Weather Analysis & Blogging
Had Lei realized the depth of his interest in meteorology, he probably have gone and gotten a PhD in Atmospheric Science instead of a liberal arts degree. As it stands, Lei is a card carrying member of the SKYWARN® volunteer program, which operates with nearly 290,000 trained severe weather spotters. As a trained spotter, Lei provides timely and accurate reports of severe weather to our local National Weather Service forecast office. He took this training to another level by reading an introduction to meteorology textbook in his spare time.
Lei maintains a weather blog that provides weather updates specifically for New York City and the surrounding area. He checks various sources of weather forecasting information including consulting weather forecasting models such as the Global Forecast System (GFS). He attempts to write about the subject in an informed manner that helps people understand not just what to expect in tangible weather, but also what the basic causes for those sensible effects are. If you have a question about how weather might impact an upcoming event you’re planning, just ask him!
Also, get your local weather conditions using this simple weather app built by Lei (data source: http://openweathermap.org/).
Lei has native-level fluency in Mandarin Chinese. He’s also a proficient English-Chinese translator. His translations have been widely used by The Fresh Air Fund in its outreach campaign to Chinese communities across New York City. Lei enjoys practicing the art of Chinese calligraphy, often meshing characters with illustrations (the banner at the top of this site is an original illustration by Lei). These samples include professional work done for The Fresh Air Fund, as well as an academic research project.