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On behalf of AthensGaWeather, I want to wish all of our followers a Happy New Year! I hope 2014 treats you well with plenty success stories, a healthy life, and happiness. 2013 was generally a quiet year across Georgia in the weather department. We really never had a major weather story develop across North Georgia. We had our full share of decent thunderstorms, but severe weather was not too bad. Our last winter did not pose any threat for winter mischief, and this past summer was relatively cool and wet. There will be a day or two where we will see severe weather or a winter storm. We want you to know that if and when that day comes around, we hope we can serve as your number one source for updates, forecasts, and warnings. It is important that you rely on more than one weather source for information to be safe. If we can be one of those sources, then we will feel like we have succeeded!

Jared Rackley has done an excellent job revamping our website and making it user friendly. We hope you have enjoyed our new website. We have been writing up a daily blog post for over two years now providing you with an easy to read forecast about our weather for the next day. During the middle of this past year, we added Chris Davis to our team to help write blog posts on Monday’s and Saturday’s. Not only has he contributed to our posts, but he has also been writing up some fantastic pieces about our summer and fall climate summaries and several Meteorology 101 tips to help you understand the weather terms we may use throughout the year. Our goal is to inform and teach. However, we try to do that in an easy-to-understand approach.

The biggest problem we run into is communication from you, the followers. We sure would love more feedback from you. We do put a lot of time and effort to provide you the best weather information across the Athens area. However, we rarely hear back from you. Simply liking our posts, leaving comments on Facebook/Twitter/Blog, and sharing our information to others is a gift you can give to us. I know I constantly see amateur weather pages that have triple the amount of followers than ours, and they only provide half the information we do. If you can spread the word about us, please do! Also, make sure that if you do “like” us on Facebook, that you click “Get Notifications” to make sure you receive our updates when they are posted.  (See image below)


If you can, not only should you follow @athensgaweather on twitter, but you should also follow me at @mattdanielwx. For those of you that helped donate to help us pay for this website and for weather data, we greatly appreciate it and want to extend a HUGE thank you! We raised a little over $400. If you would like to donate to help us out, you can do so by clicking on the link below.


Interning at ABC 33/40 in Birmingham, Alabama was an amazing experience. James Spann is one of the best meteorologists out there.

Interning at ABC 33/40 in Birmingham, Alabama was an amazing experience. James Spann is one of the best meteorologists out there.

I plan on trying to write a couple of personal entries such as this every now and then.  2013 had plenty of great moments and a few down moments for me. I am super blessed and fortunate to have been able to intern with James Spann from ABC 33/40 and Ben Jones from WMAZ (CBS in Macon, GA). I was even fortunate enough to write for MSN Weather this past summer/fall. Now, I am currently working as a weather producer at CNN. Balancing out work, school, and this blog can be challenging. Thankfully, I have Jared and Chris to help me out. They have done a fantastic job with the blog, and I cannot thank them enough.

In case you were wondering how we work:

  • I personally write for the blog on Sunday’s, Wednesday’s, and Friday’s of each week
  • Sunday always features the “Sneak Peek of the Week”, which talks about the upcoming work week
  • Jared typically writes the blog on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s
  • Chris writes the blog posts on Monday’s and Saturday’s
  • The day the blogger writes is the day they are responsible for posting weather information via social media, etc.
  • If you are unsure who wrote that day’s post, you can find their name on the right hand side of that particular article
  • If a big storm is on the way,  you can expect a couple of extra posts to be issued by me
  • Our Facebook feed does copy over to twitter. However, if you ask a question on twitter, I will reply to it directly
  • I follow anyone that replies or retweets our information on Twitter. It is common courtesy. If you happen to have done that and I didn’t follow you, let me know.
  • Jared maintains the blog. The new website, etc. is all on him
  • If the Athens Banner Herald or another source in Athens would like to team up with us, let me know
  • We are looking for weather bloggers to write up special stories. If you are interested in helping out, email me at:


With all of that said, thank you again for following us. I hope the information we provide to you is something you can use throughout 2014. I am not sure where the future of AthensGaWeather will go, but I can promise you that it will continue throughout this year. If you have any suggestions or would like to simply leave us feedback, you can now submit it below in this post via Facebook. We do this for you! I hope we have earned your trust in the weather information we provide over the past several years. We want to be accurate, dependable, and there for you when severe weather strikes. It is hard to believe I started this baby up back in 2009. We will be five years old on April 17. Wow! Here’s to 2014. May it be a great year for us all!


Matt Daniel