Meet Memphian No. 125, Erik Proseus
(Photo of Erik by Ande Demetriou.)
Meet Erik Proseus, the man behind MemphisWeather.net, a one-man local weather juggernaut:
Name: Erik Proseus
Occupation: Sr. Meteorologist with FedEx and one-man band at Cirrus Weather Solutions. The face of Cirrus is MemphisWeather.net – a web and social media presence that exists to inform citizens about Mid-South weather patterns and keep them safe during adverse weather conditions.
Hometown: Bartlett, TN
I love Memphis weather because: there is so much variation. It gives me a chance to sharpen my forecasting skills and experience many different weather regimes all without leaving town!
When I’m not working, I: am spending time with my family (beautiful wife of 14 years and two fun-loving elementary-age daughters), participating in church activities, and learning through reading and observing.
In the future, I hope that Memphis: is able to see past it’s perceived divisions and unify more often, not just in times of great need or elation. I also hope that one day many more people around the globe will see Memphis as a world-class city.
My favorite Memphian is: Fred Smith, for having the the vision and tenacity to start and grow what has become the largest employer in the region, the economic bellwether of our nation, and the #1 air express cargo company in the world.
It’s important that: people take weather safety seriously. We get enough bad weather (of all types) that Memphians become immune to it and don’t take the proper precautions when it becomes necessary.
My favorite season is: fall. Though it’s entirely too short, I love the moderate climate in the fall, the leaves changing, and the fact that the pollen is lower than in the spring.
The best way to spend a thunderstorm is: sitting on my screened patio, watching the lightning and listening to the thunder rumble and the rain on the roof. Though these days I am more often in front of the radar, computer models, and HootSuite, keeping thousands of Memphians informed.
My favorite breakfast spot is: on my patio, especially on a crisp spring or fall morning.
I love Memphis because: it’s home. My wonderful extended family is here, the weather is great (except for really hot summer days!), and there is a lot for families to do.