I am proud to be a member of the UGA Atmospheric Sciences community. Ten years ago on April 17, 2009, a UGA atmospheric sciences student named Matt Daniel created AthensGaWeather on social media to give weather updates for northeastern Georgia, including Athens, because their was no local weather broadcast for Athens. Less than one year ago, a group of students from UGA picked up the baton from Matt and his team, and rebooted AthensGaWeather with a team of 15 UGA atmospheric sciences students and a fully operational broadcast studio in the UGA Geography Department. In fact, the studio is one half of my husband’s faculty office, which he gave up for the students.
The team wants to acknowledge the 10 year anniversary by thanking their loyal followers and partners through this incredible journey. They say “You are what makes this page truly special and we cannot put into words how much your continuous positivity and support has meant to each of us! Thank you!”
To celebrate this anniversary and to spread the word about AthensGaWeather’s reboot and expansion, the team asks you a favor: if you are in northeast Georgia or surrounding areas and are interested in local weather, tell someone about the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/athensgaweather/ and encourage them to ‘like’ the page. Even if you just travel to Athens for UGA football games, you might find their game day forecasts useful. The Athens area is in need of hyperlocal weather forecasts and updates, as last Sunday’s severe weather demonstrated, so AthensGaWeather is serving the community and providing a valuable service to us in northeast Georgia. They have over 16,800 followers now-let’s see if we can get them up to 17K followers by the end of April 17! Their Facebook page also feeds into Twitter @athensgaweather.