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It’s as local as local weather can get

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By John Foster

When you meet Allen Brown, something rings in your head asking, “Where have I heard this voice before?”

Well, if you’ve flown Delta recently, it’s his voice soothingly and sincerely guiding you through James Taylor. If you happen to fly on Air Force One, then you know the warm, rich voice.

Maybe you’ve heard it on a late night infomercial or telling you what a relief it is to take Alka-Seltzer, but you probably know that.

Maybe more likely you heard it on WAVE radio in the 1970s and 1980s, before his voice-over business.

It was there Brown cultivated his interest in weather recording, spending time with the likes of John Belski and Tom Wills.

Four years ago at Christmas, Brown’s wife got him a weather recording station. 

Now Brown broadcasts up-to- the-second weather data online at www.oldhamcountyweather.com.

In the last two years, he’s had more than 147,000 hits.

It not only shows temperature, humidity and wind speed. 

The site displays dew point, heat index, wind direction, UV index, evapotranspiration, raw barometer, comfort level, wind run...

And for those living near Brown’s house in the Sycamore Run subdivision near Westport, this is about as local as local weather can get.

That local weather can certainly vary from the recordings in downtown Louisville. His house sits about 300 feet higher than downtown and about 15 miles north.

That can make a 

difference.

As a random snapshot of the differences, at midnight Tuesday, the temperature at Brown’s house was 18.3 degrees, 74 percent humidity with a barometer reading of 33.81.

In Louisville, the temperature was 21 degrees with 68 percent humidity and a barometer reading of 29.88.

The differences can be more pronounced, as Brown noticed during years of battling his way to his downtown job only to have to convince his boss that there really was ice and snow in Oldham County.

Surprisingly, Brown’s not at all interested in forecasting the weather. 

He prefers to leave that to his friend John Belski. 

While he doesn’t always get it right, Belski does a good job with the tricky Ohio Valley weather, Brown said.

What really fascinates Brown about the site is something more cerebral. 

He likes the concept of remote sensing. 

Without risk of lightning strike or frostbite, an instrument tells him the temperature or how many lightning strikes have hit the region in the last hour.

“I love that idea,” he said.

E-mail us about this story at: jfoster@oldhamera.com