5 Questions with Ed Quinn: Childhood fascination leads to an avocation

chwilliams@ledger-enquirer.comFebruary 2, 2014 

ROBIN TRIMARCHI/rtrimarchi@ledger-enquirer.comEd Quinn is an amateur weather buff who watches the skies from Cataula, Ga.

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Where did your fascination for weather start?

Like many in the field of weather -- professionally or like myself -- my fascination with weather began at an early age. As a child, I was deathly afraid of thunder and would freak out at the sound. My father finally stood with me, and convinced me, that thunder wouldn't hurt you. He left out the part about lightning -- haha.

You have an active Twitter account where you have posted more than 26,000 mostly weather-related tweets. You don't earn your living in the weather business, right?

Correct. I do not earn any money, or my living, from what I do on social media. It would be nice to be paid for doing something you love to do. Saving one life means more at this time. You can't put a price on life.

So, this is just a hobby?

Some might call it a hobby. I would, if I didn't spend almost every minute of free time scouring the Internet for weather information. It's a passion, so I really can't call it a job. Sometimes the work load is hectic when storms are coming. The payoff is when everyone makes it through the storm.

Why do we over react to the threat of snow in Georgia and Alabama?

Perfect timing for this question. ... I think the main reason for over reaction is due to being in areas that don't receive snow on a regular basis. I believe another reason is many folks are unprepared and the last-minute rush for bread and milk creates even more panic. It is also of my personal opinion, many are uninformed of the coming storms, whether snow or severe storms.

What is the best-kept secret in the Chattahoochee Valley?

I bet there are many. Here's one I bet no one knows. My Grandfather George (Tommy) Hutchins was the warden of the Old Columbus Stockade from 1944-59. Another best kept secret, whenever storms are forecast to impact the local area, I'm watching out for everyone.

BIO

Name: Edward Quinn

Age: 52

Job: Formerly worked in construction industry. Now a handyman/weather forecaster

Hometown: Columbus

Current home: Cataula

Family: Single

Education: High school/Columbus Tech (did not graduate)

Favorite book: "Future Shock" by Alvin Toffler

Favorite movie: "Twister"

Favorite restaurant: I don't eat out

Favorite quote: "I'll be back" by Arnold Schwarzenegger

Best concert attended: Toss-up, Rush or Blue Oyster Cult. Both in the '70's at the old Municipal Auditorium

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