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About Weather NJ & Jonathan Carr

About Weather NJ & Jonathan Carr

After over 10 years of forecasting weather online in the web, social media, and app spaces, I’d like to make sure the original story of Weather NJ does not get lost. A lot of you have been here since the start but as daily/yearly growth continues, many of you have only discovered Weather NJ in recent times. You should know that you haven’t just stumbled upon “another weather page.”

My name is Jonathan Carr, the founder and sole operator of Weather NJ. My educational and professional background is in software development, and more recently Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR). I do not have a degree in meteorology however I’ve taken a lot of the math and science required for such while obtaining my computer science degree from Stockton University. This includes advanced calculus, analytical geometry, discrete mathematics and electives in natural and Earth sciences. For the remaining physics requirements needed for an atmospheric science degree such as thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, applied atmospheric physics, etc., I’ve audited several free online lectures from Yale and Creighton Universities. Therefore, without an official degree in meteorology, I do not consider myself a meteorologist but rather a weather enthusiast and professional forecaster who’s lost his amateur status by monetizing a successful hobby. 100% transparency is important to me.

I got into weather as a very young kid. My father taught me a lot about wind physics and everything sort of stemmed from there. I became hooked on watching The Weather Channel and listening to local radio forecasts whenever a major weather event was approaching. As time went on and I grew older in my teens, I began understanding weather conditions better by observing radar and satellite output. In the late-oughts (in my late-20s), I discovered predictive weather models and started forecasting personally for myself, friends, and family. I took the computer weather model output and combined it with my natural insight and experience with specific NJ weather conditions. In February of 2010 I launched Severe NJ Weather, on Facebook only, to forecast publicly. Several successful forecasts, including winter storms, Irene, the Halloween snowstorm of 2011, and Sandy, jumpstarted my followership from 2010-2014—forcing me to re-brand and expand into presences on Twitter, YouTube, the web, and mobile app spaces. The polar vortex winter of 2013-2014 took my followership into another gear of growth. From 2014 to present, Weather NJ has seen steady growth surrounding several successful forecasts for major winter storms, nor’easters, severe thunderstorm outbreaks, and tropical activity as well as ongoing routine daily/weekly forecasts for the State of NJ and surrounding areas.

Today, the website has been visited over 20 million times by over 5 million unique visitors since launching. Almost 300,000 people follow Weather NJ collectively across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. I’m followed by news personalities, celebrities, professional sports figures, federal and state politicians, and a tremendous crowd of weather enthusiasts and generally amazing people. The Weather NJ mobile application is used daily by almost 50,000 people and thousands of users have signed up for the premium My Pocket Meteorologist program.

You’ll see ads on my free public services. This is why my amateur forecasting status has been lost. However, with web and app hosting overage fees more than a high-end car payment, ads are the only way to can keep the largest independent NJ weather forecasting agency running.

Weather NJ intends to continue operational and steady growth indefinitely. I plan to do this for the rest of my life. Please have a look below at some of the presentations, talks, awards, invitations, press appearances, and community giveback that has made Weather NJ an extremely rewarding experience for me. If you’ve been here for a while, thank you for your overwhelming support. If you’re new to Weather NJ, welcome aboard! Be safe! JC

Presentations & Talks

Rutgers University Jacques Cousteau Reserve – Guest talk at the Tuckerton Seaport about historical NJ storms and weather 101.
Stockton University – Guest lecture at Coastal Processes grad-level course.
East Brunswick Public Library – Guest talk about historical NJ storms and weather 101.
Ocean County Library – Guest talk about historical NJ storms and weather 101.
Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences – Guest talk about historical NJ storms and weather 101.

Awards & Invitations

NJ Citizen Journalist – Awarded for Sandy forecasting and early warning efforts.
NASA Social OLYMPEX – Invited to explore the latest technology in Pacific weather sensors.
Cape-Atlantic Severe Weather Conference – Invited to share stage with NWS and OEM to discuss coastal storm safety preparations.
Atlantic City PressInvited to contribute and temporarily fill-in as professional forecaster.

In the Press

Press of Atlantic City – Weather Technology Article by Joe Martucci
Stockton UniversityArticle by Mandee McCullough
Star LedgerArticle by Stephen Stirling
Trentonian Article by Jeff Edelstein

Weather NJ & Friends – Giving Back!

Each year my close friends and I try to give back to the community via organizing and volunteering for charitable efforts of various themes (see below events). A special thank you to my family and friends who volunteer top-quality efforts to these events. The events would simply not take place without help from the following individuals: Jennifer Carr, Kyle Hoffman, Jack Gamble, Greg Molyneux, Jessika Morgan, Kathy Nowicki, John Nowicki, Jeff Ruemeli, Joe Bilotta, Jacky Lindeborn, Kathy Carr, Ben Wurst, John Homenuk, Sandy Collier, Deanna Nowicki, Chris Huch, Matt Abotto, Jonathan Giglio, Dani Corso, Bobby Martrich, Pat Morgan, Connor Morgan and Justin Auciello.

Fun(d) the Dream IIA mid-summer dinner party that raised over $12,000 for David’s Dream and Believe Cancer Foundation (DDBCF).
Haunted CarouselA Halloween costume dance party at the Asbury Carousel House that raised over $8,500 for DDBCF
Fun(d) the DreamA mid-summer dinner party that raised over $8,000 for DDBCF.
Fun(d) the Foundation IIA mid-summer dinner party that raised over $4,500 for Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences (LBIF).
Fun(d) the FoundationA mid-summer dinner party that raised over $3,000 for LBIF.
Jersey Shorefest A summer music festival that raised over $20,000 for Sandy OEM first-responders.