Brian Wilson | weather, real estate, OUTDOORS

Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite, CA

"Cutoff Low, Weatherman's WOe."

Southern California born and raised, this was one of many colloquialisms that stuck with me from an early age. The much-loved Dr. George Fischbeck shared his passion for meteorology with millions of ABC7 news viewers throughout Los Angeles during the 70's and 80's. His excitement fueled the start of my own love affair with science, and began my lengthy self discovery into the subject of the atmospheric sciences.

Holiday gift lists for more and more meteorology books gradually were supplemented with more technology, as my Radio Shack weather radio suddenly ended my reliance on the evening news for my daily weather fix. Family boating trips to nearby Catalina Island were heavily influenced by marine weather radio reports that became a crucial part of planning our "28 miles across the sea" adventures. Years later, the internet would place the world of real-time global weather right at my fingertips.

Early adulthood expanded my interest in the skies, as my fascination with the interplay between the topography of Southern California and its weather filled many of my studies for years. I was obsessed with understanding why the fickle Santa Ana Winds would blow their torrid gusts at some cities and completely avoid others. There were answers to these questions and many many others I investigated, and I enjoyed studying these all along the way.

My love of maps also began around this time. Thomas Brothers Maps were released every year, documenting the incredible growth of cities across suburban Los Angeles. I was dubbed the "walking Thomas Guide", since all my friends knew to simply "call Brian" if they needed help navigating somewhere. I studied maps for years, and also watched open hills and valleys quickly develop into new neighborhoods throughout Southern California. Believe it or not, I looked forward to the updated annual releases of these map books, as I became fascinated with the transformation occurring around me.

Adulthood allowed a further progression of this obsession with meteorology, geography, and urban planning. Art allowed another avenue into the creative investigation of the landscape. Most of my paintings were heavily influenced by all of these subjects, allowing a playful approach toward the rigid structure that these subjects typically command. Art allowed my mind to expand around these things.

Finally, how we reside among the elements is something I have been curiously intrigued with all of my life. A career in real estate has allowed me to experience the interplay of science and business, and in some curious way, to bridge many of my interests into a single career. Weather, location, architecture and geography all are integral factors to the real estate industry, and I have the unique opportunity to blend all of those passions into a personalized approach to my business.

As for my blog here at The Palm Springs Haboob, I hope you enjoy my approach to sharing our local weather with you all.