Who Is Crown Weather Services? Let Me Tell You About Myself
Let me introduce myself. My name is Rob Lightbown, I am the owner, weather forecaster, cook and bottle washer of Crown Weather Services.
Let Me Tell You A Little About Myself:
I have always loved studying the weather. I was watching thunderstorms with fascination at the age of 4. During elementary and middle school, I used to hand draw my own weather maps and present the daily weather to my class. I was the kid always staring out the window looking at the weather. In fact, you’ll still find me doing this same thing on most days.
My professional weather forecasting career began right after I graduated High School in 1992. For a little over 3 years, I was a student intern with the National Weather Service in Caribou, Maine. In that position, I learned how to analyze weather patterns, write a daily weather forecast, observe every day weather conditions and present those findings to individuals, including pilots, farmers and anyone else who needed weather information.
In the Winter of 1994, I formed Crown Weather Services. Crown Weather Services tracks and forecasts tropical storm and hurricane activity across the Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. I have been forecasting tropical storms and hurricanes for over 25 years and have covered important hurricanes, including Opal (1995), Fran (1996), Floyd (1999), Katrina & Rita (2005), Ike (2008), Irene (2011), Sandy (2012), Irma & Maria (2017), Michael (2018) & Dorian (2019).
Why Did I Start Crown Weather Services?
The idea of Crown Weather Services was from a phone call I took while I was a National Weather Service student intern. I received this phone while Hurricane Andrew was tearing apart extreme South Florida. The caller was worried about a relative of hers in Fort Lauderdale as she was not able to get ahold of her & the news sounded so bad. I reassured her that the Fort Lauderdale area was outside of the core of the eyewall & likely was okay.
I wanted to take this experience of reassuring someone that couldn’t get very localized weather information about a hurricane into something useful.
So, I officially started Crown Weather Services in January of 1994 with a goal to use all of my weather forecasting experience and provide accurate, timely and honest weather forecasts for tropical storms and hurricanes.
My philosophy with forecasting the weather is simple. Integrity, honesty, clarity and accountability is everything to me. I work hard to deliver weather information that is simple and easy to understand, without the hype and noise that comes from many forms of media. If a forecast is wrong, I hold myself accountable for that. I have very high levels of standard in what I do.
I strongly believe that you deserve a forecast that explains potential outcomes, in order to protect the lives of people and property. My commitment with you, the Crown Weather Services reader, is to provide a top notch, value added weather service, that meets or exceeds your expectations.
Finally, know that Crown Weather Services is personal, dedicated and experienced. I am not a giant weather corporation; just the opposite, I am just one person (me) giving you weather information that is valuable and potentially life saving.