Saturday, May 25, 2013 celebrates 10 years! (MWN) began humbly, as a way to provide Erik's forecasts and a collection of other Mid-South-centric weather information to a slowly growing audience. The site first went live on April 28, 2003.

Today, MWN is the largest independent source of weather data and information in the Mid-South, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors a year (thousands a day during winter and severe weather) with a social media audience of over 15,000 and growing. MWN Forecasts are found on the web and mobile apps and heard daily on Radio Memphis and routinely in many of our loyal followers' conversations.

MWN has also been a pioneer in social media nowcasting, which is now the bread and butter of our social media strategy. In addition, our Twitter-based storm spotting program (#mSpotter) is one of only two such programs in the nation and is a key part of the public spotter program for the local National Weather Service office, resulting in verification of many severe weather warnings over the past year.

On June 1, we're celebrating #MWNat10 - the tenth anniversary of - with an Open House and all of our fans, followers, and friends are invited!  The Open House will feature:

  • A meet-'n-greet and Q&A with current and former members of Team MWN - the folks that bring you the best weather in the Mid-South!
  • Tour MWN Headquarters, including our weather equipment and home office
  • Check out our underground storm shelter and meet the fine folks from Take Cover Storm Shelters
  • Meet members of Mid-South Storm Chasers, fresh off a trip to Oklahoma the day Moore was hit by an EF-5, and check out their awesome storm chase truck (pic below)
  • NOAA Weather Radio programming (BYO radio or win ours!)
  • Weather-related kid's activities, including our "Teaching Tornado"
  • Valuable safety safety and educational information
  • Yummy refreshments!
  • Giveaways! Including a ride-along with Mid-South Storm Chasers on an upcoming chase and an emergency readiness kit

We are asking that everyone that attends pre-register at this website for two reasons - so we have an approximate headcount and to provide you with the address of the Open House (it is on the north side of Bartlett; we are not publishing the the address to the general public as it is in a residential neighborhood). Of course, if you decide to bring a few more people along than you register, feel free!  We'd love for you to introduce friends and family to MWN!

Tour this MSSC chase truck at the MWN Open House!
Take Cover Shelters will be present, showing visitors their shelters and answering your questions
Besides the Open House, follow us all week on Facebook and Twitter as we plan to have some #MWNat10 fun there as well, including some giveaways!  We look forward to seeing many of you on June 1!

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