‘I just always loved the snow’ — Mountain’s Weather Man retires

  • [photo by Jerry Ferris]

    [photo by Jerry Ferris]

Geeky gadgets stole his heart

By Marcy Axness, TME

Jerry Ferris is a weather wonk. He is passionate about precipitation. The geeky topic of micro-climates swept him into the weather game in January 2003, including his online Mountain Communities Weather Service. It grieved him that Lockwood Valley residents had to rely on weather forecasts from the Sandberg station— southeast of Gorman, close as the crow flies, but not as the mercury flows and the snow falls.

Hanging up the Equipment

After nearly 20 years of great service to his mountain neighbors, Ferris is …(please see below to view full stories and photographs)

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Jerry Ferris (r) has retired his www.fpweather.com

The weather station that brought the magic with its built-in antenna.

Above, left: Through wind, sleet, rain or snow, Ferris’ weather station, perched among the trees, fed the information that Jerry used to inform Mountain Community residents of all weather conditions; Above, top: Jerry received this note of appreciation in reply to his emailed retirement announcement. It expresses the sentiments of many; Right: Jerry’s weather command central.

Dear Jerry,
You have been good to us. You may never know the lives you saved with your weather service. You helped us to make the decision to go or not to go. There’s not enough thanks or appreciation to let you know how much we have valued your weather service.
Retire in good faith that you have educated us and we will miss you and pray for you.
With love, Your Weather Fans

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This is part of the July 9, 2021 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.

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