Fair Weather Flier

September 6, 2010 · 0 comments

Nice Q and A in the Battle Creek Enquirer with National Weather Service meteorologist Brad Temeyer, of Sioux Falls, Iowa, who was in Michigan last month as the weather officer for the Balloon Federation of America national championships.

Photo by Trace Christensen/Battle Creek Enquirer

How did you go from meteorology to ballooning? Or did ballooning come first?

Ballooning came first, actually. I started by going out and just watching the balloons as a spectator back when I was three years old.

I wondered why the balloons were able to steer as they go up in altitude. As they change their altitude, a lot of times winds are different and that made me really curious. I started to look into that and one thing led to another. I ended up with a career in meteorology.

Is it easy to find time in your life for both ballooning and your work in weather?

In some respects, I have an advantage because I know the weather ahead of time and I try to line up crew and get a flight lined up. The drawback to it is that Mother Nature never takes a break, so I’m working rotating shifts around the clock. Sometimes when it’s flyable, I’m stuck at work. That’s kind of unfortunate.

For the complete interview, see the Enquirer.