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Weatherwise Contributing Editor Thomas W. Schlatter, author of the Weather Queries column and a longtime friend of the magazine, has decided to retire after nearly 37 years writing for us. Tom is only the second writer for Weather Queries since it began in 1979. He has worked with six different managing editors, written 195 columns, and answered 471 reader questions. But beyond these impressive statistics, Tom has always been one of Weatherwise's greatest assets from a personal standpoint. When I started at the magazine, Tom was one of the first to welcome me and was invaluable in helping get me up to speed with the publication.