A Note On The Future Of Forecasterjack

Hello everyone!

I’ve been posting weather forecasts here on forecasterjack.com since 2011. Since that time, the page has grown from a place to ramble about something 11-year-old me was casually interested in, to a dependable source of weather information for Western Maine and New Hampshire. Each morning, I work to bring you the most reliable forecast I can, communicated clearly and concisely. That takes effort on my part, and that effort is something I’ve been more than happy to put in.

That being said, I’m heading off to college at Cornell University this fall, and the workload associated with that education will mean I have to be a little more selective about what I choose to spend my limited time and energy on. That doesn’t mean that forecasterjack will be an impossible lift, but instead that to make it viable, it’s going to be important to get something out of it. Getting up an extra half hour-hour early to forecast weather a few hundred miles away for free isn’t something I’m going to be able to do. But if a few folks each pitch in a few bucks, and continuing to post means having enough spare change to buy my friends and me pizza on a Friday night, or put gas in the car to get to the ski mountain on a Saturday? That’s a tradeoff I’d be happy to make.

So if you’re willing to chip in a few bucks to keep these forecasts coming, please head on over to my Patreon page. If enough people chip in to make the continuation of posts worthwhile, I’ll keep posting each morning (or if I’m away, I will post a forecast a couple days in advance so you’re always informed).
Either way, I won’t be posting during the rest of August as I head off on an orientation hiking trip and get settled into life at Cornell. During that time, remain informed about the weather by heading on over to weather.us and typing your town into the search box on the homepage. The data comes straight from models, so it won’t be perfect, but then again my forecasts aren’t perfect either. Be sure to check out the “Forecast XL” and “Forecast Ensemble” options to compare different model forecasts for a sense of forecast uncertainty. If all the models agree, you can be pretty confident in their forecast. If the models don’t agree, take their forecast with a grain of salt.
Whether or not Forecasterjack continues this fall, I want to thank everyone who has read my forecasts on here over the past 7 (!) years. Your support and encouragement has helped me do what I do today, and I am extremely grateful. Working on this project has provided me with tons of inspiration, and has helped turn a casual childhood interest into a full fledged passion, complete with tons of plans for the future. Even if it doesn’t end up working out to continue posting daily updates this fall, I’ll keep the site up, and will send out a quick note if a particularly intense storm is heading towards Maine.
-Jack

18 thoughts on “A Note On The Future Of Forecasterjack”

  1. I still recall coming across you and your sister making a coffer dam near the dock. Gotta love a kid who loves science. Count me in. Good luck at Cornell and enjoy all those waterfalls around Ithaca!

  2. Jack, I really look forward to reading your post/forecast every day! It has been fun to watch it change over the years, and I recall laughing out loud many times when you used to talk about having to cut it short because you had a ton of homework, or a test. That reminded me of your age, and also that the most reliable, comprehensive and understandable forecast around was from a really passionate and smart middle/high school student. All the best to you on your Cornell adventure! I’ll head over to Patron now, with pleasure!

  3. All the best to you, Jack, for your continued success. My grandmother (1908) and my mother (1934) went there. What a beautiful place “far above Cayuga’s waters”! I have enjoyed your forecasts for the past 4 years. Here at Thornton Oaks, your grandparents told me about your website. You were so faithful and so good! T

    hank you for all your effort!

  4. Jack — I have enjoyed and benefited from your daily forecasts these past five years. Even when you were only 13-14 or so you had an impressive writing fluency — as they say, the more you write, the better you get at doing it. The accuracy of your forecasts has also been high. Thank you for a superb service. So — have four splendid years at Cornell and a great life thereafter. Live, love, laugh, and be happy. DW

    1. Jack, first and foremost, congratulations on going to Cornell. I wish you great success and fulfillment at University. Second, your forecasts so totally rock, I don’t know who I would trust for a weather report without you! You’re never wrong and if so, it’s so slightly off it doesn’t matter. I am truly hopeful that you can continue to post and I COMPLETELY understand if it becomes too much. Thank you for being willing to try and I bet you’ll have more than $35 per month to spend on those extras! Take good care of yourself and have fun!

  5. Great news, Jack. Happy to support and hope that others will join me. I always get a chuckle reading your despairing remarks about high humidity – Hot and humid are the days I long for! Best of luck on your new journey!

  6. Have followed you for years…thank you so much for your forecasts. I find them so much more helpful than any others. I am happy to support you continuing to offer this service to us….that said, I would encourage you to let it go…….and fully embrace your university experience!

  7. Best of luck in your future endeavors, I have looked forward to your forecasts, you have done an excellent job and I have no doubt that you will excel at which direction you choose. Enjoy your time at Cornell

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