About Fitzweather

Welcome to Fitzweather! This site has been up since November 2011, and has gone through several revisions, resulting in the format you now see!

My name is Joe Fitzwater, and I am the administrator of the website. Fitzweather was first thought of during the summer of 2011, and has since blossomed into a very dedicated project! I was 17 years old, and noticed that rural central West Virginia was not covered very well by news outlets across the Mountain State, so I decided that I wanted to fill the gap.

Over the next several months, I saved my money for a domain and a hosting package to support a website. In November 2011, I finally sat down and began learning HTML for my first basic website, and in the middle part of that month, a finished product was published online. The first webpage was very basic and entirely composed of HTML code. However, since then, many different shells have been implemented as I've become more fluent with web coding. I was able to use Ken True's weather template that is currently in use. I think it best fits a website like this, and I hope you enjoy it!

During the same time period, I went off to school to learn more about atmospheric processes. In May of 2016, I graduated from Marshall University with a major in physical geography with an emphasis on GIS, a minor in meteorology, and a minor in mathematics. I took over 30 hours in weather-related courses, and have books of notes I continually check up on to stay sharp. Recently, I've began applying what I've learned to weather forecasting here on the site. I usually forecast only for significant weather events, as my work schedule makes it difficult to forecast every single day, but I love doing it, and look forward to folks reading it!

Shortly after I graduated, on June 23rd, 2016, a 250-year flood wiped out the area I lived in at the time. Most of the equipment used for the site was destroyed. The future of this website was in question, but thanks to support from family and friends to keep the site going, I was able to save to buy new equipment while working, and keep the dream alive of providing weather content for central West Virginia. On April 25th, 2017, the website became back in operation!

Working in Charleston, I live just a few miles outside of town instead of in Clay County where I lived prior, and so weather station data now comes from Kanawha County in the Rutledge area just a few miles east-northeast of downtown Charleston. Most of my forecasting is still catered to central West Virginia.

Fitzweather was created for the people. 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, live data, radar data, and more to the region.

Thanks for checking the site out!

About This Station

The station is powered by a WS-1090 Ambient weather station. The data is collected every 3 seconds and the site is updated every few seconds. This site and its data is collected using Cumulus Software. The station is comprised of an anemometer, a rain gauge and a thermo-hydro sensor situated in optimal positions for highest accuracy possible.

The website displays customized doppler radar data using Gibson Ridge Level 3. A data feed comes from Allisonhouse

About This Website

This site is a template design by CarterLake.org with PHP conversion by Saratoga-Weather.org.
Special thanks go to Kevin Reed at TNET Weather for his work on the original Carterlake templates, and his design for the common website PHP management.
Special thanks to Mike Challis of Long Beach WA for his wind-rose generator, Theme Switcher and CSS styling help with these templates.
Special thanks go to Ken True of Saratoga-Weather.org for the AJAX conditions display, dashboard and integration of the TNET Weather common PHP site design for this site.

Template is originally based on Designs by Haran.

This template is XHTML 1.0 compliant. Validate the XHTML and CSS of this page.