|This is part of my weather report archive. This article was not originally written for AccuWeather.com, where I started blogging in 2005. This article originally appeared as part of a series of "Newspapers" that I produced on paper when I was between 11 and 16 years old.|
FROM THE AUTHOR: I've always enjoyed publishing weather news to the masses, even when it was on paper my audience was only Mom & Dad. This is the first "newspaper" that I wrote in 1985 (at age 11), reporting on the Cold Outbreak of 1985 in the foothills of North Carolina (that's right, the extreme weather spurred me to start publishing). Little did I know, ten years later I would write my first weather report (complete with photos) on the Internet, for the world to see.
The first "front page" was done on a Commodore 64 dot matrix printer. The "Emergency Edition" was printed on an ancient typewriter (yes, one you had to jam the keys down on) -- ironically I must have found this quicker than loading the word processing program (from cassette tape) on to the computer and composing it there.
NOTES: D.E.R./ DOWN_ERE_RES. means "Down 'Ere Restaurant," a fictitious business that I ran when I was 10 years old. Shanberg & Pink Island were designations for certain areas of the 50-acre forest where I lived as a child. WWX & WWXY (Channel 5) were a fictitious radio and television station to which I "broadcast" local news & weather (to cassette tape).
DOWN-ERE-RESTAURANT NEWSPAPER JAN. 21, 1985 NO. 1234146 10¢ SECTION A
SUB-ZERO TEMPERATURES CAUSES CHAOS
WITH A LOW OF -5 IN BOOMER LAST NIGHT THE D.E.R. CATS HAD TO BE TUCKED AWAY TIGHTLY. OTHER PARTS OF WILKES CO. HAD TEMPERATURES AS LOW AS -11. THE COLD TEMPERATURES CAUSED THE FOLLOWING SCHOOLS TO BE CLOSED.
THE FIVE INCHES OF SNOW BOOMER GOT LAST WEEK HAS FROZEN ON THE D.E.R. DRIVEWAY. THE D.E.R. PATHS TO BE OPEN HOWEVER DETOURS WILL BE SET UP SO YOU WON'T HAVE WALK ON THE DRIVE-WAY. PINK ISLAND WILL RE-OPEN FEB. 1. MEAN-WHILE, THE D.E.R. AND ITS BUSINESSES ARE CLOSED. THE D.E.R. WILL RE-OPEN WHEN THE ICE MELTS.
Emergency Edition DOWN-ERE.RES. NEWSPAPER 5¢
These Schools will
be closed again
These schools will be one hour late tomorrow.
Two hours late:
Other information will be passed a-long to you by WWX and WWXY.
For information on the weather,call (9l9) Weather.
For information on weter pipes,cell (919) 921-PIPE.
For information on the D.E.R. woods (paths), call (9l9) 921-3902
For information on the D.E.R.. call (919) DER-1234
JESSE FERRELL WALKED ACROSS THE CREEK
The sub-zero temperatures last night caused the D.E.R. creeks and water - falls to freeze. Jesse went down to Shanberg and practiced breakdancing in the middle of the creek! Most parts of the creeks had 1/4 to 1 inch of ice.However, there were a few rare cases such as Shanberg where there were up to 2-1/2 inches. D.E.R. paths were closed so no one would hurt themselves.
The Down-ere-Restaurant will re-open upon further notice.
Pink Island will re-open upon further notice.
The Down-ere-Res. Paths will re-open upon further notice.
Very Cold, Winds decreasing.
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