Corlè de Villiers shared a heartwarming thanks to a man she has never met but who has added a great deal of value to her husband’s weather obsession.
Pretoria, South Africa – We live our lives around the weather. Every day we wake up and dress appropriately for the day. We celebrate the warmth, curse the cold, pray for the rains and use it as a way to communicate when we have nothing else to talk about.
To some, the weather is just something we endure daily but to others, it is a passion. That is the case for Corlè de Villiers’ husband, who she says is obsessed with following the weather.
Corlè contacted us to not only share just how obsessed her husband is but to praise another man who gives all his efforts to help people understand the weather. She said,
“I am a music teacher from Randburg, married to an engineer who is also a farmer. When you have a farm full of cattle, whom you can only visit on weekends, you get obsessed with the weather. Rain (obviously) but also wind (for the windpumps) and sun (for the sun pumps) and temperature etc.
This obsession has lead him to various weather apps. I think he has 5. You wouldn’t believe how they differ. (We always believe the one that that promise rain). We have turned into real weather nerds, also following various groups on Facebook.”
She wanted to share her thanks and praise to Mike Berridge, a fellow Randburg resident who goes above and beyond to offer his knowledge on weather patterns in South Africa. According to Corlè, he draws all his synoptic charts and includes incredible detail into them.
“Anyway, here is the reason I am writing to you. There is a group on facebook – Weather Today – Southern Africa. They have a member or admin, Mike Berridge. Mike uses his free time to create the most beautiful and carefully drawn synoptic charts that you will ever see.
He also accompanies these charts with easy to understand commentary, sometimes throwing in a bit of climatology lessons. He answers questions with patience and kindness. Who knows how long it takes him, every day, to compile these posts, but for watchers like my husband – they are priceless.
I call it weather porn, and we are all hooked. I know he doesn’t get paid, and all we can do is say thank you and give him a like every day, but maybe a bigger audience can lead to fame and fortune for him.”
Mike’s commitment to helping his fellow weather lovers is something he should be so proud of and most definitely deserves praise for.
Any other weather enthusiasts who know of his works? If not, you can join the Facebook Group here to keep up to date and learn a lesson or two.