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I NEED A LITTLE HELP... Friends and followers, thanks for taking the time to read this.

Back in 2013, I came to the decision that I could make a bigger difference in people's lives by starting a weather website dedicated to the people of the Midwest. My aim was to drill into the specifics of what it takes to produce a forecast with the goal of teaching others what's taken me a lifetime to learn. I wanted to share with you my passion for weather along with the thoughts, insights, and challenges that shape forecast strategy. The whole idea was to offer users a behind the scenes perspective they couldn't get anywhere else. An honest, personalized, in-depth look at what was about to happen in their backyard.
Eight years later I've reached a crossroad. Running a website like this does require working capital. Despite the many hours I devote to preparing my blogs, I do not pay myself, but I do pay my weather contributors as their incredible work in writing blogs and analysis deserves compensation. Then there are legal fees, server expenses, hosting fees and data sites I pay to get the best weather information possible. The time and money adds up.
For the first six years, I was able to subsidize the site and its expenses through my employment as a television meteorologist. However, that financial outlet no longer exists and social security has its limitations. The investment of time, money, and effort is just too much to bear with a daughter going to college. To the point, if you want the site to continue, I am humbly asking for a voluntary one year subscription for the service I'm providing. While any amount helps, I'm asking you to consider paying $12 for a year long subscription. That's $1 dollar per month. Considering I produced more than 450 posts last year, the cost per post is just 3 cents. It's my hope you feel that's a darn good value and a service worth paying for, especially if I've helped, educated, or entertained you these past 8 years.

Your generosity will allow me to continue my goal of providing the very best weather information I can for my area and beyond. I sincerely want to be the source you can count on when the skies threaten or plans need to be made. It's my mission to be out in front of the weather so you aren't caught with your pants down. Whether your business is farming, building houses, cutting grass, or plowing snow, you can depend on me for accurate forecasts to make strong personal and financial decisions. After 45 years I remain committed to you. 
I thank you so much for considering a contribution and rest assured that you will get what you pay for and then some. You have my word on that. The support form is safe, secure, and has nothing to do with Facebook, Just click on the green box below and fill in the specifics. The future of is in your hands.

T. Swails
Since its inception has grown to a point where there are 1.5 million active users. Virtually every country in the world has weather enthusiasts who tune in to see what's going on with Midwest weather. I never saw that coming! A pat on the back to everyone who made it happen.


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Terry Swails
Galena, IL

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