Anyone heard of this outfit?

I was using the new Microsoft search engine today, typed in the name of my favorite OCM, Marny Stanier...

And came up with this: http://www.aloofhosting.com/stormeyes/

Now I know that Marny's at loose ends since TWC let her go--but this has an odor to it. First, I don't think she has PhD, second, I can't imagine her pulling up her hubby and his job, not to mention their kids just to move to Wisconsin, LOL...

This company's legal page looks like Faidley's lawyer helped them out--and the rest of the site has the look-and-feel of the raft of fly-by-night storm chase tours we all know and love.

Here's the staff page--anyone heard of these people? Are their ID's being hijacked? http://www.aloofhosting.com/stormeyes/staff.htm

TIA!
 
That is strange... If they were trying to be really legit, I don't understand why they don't get their own domain name - Doesn't cost all that much, and with all of those PhD's around, you would think there would be some money in that effort (at least $9/month, LOL).
 
And you would think they would get permission to use the pictures they have. One is mine, and I see one of Mike Hollingsheads pics as well as one of my brothers pictures.
 
Looks like I have another ranty email to write to a webmaster...after that storm safari one I wrote last week. I'll see if I feel up to it...
 
I have seen the name of Randy Groom over the years
associated with a weather web site, that always seem
to focus on severe weather in Central Wisconsin, being
centered on the Portage County and Stevens Point WI.

I always got the impression over the years, when I happen
to stumble onto the site, whoever was in charge of the web
site, was making it sound like a real important office,.


Mole
 
Originally posted by mikegeukes
I have seen the name of Randy Groom over the years
associated with a weather web site, that always seem
to focus on severe weather in Central Wisconsin, being
centered on the Portage County and Stevens Point WI.

I always got the impression over the years, when I happen
to stumble onto the site, whoever was in charge of the web
site, was making it sound like a real important office,.


Mole

Yeah, I have seen that name too... I think he has had many websites such as these. I remember about 7 or 8 years ago, I had a site called Midwest Weather Center, where I did the same thing as Randy is doing (except without all of the PhD's "working" for me, I claimed sole forecast, LOL)... I believe he contacted me a few times, and we exchanged emails. I since ditched the site, since it's no fun when the only person who sees your forecast is you AND your working around a middle school schedule (hey, it was in '97)...
 
Not only did they snake one of H's pics, they took the ST logo pic. This tells me they're not only theives, but lazier-than-hell theives. You'd think a person would at least rummage through the author's own webpage a while and find their loot. This is exactly why I watermark EVERYTHING I put online.
 
Originally posted by Shane Adams
Not only did they snake one of H's pics, they took the ST logo pic. This tells me they're not only theives, but lazier-than-hell theives. You'd think a person would at least rummage through the author's own webpage a while and find their loot. This is exactly why I watermark EVERYTHING I put online.

Yeah, I see Mikes "Storm Track Logo" up there, they removed his copyright information... I think he should shoot them and email...
 
Originally posted by David Draun
or just shoot them, lol.

For some reason, I knew someone was going to say that... As I was typing that, I wrote "I think he should shoot them...." Then I paused, and then completed the post, LOL...
 
lol they claim to have a "Storm Viper IV" radar, but it's just a picture of COD's MKX's radar linked to the NWS's site. :lol:
 
Its probably just some kid messing around don't you think? I remember making websites that were blantly wrong back in the day. In 1996 I posted a picture of a shelf cloud to my website claiming it was funnel, but I was still in middle school at the time (and still under the influence of Twister).

This guy might not even be expecting the public to even notice his webpage. I bet he'd be surprised that a bunch of plains chasers got excited about it. At least he's not trying to get people's money. I didn't see any prices on that site. But he could do without the image stealing.
 
WISCWX/NISL

Here are a couple of "kid's"forecasting websites from the upper Midwest. These guys are both around my age (upper teens).

Alex Lamers of Brookfield, WI makes his own forecasts for the entire state of Wisconsin. He modeled his products off those of the SPC/NWS, but with some interesting modifications. For example, he has five severe storm risk levels instead of three. Also issues the "risk watch", a watch box product, but instead of being for tornadoes or severe thunderstorms, is issued when a convective outlook upgrade is possible. For example, if a slight risk is in effect on the SWODY1, but a portion of it may have to be upgraded to moderate risk if some conditions come together, he will issue a "moderate risk watch" for the area of concern.

http://www.wiscwx.com

The products are outdated because it usually only gets updated prior to or during severe weather events.

Greg Manarik of Lake County, Illinois has a similar website called the Northern Illinois Storm Lab, but he seems to have dropped off the face of the earth. The products were last updated during the tornado outbreak of May 10, 2003. However, the site does have some interesting archived write-ups and SPC products pertaining to past severe weather events in the northern Illinois/southern Wisconsin area.

http://www.nrnilstormlab.com
 
reply to my e-mail that was sent to them...

"It's not that we were not going to
ask, but that things are rather hecktic right now."

RIGHT. You can imagine how hectic the weather is here in the upper midwest states at this time of year.
 
I can't help myself here. This is from the NOTICE! they posted:

"...nor have we tried in vain to impeach anyone"

My first thought was, if they have a perfect record of impeachments, I have a great idea for them!

LOL!!! :D
 
Storm picture thieving is getting so common lately it's going to have to have it's own catagory in the forums soon! :lol: Talk about a hall of shame!
 
Our site has never contained any materials, photos, or the like without first obtaining proper permissions, nor have we tried in vain to impeach anyone. However, a recent discovery by a few people, possible storm chasers, has brought it to my attention that such was the case.

:lol:
They NEVER take anyone's material without permission, but ooops! Guess we do!

Hey, you "possible storm chasers". :D
Too funny.

Judging from Andrew's post at the responses, think someone maybe lurking around ST. :hiding:
 
Andrew:

I must offer my apology for something. In an earlier message you said you liked our site, with so much plagiarism,
well after reflection and such, I may have misjudged you. See, I actually thought you did like our site, when it turns
out that you really don't like it. I thought I was being kind by accepting the fault and correcting it, and you accuse me
of \"plagiarism\"!

I did not ever take a thing from anyone, Jim did that. And I let him go. I think you are wrong to accuse me of doing
something I never did. If you don't like our site, then don't use it anymore, but please cease the accusations without
proof!

$$

I like how he put the two dollar signs at the end of the message....in my 10+ years online I've seen plenty of people go out of their way to emulate the NWS, but this takes the cake........ :sign5:


NNNN
 
I may be wrong, but if memory still works, I think this guy was posting on some AOL wx boards I moderate back in the spring. I went to check the back postings on the board to confirm, but they had already fallen off the time frame they delete them.

If it's the same person, he was posting on there, trying to sound real official and looking to "hire" people to do forecasting etc. I emailed him for fun pretending to be interested, and what I got back then was pretty amusing.

Again, might not be the same person, but it was midwest something, working up in that area. It all seems very familiar. Seems they told me then that they were high school students too.
 
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