My name is Dave Hayes, and I have been living in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts for over 25 years. I have had a passion for the weather since I was 12 years old growing up in Eastern Mass, when I first saw Bob Copeland on WCVB Channel 5 reporting at noon on severe thunderstorms in the area. Soon enough, all the bright colors on the radar corresponded to some big thunderstorms that moved overhead, and I was hooked.
Through my Facebook page that I started back in 2011, my Twitter feed, and now with WesternMassWeather.com, I curate and report on the weather of Western Massachusetts, and all of Southern New England when possible. I cull weather information from several non-local sources, the main one being NOAA and the National Weather Service, for which I am an official Severe Weather Spotter.
As a western Massachusetts weather curator, I put my own personal twist on weather reporting with a valley-centric focus by concentrating on the 4 westernmost counties of Massachusetts: Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden counties.
In addition to being a self-proclaimed weather nut, I am an active/gigging musician in the area, having played shows with Heather Maloney, Superkart, Rick Murnane, and most recently with Colorway and The Time Machine, featuring Lord Russ.