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If you frequent Woolworths for your groceries, keep an eye out for my Anthony’s beaut strawberries under the brand of Goldenvale Strawberries, from Victoria. Anthony is an interesting bloke. Like most farmer’s – and like me – Anthony is pretty obsessed by the weather. So much so that he started another business called A.V. Weather which predicts the weather! A mate from Victoria got me on to the service and I tell you what — he doesn’t get it wrong! I thought it would be great to touch base with Anthony and see what spurred on his love for the weather. Have you come across A.V. Weather before, mate?

WHAT DO YOU DO?

I farm strawberries and predict the weather.

WHO FARMS WITH YOU?

It’s a family business. I farm with my parents and my younger brother.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB?

The flexibility. Working for yourself allows you to be flexible around the family and their needs with working hours.

WHAT IS HAPPENING ON YOUR FARM AT THE MOMENT?

The strawberries are in full swing now, and we are now preparing the ground for our summer crops that will be planted in January.

HOW DID YOUR INTEREST IN THE WEATHER BEGIN?

I loved thunderstorms as a child and it grew form there.

HOW DID YOU LEARN HOW TO PREDICT THE WEATHER?

I became good at predicting the weather by reading as much as I could, and also by watching the weather on the news — Rob Gell and David Brown were both professional forecasters and I learnt a lot from watching them.

WHAT TOOLS DO YOU USE TO PREDICT THE WEATHER?

I use computer models as a guide. The rest is experience and the use of analog weather routines, using the last 130 years as a guide.

HOW FAR OUT DO YOU LIKE TO PREDICT THE WEATHER AND WHY?

I currently have a 4 week and 5 month forecast for my clients. It’s extremely important because my clients can make good decisions about what crops to plant and when based on my forecasts.

WHAT IS YOUR ACCURACY RATE?

My accuracy rate is very good. In fact, most of the climate models had a winter drought this year, where as I forecasted a wet winter and spring which did happen.

IF YOU COULD TELL A KIDDIE ONE UNIQUE THING ABOUT WHAT YOU DO WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Hard work is the secret. Anyone can achieve anything they desire if they put the work in. You can only be rewarded with effort – I was taught this at a young age and was working from the age of 10 before and after school on the farm!
Visit www.avweather.net for more information. This post was not sponsored.

 

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