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Weather is a Passion for America's Wittiest Weatherman

Elliot Abrams bought his house for the view outside the back windows.

It's a nice enough view - all green grass (or snow, lately), distant shrubbery and sky as far as the eye can see.

But video cameras stand on tripods ready to record the action, as if a chorus line of celebrities might at any time tap-dance across the horizon.

Instead, Abrams is looking for littler things. He documents the drama that unfolds in the sky whenever the wind picks up, the clouds collect or the snowflakes start swirling. Even sunny skies that do nothing more than darken as dusk falls can fascinate him.

Such weather worship is a work prerequisite for Abrams, the chief forecaster and senior vice president at AccuWeather.

His folksy voice is the one you hear every morning delivering weather reports on KYW (1060-AM) radio. Now in his fifth decade at AccuWeather, the 66-year-old meteorologist is so well-known to radio listeners that the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia named him to their Hall of Fame in 2009.

But for Abrams, the weather has always been as much a personal passion as a career choice.

At restaurants, he doodles isobars and maps on the paper place mats. On trips, if the weather sours, he hurries to hit the road home - not to dodge danger, but to participate in the forecasting. In his spare time, he studies past weather and its effects on historic events; he'll soon talk to grandson Jacob's fifth-grade class about how icy weather helped American troops defeat the British during the Revolutionary War battles of Trenton and Princeton.

And those videos of the skies over his back yard? He has dozens stored on his computer, many of which he's accelerated like cinematic bursts of applause for Mother Nature's grandeur. Sometimes, he'll post them on AccuWeather's website or his social-media profiles. Just as often, he just keeps them to himself.

He never tires of the weather.

Read the full article from Philly.com here...

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