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Weather provides endless Internet possibilities.

Dear Molly: This is a really odd question, but I really like computers and weather: weather reports, I mean, and reading about weather. I’m not a meteorologist and I don’t want to go back to school to become one. I’d just like to find out if there is a computer-related job out there that also includes the chance to learn more about weather.

Molly says: It depends on how wild you want your life to get. You could become a tornado storm chaser and use computers to help you track the beasties across the plains of the Midwest.

On the more sedate side, you could create an e-mail weather notification service and drop local weather forecasts to people all around the world using information you derive from online weather information sources. Mix in a few details on travel snafus and airport delays and you could provide a real service to marathon business travelers.

Or, you could put together a gigantic Web site with real-time weather information from around the world and let people e-mail you with reports about their local weather conditions.

There’s no end to how you can mix up the Internet and weather information for fun and profit. For example, there’s a site called Weather Bug that lets you put all the weather information the ordinary weather buff might want to have around right there on your PC screen. Check it out and let it inspire you.

Molly Joss also writes the monthly Career Advisor column for ComputerUser magazine. Ask a career-related question at [email protected]

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