|About WeatherXtra - The story so far...
A long, long time ago in a galaxy far away... Well, not so long ago actually, and come to think of it it really is not so far away either!
Firstly, let me introduce myself, I'm David Walker - the founder of WeatherXtra.
I was born in 1973 in Darlington in the north east of England. I currently live in a place called School Aycliffe which is north west of Darlington. I spent most of my life (22 years) living in Middleton St George which is to the south east of Darlington - so for all intense and purposes, I have lived in the Darlington area all my life!
By trade I am an electronics engineer but am currently working for a well known mobile telecommunications company where my day to day tasks involve managing and designing/developing solutions based around web/.net technologies. Anyway that's , enough about me - back to story of WeatherXtra!
I've always had a fascination with the weather, its sheer power and how much it impacts on our lives. Without consciously realising it a lot of the time, we make decisions based on what the weather is predicted to do, sometimes by just looking out of the window and thinking 'it looks like rain' for instance, other times by checking a weather forecast on the radio, TV or internet.
I remember when I was younger seeing trees bent right over in gales in August after a really nice spell of weather, waking up to find the garden fence blown down and was amazed by the destructive power. I've also been very fascinated with lightning (perhaps that's to do with my electronic engineering - as electronic equipment and lightning generally don't see eye to eye!).
A big storm on January 8th 2005 which caused some significant damage in the north east of England (mature trees uprooted, wide area power cuts and lots of local severe damage) prompted me to take it to the next level.
Following from this, a little while later I bought a lightning detector also, some web cams to be able to see the weather, as well as some other weather instruments. I initially set up an application to collate, display and log the information. (I tried some of the available products but none really did what I wanted in the way I wanted it).
I then researched on the internet and put my weather data on the internet so I could check it from wherever I was. Others became interested and so I started a small private web site called WeatherInfo.co.uk - as well as a mobile version.
In the back end of 2006 I decided to take it to the next level (after much deliberation!) and chose WeatherXtra.com as the way forward.
That in a nutshell is how I got to WeatherXtra.