Parker Weather Service
Our History
Parker Weather Service was founded by John W. Parker.  Johnny is a young man with cerebral palsy who has worked to overcome many challenges in his life. Although he faces many obstacles each day as a result of his condition, his dedication, work ethic and perseverance have allowed him to dream big and work to help others through his love of weather.

On this page Johnny shares a little about himself as well as his personal weather experience of losing his own home during the April 2011 tornado super outbreak.

Johnny is currently the "Weatherman in Residence" for the Regional Rehabilitation Center in Tupelo, MS.  To check out Johnny's blog and find out more about how this agency is serving those with physical disabilities click here.  

While completing his degree in Operational Meteorology, Johnny currently works as an intern for ZoomRadar.com. His daily blog is also posted at weatherunderground. And see our Weather Tools page to follow Johnny on Twitter.

To find out more about Johnny and his family, visit these sites from our local newspaper, the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, and Southern Living Magazine.
A Bit About Myself....by Johnny Parker

My weather "career" began when I was about 4 or 5 years old. I was in first grade and a bad storm came through one night. Of course, at the time, I had no idea what storms were or how they formed. I heard lightning, thunder, heavy rain, and wind that night. The next morning, I got up and was getting ready for school when my mom told us to come outside. Our big apple tree had fallen over and had nearly hit the side of our house. I was fascinated by the power that could topple a tree.  At that moment, I knew what my job was going to be and that was a meteorologist.

I soon began watching The Weather Channel and our local television station, WTVA, out of Tupelo, MS. I met WTVA’s former chief meteorologist, Dick Rice, when I was about 9 or 10 years old. We talked about weather and Hurricane Andrew. My first weather interest was tracking and watching Hurricanes. I always thought I wanted to be in a hurricane, but obviously that would not be the case, living far inland.

The 2004 and 2005 Hurricane Seasons were both very busy especially the 2005 season. I remember watching The Weather Channel when Wilma, Katrina, Rita, Ivan, and all them hit somewhere on the coast.

In the summer of 2007, I  got two books on Hurricanes from our local library. As I was sitting there, a question came to mind. Was there somewhere that had a list of every single storm in each basin? So, I went and asked my mom. She found some information for me on Wikipedia. After researching many website and books, I found a full list of tropical seasons with some dating back to before 1492 in the Atlantic, Eastern Pacific, Western Pacific, North Indian Ocean, and Southern Hemisphere.

From there, I started creating my own "Hurricane Book". This includes the storms of each basin and the years that they were formed. I completed the historical research on this in 2008 and now I am able to keep it current.

In 2008, I also became a member of the CoCoRahs (Community of Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network) and a trained weather spotter for the National Weather Service.

Early in 2010, I was sitting at my computer, thinking of ways  to get my forecast out to people. I had my cell phone with me and that’s when the idea came to mind....starting a daily weather text. At first, I did not think it would work out, but it has worked out better than I had expected. I started out with 32 and it grew from there. It grew so much that I had to start doing weather emails. I started out with only 6 people and it grew, too. I came up with “Master Meteorologist” as my weather name for my texts and emails. This combined my love for the weather with my love of all things Star Wars (Master Jedi).

On Christmas Day 2010, parts of the South had a rare white Christmas. I was so excited because I had predicted it the night before. There was another major winter storm inJanuary 2011 that brought 6+ inches of snow for the South. Both were very rare to see across the South, so I enjoyed it.

In January 2011, I began a weather blog at weatherunderground.com.


My Personal Tornado Experience...April 2011


Although many major storms had broken out in our area in March 2011, it was April that brought our severe weather/tornado season into full force.

April 27th, 2011, was extremely devastating across the South. On that day, my hometown, Smithville, MS,  got hit by an EF-5 tornado. My family and I survived without a single scratch, but our home was destroyed.

Since April 27th, 2011, I have moved into a new house and have been fortunate to have met several famous meteorologists and storm chasers, including Sean Casey and the crew of Storm Chasers, as pictured to the left. I have met people from the National Weather Service in Memphis, Birmingham, and Kansas, meteorologist Bill Murray from Birmingham, Dr. Laura Myers and Research Assistant Ashley Loftin from Mississippi State University, people from MEMA and FEMA, and, best of all, Jim Cantore from The Weather Channel.

Since April 27th, requests for my daily weather text and emails has increased dramatically. One of my goals since this outbreak is to get as many people on my weather text/emails as possible.

I have been working harder than ever at my forecasts and have added many new weather websites and weather software to my daily weather studies. This includes: SimuAwips, Weather Defender, and GRlevelx 2 Analyst.
I feel more prepared now than ever before and as a result, I hope to help others be more prepared as well. 

My daily routine begins at 5:00 a.m., updating my forecasts and alerting my text and email subscribers . I hope that an outbreak like April 27th does not happen again in my lifetime, but there will always be a possibility.
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