In order to be awarded the Digital Seal, applicants must complete all steps in a rigorous process, which includes acceptance into the application process by the NWA Executive Director, passing a 100-question exam covering all aspects of meteorology with a score of at least 80%, receiving high marks on a series of blog posts or multimedia webcast submissions by a national expert panel, and receiving final approval from the NWA President. A digital seal panel evaluates applicants blog post or webcast content on communication skills, use of graphics, meteorological competency, flow of presentation, use of terminology, and a "Feature" (educational or editorial) article.
“The Digital Seal of Approval was created by the National Weather Association to provide a means for the public to recognize trusted sources in the weather industry that provide information in the digital space,” stated Proseus. “I’m honored to be one of the first in the nation to earn this distinction and look forward to continuing to provide the best possible forecasts, as well as educating the public on weather hazards that affect Memphis and the Mid-South, and how to remain safe when they threaten.”
From the National Weather Association:
The public deserves the most accurate and timely weather forecast and warning information, in terms they can understand, to take appropriate action. For quality of life and the safety of all, weathercasters and other media representatives should commit to provide and continually improve this service. The NWA Broadcast Meteorology Committee promotes the development of quality television, radio and internet weathercasting among NWA members. Through the NWA Seal of Approval program, the NWA grants television/radio and digital Seals of Approval to NWA member weathercasters in the broadcast media (TV/Radio Seal) and in cyberspace (Digital Seal) who meet or exceed standards set by the NWA.
About Erik Proseus:
Erik is the owner of Cirrus Weather Solutions, LLC - a private meteorological firm based in Bartlett, TN, webmaster and meteorologist for MemphisWeather.net (MWN) and JacksonWeather.net, author of the MWN Blog, and social media connoisseur. He has made Memphis and Mid-South weather and climate his career, hobby, and passion for over 20 years. Having lived in the region since childhood, he knows the often-complicated weather patterns of the Mid-South well and relays his knowledge through various social and electronic channels, while providing a vast array of weather information, products, and services on MemphisWeather.net.
MWN is the official weather provider for the Memphis in May International Festival, the Memphis Redbirds AAA baseball team, and the Levitt Shell Summer Concert Series, as well as other smaller organizations and events. Erik's mission through Cirrus Weather Solutions, LLC is to use his meteorological expertise and honed communication skills to prepare, inform, and educate the public on current, future, and past weather conditions and events. The result has been the growth of the MemphisWeather.net social following to nearly 30,000 users who rely on the hyper-local reporting and no-nonsense, no-hype approach provided by MWN.
Erik also conceptualized and developed the StormWatch+ brand, which includes an all-weather alerting utility that pushes National Weather Service inclement weather alerts to smartphone apps based on the user's requested locations and preferences.
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