Hello. My name is Jonathan Carr, the founder of Weather NJ, formerly Severe NJ Weather. Because of my passion for meteorology, I began a Facebook page to bring public safety awareness regarding weather events to my community. For almost 6 years now, I have built a Facebook following of 204 thousand individuals. Even as professional opportunities have come my way, I have always described myself as a civilian weather enthusiast and amateur forecaster. My community knows me as JC.
My Facebook page has been used as a platform for public safety and a fun place to talk about weather as well as bettering my community through charitable causes. So I want to apologize for bringing this matter to you. However, I was recently served with a civil lawsuit by Weatherboy Weather. Under the Federal District Court of New Jersey, Weatherboy Weather is seeking damages in excess of $150,000 for defamation.
As my attempts to resolve this matter privately were unsuccessful, it looks as though I will have to defend myself in court. I'd like to be able to say that I can afford this on my own. After financial hardships resulting from a major relocation and my wife being sick, I simply cannot.
The greatest thing about everything I've worked so hard to create and achieve is you, the followers, and that’s why I am reaching out. If each of my followers contributed even a small amount, I would have enough to fund at least a retainer. These kind of defenses can end up costing over $50,000. A donation to this campaign and a share on social media will help protect me and my family as well as the Weather NJ organization.
All funds collected will go towards this lawsuit. Any remaining money will be donated to a charity chosen by you.
I appreciate any donations that can help keep Weather NJ alive. I thank you for your time and, as always, be safe.