E-mail to Roger

E-mail to Roger

PLEASE READ BEFORE SENDING E-MAIL.

As my closest friends know, I love talking about severe weather, photography, sports (especially the Cowboys), geology, fishing, anything about Dallas or south Florida, and all my other interests. But I sometimes get more e-mail than I can answer in a reasonable time.

I have received a lot of e-mail from folks wanting answers to the same basic questions about tornadoes, storm chasing, or photography. Many messages come from students doing school assignments on a deadline. While I appreciate all the good words and interest, my busy work and family life means I often do not have time to answer each e-mail promptly or in good detail. I work rotating shifts and have a different work and sleep schedule each week. Sometimes I may not check my e-mail for a few days...other times, 3 times in one day! And if I am on vacation, I'm away from e-mail for longer. So rather than force you to depend on my strange schedule or blow off such messages, I want to direct you to places where I, or someone else, has already answered many such questions. So check out these resources:

  1. If you have questions about tornadoes, my Online Tornado FAQ at SPC is the place to start. Just about any answer I could give you on tornadoes is already mentioned there; and the FAQ has some great storm spotting and chasing links.

  2. If you want to know about storm chasing, the best place to go is the Online Storm Chasing FAQ , which I co-author with Tim Vasquez. It has tons of information and links on storm chasing.

  3. If you want to interview me about being a storm chaser, here is an interview, already online.

  4. If you want to know about techniques for lightning photography, Chuck Doswell has already posted a great lightning photography tips page containing basically the same answers as those I would give.

If you want to send e-mail to me at home or at work, please be clear, specific and concise, and make a sincere effort to write well. I will not reply to messages full of sloppy English: bad spelling and usage, all capital letters, no capital letters, no punctuation, etc. or incoherent gibberish. It's not that hard to extend the courtesy of good communication. I don't demand that you write like a letters professor; however, I have no motivation at all to try to decipher messages which are badly written. [Such messages may also end up online for the whole world to see, in my list of dumbest e-mails received!] And please turn off that "CAPS LOCK" key before sending an e-mail to anyone, anywhere. Messages in all-caps are loud and annoying, and for that reason are generally considered bad Internet "Netiquette."

If you have specific comments or questions about one of the SkyPix photos, editorials, the Storm Chasing FAQ or anything else on my personal website, please write to my personal e-mail at . [Retype the text from that image into your mailer. I do it this way to reduce spam for you and me.]

If you are inquiring about severe weather forecasting, professional meteorology, the Storm Prediction Center, or something unavailable from anywhere in the SPC Tornado FAQ, e-mail me at work: . [Again, please retype the text from that image into your mailer.]

Thanks for reading, and for helping me to stay organized! :-)

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