Our Contributors

Charlie Phillips

Charlie started WeatherTogether in Spring 2016 with the goal of creating an interconnected social network of local weather blogs. But like many other meteorologists, Charlie has been fascinated by the natural sciences from a very young age. After delving into meteorology, geology, astronomy, and physics throughout elementary and middle school, Charlie began writing weather and science blogs in high school and hasn’t stopped since. He graduated from the University of Washington in 2015 with a B.S. in atmospheric sciences focusing on meteorology and climatology.

Previously a life-long Seattle resident, Charlie now works in the renewable energy industry in Portland, OR, forecasting the power output for wind farms along the Columbia River Gorge. Charlie plays saxophone and is very active both in the Portland and Seattle music scenes, and whether it's skiing throughout the Cascades or geoduck clamming in Puget Sound, Charlie loves getting outside, rain or shine. 

Blog: charlie.weathertogether.net
Email: charlie@weathertogether.net

Mark Ingalls

Mark has been obsessed with weather as long as he can remember. He grew up in a military family and lived all over. Mark claims Kennewick, Washington as home but currently lives in St. Anthony, Idaho and is going to school at Brigham Young University – Idaho.

Aside from weather, Mark enjoys wilderness adventures. He's climbed mountains (such as Mount Adams), and has gone on backpacking trips lasting several days. He also Geocaches.

Mark occasionally blogs for a few radio stations in the Tri-Cities. Those posts are usually aimed at local folks there. On WeatherTogether, Mark blogs about whatever catches his fancy.

Blog: ingalls.weathertogether.net
Email: mark@weathertogether.net

Nathan Parker

Nathan served as a contributor for the WeatherBug Backyard Blog since 2005 and an administrator for the WeatherBug Community since 2008 until it was discontinued with the sale of the WeatherBug brand to GroundTruth. He also served as the President/CEO of Mallard Computer, Inc., and WeatherMallard, and an administrator of WeatherQuack.com until WeatherQuack merged under WeatherTogether. He is an IT consultant for Earth Networks (WeatherBug's former owner).

Nathan joins WeatherTogether.net as a contributor and administrator, bringing his years of IT weather community experience to the team. He currently lives in his hometown of Hot Springs, Arkansas, and he contributes severe weather reports to #ARWX on Twitter. Nathan spent a few years covering severe weather events in the North Georgia Mountains before returning to Arkansas. He graduated with a M Div in Biblical Languages from Luther Rice College and seminary and will be beginning a PhD in Systematic Theology shortly.

Blog: parkernathan.weathertogether.net
Contact: Nathan's Contact Form
Personal Weather Station: Click here to view my PWS
Webcam: Click here to view my Webcam

Kevin Shaw

Kevin started following the weather back in the 1960s while growing up in northern New Jersey. His first love was snowstorms, as it could afford an impromptu holiday from school and a chance to play out in the snow all day. He began taking daily weather measurements of snow and temperatures in high school and took meteorology and climatology courses at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where he majored in geography en route to a career in cartography.

Kevin moved to Maryland in 1974 and has recorded daily data since 1975, submitting monthly observation forms of his data into the Washington Area Metropolitan Climate Network. Now living in Rockville MD, automation has taken over a lot of the daily observational tasks, but a manual CoCoRaHS 4 inch rain gauge (just like the first one purchased back in 1975) is still read daily. Kevin’s blog focuses on daily observations from his West Rockville, Maryland, weather station as well as other current topics in meteorology.

Blog: kevinshaw.weathertogether.net
Email: kshaw4@gmail.com
Personal Weather Station: weatherlink.com/user/walrusman444

Jeff Taylor

Jeff developed an early passion for weather and began observing and recording personal weather data when about 10 years old. Snowstorms were a favorite weather event when growing up in Maryland. He took meteorology and climatology courses at Frostburg State University but majored in geography, emphasizing cartography as a career. He greatly missed snow when living in San Francisco and the Bay Area for 16 years. Now that he lives in the Portland area, he is happy to be able to measure it again. Jeff is also a former National Weather Service COOP observer but had to give it up upon moving west.

Jeff has enjoyed learning about and observing the weather patterns in the Pacific Northwest, having established his automated weather equipment in May 2014. He has also done a massive amount of research on the climate and weather of Maryland where he grew up. He blogs about both on WeatherTogether!

Weather of Happy Valley, Oregon: happyvalleywx.weathertogether.net
Maryland Climate & Weather: marylandclimateandweather.weathertogether.net

E-mail: wxjeff@sbcglobal.net
Personal Weather Station: wrh.noaa.gov/mesowest/timeseries.php?wfo=pqr&sid=e5214&num=72

Josh Henderson

Josh's enthusiasm for astronomy and meteorology began before the age of four. He received his first telescope at age eight, built his first weather station at age nine, and has been modifying off the shelf weather stations and re-purposing or making his own equipment ever since. Josh is also an avid guitar player and played lead guitar for a church worship band.
Josh built and operates the Sola Virtus Observatory, a private astronomical observatory and meteorological reporting station located on several acres of land in the farming community of Norrisville Twp. White Hall, MD. USA. The Observatory weather station supplies data to NWS, CWOP, CWOP Snow, CoCoRaHS, ACON, JHU Applied Physics Lab as well as many others. 
      - All Sky Cam

Patricia Murphy

Patricia has a lifelong fascination with weather than only grows the older she gets. Living in Michigan, the unique weather features of the Great Lakes helped pique her interested in her local weather. Now, Patricia spends her time monitoring weather both in her backyard and across the world and has contributed to the CoCoRaHS observation network for years.

Patricia started posting on WeatherBug Backyard Blogs decades ago but unfortunately that site was kicked to the curb when new owners took over Weatherbug. On her WeatherTogether blog, she focuses on daily observations from her home in Rockford, Michigan.

Blog: oneamazedhuman.weathertogether.net

Karl Bonner

Karl graduated with a degree in economics from the University of Oregon in 2009, and currently resides in The Dalles, OR where he is deeply involved in local community organizing. While he has no formal education in atmospheric sciences, he has taught himself a great deal about meteorology since graduating college and has amassed an impressive amount of knowledge about the weather of the Columbia River Gorge.

He loves to keep track of the arrival of spring and autumn in the Gorge and regularly posts beautiful pictures on his blog. In his spare time, Karl loves to play both saxophone and french horn.

Blog: thedallesblog.weathertogether.net

Cathie Ursu

Like so many others fascinated by the weather, Cathie's lifelong interest stems from witnessing a severe weather event as a child. A 7-year old living in Pontiac, Michigan at the time, Cathie witnessed the damage from 1953 Flint-Beecher tornado that devastated northern Flint, Michigan. The damage she saw in the aftermath and her proximity to other tornadoes during the outbreak left a lasting impression on her. After the Flint-Beecher tornado, tornado warnings were broadcast on television, but initial subsequent lack of weather radar and ability to precisely locate tornadoes struck fear in her. Though Cathie grew up around tornadoes, she's never experienced one personally, and her heart goes out to all those who have been.

Cathie currently works as a local hospital and has the responsibility of alerting patients and employees of weather watches and warnings when severe weather strikes. On WeatherTogether, Cathie posts daily weather reports from her home in Corruna, Michigan.

Blog: cursu.weathertogether.net

Brie Hawkins

Brie started Little Bear Creek Weather back in 2014 in hopes of creating a hyper local weather resource for the North King and South Snohomish County area of Washington State. LBCWeather is an interactive facebook page and blog with localized forecast discussions, live storm updates, weather information and education, and a place where people can get their questions answered in a more personal environment.

Brie’s passion for weather has been around since she was quite young, but the Hannukah Eve windstorm of 2006 was what really sparked her interest in the meteorology world. While she has no formal training, she has self taught quite a bit about forecasting, model reading, and other aspects of atmospheric science. Eventually she hopes to go back to school to obtain a degree in atmos. Brie also has a passion for landscape and nature photography, and when weather comes into play, it's the best of both worlds. She is also a trained Skywarn weather spotter, and a Weather Ready Nation Ambassador partnered with the Seattle National Weather Service.

Blog: lbcweather.weathertogether.net
Email: littlebearcreekweather@gmail.com
Photography: facebook.com/jbhawkinsphotography

Leon Dabbs

Leon is a retired school teacher who resides in Southern California. Three of his favorite hobbies are gardening, weather observation, and amateur radio, and it was through amateur radio that he became a Weather Spotter for Skywarn. Skywarn is a program of the United States National Weather Service. Its mission is to collect reports from weather spotters of local weather conditions. These reports are used to aid forecasters in issuing weather advisories and warning and to improve the forecasting and tools that collect meteorological data.

Blog: wxguy.weathertogether.net

William Brantley

William Brantley is a Trained Certified Spotter for the NWS office in Memphis and has been fascinated by the weather for a very long time. He posts daily Youtube videos and climate summaries from his home in North Jackson Tennessee and is very excited to be part of the WeatherTogether community.

Blog: brantleysweather.weathertogether.net

Harry Hayfield

Harry Hayfield, a resident of Cardigan county in Wales part of the United Kingdom, has been interested in the weather since January 1987 when he came out of his house and complained “It’s too cold!” and looked at the thermometer hanging on the wall of the house he lived in and was quite frankly astonished when it read -13°C (10°F). Since that day he has been interested in the vagaries of the British weather and since 2002, when he upgraded to digital satellite television, has realised that what the American nation gets one day, the United Kingdom is liable to get a version of a few days later.

He has been a member of the Weatherbug Backyard Community and WeatherQuack (both under the able leadership of Nathan Parker) and will bring his observations of Welsh weather events to Weather Together in his usual manner of explaining what is happening and what impact it is having on the United Kingdom.

Blog: welshweather.weathertogether.net

Chris Scragg

Chris Scragg is college student studying Journalism and Meteorology at ASU in Phoenix, AZ. He lived in Seattle, WA for five years before coming here. In Seattle he earned a degree in Digital Media and blogged about local weather under the alias “Puget Sound Weather Geek”. He also spent eight months as an intern in the Seattle KOMO News TV Station with Meteorologist Steve Pool.

Chris' passion for weather began in Arizona when he was seven. Seeing the huge thunderstorms during the Monsoon Season sparked his fascination with lightning and love of weather. Chris has since built other interests in photography, video production and putting all of these skills to the test while storm chasing and capturing lightning on camera in the Arizona Desert.

Blog: phxweatherblog.weathertogether.net
Email: chrisscragg@hotmail.com
Photography: hscraggphoto.weebly.com/severe-weather-photography.html

John Markle

John is a retired United States Merchant Marine chief engineer and is a certified pilot. He is also an amateur radio operator (call sign: KL7IFP) and enjoys placer mining when the weather permits.  On WeatherTogether, you can read John’s first-hand accounts of the frigid winter weather and the long summer days from his abode in the Salcha Basin, just south of Fairbanks, Alaska.

Blog: salchabasinweather.weathertogether.net