Weatherboy has become a sponsor of Colorado State University’s (CSU) Tropical Meteorology Project located in the Department of Atmospheric Science. The Tropical Meteorology Project is well known for its seasonal outlooks for the annual Atlantic Hurricane Season which stretches from June 1 through to November 30 each year.
The effort is led by Research Scientist Dr. Phil Klotzbach. He received his Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from CSU in 2007. Klotzbach has been employed in the Department of Atmospheric Science for the past seventeen years and was co-author on the Atlantic basin hurricane forecasts with Dr. William Gray through 2005. He became first author on the seasonal hurricane forecasts in 2006. Klotzbach developed the two-week forecasts currently being issued during the peak months of the hurricane season between August-October. He has published over two dozen articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Climate and Weather and Forecasting.
“We’re delighted to have Weatherboy on-board as a sponsor this season. We’re also thankful for the additional venues Weatherboy provides to get the word out about our forecasts and hurricane safety information in general,” Dr. Klotzbach said. Weatherboy joins the Insurance Information Institute, Interstate Restoration, and Ironshore as project sponsors this year.
Weatherboy, a brand owned by New Jersey-based isarithm LLC, is anchored by a cartoon avatar depicted in various situations with the weather. Beyond broadcast channels, Weatherboy content is produced on its website, weatherboy.com, and promoted through social channels on Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat. In its 25+ year history, the Weatherboy brand has brought weather news, forecasts, and information to wide audiences, with a new focus on younger children, parents, and educators.
Content that appears on Weatherboy.com and in social channels is developed by a team of college-educated, professional meteorologists. Members of this team have traveled the world to bring weather and earth science news to its audience. All public-facing members of the Weatherboy team hold membership in both the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association.
During the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season, Weatherboy had one meteorologist broadcasting live video from the Miami area during Hurricane Irma while another meteorologist piloted WeatherboyOne, a video streaming drone isarithm owns, to capture storm damage on Florida’s west coast.
For the 2018 Hurricane Season, Weatherboy will have meteorologists in the Atlantic and the Pacific to cover storms and to prepare audiences for those storms well before they arrive. As part of the sponsorship program with CSU, Weatherboy will also feature a FacebookLive broadcast with Dr. Klotzbach to discuss the upcoming season and the Tropical Meteorology Project’s outlook before the start of the season.
Weatherboy will also be covering the National Tropical Weather Conference in South Padre Island, Texas that runs from April 3-7. During that event, on April 5, at 9am CDT, Dr. Klotzbach will unveil the initial 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook. That press conference will be carried live by Weatherboy online.