As many of you know, we have launched our t-shirt campaign with a goal of selling 250 t-shirts. It is a limited edition t-shirt that only costs $19.95, and you have until Wednesday, July 2nd to get one! The reason we are doing this campaign at Firsthand Weather is to raise money for the website and several projects including a mobile app. Firsthand Weather will be 4 years old on July 13th, and we have been able to operate this site with little cost. Our goal is to keep Firsthand Weather free and offer new products and apps that are also free. As with anything, it does cost money to make all of this happen, and in order to do this, we are going to try to raise money throughout this year to fund some of these big projects. Also, site upgrades will be made that will allow the site to run more efficiently and not crash when we have high traffic.
I am beyond appreciative of those who have already bought a t-shirt, and if we reach our goal of 250 shirts sold, you will get your shirt. If for some reason we don’t reach our goal, you will receive a refund after July 2nd. We could really use your help! If you think you’ll be getting a t-shirt in a few days but not tonight, shoot me a private message on Facebook, and let me know!
Please click here to order a t-shirt and check out our campaign.
As of right now, I plan on releasing an early 2014-15 winter forecast on Sunday, June 29th. That is assuming that I get the hosting renewed on time with no issues. This will NOT be an official Firsthand Weather winter outlook but will just be some research that I have done so far on this upcoming winter.
Matthew Holliday is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, where he completed a B.S. in Meteorology and a B.S. in Geographic Information Science. He is currently pursing his master's degree in meteorology and climatology at Mississippi State University. Matthew founded Firsthand Weather in 2010 as a senior in high school and maintained the site through his undergraduate career. Research that was conducted by Matthew while at OU involved determining the synoptic environment in which various types of wave clouds (including vertically propagating waves and trapped waves) develop in Boulder, Colorado and Norman, OK. Matthew also did research on spatial changes in tornado activity across the United States . The goal of this study was to determine if spatial changes in tornado activity had occurred and if those changes could be linked to changes in average surface dew point temperature. Matthew has completed coursework in dynamics, thermodynamics, cloud physics, calculus and differential equations, statistics, remote sensing, GIS, synoptic meteorology, and mesoscale meteorology. His goal is to provide his audience with a deeper understanding of what drives our weather and climate, while making it easy and enjoyable to learn.