Do you wonder if this winter will ever end? Join the Friends of the Library at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 26, in the Friends Room at the library to hear David Sill of Ray’s Weather Center speak of weather predicting in general and if spring will ever arrive here in particular.
Born in Columbus, Ga., and raised in Charlotte, Sill earned a bachelors degree in communication from Appalachian State University and a Certificate in Atmospheric Sciences from UNC-Asheville.
Sill developed an interest in weather as a youngster in Charlotte when Hurricane Hugo roared through the area. The Weather Channel was in its early days and David watched as much weather on TV as “I could handle.” He was amazed that a storm like Hugo could move inland and create so much damage.
He interned at The Weather Channel the summer before his senior year in college and that experience re-ignited his weather passion. To bring it full circle, after college and several years into a successful sales career, he decided to go back to school and study meteorology. Before graduation he worked as the morning meteorologist at KCAU-TV in Sioux City, Iowa. He spent three years there before moving to Memphis and working as the morning meteorologist at WPTY. He left WPTY a little over a year ago and moved here to work for Ray Russell.
RaysWeather.com is a professional, scientific weather/forecast service focused on readers’ goals, interests, and activities related to weather. RaysWeather.com is in its 14th year as an incorporated business with informal roots going back 18 years; to date Rays Weather has about a dozen employees. The business operates 60 weather stations and 25 webcams in northwest N.C. and southwest Virginia under the umbrella of RaysWeather.com which is a collection of 17 county-specific weather sites. Last year the company expanded its operations with BRPweather.com which is a similar site with weather stations, web cameras, and location centric weather forecasts running the entire 469 mile stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
David’s job description is ever-changing to fit the needs of a thriving small business. He actively forecasts for the site three to five days every week and some weekends. However, the core of his job responsibilities are developing relationships with new advertisers, expanding the company’s physical territory, promoting/marketing RaysWeather.com and BRPweather.com, and developing company operations towards future growth.
Sill is married, and he and his wife Erin are expecting their first child in July. They live on Sugar Mountain, having moved here the end of January 2013 from Memphis to specifically work for Ray.
The public is invited to attend the Friends of the Library’s March meeting featuring David Sill. Light refreshments will be available.