Sunday, March 2, 2014

Farewell Tennessee Valley...and Thank You!!!

It has been an amazing eight-year journey here in North Alabama. In the last eight years we've have seen it all it seems like. The events shares, the friends met...it has been an unforgetable journey.

I am entering a transition phase in my life. I spent nearly three weeks in the hospital last January fighting for my life. Two weeks ago my son Spencer spent nearly a week in the hospital in Florence, South Carolina in what became a very scary time as well. There comes a time when the path direction changes...and when priorities change. I feel that time has arrived for me as well.

It is time for me to move on. This will be my final post to this blog. I need to spend more time getting my family in focus as my son will be turning 13 next year...& for me to get my career in a permanent direction as well.

I moved here in 2006 to study to become a meteorologist. I went through a terrible divorce a few years later that halted everything. I have recently re-entered school to begin studying emergency management. I have applied for nearly four-dozen jobs over the last one year plus. Based on what I have learned is this would be no short-term fix to the career side. I can get in with more time...but time is something I just don't have that much of right now. I'm not giving up by any means...but I will not be near as aggressive with openings in the field.

I want to thank the folks at both UAH and the National Weather Service in Huntsville for all the help they have given me in running this blog. I want to that the editors at Huntsville about.com for six-plus years of weekend forecasting and providing a forum to get my name out. I want to thank those in Emergency Management...specifically the EMA offices in DeKalb, Pike & Barbour Counties the opportunity to help out & gain experience while pursuing my dream.

Most importantly...I want to thank you the reader who has provided over 30,000 hits to this blog in just over seven years. It is quite humbling that many of you enjoy my writings. The 20-year anniversary of the November 15, 1989 tornado has had nearly 10,000 readings all by itself.

I plan on keeping the page up...as it will provide an excellent way on looking back at the last seven-plus years and some amazing weather events in that time. Who knows...at a time when things smooth out I might just be back!

So the question...where am I going? Right now to be honest I'm not sure. I might not even leave North Alabama...but I am leaving the option of moving back to the Carolinas to be closer to my son open. The decisions I have to make will be putting my family in the best interest.

I still will be keeping my personal Facebook Page open. Feel free to send a friend request if you like. I will still be helping out the Facebook & Twitter pages of the three EMA offices listed above as well. I'm just taking what I've done as a hobby for so long and reducing what I do.

Finally...I feel the best way to close this post out is to quote the man who got me where I am today over 30 years ago...the Late Great Bill Powell from WMAZ in Macon, Georgia with his favorite quote...

"Keep on keepin' on"

Thank you Tennessee Valley!

- JP

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

My Huntsville about.com Weekend Forecast

My official Tennessee Valley weekend forecast... Friday...Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers & thunderstorms. High near 90. Friday Night...Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers & thunderstorms mainly early. Low 72. Saturday...Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers & thunderstorms. High near 89. Saturday Night...Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers & thunderstorms mainly early. Low 71. Sunday...Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers & thunderstorms. High near 90. Have a great weekend everyone!!! James Payton Huntsville about.com Forecaster http://uahweather.blogspot.com http://twitter.com/weatherjames

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

My Huntsville about.com Weekend Forecast

My official Tennessee Valley weekend forecast... For Friday...Sunny. High 88. Friday Night...Fair skies. Low 66. Saturday...Sunny. High 88. Saturday Night...Partly cloudy. Low 68. Sunday...Partly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers & thunderstorms. High 91. Have a great weekend everyone!!! James Payton Huntsville about.com Forecaster http://uahweather.blogspot.com http://twitter.com/weatherjames

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

My Huntsville about.com Weekend Forecast

My official Tennessee Valley weekend forecast... For Friday...Cloudy with a 90 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. High 79. Friday Night...Mostly cloudy with a 60 percent chance of thunderstorms. Low 71. Saturday...Mostly cloudy with a 60 percent chance of thunderstorms. High 84. Saturday Night...Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms. Low 71. Sunday...Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. High 86. Have a great weekend everyone!!! - James Payton Huntsville about.com Forecaster http://uahweather.blogspot.com http://twitter.com/weatherjames

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

My Huntsville about.com Weekend Forecast

My official Tennessee Valley weekend forecast... Friday...Mostly cloudy with showers & thunderstorms likely. High 91. Chance of rain 70 percent. Friday Night...Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers & thunderstorms. Low 69. Saturday...Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers & thunderstorms. High 89. Saturday Night...Partly cloudy. Low 66. Sunday...Partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers & thunderstorms. High 87. Have a great weekend everyone!!! James Payton Huntsville about.com Forecaster http://uahweather.blogspot.com http://twitter.com/weatherjames

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

My Huntsville about.com Weekend Forecast

My official Tennessee Valley weekend forecast... Friday...Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of afternoon thunderstorms. High 90. Friday Night...Partly cloudy. Low 68. Saturday...Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of afternoon thunderstorms. High 90. Saturday Night...Partly cloudy. low 68. Sunday...Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of afternoon thunderstorms. High 90. Have a great weekend everyone!!! - James Payton Huntsville about.com Forecaster http://uahweather.blogspot.com http://twitter.com/weatherjames

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

My Huntsville about.com Weekend Forecast

My official Tennessee Valley weekend forecast... Friday...Sunny. High 85. Friday Night...Fair skies. Low 64. Saturday...Sunny. High 91. Saturday Night...Fair skies. Low 67. Sunday...Partly with a 20% chance of showers & thunderstorms. High 91. Have a great weekend everyone!!! James Payton Huntsville about.com Forecaster http://uahweather.blogspot.com http://twitter.com/weatherjames