- User:Master of Time/Typhoon Yancy (1990) (since June 2015)
- 2011–12 North American winter (since April 2016)
- Tornadoes of 1998#October 4 (since October 2017)
I've been a Wikipedia editor since February 2013, when I decided to register an account so I could leave a remark on the talk page of the Voyager 1 article. In the months that followed, I was relatively inactive until September and October 2013, when I decided to start an article for National Weather Service Norman, Oklahoma. While I encountered some bumps and bruises along the way, I eventually became a much more active contributor, particularly in February 2013 and onward. In March 2014, following discussion in the preceding month at about whether to merge Late 2013 North American cold wave with Early 2014 North American cold wave, I came up with an idea; why not create an article for general events in the North American winter? This article could contain summaries of winter weather events similar to the way tropical cyclone season articles contain summaries for tropical cyclones. The criteria for inclusion couldn't be as well-defined, but said article could contain brief summaries of events with articles and link to their articles with
In May 2014, I began editing the 2014 Pacific hurricane season article. Where I live, I am not (at least directly) affected by tropical cyclones of stronger than tropical depression intensity with the exception of very, very rare scenarios, but since I had taken time to edit and work in most of the other weather-related areas of the encyclopedia, I decided, "Why not?" From there, I became a very active editor in not only the 2014 Pacific hurricane season article, but also the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season and to a lesser extent the 2014 Pacific typhoon season article (especially the Hurricane/Typhoon Genevieve article). I have been an active editor in WikiProject Tropical cyclones since then.
In early-June 2014, in light of an ongoing outbreak of earthquakes in the state of Oklahoma, I created a draft in my userspace. Over the following nine months, I put a significant amount of work into this draft, expanding it and adding information as the event progressed. The draft underwent multiple name changes before I ultimately moved it to mainspace under the title 2009–15 Oklahoma earthquake swarms in April 2015. So far, this has been one of my greatest projects.
In August 2014, I decided that Typhoon Abe of 1991 deserved an article, so I set out on creating said article. I created a user space draft, but I soon abandoned the project. I eventually returned to the draft much later in June 2015. I resumed work without an obvious stimulus; maybe I felt bad that I had been given so much help by WikiProject Tropical cyclones without ever going through with an article of my own. All that aside, through my efforts, I managed to build and shape the new article. Following a successful nomination, Typhoon Abe (1990) became my first good article.
On winter solstice 2014, the first day of astronomical winter, I created a draft: Draft:2014–15 North American winter. This was partly based on my 2013–14 North American winter storms idea from nine months prior, but this time, I had a much more developed plan. The article was partly modeled on tropical cyclone season articles and partly modeled on annual tornado season articles. I soon published the article to main space as 2014–15 North American winter, and it was not long after that when other editors started to contribute. This article to date has been more successful than its predecessor, with about half of the material in the article being added by editors other than me.
There's plenty that has occurred since then, but I haven't bothered to write about it.
Why am I interested in weather?
I have broad interests. I am interested in sciences, history, mathematics, futurism, and innumerable other things. But one thing that I find particular interest in is weather and earthquakes. The reason?
To start, I often feel that the world is simultaneously immense, a place of unbelievable possibilities, but at the same time restricted to an incredible extent by physical law. A particular wish of mine is to see beyond the Solar System, to other planets, other galaxies, and beyond. Despite my wishes, we are restricted from even going beyond our local planetary system, and interstellar travel is nothing more than an impracticable idea. I hope beyond hope that an immense scientific breakthrough of sorts will occur, but there is no guarantee that such an event will ever take place. Unless some sort of near-lightspeed travel, wormhole, or other means of interstellar travel were to be developed, we are apparently trapped here. Of course, I will always hope, but progress so far is slow to the point that it is not enough to satisfy me. Not only is there no sufficiently high-speed form of interstellar travel, but there also isn't any form of suspended animation that would allow any human to live through a trip using current technology. All of these factors come together and dampen my hopes.
Weather, earthquakes, and volcanoes are directly observable. We can be affected by them and interact with them without the need of some yet-to-be-contrived technology. Weather in particular affects me everyday, and it allows me to experience that incredible power of the world here and now. I have been affected by numerous weather events throughout my life, and as such I feel an immensely stronger sense of motivation when it comes to their study. My geographic region of the world is more prone to tornadoes and severe thunderstorms and as such, I have higher exposure in all forms to these types of events.
All of this said, I would change in an instant if I truly knew of some sort of viable form of interstellar travel, suspended animation, or other means of expanding my world. I hope that some day on of these means will be discovered, but until then, I will continue to focus on weather and natural disasters.