Jay Dobensky

I can honestly say that my life has constantly revolved around the importance of weather. I was born into a multi-generational family arborist and landscaping business, of which I ran during the 1990's. I began to really develop an appreciation for climatology, geology and astronomy in my early teens, and then completely became rabid as a weather nut after chasing the Cornwall to Hamden Connecticut tornado in 1989. Since then, albeit not a meteorologist, I have provided well-informed and insightful data to friends and family alike, with a unique slant I consider to be just my own combination of old-school hardy New Englander and new-school tech junkie. I have traveled the world and experienced some of its most extreme weather; from the top of Mt. Washington in the dead of winter, to the deserts of the Middle East in the brutal blowtorch of mid-summer. With the advent of social media the reach of whom I now inform is just astounding to me. My friends nicknamed me the StormTrooper, and I take great pride in being a trained Skywarn Observer, and now being given a chance to share, learn and contribute to WXedge is just awesome! I am currently taking courses towards my B.S. in Meteorology at WestConn in adjunct to my "day job" as owner of a custom audio/video installation company called Advanced Home Audio & Video, just to meet my own challenge of seeing how much I can learn and feed the rabid weather beast inside me. Thanks for allowing me to be part of this great group!

Latest Articles

  • Leaves Changing A Bit Early?
    I took this photo while I was driving home from Rhode Island on assignment last week, and for any of you driving up and down Route 9 lately, you'll validate the sudden appearance of the early turning foliage....
  • Trouble Brewing In The Tropics?
    As we enter the end of August, interests along the Eastern Seaboard and Gulf Of Mexico once again kick into high gear for the highpoint or 'peak' of the Tropical Cyclone Season in the Atlantic Basin. Thus...
  • My Date With The Wolcott Tornado
    I wrote an article just over a year ago which chronicled the single event that lit my fuse for storm chasing and spotting, the powerful and destructive 1989 Cornwall to Hamden tornado. In the article,...
  • The Great 1878 Wallingford Tornado
    So, what were you doing on this day in 1878? All kidding aside, August 9th is the anniversary of one of Connecticut's worst tornado experiences. I have a few images to share courtesy of the Robert N. Dennis...
  • Storms Blow Into The Notch
    With all of the severe weather activity across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic on Wednesday, it only seemed right that I would get a taste of it up here in Northern Vermont as well. The weather geek in...
  • Tropical Storm or Hurricane Arthur?
    When those of us here in the Northeast begin thinking of the Tropical Storm/Hurricane Season, we typically think of a few minor to perhaps moderately strong systems that may or may not reach Tropical Storm...
  • Was This a Tornado?
         During the afternoon yesterday, many of us were watching this storm cell as it developed near the Hudson River Valley, then moved down across the Northwest corner of Connecticut. As...
  • Cool Weather Equals Broken Bats
        I know, this has been a relatively average May as far as the climatology is concerned. Being a fanatical slow pitch softball player however, this May has produced way too many cool, if not...
  • May's 'Flower Moon' Doesn't Disappoint
    Without a doubt, May is my favorite month of the year. As someone who grew up in the midst of a four generation family landscaping business, May presents horticulturalists, nurserymen, arborists, gardeners...
  • SPC Forecasting Absolutely Spot On
    The last thirty-six hours has been just devastating for the Heartland and the Gulf States, with approximately forty tornado reports from yesterday alone. In this Relative Velocity radar image from Columbus...
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