Hokie™ Weather Watch

Posted: January 18, 2015 in Uncategorized

HWW Logo - WordMark In the Fall of 2014, the Hokie Weather Watch organization was founded as a Weather Blog in conjunction with the Collegiate Times (Student Campus Newspaper) on the Virginia Tech campus. It joined an already active weather column run within the newspaper and a team of radio Broadcast Meteorologists that had been providing weather forecasts to the campus since August of 2011 (founded originally by Dan Goff). All three meteorological organizations are made possible by the Educational Media Company at Virginia Tech who maintains the student Media outlets in which the organization uses, however, each organization is maintained strictly by students. Screen Shot 2014-12-10 at 3.57.51 PM In December of 2014, the leader of all three meteorological media groups, James Morrow, along with other management within the organizations approved a merger of all campus weather teams into a central meteorological media group under the title Hokie Weather Watch. The merger allowed for a platform much easier to maintain and an opportunity to allow for continued growth and personnel sharing. The merger became official as of January 1st, 2015 and the organization took the shape as seen in the outline above. The organization will be overseen by a Weather Editor, who will oversee general operations and encourage continued growth. Each platform will then have their own leaders. WUVT Broadcasters will continue to be headed by a Chief Meteorologist whose responsibility will be the management, editing, and scheduling of on-air broadcasters. The Collegiate Times lead will be titled as the Assistant Weather Editor, and will be in-charge of the the print and online written products within the organization.

Screen Shot 2015-01-12 at 4.12.15 PMThe Hokie Weather Watch organization is entirely made up of Virginia Tech Meteorology Students and members of the Blue Ridge Chapter of the AMS/NWA. The organization provides students with extensive forecasting, writing, blogging, broadcasting, and leadership experience while also providing Virginia Tech and the Greater New River Valley an accurate and timely forecast. The organization currently is focused around two main implemented platforms: WUVT Broadcasting and Collegiate Times writing (Blogging + Print forecasts). In the future, there are several avenues of expansion (outlined in the image on the left) that can be better explored and implemented.

The organization is also an official Weather Ready Nation Ambassador.

Follow us on Twitter: @HOKIEwxWATCH

Spring 2015 positions are currently being filled. The next steps for the organization will focus around recruitment, growth, and streamlining processes.

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