What 50 years of data from a backyard weather station can teach us about climate change

A short film from Local Motives introduces a Virginia weather buff and what he has learned from collecting weather data.

Van on the Blue Ridge Parkway

 Local Motives organizers drive their van through a Virginia stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway back in June 2018. Photo: Courtesy of Cody Pfister.

On the first leg of their climate documentary road-trip, Local Motives duo Nate Murray and Cody Pfister traveled to the mountains of Virginia to meet a man who has been collecting weather data for over 50 years. Julian Kesterson, who has lived in a valley in the Blue Ridge Mountains since he was a child, began collecting weather data as a hobby, and now the data he collects is used by the National Weather Service. Find out what he has learned, and what it says about the future of Virginia’s climate in this Local Motives short film.

Watch: https://youtu.be/HMousodYWNA 

Samantha Harrington, June 2021