Approximately seven years ago, the Mirror stopped printing a national weather map.
That decision was made in part because the width of our paper, like many around the country, had been trimmed, and we had to make a few decisions on what could be sacrificed without significantly compromising our core product.
We felt the small amount of space devoted to the national weather rendered it expendable plus we suspected, and still do, that most people who are concerned about a weather forecast tune into TV's round-the-clock coverage of drizzle.
Jim Frank, former WTAJ news director, always told me the station loved any references/jabs at its attempts to be another Weather Channel because "weather affects everybody."
Maybe so, but we didn't think people picked up the Mirror to find out whether - whether, not weather - it was raining in Seattle.
Then we were presented with a different and persistent perspective that we had not considered.
Over the last half-dozen years, Noah Peachey of Sinking Valley sent me a handful of handwritten letters, each time presenting a passionate case for us to restore at least a presence of national weather coverage.
He said he is a farmer, and there is little more important to the farming community than the weather.
He also seemed to be representing the sentiment of the Amish and Mennonite communities and said, "We do not have a TV and neither do the Mennonites in the Cove."
He struck a nerve.
Peachey signed his note, "still hoping" and would wish me a "prosperous new year."
He concluded one letter by saying, "Maybe I'm the only one asking for it (he was), but I believe with enough patience, one person can make a difference."
It felt like we were becoming pen pals, and not, thankfully, through email.
At one point, as a prod, Peachey even sent me back a note I had sent him five years ago thanking him for his readership and promising to consider his input.
Fast-forward to this week as, with an assist from staffers Ryan Kuhn and Hannah Frank, we've reorganized Page A2 to include state and national weather maps.
We hope it's the next-best thing to being tag-teamed by Joe Murgo and Regina Miller.
Mirror Managing Editor Neil Rudel can be reached at 946-7527 or firstname.lastname@example.org.