Well, after some of the non drama yesterday, and getting threats from Mr. Martin, I decided to fully look into his background. And let me tell you something, drama does follow him, because he generates that drama. So anyway, we will start with the death threats and other threats. Mr. Martin has delivered threats to people he does not like. Jeremy Gibbs had to point this out to an author of a blog post on freaknamoics, that made the mistake of quoting Mr. Martin as an expert. Mathew Phillips removed Mr. Martin’s references in his article after this was pointed to him, in the midst of a much longer post.
What followed were a slew of threatening emails and facebook messages from both Mr. Martin and his brother, Brian Martin. In these messages, my life was threatened in no uncertain terms.
The poster also went into just how untrained and unprepared Mr. Martin is for meteorology. and how much he creative borrows from true professionals.
Mr. Martin is so infamous on the internets that he has been banned from multiple sites, that do weather prediction as a hobby. It is so bad that private messages from Mr. Martin are known as pure harassment.
It is so bad that Martin has become the butt of many a jokes, but not in a good way. Mr Martin has become a joke and many of the people on the internet in the know use him as shorthand for bull prediction.
For example. a poster at the Weather Forums posted this about one of Martin’s predictions, that likely never came to be.
Kevin Martin is calling for severe thunderstorms this evening in Western Oregon. YOU CAN’T SAY YOU WEREN’T WARNED!!!!
He has indeed been banned from multiple forums, and has had accounts cancelled at You Tube, for stealing copyrighted material and other things such as harassment.
His fight with Professionals:
It is striking that Mr. Martin does have an axe to grind with professional. It is to the point that he claims they cannot do any prediction for Southern California Weather, since they do not live in the area. That is a fair point. that is until you realize that Mr. Martin, who does indeed live in California, has a few other services that are all scam sites.
Among them are:
Ohio Weather Authority Com, no will not give him a hot link, but this leaves us wondering, how come a man who lives in California can predict weather in the fair state of Ohio According to Martin you cannot do it if you do not live in the area. In fact, this is a requirement.
The Weather Space com, again no hot link, it is a commercial site. This site is really cute. He is actually making predictions for Atlanta, the HOME of the Weather Channel, a reputable commercial site. Mr. Martin claims that they cannot do a decent job in the West Coast since they are not physically on the ground, but he is actually doing weather prediction for Atlanta, from California? Now that is funny.
He has also sued Facebook, according to this story on the Banning Beaumont Patch, where they quote him as saying the following:
“Since this account was attached to paying them for advertising in the past, it will be grounds for a lawsuit. Since the personal account was attached to 759 friends I may never get back, it will be grounds for a lawsuit. And for me having a disability … It is grounds for a lawsuit for discrimination. All business pages are unpublished, but NOT gone … meaning they can return if we win this battle. And we will win it one way or the other.
“Facebook will be handed a lawsuit if the last of the talks do not work. We are sending everything we can over as we speak, including hate pages about me, hate sites, and libel. This was all created online due to jealous/envious weather idiots, which is why I DO NOT associate with them nor care to be.”
Now you are probably getting an idea.
This gentleman has zero training in meteorology, with his school ending in High School. While I admit that there are people out there who are gifted, and can do things without formal education, he does none of the sort. He actually takes a little from here, and a ted from there. This in fact a common criticism across many platforms.
HAARP and Chemtrails:
Suffice it to say you are really doing something really wrong, when you piss off the people who believe in Chemtrails. The fine folks at Above Top Secret have pointed out that the gentleman in question trolls the HAARP believers for both profit and fun.
Godlike Prodcutions refers to him as their former weatherman. And that is just the top of the proverbial iceberg.
Fire bugs and Mr. Kevin Martin
The Press Enterprise reports this about the Yucaipa fires:
San Bernardino County prosecutors have charged a Yucaipa teenager accused of setting about a dozen fires with 10 counts of arson and will go before a judge later this month to determine if he should be tried as an adult, officials said Friday.
But a Corona meteorologist defended the boy, saying he was at the scene of the fires to take photos for his weather Web site.
The 16-year-old was arrested last week after he was seen leaving the area of the 347-acre Crafton Fire in Yucaipa on his bicycle. Sheriff’s investigators have said they suspect him of setting 12 to 14 fires in the
region, including the 860-acre Pendleton Fire in Yucaipa and the 1,159-acre Oak Glen Fire, both of which started in late August.
Later in the story we find this gem:
Kevin Martin, who runs a weather Web site and is an acquaintance of the suspect, said authorities have the wrong guy.
So this is why I chose to walk away from a site that now hosts this man. And I will add. after I got threatened by Mr. Martin, I started digging even more. There is a lot more out on the web on Mr. Martin. This is just scratching the surface. But some of it, I will actually say this in the defense of Mr. Martin, is shall we say in the realm of personal attacks. Some of the sites that are critical of him, are crossing some lines in my mind.
I took a course many years ago in Historical Method. So I do not exactly remember the exact words. But my instructor, a man at the dusk of his career as a professional historian, said this about sources. And I paraphrase. Not all sources are created equal.
I will add one last thing, what that site I walked away from is looking for is information. They are to be applauded on that. But when information comes from a person that has this reputation among professionals, I would walk away. Why I chose to do so, as any association with Mr. Martin leads to clear reputation taint.
Oh and this is just one side of the duo. His brother Brian is just as unpleasant, and I am sure I can dig out information. Suffice it to say he is also a HS graduate with no formal education.
Oh and in case anybody is really curious. No it was not that hot in the Lagunas today. In fact, it was in the 60s. Tomorrow though. as the NWS has predicted, it is going to be hotter.
This is the first link to the first article I wrote on this. I suppose the two of them have quite a bit of work proving that Mr. Martin should not be trusted with anything approaching weather prediction. And with this I think we can put this little unpleasantness behind us.