I’ve had lots of conversations about the weather, but
never like this. I was sitting in the living room of Robert and Joanne
Simpson – pioneers of meteorology – talking about clouds. They’d
positioned their couch so they could view - from their top floor
apartment – the miles and miles of clouds floating over the Potomac
River and deep into Virginia. But where I simply saw lazy, drifting puffs of white, the Simpsons saw much, much more.
You’ve heard Robert Simpson’s name before – on a yearly
basis in fact. He’s the “Simpson” in the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane
scale. That’s who I originally went to interview. You probably haven’t
heard of Joanne Simpson, but she’s every bit the trailblazer her husband is.
This was a woman who – through her research – touched the
lives of millions of people and continues to do so every time we hear a
weather report. She passed away on Thursday in Washington, DC.
Here’s a clip from the interview about her accomplishments:
And this was our conversation on clouds:
Thanks Joanne – I haven’t looked at clouds the same way since.