About Us

 

AthensGaWeather was created on April 17, 2009 by Matt Daniel. The main goal behind AthensGaWeather is to provide accurate weather information from a local point of view. Most of our weather information comes from Atlanta since Athens does not have a local station that provides weather updates.  You can find AthensGaWeather everywhere online via twitter, facebook, Google +, and UStream. If severe weather strikes, AthensGaWeather keeps you alert no matter what time of the day.  If you lose power, you can access the UStream feed to watch live radar and analysis of severe weather as it moves into our area on your smartphone.

Meet the AthensGaWeather Team:

mattMatt Daniel

Matt is a graduate from the University of Georgia with a bachelor of science degree in Geography and Atmospheric Sciences. At the University of Georgia, Matt also earned a certificate in the Music Business program. Matt has interned with the National Weather Service in Peachtree City, ABC 33/40 with James Spann in Birmingham, Alabama, 13 WMAZ in Macon, GA with Ben Jones, and worked with WNEG-TV behind the scenes with Eric Elliot. Matt Daniel is currently the weekend meteorologist for the CBS station 13WMAZ in Macon, Georgia. He also works as a freelance Weather Producer at CNN. Matt writes weather/climate stories for the nationally acclaimed website, EarthSky.org and also contributed to articles via MSN Weather. He participated and played trumpet for the Redcoat Marching Band, and was also a member of the Volleyball band in 2006-2008. Matt was the President of the local student chapter of the University of Georgia American Meteorological Society (AMS) during the 2013-2014 year. He was also the Vice President of the UGA AMS chapter for the 2012-2013 season, and is currently an active member of the national American Meteorological Society. Matt released his solo album (yes, he writes music too!) on August 18, 2015. You can listen and purchase his album here.

Contact: matt.daniel@athensgaweather.com

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Jared Rackley

Jared is a meteorologist, atmospheric scientist, and geographer with a range of interests including weather, climate, forecasting, music, and photography. A long-time writer for AthensGaWeather, he now serves as a fill-in and web administrator for AthensGaWeather.com. Jared currently works as a post-Master's Meteorologist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and holds Master's and Bachelor's degrees in Geography and Atmospheric Science from the University of Georgia. Jared's master's research focused on the climatology and modeling of Appalachian cold-air damming events in the Southeast United States. He has regularly been ranked as one of the top forecasters in the nation by WxChallenge, a competition of the nation's top 1,500+ collegiate forecasters (including undergraduates, graduates, and professors). Jared is also a former President of the UGA Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society. Jared's previous research has included indices for Clear Air Turbulence (CAT) Forecasting, Public Perception of Precipitation Forecasts, Superstorm Sandy 3D Analysis using Twitter Data, and Tornado Debris Characteristics And Trajectories During The 27 April 2011 Super Outbreak Using Social Media Data. The later was published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society and received widespread media attention from outlets such as the Associated Press, Today Show, and NBC Nightly News.

Contact: jared.rackley@athensgaweather.com

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Chris graduated from the University of Georgia in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography and a certificate in Atmospheric Sciences. Currently, Chris attends Kennesaw State University where he is pursuing a Certificate in Geographic Information Systems. Chris has competed in WxChallenge, the North American weather forecasting competition, as both a student at UGA and an Alumnus. Chris has finished within the top 280 forecasters four times. Outside of forecasting and meteorology, Chris is a former member of the University of Georgia Redcoat Marching Band. He is also an Alumnus of UGA's Kappa Mu Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Service Fraternity. Chris loves all kinds of weather but reserves special enthusiasm for tropical and winter weather! He also a member of the American Meteorological Society.

Contact: chris.davis@athensgaweather.com

Michael Stewart

Michael is a graduate of the University of Georgia's Atmospheric Sciences program, obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography with a certificate in Atmospheric Sciences in the spring of 2016. He served as the former President of the University of Georgia's local chapter of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) during the 2014-2015 year and is currently an active member of the national American Meteorological Society. Michael participated in a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded research program at the Pennsylvania State University. There, he used the numerical weather prediction model, Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF), to research chemical dispersion in the boundary layer. He is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree at the University of South Carolina under the supervision of Dr. April L. Hiscox. His research will focus on boundary layer meteorology and modeling atmospheric dispersion. Although Michael appreciates all kinds of weather, he holds a certain fascination with convective storms and numerical weather prediction.

Contact: michael.stewart@athensgaweather.com

Ian Boatman

Ian is a senior at the University of Georgia, double-majoring in Atmospheric Sciences and Geography. Ian has always had a great interest in the weather, starting from the ripe old age of 6. Ian is currently the President of the UGA student chapter of the American Meteorological Society (UGAAMS). Ian's main interests within meteorology include severe weather forecasting, aviation weather, winter weather, and allergies due to thunderstorms. He's also had on-air experience, as he has done TV forecasting for WUGA-TV and Grady Newsource. Outside of his moments of being a Weather Geek, you'll probably find Ian wearing red and black, as he is arguably the biggest UGA fanatic you'll ever meet in your life, so much so that he is a dedicated member of the UGA Spike Squad.

Contact: ian.boatman@athensgaweather.com

Coverage Area

athens wx coverage

Our page is for the Athens area, but we try to cover parts of eastern Georgia too. Tornado warnings across all of north Georgia are covered. However, severe thunderstorm warning coverage is limited to the counties in yellow.

Here’s the full list of counties we cover:

Hall, Banks, Franklin, Hart, Gwinnett, Barrow, Jackson, Madison, Elbert, Rockdale, Walton, Oconee, Clarke, Oglethorpe, Wilkes, Taliaferro, Greene, Morgan, and Newton counties.

This includes the cities of Commerce, Greensboro, Watkinsville, Athens, Lexington, Monroe, Social Circle, Loganville, Conyers, Covington, Madison, Winder, Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Duluth, Gainesville, Jefferson, Danielsville, and Washington.

Our main goal is to provide weather updates for Athens, and then focus outside of those areas.

Remember, if a tornado warning is issued for parts of North Georgia, we will also mention and update this information on our facebook and twitter feeds.

 

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