Talking about the weather isn’t idle chit-chat for 16-year-old Anthony.

The teen rattles off weather facts and figures, recalls the dates and locations of tornado outbreaks and can tell the difference between a cirrus cloud and a cumulus cloud.

Anthony’s passion for the weather has been part of him for as long as he can remember.

“The reason I like weather…I don’t know.” Anthony says. “It just happened when I was little.”

Anthony was like the proverbial kid in a candy shop during a tour of the National Weather Service Phoenix office led by meteorologist Marvin Percha.

Anthony, a high school junior, likes math and science, which dovetails nicely with his ambition to be a meteorologist – and a storm chaser who crisscrosses the country searching for tornadoes.

Anthony is also passionate about origami, the paper folding art form that transforms a sheet of paper into a sculpture.

“I taught myself origami by watching it on YouTube,” says Anthony. “It just takes time and patience.”

Anthony is also teaching himself to crochet, making blankets, beanies and stuffed animals.

“Whenever I fail,” he says, “I restart and restart and restart.”

Anthony’s favorite sport is basketball and he hopes to someday play driveway hoops with his forever father.

“Anthony wants a mom and a dad, but I think he would do wonderful with a single dad,” says Ashleigh, a child specific recruiter with Aid to Adoption of Special Kids (AASK). “I think he needs that man in his life to lead the way and show him how to succeed in life.”

Anthony will bring laughter to a forever family, Ashleigh says.

“He’s really funny, there is never a dull moment with him,” Ashleigh says, adding. “and you’ll never not know about the weather.”

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For more information on children eligible for adoption, call Aid to Adoption of Special Kids (AASK) at 602-930-4900, or visit