I would like to take the time to remember a legend in the broadcast world... and then a legend in the weather community... first up: Paul Harvey.
Paul Harvey passed away this past Saturday at the age of 90. For those of you that do not listen to radio, especially talk radio, you have missed out on a legend in radio broadcasting. I remember listening to Paul Harvey all the time when making the big family trips across the country, you know, the ones where you and your family load up the car and go on the road for a week or two. (and try to not fight with each other all the time LOL) I used to "hate" when my father would listen to AM radio on our many trips from Billings, MT to Aberdeen, SD growing up as a kid, but didn't mind when Paul Harvey was on.. he made learing about history fun... and in his own way. I, still today, listen to "The Rest of the Story", but it's just not quite the same without him.
Paul Harvey did a lot through his career, but I think most people will best remember him for his radio segments "The Rest of the Story". I am hopeful Paul Harvey Jr. will continue the name, program and legacy as we move farther into the 21st century, for it is something that no one else has been able to replicate in the past ... nor will they probably be able to.
You can read more on Paul Harvey right here: affiliates.abcradionetworks.com/abcradionetworks/paulharveybio.pdf
Now... R.I.P. to the NGM... this is one of the first weather prediction computers in existance... and after today, it will go bye bye. This legendary computer model, the Nested Grid Model (NGM) started way back in the 1970's and continued right up until 12z today. This computer model, at one time, was the size of several rooms and took hours and hours to complete. This computer model used to take up to 6 hours to run and spit out a forecast, and towards the end, it would take less than 3 to start regurgitating data and start spitting it out. Even with several computer models being more advanced and complex, the NGM still had it's use for forecasting up until the end. It was a staple crop of many meteorologists' forecasting.. up until now.
Here's a sample map of what used to be the NGM:
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