The Semi-Ghetto Website of Charles E. Roop


mammatus cloud

"Why does it rain so much in the summer when I want to go outside?"

This was the question that got me interested in the subject. It was the summer of 1993 at the age of 9 when I started looking for answers by watching the weather and reading books. Soon enough, I was hooked.

Later on, I decided to try for a dual major in journalism and meteorology. However, I discovered when I was at community college that advanced math certain science classes were not working out for me. With a falling GPA, I decided to attempt journalism only.

Just before I started at UF, I discoverd that the geography program on campus offers meteorology classes without the side effects of advanced mathematics and a falling GPA. I have taken Weather and Forecasting, Extreme Weather, Hurricanes, and Chasing Storms. This semester, I am taking Climatology.

I am a student member in the American Meteorological Society and a volunteer Skywarn storm spotter. I occasionally get on the "ham" radio and monitor severe weather reports over the local VHF repeater.

Weather photography, when possible, is something I try to pursue. The photos above, which I have taken, illustrates the beauty and power of mother nature in which I have come to love and respect with a desire to learn more about it.