Roy Wysnewski

Biography

I am a retired Nondestructive Testing Engineer/Manager living for the past twenty-five years with my wife Judy in Sarasota, Florida.
At one point in my life, as a junior in college, I considered entering the field of meteorology. When that didn't materialize, I made a personal vow to become an amateur meteorologist and monitor the weather when I retired --- and that's what I did beginning in 1999.

Unique lifetime weather experiences together with a very satisfactory eighteen years monitoring the local weather while volunteering as a Weather Spotter for the National Weather Service led me to write 'Whether To, Or Weather - Not To'.

Smashwords Interview

Is this your first writing to be published?
No. I wrote extensively during my forty-year career in nondestructive testing. But all of it was technical in nature -- monthly reports, project status reports and a number of technical articles. Several articles about industrial radiography were published in the American Society for Nondestructive Testing's (ASNT) monthly journal -- Materials Evaluation (M.E.).
After retirement in 2000 and a ten-year hiatus from writing, I re-wrote an old technical paper that I had presented at the 1986 World Conference on Nondestructive Testing in Los Vegas and subsequently published it in ASNT's M.E. in December, 2010.
What prompted you to wtite about a non-technical subject -- the weather?
Publishing the technical article in 2010 got the 'writing juices' flowing again and during the next couple of years several family-related incidents occurred which ultimately led me to writing an autobiography about my youth. This writing about my family history wasn't published because it's sole purpose was to provide a written legacy for my children and grandchildren. That writing experience was so exhilarating and successful that upon completion, I was motivated to write something non-technical again, this time a memoir about one of my favorite subjects -- the weather.. During my lifetime I've had many interesting and unique weather-related experiences and I thought it time to write about them.
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Books

The KEY
Price: Free! Words: 2,130. Language: English. Published: December 28, 2022. Categories: Essay » Technology
In this sequel to 'A Tale of Four Graphs', I describe two events -- a recent eighth-grade mentoring project and the 2015 Paris Climate Summit (COP 21) -- and a NOAA atmospheric carbon dioxide report that collectively reveal a plan (KEY) to diffuse the global climate crisis -- giving Sarasota, Florida as well as communities around the globe a pathway to climate change sustainability.
A Tale of Four Graphs
Price: Free! Words: 1,790. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2022. Categories: Essay » Technology
'A Tale of Four Graphs' utilizes three classic climatology graphs plus a Sarasota, Florida average temperature graph to weave a compelling scenario that describes Sarasota's rapidly changing climate. Specific climate change causes and effects (impacts) are identified and discussed in detail. The alarming rise in temperature experienced during the past decade is highlighted.
A Lesson in Climate Change
Price: Free! Words: 3,940. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2021. Categories: Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Meteorology & Climate, Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Global Warming & Climate Change
'A Lesson in Climate Change' is a teaching lesson employing a novel digital 'tracking' procedure that helps define climate change while providing students a real-time visual assessment of climate changing where they live. They see on their digital devices the history of their climate change. What better way to learn about climate change than to see it in action!
Climates in Crisis
Price: Free! Words: 5,470. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2021. Categories: Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Teaching
This educational guide defines the basic characteristics of climate change. It also examines a new teaching tool that 'visualizes' climate changing where you live and, with limited research, reveals how these changes impact your weather and your life today. Numerous examples that highlight the present climate crisis are cited.
Having Fun With Problem-Solving
Price: Free! Words: 6,520. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Games, puzzles, & brain twisters » Logic & Brain Teasers
My memoir, which is dedicated to the subject of problem-solving, introduces you to 21 interesting problems covering the spectrum of number series & sequences, math (algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and a smattering of calculus), logic, and even 'far-out' topics like Pi, infinity and the universe. Although most of the problems can be considered novel in nature, some also tend to be 'tricky'.
NDT Treasures From The Past: Six Novel Technical Articles Spanning Four Decades of Industrial Radiography
Price: Free! Words: 1,730. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2016. Categories: Essay » Technology, Essay » Technology
Recently, as I was in the process of purging my old work files, I discovered some historical industrial radiographic information in the format of six technical articles I authored between 1960 and 1990. After reviewing these articles, I decided to publish them at this time with the thought that present day radiographers may find them interesting.
Whether To, Or Weather - Not To
Price: Free! Words: 9,220. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
This book describes unique weather-related experiences I've had during my lifetime. Most notable were incidents involving thunderstorms, snowstorms and hurricanes. Highlighting my experiences has been my volunteer work as a Tampa Bay area Weather Spotter during the past seventeen years. Analysis of rainfall data recorded during that period resulted in some interesting conclusions.