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Our "storm meister" is Senior Contributor Steve Faber, who, like many of our members, also happens to live in the "zone." Steve came to study meteorology out of necessity, learning the skills out of an aversion to death and dismemberment -- his own! For years he was a private pilot and understanding weather was a basic survival skill. Ten years ago Steve swapped his pilot's wings for water wings, and purchased Shalane, a 45-ft. sailboat, which he and his wife, Debbie, sail for extended trips around the Caribbean. Steve prefers sailing to flying these days -- when things go wrong it happens a lot slower. But understanding meteorology is just as important, especially when sailing between islands at the height of hurricane season.
A Floridian for six years, Steve has boned up on tropical weather, again as a survival skill; his efforts include maintaining a computerized weather station on the roof of his house in the Upper Florida Keys. Since the National Weather Service has no official weather stations on his island, Steve supplies them and local TV affiliates with data during major storms.