his hometown Delmar, where he helps town and school officials decide whether to call a snow day.
"One day I got called down to the guidance office, and he asked me what the weathers gonna do and what they should do about it. My principals every once in a while ask me," Seymore says.
While we're all sick of snow and ready for spring...
"No," he laughs, "I will never get sick of it. I love it.
His prediction for the months ahead.
"I think we'll see maybe one more big snow event and then just a couple minor ones. The long range is showing late spring and into the summer's gonna be pretty warm, pretty hot," he said.
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