@NashSevereWx (David, Will, & Andrew) is creating Weather for Davidson & Williamson Counties, Tennessee
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OK, so this is a bit awkward for us, because we've never asked y'all to support us financially. But, seriously, the expenses are piling up and stressing us out. We're asking you to support us financially. You probably know @NashSevereWx and NashSevereWx.com is run by three locals who live/work in Nashville/Davidson Co and Williamson Co. We're all married, we have full time jobs (no, this isn't our job!), and, yes, we all have kids (Will has the most). It's been our pleasure to cover the weather where we live, swim, eat hot chicken, work, go to concerts, study, play soccer, worship, sit in traffic....you know, Nashville things.

Over the past 8 months, this operation has been getting very expensive. Several years ago, we didn't really know the $1,500 we spent on weather software were "start up costs." We are weather nerds. We would have bought that stuff anyway.

As we've grown, so have our annual expenses. We totaled it up. Just the weather stuff has cost over $1,600 a year for several years running. That does not include computers, internet, and hardware. Most of that money is spent on weather data and website fees, hosting, etc. 

Then we had the web crisis. We are not web guys. Our site went down a few times in 2016, and we didn't know how to fix it, but we muscled through it. The real web crisis came in early February, and we have resolved "never again." The problem: a basic web host cannot handle all our traffic. To fix the problem, we hired a web professional to upgrade our host to handle all our traffic and otherwise make the page better. This going to be expensive, likely doubling our current annual expenses, and it's stretching our ability to pay for it ourselves. We've recently committed to pay $87 per month just to host the site, to make sure it doesn't crash when we need it to work the most. This does not include the guy we hired to make sure it's done right and done well. 

We've put off upgrading and trying new things because it's been too expensive. We believe in what we are doing. There's more we can do, but we've hesitated to do it because, well, cool stuff costs money. Beyond the leap of faith we've made with the website, we'd like to put up a better radar for the website, which will run $50/month; it'll serve y'all better than what we're paying for now. Professional quality software to produce screenshare and other videos would enhance our coverage during severe weather events. We would like to support our partners in neighboring counties by getting them the same software we use. We'd love to install and support local web cams across both counties so we could see the hail, or God forbid, a tornado -- social science says people respond to photos videos better than radar data. I'd love to purchase a road sensor for the winter rather than extrapolate from the closest one in Franklin, Kentucky. When our computers go down, we'd like to buy new ones, without having to sit down and figure out how to make it work in the family budget. But mostly, we need to pay for the web upgrade without having to sit down and find room for it in three family budgets

We're growing like crazy. From January 2015 to August 2016, NashSevereWx.com saw 332,000 users with 2.4 million page views. During that time, @NashSevereWx had 140 million impressions. In December 2016, we passed 100,000 followers; we average between 4,000 and 5,000 new Twitter followers every month. Over the past 6 months, we've averaged 244,000 profile views of our Twitter account; we think these are people "following" the Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/NashSevereWx without actually signing up for Twitter.

The most frequent question we get from family and friends has "are you making money off this?" The answer is "no," for years we've been (and we are not complaining about this!) running it at a loss. Some of you know we've had a Donate button hidden on our website, which some of you found -- you know who you are and y'all are awesome -- but we never promoted it. We've funded this mostly with our money and 100% with our time. 

Over the past year, our needs have increased, our costs have risen, and our ideas for improvement delayed by a lack of funds. We've looked at other options. Google AdSense is distracting and uncool. Advertisers approached us, but we have not wanted to answer to a boss (advertisers are bosses, y'all) for when we tweet or post a hilarious gif or a sad reference to Prince's passing (purple rain) or when I decide to tweet in haiku just because I know my English teacher is watching. Media outlets have very graciously approached us, but that has not seemed to be the right move or the right time.

So, yeah, we are asking for your financial support. Because our costs recur, we need your support to recur. If you're not in a place to support us, that's cool. We get it. We just want to serve the community the best way we know how. We aren't asking for financial help so we can quit our jobs to run @NashSevereWx and NashSevereWx.com. We aren't buying leather sofas and beer with it, either. We want to get better. We want this to work when y'all need it to work. We have the right people in place. We would like for it to not kill us financially. If you like what we've been up to and you'd like to be part of making it better, please help us out. 

Thanks, y'all. 

Tiers
Shoutout
$5 or more per month
  • Unless you tell us not to, we'll give you a shoutout on the website as a supporter of NashSevereWx.
Stickers!
$15 or more per month
  • We'll send you some 3" x 3" avatar stickers. These are smaller and are brand new.
  • Plus all previous rewards
Goals
89% complete
More cameras, better equipment, with a goal toward putting eyes on any and every storm that rolls through. 
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OK, so this is a bit awkward for us, because we've never asked y'all to support us financially. But, seriously, the expenses are piling up and stressing us out. We're asking you to support us financially. You probably know @NashSevereWx and NashSevereWx.com is run by three locals who live/work in Nashville/Davidson Co and Williamson Co. We're all married, we have full time jobs (no, this isn't our job!), and, yes, we all have kids (Will has the most). It's been our pleasure to cover the weather where we live, swim, eat hot chicken, work, go to concerts, study, play soccer, worship, sit in traffic....you know, Nashville things.

Over the past 8 months, this operation has been getting very expensive. Several years ago, we didn't really know the $1,500 we spent on weather software were "start up costs." We are weather nerds. We would have bought that stuff anyway.

As we've grown, so have our annual expenses. We totaled it up. Just the weather stuff has cost over $1,600 a year for several years running. That does not include computers, internet, and hardware. Most of that money is spent on weather data and website fees, hosting, etc. 

Then we had the web crisis. We are not web guys. Our site went down a few times in 2016, and we didn't know how to fix it, but we muscled through it. The real web crisis came in early February, and we have resolved "never again." The problem: a basic web host cannot handle all our traffic. To fix the problem, we hired a web professional to upgrade our host to handle all our traffic and otherwise make the page better. This going to be expensive, likely doubling our current annual expenses, and it's stretching our ability to pay for it ourselves. We've recently committed to pay $87 per month just to host the site, to make sure it doesn't crash when we need it to work the most. This does not include the guy we hired to make sure it's done right and done well. 

We've put off upgrading and trying new things because it's been too expensive. We believe in what we are doing. There's more we can do, but we've hesitated to do it because, well, cool stuff costs money. Beyond the leap of faith we've made with the website, we'd like to put up a better radar for the website, which will run $50/month; it'll serve y'all better than what we're paying for now. Professional quality software to produce screenshare and other videos would enhance our coverage during severe weather events. We would like to support our partners in neighboring counties by getting them the same software we use. We'd love to install and support local web cams across both counties so we could see the hail, or God forbid, a tornado -- social science says people respond to photos videos better than radar data. I'd love to purchase a road sensor for the winter rather than extrapolate from the closest one in Franklin, Kentucky. When our computers go down, we'd like to buy new ones, without having to sit down and figure out how to make it work in the family budget. But mostly, we need to pay for the web upgrade without having to sit down and find room for it in three family budgets

We're growing like crazy. From January 2015 to August 2016, NashSevereWx.com saw 332,000 users with 2.4 million page views. During that time, @NashSevereWx had 140 million impressions. In December 2016, we passed 100,000 followers; we average between 4,000 and 5,000 new Twitter followers every month. Over the past 6 months, we've averaged 244,000 profile views of our Twitter account; we think these are people "following" the Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/NashSevereWx without actually signing up for Twitter.

The most frequent question we get from family and friends has "are you making money off this?" The answer is "no," for years we've been (and we are not complaining about this!) running it at a loss. Some of you know we've had a Donate button hidden on our website, which some of you found -- you know who you are and y'all are awesome -- but we never promoted it. We've funded this mostly with our money and 100% with our time. 

Over the past year, our needs have increased, our costs have risen, and our ideas for improvement delayed by a lack of funds. We've looked at other options. Google AdSense is distracting and uncool. Advertisers approached us, but we have not wanted to answer to a boss (advertisers are bosses, y'all) for when we tweet or post a hilarious gif or a sad reference to Prince's passing (purple rain) or when I decide to tweet in haiku just because I know my English teacher is watching. Media outlets have very graciously approached us, but that has not seemed to be the right move or the right time.

So, yeah, we are asking for your financial support. Because our costs recur, we need your support to recur. If you're not in a place to support us, that's cool. We get it. We just want to serve the community the best way we know how. We aren't asking for financial help so we can quit our jobs to run @NashSevereWx and NashSevereWx.com. We aren't buying leather sofas and beer with it, either. We want to get better. We want this to work when y'all need it to work. We have the right people in place. We would like for it to not kill us financially. If you like what we've been up to and you'd like to be part of making it better, please help us out. 

Thanks, y'all. 

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Tiers
Shoutout
$5 or more per month
  • Unless you tell us not to, we'll give you a shoutout on the website as a supporter of NashSevereWx.
Stickers!
$15 or more per month
  • We'll send you some 3" x 3" avatar stickers. These are smaller and are brand new.
  • Plus all previous rewards