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Email:  aerograph@navalweather.org

Editor: AG1 Steven "Smitty" Smith, USN RET

Email: aerograph@navalweather.org

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As always, Ihopethis finds youand yourloved onessafe anddoing well, especially duringthesedifficultand challenging
times.Undoubtedly, the speed at which events havechanged life as we know it,not only here in America,butall around the world,has beenliterallybreathtakingandwill no doubt lead to much discussion atreunion #46.
Source: Aerograph May 2021

Greetings everybody, it’s been a beautiful spring here in west central Texas and I hope the same for you in your neck of the woods. I suppose millions of folks from the Dakotas through the Lone Star state were most happy to see spring’s arrival after experiencing an historical Arctic outbreak back in February. According to preliminary data from NOAA, there were 9,027 daily (for a particular calendar day) cold records tied or set during the February 7-20 time frame. These include both daily cold high and low
temperatures from locations with at least a 30-year history. Leading the way was Bottineau, North Dakota near the Canadian border, which recorded an air temperature - not wind chill - of minus 51 degrees on Feb. 13, toppling their previous all-time low of minus 50 degrees which had stood for 128 years, since Benjamin Harrison was finishing up his term as President in 1893.

On a different note, Captain Al Atwell gave me a call shortly after reading the February issue. He served with Doc and Dot many years ago and they were very good friends. He was delighted to hear Dot was still alive and with the assistance of Dot’s family, was able to speak with her briefly on the phone. How terrific is that?

To date, Hampton Roads, Lone Star and Pensacola Chapters have submitted advertisements and contributions to be used in publishing a Reunion #46 booklet keepsake for all attendees. In addition, all members will be able to view the booklet on the NWSA website. Any other chapters who would like to contribute please contact me or Reunion Chair, Jim Romano, for further information

As has been my good fortune, members continue to aid my endeavors in bringing you, what I sincerely hope, is a most enjoyable publication!

Monday, 26 July 2021 is the cut-off date
 for the August issue of The Aerograph
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EDITOR’S CLOSING THOUGHTS


Recently I had a relatively short but intense bout of the flu. Thankfully, I am not prone to illness and when I do go under the weather, it’s usually for brief periods of time. Nevertheless, it’s during these times when I get to reflect and meditate upon my many blessings. Now and then, I can’t help but marvel at the spectrum of life’s experiences we all encounter and how wonderfully they complement each other. For example, how could we know happiness if we never felt sad? If we were never sick would we truly appreciate our health? If there were no seasons wouldn’t we miss the beauty of spring, warmth of summer, majestic autumn colors and blessed solitude of winter? If we didn’t experience heartbreak, how would we know joy? If we never experienced separation from those we loved, how would we know the sweetness of a homecoming? And on it goes.

It seems to me, this roller coaster of experiences and emotions are both a blessing and a reminder. A
blessing, because life without them would be dull, empty, and void of meaning. A reminder, because it helps me stay humble, to not take things for granted, and to always be grateful for God’s bountiful blessings.


So until next issue my friends, may you and your families stay safe and well. And to all you wonderful mothers and grandmothers, I hope you have/had a beautiful Mother’s Day surrounded by those you love. Thank you for all you’ve done and all you continue to do each and every day!

The Editor




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Source: Aerograph February 2021

As always, I hope this finds you and your loved ones safe and doing well, especially during these difficult and challenging times. Undoubtedly, the speed at which events have changed life as we know it, not only here in America, but all around the world, has been literally breathtaking and will no doubt lead to much discussion at reunion #46.

 

Until then however, what do you say we tune out the noise of the world, put everything aside and escape for a while? This issue contains a grand assortment of literary features surely to inform, entertain and dare I say, tug at your heart strings. Not only is there a terrific follow-up to “The Christmas Story” from last November’s issue, there’s another great article featuring the Greatest Generation. Only this time, it’s a love story. And I’d be remiss not to thank everyone who contributed with my heartfelt appreciation. Well done!

EDITOR’S SIGN OFF

I can think of no better way to close out this issue than to share a short story from one of our members.

 

A TRUE STORY

As any father would do, I started to paint a small bathroom in a new house my daughter recently purchased. I was finishing up the top part of the wall making the line between the wall and ceiling line up perfectly. All of a sudden I felt myself falling backward and was unable to stop. Standing on the top rung of a five and a half foot ladder seems small, but when falling, it feels like Mt. Everest! Luckily, I was coming down in a small area and hit everything, on all sides [which helped break my fall somewhat]. I wound up with a very sore left elbow, a right leg I couldn't move, a cut right forearm, a badly bruised and purple palm and fingers of my right hand, and a badly bruised right shoulder. After all this, I can truthfully say I'm a great painter. Not one drop of paint hit the floor.  End of true story.

Submitted by HRC member Jack Salvato with the following from HRC President Fay Crossley:

 

Please keep Jack in your thoughts and prayers and maybe send him a card with suggestions about keeping off ladders.....

 

Jack Salvato

2765 Einstein Dr. 

Virginia Beach, VA. 23456

Thank you for sharing Jack. I’m sure I’m speaking for all members when I say Godspeed in your recovery and all the best regarding the other health issues you are dealing with. We will definitely keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Please do us all a huge favor though, no more ladders!

 

So until next issue my friends, may God’s wonderful blessings of peace, joy and love be with you and those you love.

 

The Editor


                       The CUT-OFF date will be Monday, 26 April 2021 for the May                                                         issue of The Aerograph.



Source: Aerograph November 2020

I pray this finds you and your loved ones doing exceptionally well and hope your communities have returned to some degree of pre-COVID normalcy.
Here in Abilene, Texas, most schools have reopened to in person learning, truly a blessing for both parents and children. In similar fashion, most businesses are open and many restaurants and coffee shops have returned to dine-in service. These are all welcomed developments necessary for a well-functioning society. And for that, we are very grateful.
In this issue you will find a potpourri of news, information and humor, hopefully, some to your liking. As usual, there are a number of great articles from membership. However, one in particular is perfectly timed for the approaching holiday season. There will be no mistaking it, just be sure and have a box of tissue handy. Enjoy!
I pray this finds you and your loved ones doing exceptionally well and hope your communities have returned to some degree of  pre-COVID normalcy.

Here in Abilene, Texas, most schools have reopened to in person learning, truly a blessing for both parents and children. In similar fashion, most businesses are open and many restaurants and coffee shops have returned to dine-in service. These are all welcomed developments necessary for a well-functioning society. And for that, we are very grateful.
pre-COVID normalcy.
Here in Abilene,Texas,most schools have reopened toin person learning,trulya blessingforbothparents andchildren.In similar fashion,mostbusinessesareopenand many restaurants and coffee shops have returned todine-in service.These are all welcomed developmentsnecessary forawell-functioningsociety. And for that,weare very grateful.

pre-COVID normalcy.
Here in Abilene,Texas,most schools have reopened toin person learning,trulya blessingforbothparents andchildren.In similar fashion,mostbusinessesareopenand many restaurants and coffee shops have returned todine-in service.These are all welcomed developmentsnecessary forawell-functioningsociety. And for that,weare very grateful.
In this issue you will find a potpourri of news, information and humor, hopefully, some to your liking. As usual, there are a number of great articles from membership. However, one in particular is perfectly timed for the approaching holiday season. There will be no mistaking it, just be sure and have a box of tissue handy. Enjoy!

I pray this finds you and your loved ones doing exceptionally well and hope your communities have returned to some degree of pre-COVID normalcy.
Here in Abilene, Texas, most schools have reopened to in person learning, truly a blessing for both parents and children. In similar fashion, most businesses are open and many restaurants and coffee shops have returned to dine-in service. These are all welcomed developments necessary for a well-functioning society. And for that, we are very grateful.
In this issue you will find a potpourri of news, information and humor, hopefully, some to your liking. As usual, there are a number of great articles from membership. However, one in particular is perfectly timed for the approaching holiday season. There will be no mistaking it, just be sure and have a box of tissue handy. Enjoy!
EDITOR’S CLOSINGTHOUGHTS
It has always fascinated me how our lives, especially forthose of us who live long full ones, resemble theseasons. Sometimes I can’t help but imagine thatGod,through hismarvelous plan of grace, mercy, love andredemption,made it that wayfora reason.Spring-abeautiful time of new birth and unbridled excitementinwhichtime seems endless.Summer-soft, warm,fragrant and full of youthful energy when relationships
EDITOR’S CLOSINGTHOUGHTS
It has always fascinated me how our lives, especially forthose of us who live long full ones, resemble theseasons. Sometimes I can’t help but imagine thatGod,through hismarvelous plan of grace, mercy, love andredemption,made it that wayfora reason.Spring-abeautiful time of new birth and unbridled excitementinwhichtime seems endless.Summer-soft, warm,fragrant and full of youthful energy when relationships
EDITOR’S CLOSING THOUGHTS

It has always fascinated me how our lives, especially for those of us who live long full ones, resemble the seasons. Sometimes I can’t help but imagine that God, through his marvelous plan of grace, mercy, love and redemption, made it that way for a reason. Spring-a beautiful time of new birth and unbridled excitement in which time seems endless. Summer-soft, warm, fragrant and full of youthful energy when relationships are formed, families and careers launched, and all the hopes and dreams of generations to come are just beginning. Autumn-a peaceful time caught between looking forward and looking back. When things start to slow down a bit and a greater appreciation for life begins to emerge. And finally winter-a time of quiet beauty tor eflect and fully appreciate how we’ve been so tremendously blessed by our Creator.

So in this holiday season, no matter what season of life you're in, take time to enjoy it. Our lives are full of wonderful blessings every day, we just have to take a little time and notice. Thank you Russell and Lorraine for reminding us, and thank you Heavenly Father for loving us so very much.  

           The CUT-OFF date will be Monday, 27 January 2021 for the February                                                         issue of The Aerograph.
So this holiday season, no matter what season of lifeyou’re in, take timetoenjoy it.Our lives are full ofwonderful blessings every day, we just have to takealittletime and notice.Thank you Russell and Lorraineforreminding us, and thank you Heavenly Fatherfor loving
us so very much.
So this holiday season, no matter what season of lifeyou’re in, take timetoenjoy it.Our lives are full ofwonderful blessings every day, we just have to takealittletime and notice.Thank you Russell and Lorraineforreminding us, and thank you Heavenly Fatherfor loving
us so very much.





Source: Aerograph August  2020

First and foremost, I’d like to thank President Romano and the Executive Council for giving me the opportunity to serve as Aerograph Editor. I’d also like to thank the outgoing Editor for a great turnover. Gary, if I can do half the job you did for the last 80 to 90 years, I will indeed consider my tour a success! Seriously though, it’s an honor and privilege to step in for Gary and you can rest assured, I will give you my all. 


To put it mildly, these are challenging and difficult times we are living in. Things are happening so fast it almost makes your head spin. It seems not a day goes by without some event happening making one wonder if the madness is ever going to stop. Is it too late to right the ship? In the words of my friend and former Pastor, Norlyn Kent, “Perhaps God will once again look upon on our nation and preserve it for the sake of His saints. I hope so, because I love this country, though my heart aches over its present condition and course.” So until next time, stay safe, stay strong and keep the faith, because we’re still blessed to live in these United States of America!


CLOSING THOUGHTS

Autumn is without a doubt my favorite season! It silently slipped by last year and there for a while, my thoughts wandered west towards California and the magnificent Eastern Sierras. In Octobers past you’d find me hiking the trails of Lundy Canyon, Lake Sabrina, North Lake, June Lake Loop, Parker and Convict Lakes, just to name a few. Trails on which my spirits soared like an eagle and my thoughts and meditation were just between me and God, where breathing in the sweet scent of pine in the brisk mountain air was delightfully intoxicating and the only sounds to be heard were the gentle whispering of the wind, a distant waterfall, a pine cone falling to the ground from a towering Redwood or sometimes, when I was very lucky, the piercing sound of a Red-tailed Hawk as it soared high overhead searching for prey. And then there were times when the only sound was that of silence, when that still small voice seemed to be beckoning. It was during those times when tears of joy flowed easily as I beheld just a glimpse of God’s majesty!


God’s countless blessings occur every day, we just have to take time and notice. They can take on many forms; a baby’s laughter, a beautiful sunrise or sunset, our health, gathering with family and friends over the holidays or just a quiet peaceful moment reflecting on everything that is truly good in our life. Noticing is the first part, but we must also thank Him with a grateful and joyous heart, even during the difficult times. Perhaps, like many of you, that’s something I strive to do every day, some days better than others. So won’t you join me? Just close your eyes and say, Thank you Lord for this beautiful day and your many blessings, amen. Wow, I feel so much better! And it is my prayer, you do also.



The CUT-OFF date will be Monday, 27 January 2021 for the February issue of The Aerograph.


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