Weather guru offers wealth of knowledge

Organizers of firework displays pay close attention to longtime local meteorologist John Lindsey

Special to The TribuneJune 29, 2014 

Cayucos and Morro Bay experience population bulge each Fourth of July.

Celebrations continue morning to late evening. The Cayucos balloon arches go up at dawn, while the sand sculpture designers have been working for hours and early parade seekers position chairs for a Lions Club produced parade. For more information, see www.cayucoschamber.com.


Morro Bay’s morning kicks off with skateboarders racing at Coleman Park and families on red, white and blue bikes cycling from Morro Rock to Tidelands Park for a day of music and games. For more information on Morro Bay’s events, see www.morrobay4th.org.


However, organizers in both communities gamble each year on the evening’s weather: Will there be fog clouding fireworks displays around 9 p.m.? What will John Lindsey, PG&E’s media relations representative and longtime local meteorologist, say in his Tribune “Weather Watch” column or during his morning weather reports with KVEC 920’s King Harris?


“About five years ago, we had a low-cloud ceiling that obstructed some of the Central Coast fireworks displays,” Lindsey said, “This year, the marine low clouds are expected to roll in after the fireworks show. However, if they redevelop earlier than anticipated, they should remain above 500 feet of altitude, which will allow for good viewing of the fireworks displays.” 

Lindsey credits his childhood interest in “figuring out how things worked,” a Cal Poly learn-by-doing education and his naval career studying navigation and weather patterns for steering him to his career as San Luis Obispo’s go-to weather guy. But he’s also quick to say his PG&E position allows him to explore his passions for weather forecasting, environmental advocacy and community enhancement.

“I’m interested in environmental solutions that also contribute to a healthy economy. I’m excited about our future with the electric car. The Tesla is being developed in California. That means manufacturing jobs, tax revenue for our state and expanded use for electric power that will improve our air quality.”


Lindsey is active in several community groups supporting his passion for education. He coaches youth sports believing an active body stimulates young minds. He’s an advocate of United Way’s programs for underserved youth. While writing his Tribune column, he’s realized the importance of superior writing skills for future career success, so he’s helped secure PG&E funding for teen scholarships at the Cuesta College Central Coast Writing Conference.


Most of all, Lindsey enjoys speaking to community groups and students about the weather and history. Lindsey, board president for Point San Luis Lighthouse Keepers, said the group is reaching out to county schools for fourth-graders to tour the the lighthouse, noting that docents discuss the late 1800s lifestyle and trade and migration to California along the Pacific coast. 

Of course, when Lindsey guides a tour he’ll color it with weather talk. 

Judy Salamacha’s column is special to The Tribune. Reach her at judysalamacha @gmail.com or 801-1422.

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