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Steve Willis at his lake.
I was visiting my friend Willis in Spartanburg one summer, many years ago. He looked up. Not a cloud in the sky. "We should go down to the lake & swim now," he said. "We just have time before it rains."

We went down to the lake & swam, and just as we got back to the house, the heavens opened up.

"How'd you do that?" I demanded.

He shrugged. "I've lived here my whole life," he said.

There was more to it than that, of course. He's fascinated by & knowledgeable about weather. And most of all: he pays attention.

This is why rather than look outside, I sometimes call or email him to ask what the weather up my way is going to be.

Steve, snow today?
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