@chswx (Charleston Weather)

is creating breaking weather content for the Charleston, SC metro area
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About @chswx (Charleston Weather)

Howdy, Charleston. I'm Jared Smith, more commonly known as the "Charleston weather Twitter guy."

When I started @chswx on Twitter in April 2008, I wanted to provide no-nonsense, hype-free, straight-to-the-point weather as an experiment in what Twitter could do. Ten years later, we've braved a hurricane, a giant flood, countless strong thunderstorms, heat waves, ice storms, conversational snowflakes...a little bit of everything. To be able to do this has been a phenomenal opportunity, one 11-year-old me would be absolutely awestruck by. More to the point, though, I'm awestruck by you -- this doesn't work without your reports, retweets, and most importantly, your trust. Thank you for that, and for all of your support over the last 10+ years.

In the intervening ten years, I've added presences on Facebook and Instagram in addition to Twitter. I've also been running a companion website, chswx.com, which is by far the fastest way in town to get a look at the current weather and the forecast for the next three days. With your support, I can expand these offerings and make them better than ever.

So why a Patreon page?

First and foremost, I want to make clear that @chswx is never going behind a paywall. I never want to clutter it with ads, and I never want to give the impression that it is somehow motivated by money. There's a lot of weather clickbait in social media, and I want @chswx to be the antidote.

Second, a lot of you ask how you can give back. Reports and retweets (when I've done something worthy) are amazing. But some have even gone further, wondering how to donate. Patreon makes this simple, and gives the added benefit of providing the infrastructure to open up some "behind the scenes" stuff very easily without me having to write a membership system. :)

Finally, I want to cement @chswx for the long haul -- not just on Twitter, but throughout the Web (including the @chswx Blog that launched earlier this year). Your patronage not only allows me to keep the lights on, but gives me unique opportunities to expand what I can do. This includes adding to the @chswx team for the first time.

So, what do you get? You'll get access to enhanced content, a few "private thoughts" at times, sneak previews of some work I have in the hopper, and much more. The funds will be entirely reinvested in data feeds, server costs, and development costs for new platforms (and, with any luck, will give me the headroom I need to start working on what people have most requested -- a @chswx app!)
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I'll hire a writer to contribute to the @chswx Blog and other severe weather coverage. This is a great fit for meteorology students looking to get their feet wet in communicating weather to the public.
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