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Fitzweather provides weather information and forecasts for the people of Central West Virginia. Though the main counties covered are Braxton, Calhoun, Clay, Gilmer, Kanawha, and Roane Counties, Fitzweather’s forecasting also covers many of the other counties in the surrounding area, including the Appalachian Mountains.

It made it easy for me to dedicate this website to all of my friends, family, coworkers, and more, who told me to not give up on building a weather website. In addition, this website is dedicated to the area. Central West Virginia is a beautiful region – full of large hills, farm fields, and forests that are quite beautiful, and something I have enjoyed since I lived in the region.

The amount of support that I received in the aftermath of the historic flood that hit our region in 2016 was tremendous, and provided a calamine to the situation. There are always people in life that have doubts about what you want to accomplish, but I chose not to give up. Some of the best support that I received came from my workplace, and it is these people, along with my two best friends, that I especially say thank you to. You know who you are.

History of the Site

Fitzweather was founded during the summer of 2011. Since then, this site has experienced over 50,000 views! The thought behind Fitzweather came from watching a television news report one night. I have wanted to be involved in weather since the end of 1999, when I watched Spencer Adkins give the daily weather forecast in the evenings while being a young kid. I thankfully get to work on the same team as him now, and am very thankful!

In watching the weather report section of the news, I determined that many of the rural areas of West Virginia receive very little in the way of attention with regards to weather. Being from near Clay, West Virginia, I determined that rural areas that even neighbor the big cities are rarely seen. Fitzweather’s core ideas are to provide central West Virginia with the most accurate forecasts, weather information, and data on the web.

The first webpage was very basic and entirely composed of html code. That was all I had known at the time! However, since then, many different shells have been implemented.

Fitzweather was created for the people. I have literally spent hundreds of dollars into this project, with no money in return. It is something that I personally love to do, and the day I don’t enjoy it anymore, I will quit. My passion for central West Virginia is immense, and I hope that bleeds through this site, as I give my best effort in providing the most accurate weather forecasts for the region.

In June 2017, Fitzweather partnered with Aeris Maps to provide a more reliable way of displaying weather data on the site. It took some time, but the maps were made fully available during the first week of September 2017. I hope you enjoy the addition of several new weather variables that you can check out anytime. The servers used for this data have an over 99% reliability, meaning very few, if any, outages should occur with the data.

Research

Do you have a specific weather event you’d like someone to investigate? Shoot me an email at joseph.fitzwater358@gmail.com. I’d prefer if the weather event occurred between 1992-2017, as that’s about how long radar data was available at the Charleston site, though radar data through the middle 90s can be difficult to acquire. Regardless, I have a lot of interest in doing research on storms, and I especially enjoy hearing people’s anecdotes about the storms. If the storm is before 1992, go ahead and let me know, and I’ll see what I can do!

About the Author of this Site

Hello! My name is Joseph Fitzwater! I am currently an Assignment Editor at WOWK-TV 13, a Nexstar news station in Charleston, West Virginia. I graduated from Marshall University in the spring of 2016, with a major in physical geography. In addition, I have minors in mathematics, meteorology, and geographic information systems (GIS). I have been fascinated with weather since I was five years old, and it has slowly grown into an obsession that I work hard to gaining knowledge towards every day.

Some highlights that I have been able to achieve are listed below. A copy of my resume is available upon request.

  • Work at WOWK-TV 13 News as an Assignment Editor (May 31st, 2016 – present)
  • Developer of Fitzweather: Central West Virginia Weather Authority (August 2011 to present)
  • Interned at WOWK-TV 13 News in their weather department (May 12th-August 22nd, 2014)
  • Forecaster at Foots Forecast for their Northern West Virginia Division (August 2013 to present)
  • Student Research Assistant for the State Climatologist of West Virginia (January 2013 to present)
  • Presented research with the State Climatologist of West Virginia on the causes of the June 29th, 2012 Derecho (April 2013)

I find it very enjoyable to forecast weather, and love to be depended upon to give an accurate forecast. This website reflects my thoughts on ongoing and upcoming weather as well as weather information and stats. Please feel free to send me any weather questions you may have via email at joseph.fitzwater358@gmail.com or at 304-382-5686

Thanks for checking the site out!

Joe Fitzwater, April 2017

An earlier build of the site from 2013.