Sean Downey

Sean earned his meteorology degree from WCSU in 1997. He was a shift forecaster for the university's Weather Center during his four year tenure there, preparing daily forecasts for local newspapers such as the Hartford Courant and the New London Day. After graduation, he worked as a research meteorologist at a firm specializing in marine meteorology and ocean response numerical modeling. His duties also included tropical cyclone forecasting for clients around the world

A career change in 2001 has led him to become a software engineer, however meteorology remains his first love. He is always talking about the weather (much to the chagrin of his wife) and he still provides forecasts to family and friends during inclement weather. For better or for worse, his 6 year old son is following in his father's footsteps, giving daily weather forecasts to the family pets

Latest Articles

  • Scud or Funnel over Waterbury?
    I was driving home on I-84 today around 5 PM, when I happened to spot this in the distance. I got off the highway at exit 23 (Brass Mill Center). This was shot looking north using the less-than-ideal camera...
  • Sunspot Mirage over Hungary
    The above is an image taken at sunrise in Veszprem, Hungary yesterday morning.   If you look in the lower left hand corner of the photo, you will see three black dots in a neat column. In actuality,...
  • Tornado Outbreak for the Plains
    On Tuesday I wrote about the possibility of a tornado outbreak in the southern and central Plains.  Above is the two day “Convective Outlook” issued by the Storm Prediction Center (SPC)...
  • Self-defeating Sunshine
    You wake up to bright sunny skies, nary a cloud in the sky, and you think it’s going to be a gorgeous day. The day wears on, and you see some fair weather clouds form. “No big deal” you...
  • Hey! Where did the sunspots go???
    Remember last month when a sunspot was releasing solar flares and hurling all sorts of energy towards Earth, threatening to disrupt satellite communications and causing lots of auroras? Well, take a look...
  • Tornado Alley Outbreak?
    While I am not an operational forecaster anymore, I still spend a lot of time analyzing the model data while I enjoy my morning coffee. What I see this morning shaping up for the weekend and early next...
  • The Son of a Weatherman
    This is my son, Aidan.  He’s your typical six-year old, loves playing video games, basketball, and riding his bike. He is also a weather nut - almost as big a nut as I am. My wife says that’s...
  • What Causes Wind?
    What causes wind?  Simply speaking, wind is caused by the irregular heating of the earth’s surface.  As the air is heated, the air rises, creating lower pressure.  Air naturally wants...
  • What can you do with a Meteorology Degree?
    So you are considering a career in meteorology. Great! If you have a passion for science the weather and can stand all the math, it can be a very rewarding career for you. When I was growing up, I recall...
  • The ITCZ
    The ITCZ, or Inter-Tropical Convergence zone appears as a band of shows and thunderstorms extending along the Earth’s equator. It exists because of the convergence of the trade winds. In the northern hemisphere...
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