Nobody knows the weather of a region better than those who live there. Unfortunately, there currently is not a centralized, easily accessible network for weather enthusiasts to share their knowledge and love of the skies with the communities they live in. WeatherTogether seeks to fill this glaring hole in weather communication, outreach, and collaboration.
WeatherTogether is a diverse and interconnected network of local weather blogs created by users who aspire to provide their communities with a variety of weather and science content. By sourcing weather information and forecasts from local meteorologists and weather enthusiasts, viewers get detailed discussions about their local weather in a manner that is not available in a brief newscast or automated computer forecast.
WeatherTogether is not simply a collection of discrete weather blogs. By bringing together weather enthusiasts from across the world, it encourages collaboration between users with a wide variety of different skillsets. Community projects currently planned or under development include:
- Weather graphics and models using publicly-accessible NetCDF and GRIB files
- Tutorials explaining a wide variety of weather and science concepts and phenomena
- An interactive map with the location of each weather site and tools to help the user filter sites via a variety of parameters
Though we have many ambitious ideas for the future, we are just in the beginning stages of generating a user base and are looking for people interested in blogging about the weather. If this sounds like you, register now, and write your first blog today!