About

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This page is run by Jacob Meisel, a weather consultant who grew up in Westport, Connecticut and is currently a junior at Harvard College.  The website is run alongside a study of Boston and Cambridge weather, though this has been and will remain the predominant outlet for Jacob’s meteorological interests.  Jacob has been studying meteorology for upwards of 9 years now, and has operated a weather website for this region previously for 7 of those 9 years.  As a middle and high school student he forecasted primarily in winter months, but is now focusing in on year-round New England weather prediction.  He is also trained in forecasting patterns for thunderstorms and other Summer storm systems, allowing him to provide summer weather consulting services even when his free site is not updated as consistently.  Jacob’s specialty is large scale systems and determining exact tracks and expected impacts, hence winter forecasting which involves the time of year when most low pressure systems, or Nor’ Easters, tend to impact Southwestern Connecticut.  Jacob has also increased his study of seasonal patterns, applying numerous statistical tests to various upper air patterns and climate drivers to try and compile statistical estimates for each season.  He has been featured on BBC News, The Weather Channel and a number of regional news sources and radio stations for his local forecasts while also being featured on Bloomberg News, CNBC, Natural Gas Intel, and other market news sources for his energy market analysis stemming from longer-range weather forecasts.  Forecasts will be updated daily on this page, and when more extreme weather is expected blogs will be posted covering it.

Forecasts historically focused specifically on Fairfield County, but in the past few years they have been expanded to officially cover neighboring Westchester and New Haven counties, which can now expect updated forecasts on a day to day basis, and updates can often give up-to-the-minute information on breaking weather events.  This website also has a Facebook and Twitter for shorter updates, both of which are listed on the home page.  The Twitter account, @SWCTweather, livetweets during storms for second-by-second breakdowns of expected conditions.

Jacob has upgraded potential personalized service offerings through SWCTweather in the past years, providing a competitive pricing scheme to offer individuals forecasts for specific events up to a month in advance.  For additional information on any of these individualized weather services, please see the “Additional Forecasting Services” section of the website or contact Jacob directly at jacob@swctweather.com.  Many of these services are also available through a Premium Subscription, which you can sign up for here.

Jacob has also been furthering research at Harvard into market-driving weather patterns and the economics of meteorological forecasting, putting weather forecasts to work in equity investments.  These services are available via Bespoke Weather Services at bespokeweather.com.  For further information on potential investment consultation or services, please email Jacob at jacob@swctweather.com.

Quick Aside From Jacob: I often get asked how I, a senior in college, think I can deliver more accurate results in forecasts than the National Weather Service, Accuweather, The Weather Channel, or other paid professionals.  The answer is I don’t, at least not every time.  But what I have done is try and create a model that even an amateur forecaster can follow and achieve as close to a success rate as the National Weather Service does: focusing in on a small geographic area in which you reside in.  For awhile this has always been a theory of mine as to how I can deliver accurate weather information without yet achieving a full college degree, but recent testing by meteorology professors at various Universities now prove that this is in fact true.  The regional expertise combined with forecasting experience can outlast just forecasting alone.  If you don’t believe me, read up on it here.  One of my favorite quotes straight from the abstract is:

“Specifically, experienced forecasters are able to use regional knowledge to their advantage in forecasting temperature and precipitation amount, while their less-experienced counterparts cannot advantageously use such information for either type of forecast.”

I hope that through my website I can properly convey precipitation and temperature forecasts that fit the numerous needs of people across not just Southwestern Connecticut but the surrounding area as well.  It’s always been argued that specialization is the key to success in any economy: my goal is to bring that to weather.

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9 responses to “About

  1. Jacob – impressive effort and output. I am not a weather geek, so is it possible to put a glossary on the site for the acronyms? Cheers,

  2. Jacob – I have a 9 yo third grader at Long Lots who is weather-obsessed, but loves the science of it as well. Many people I know, who also know you and/or your weather work, have mentioned my son is kind of a mini-you, in terms of interests. If you ever want to give him some tips on how to pursue his passion as you move onto college, I’m sure he’d love the advice!

    Deb

  3. Jacob- Here is a website documenting the aspect of weather being a high level military operation of owning the weather. Weatherwars.info

  4. I almost rely on this site more than the National Weather Service, I have been checking your site and updates since last year and am very impressed, no wonder why your attending Harvard!

  5. Jacob,

    We tried hard to replace you on Good Morning Staples… but, nobody could pull it off…even if meant just reading over weather.com or accuweather.com and winging it. Zip… Nada!

    If you would ever like to do a guest appearance on Good Morning Staples or even a weekly Skype we could capture it and put you back on the air! Ha… I realize you are busy in college. But I wanted you to know that you could not be replaced.

    Good luck with school!

    Jim Honeycutt
    Staples Media Lab
    Staples High School
    Westport, CT

  6. Just came upon your site last week and love it! I have always been interested in the weather and love to get as much info as I can.Keep up the interesting” world of weather” writing!!! Alicia

  7. Angela Campbell

    Your tweets and website are a great resource. Please share how donations can be made.

    • Thank you! Donations can be made by clicking the PayPal button on the top right of the website, which is available on any laptop. Sadly not possible on mobile devices at this time.