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Bill was born in Torrington, Connecticut. Growing up in Northwestern Connecticut, he became very interested in weather when he was 12. His parents gave him the “job” of watching the weather on television to find out what the weather was going to be like in Ocean City, Maryland, where they were going on vacation. In doing this, he became interested in all the weather instruments and the weather maps! When Bill’s family returned from vacation, he began to ask for weather instruments, starting with a barometer and thermometer, and continued to watch the weather each day. By the time he was 14, he had set up his own weather station with instruments in his hometown of Winchester Center, Connecticut, continuing to keep daily weather records through his Middle and High School years. He supplied the National Weather Service, TV stations and newspapers with weather information. When he began attending Western Connecticut State University in the Fall of 1977, he began his college career with a  “spark”. The night before he was to head off to college, there was a severe thunderstorm, and while recording final storm data, he was struck by lightning in his parents home, hitting his hand as he was resetting an electronic rain gauge. The charge then passed through his body, out his knee, then through the metal file cabinet and into the radiator. The strike threw him across the room and paralyzed the left side of his body for a few minutes… an experience he will never forget!

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