What's better than one person with a lifelong passion for weather and a love for South Jersey keeping a constant eye on your weather?
How about two people?
I'm excited to announce a partnership with Jonathan Carr, the talented and dedicated man behind the Facebook page 'Weather NJ,' which currently has over 200,000 followers and is one of the largest independent weather reporting platforms in New Jersey.
Jonathan will serve as a contributor to The Press of Atlantic City, starting in September. He will offer his valuable insight through occasional columns, blogs, and forecasts, especially during times of severe weather. He’ll also keep you informed of weather conditions and forecasts when I’m on vacation. I think my bosses allow a vacation every now and then, though admittedly it’s always hard fully disconnecting from the weather even when off.
Jonathan started his Facebook page, initially called Severe NJ Weather, in February of 2010. His goal: “inform the public, through actionable discussion, of major storm systems that were out of local forecast reach.”
The page was an immediate success. By 2014, Jonathan had rebranded the page 'Weather NJ.'
In addition to his frequent forecasts, warnings, and impassioned pleas leading up to Hurricane Sandy, Jonathan also organized and ran 'Jersey Shorefest', a 2013 charity event on Long Beach Island the summer following Sandy. The event benefited the first responders who lost their homes during the storm. As a result of his efforts, Jonathan was awarded the 2014 New Jersey Citizen Journalist award, which former New Jersey Governor James Florio presented to him.
Jonathan has been featured in several articles including Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers(IEEE) journals, The Trentonian, NewsWorks, The Star Ledger, The Sandpaper, and several local magazines.
He is a graduate of Southern Regional High School in Ocean County, and earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from Stockton University as well as a master's degree in information systems from the University of Phoenix.
“I have no formal education in meteorology, but that’s something I wear proudly on my sleeve,” Jonathan says. “My entire atmospheric knowledge-base is self-taught and under the wing of some good friends who are professional meteorologists.”
Both Jonathan and I believe in providing comprehensive, accurate, and local weather forecasts catered specifically for South Jersey.
We both think, and we think you’ll agree, that the public wins when traditional media and social media work together to provide you with the latest weather information quickly and effectively.
You can access Jonathan’s Facebook page, Weather NJ, by clicking here:
Look for his contributions coming to The Press of Atlantic City and pressofatlanticcity.com starting soon.