I'm Dennis, the guy who writes the awesome stuff that graces the front page of this site. I'm a 20-something college student who enjoys ranting about weather, politics, and people who walk side-by-side up flights of stairs. I also have a slightly unhealthy obsession with taking pictures of stuff, so that goes pretty well together with weather. Don't worry too much about the politics. The only time I'll write about politics on State of the Skies is when weather and politics cross paths (which isn't too often).
I've completed the requirements to receive a minor in meteorology from a university in the southern United States, so I'm qualified to forecast the weather with a respectable degree of accuracy. Just don't ask me to explain the detailed mathematical processes behind the different features or you'll get an awkward pause and a link to corgi videos on YouTube.
I started writing blog posts in earnest when I joined the political website DailyKos in late 2009. Since then, over 60% of my few hundred posts on the site have been about the weather, and I've amassed quite the audience over there (did I mention how humble I am?). Some of the stuff I'll write for State of the Skies will be cross-posted to DailyKos, but a good portion of it will be exclusive to this site.
The original "State of the Skies" website was hosted on Soapblox, and was a collaborative blogging site much like DailyKos or Huffington Post. The only difference between my site and those mentioned is that my site was a total and complete failure. It had activity for about 2 weeks, after which it died a slow and painful virtual death. After the hosting expired in April 2012, I converted an old Blogspot blog of mine (which also miserably failed) to the site you see now, and transferred the URL.
If you were wondering...the name "State of the Skies" comes from my fondness of politics, and the "State of the Union" address the President gives every January to brief Congress on the issues he/she wants taken care of in the upcoming year.
I'll try to post weather information (forecasts, interesting tidbits, pseudo case studies, etc.) once or twice a day, but probably more if we're in an active weather pattern.
You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, and reach me via email using the "Get in Touch" box over on the right-hand side of the website. Hate mail, love letters, money offers, and raving compliments are accepted.