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Meet Kazuya Yamazaki.

A 13-year-old boy passed the weather forecaster certificate exam, it was announced Friday.Yamazaki.jpg

At 13 years and 7 months, Kazuya Yamazaki, of Yokohama, is the youngest candidate to ever pass the test, which has been held 31 times since 1994.

Yamazaki, a first-year student at Eiko Gakuen Middle School in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, has been interested in meteorology since he was a small child, and first sat the exam as a fifth-grader in primary school.

The most recent exam was his fourth try. This round saw 272 out of 4,329 candidates pass the test--a pass rate of 6.3 percent.

Yamazaki spent about a month preparing for the latest exam, dedicating about an hour a day to studying. "I'm surprised I passed. I wasn't sure I would. It hasn't really sunk in yet, but I'm happy," Yamazaki said.

The previous record for the youngest successful exam-taker was a boy aged 14 years and 1 month in his second year of middle school in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture.

I wish the young man good luck in his future job. Will he come to South Florida and replace the local weather guessers who think a puddle in Port St. Lucie is breaking news?


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I wonder what his opinion i... (Below threshold)

I wonder what his opinion is concerning "man-made" Global Warming and climate change. It would be interesting to see if a 13 year old has a better understanding than most grown up so-called experts.

KazuyaJust don't p... (Below threshold)
Eneils Bailey:


Just don't piss on my leg and then tell me it's rain.
I know, it's old and stale. But still one of my favorite weatherman's jokes.
Reminds me of when I was a kid and used to watch my favorite weatherman on TV, Cloudy McClain.
He used to have a false window with an outdoor depiction on his weather set. When he gave the current weather, he would go to the window, throw it open and declare that "weather looks good." This was in the days of hand-drawn weather maps, no satellite pictures, and no current day technology.
When weather radar first arrived on the scene, Cloudy had a problem distinguishing "anomalous echos" on his radar screen from actual weather phenomenon. Cloudy was known to take his tool box to the roof of the building and point the weather radar antenna straight up, and then he could ignore it.
We lived about two miles from the TV station, Cloudy would report that "things are ok," while rain was coming down like four pound cow turds at our house.
His worst forecast; we went to sleep one night on November 10, 1958; Cloudy predicted clear and sunny the next day. We woke up on November 11 to twelve inches of snow and near blizzard conditions. Snowed all day long.
Cloudy was not about the weather, Cloudy was about personality.






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