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Randi

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Where did you learn about Old Weather?
« on: January 07, 2014, 09:20:56 pm »
We are curious to know how people learned about the Old Weather project.

If you are willing, please tell us here.

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Re: Where did you learn about Old Weather?
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2014, 09:23:18 pm »
I don't recall any more.  I think it was an article I read online somewhere.

But - if you're curious to know in general, maybe you could add this as an optional field on the signup page?

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Re: Where did you learn about Old Weather?
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2014, 09:51:18 pm »
Ages ago, through the BBC but I can't remember if it was the radio or the news website.

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Re: Where did you learn about Old Weather?
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2014, 11:31:15 pm »
I think I first heard about Zooniverse on NPR, but didn't visit.  Then heard or read about it again, probably one of the astronomy projects, and checked it out.  Found this project and have stuck with it.  When I need a change I go to one of the other projects.

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Re: Where did you learn about Old Weather?
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2014, 12:16:49 am »
I heard about Zooniverse from a CBC series called Recivilization with Don Tapscott. http://www.cbc.ca/player/Radio/More+Shows/ReCivilization/ID/2263143378/ about two years ago. I looked over the projects and saw OW and said to myself, this is for me! Even HMS Blenheim logs didn't discourage me  ;D

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Re: Where did you learn about Old Weather?
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2014, 12:41:25 am »
One of my friends told me about it. We both worked in the Yukon Weather Centre together and we were both "fired" when the office was shut down in 1998. Let's hear it for austerity...  Bob was very active with a number of environmental organizations, and I'm sure he heard about it through them.

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Re: Where did you learn about Old Weather?
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2014, 01:09:13 am »
I think I read about it in EOS, a weekly geophysical newspaper.

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Re: Where did you learn about Old Weather?
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2014, 06:00:49 am »
I read a BBC article in October 2010, took a look at the Zooniverse website, and chose Old Weather because at the time, it was the only project not related to outer space.
Somehow, I didn't discover the forum until April 2011.

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Re: Where did you learn about Old Weather?
« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2014, 07:57:01 am »
The BBC's "Bang goes the theory" featuring citizens science.
Went to Zooniverse to check the different projects, noticed Old Weather and never looked back. :)
« Last Edit: January 08, 2014, 08:00:41 am by Maikel »

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Re: Where did you learn about Old Weather?
« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2014, 07:59:57 am »
Probably Science News. If not that, Smithsonian.

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Re: Where did you learn about Old Weather?
« Reply #10 on: January 08, 2014, 08:44:41 am »
Hmmm. I was a beta-tester for Old Weather.  :)

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Re: Where did you learn about Old Weather?
« Reply #11 on: January 08, 2014, 11:01:35 am »
I'd heard of galaxy zoo, I forget where now, and was playing with it; the idea of citizen scientists fascinated me.  But my visual/spatial challenges made it less than fun.  When the announced OW, I sampled it and fell in love.  :)

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Re: Where did you learn about Old Weather?
« Reply #12 on: January 08, 2014, 11:26:03 am »
BBC Radio 4 science program had a segment about OW.

Although I had had a go with Planet Hunters previously so I was aware of the Zooniverse. I stopped this as I got a bit bored with it and also not certain I knew what I was doing. I still periodically kick myself for not checking out the other projects available then as I could have got involved with OW earlier!

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Re: Where did you learn about Old Weather?
« Reply #13 on: January 08, 2014, 12:30:58 pm »
Radio 4 - PM programme I think.  It was pure luck as I didn't normally listen to it then, but I was in the car and had the radio on.  Came home, had a look, signed up, been addicted ever since!

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Re: Where did you learn about Old Weather?
« Reply #14 on: January 08, 2014, 03:37:55 pm »
I learned of this oldweather.org through an article in Scientific American's February 2012 issue .

I have a great interest in Weather for several reasons: I taught Science for 38 years in the Williamsville  (near Niagara Falls, NY) School District. I have been part of the Natl Weather Service Spotters Net for 18 years - measuring snow and rain and reporting it each day from a registered station in my back yard, and as a sailor on Lake Ontario I DEPEND on weather. The logs are fun, I'm used to keeping my OWN.

About a year ago I got 'convinced' to transcribe and edit logs and have spent most of my OW time there lately.

BTW - anyone with an interest in 'realtime' weather rain/snow/ maps, etc. all over USA - check out www.CoCoRaHS.org where many of us report daily. My Station ID is NY-NG-2.
Blessings,  dean