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Mar292012

Ben Carlson - Amateur Meteorolgist

Lighting Directing the Anderson Show has made me into a kind Amateur Meteoroligist.  Or really just a Weather Enthusiast.  

The reason is that before, and even during, each taping, I am not only paying attention to levels on the talent, but also constantly monitoring what is going on with the weather.  The window behind Anderson is REAL, despite what most of Midwestern-Housewife-America thinks, and a lot of light comes through it.  We control that light with a set of meshed light blockers called scrims.

I am the one who says which scrim that we use for each show.  We have a single weight and a double density scrim that help control the level of the spectacular background that is Columbus Circle, Central Park South, Northeast across Central Park, and the East Side of NYC.  I have to decide which one to use before the show and I cannot change my mind afterwards.

So, I've become quite adept at predicting the weather via several websites, iPhone apps, roofs cams on the top of the Time Warner Center, and good ol' fashioned New England weather intuition.

I'm not always right, especially in the spring and fall when the weather has been extremely variable, but I have collected a series of sites that collect local, regional, and national weather info that all, believe it or not, plays into the chouce of srim du jour.

By Far the coolest site I use is this one: Wind Map  I think it kinda speaks for itself, but I think of this one more as animated-computo-natural-art than a collated weather information website.

 

So cool (the job I mean). 

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