Instead, we’re listing the meteorologists/organizations who are best at using Twitter. We’ve sought out those in our atmospheric science community who bring their unique scientific perspectives to #wxtwitter in the most intriguing, informative, thought provoking, humorous, or jaw dropping fashions.
Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations for our list! This has helped us discover many great accounts that we may not have fully recognized otherwise. If you feel like you have been snubbed, we encourage you to keep up that online #grind and perhaps you’ll find yourself on AtmoLife’s 2018 list if Twitter still exists a year from now. We encourage quality over quantity tweeting, and it is not required to #StickToWeather. Also worth noting is that many of our top 100 fit into multiple categories. If you’re on the list and you feel like your primary focus belongs in a different section, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.
Without further ado, listed in no particular order, here are your top 100 meteorology Twitter accounts to follow in 2017!
1. National Weather Service (@) – The mothership for all NWS. We also recommend following your local NWS office!
— NWS (@NWS) December 22, 2016
2. NOAA NCEI Climate (@) – NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information. Home of the US Drought monitor as well as other cutting-edge climate information and research.
3. NOAA Satellites (@) – Incredible NOAA satellite imagery fueling your inner weather geek.
— NOAA Satellites (@NOAASatellites) December 16, 2016
4. NWS Weather Prediction Center (@) – Formerly the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center (HPC). Share their QPF maps instead of shitty model output.
5. National Severe Storms Laboratory (@) – Your go-to twitter follow for cutting-edge severe weather research.
6. Storm Prediction Center (@NWSSPC) – The official, government sanctioned, mostly hype free severe weather outlooks.
— NWS SPC (@NWSSPC) April 26, 2016
7. USAF Hurricane Hunters () – Official twitter page for the US Air Force 53d Weather Reconnaissance Squadron
8. NOAA Hurricane Hunters (@NOAA_HurrHunter) – NOAA’s team of weather reconnaissance aviators and scientists.
— NOAAHurricaneHunters (@NOAA_HurrHunter) October 6, 2016
9. NCAR & UCAR Science (@) – The leading new source for atmospheric science research. Technically not a government agency even through they’re federally funded ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. They also nominated themselves. smh.
10. The Weather Channel (@) – The global leader in weather media. You’ve probably heard of these folks.
11. AccuWeather (@) – Another weather media heavyweight and a pioneer of bringing broadcast meteorology into the online realm.
12. Weather Underground (@) – Now a subsidiary of The Weather Company, but still providing thorough weather forecasting along with an excellent blog from Dr. Jeff Masters and co.
13. The Weather Network (@) – The global leader in Canadian weather media.
— The Weather Network (@weathernetwork) December 23, 2016
14. Pivotal Weather (@) – Your trusty source for weather forecast maps that are as free as America. Please share responsibly.
— Pivotal Weather (@PivotalWeather) December 15, 2016
15. SunsetWx (@) – Predicting where the most aesthetically pleasing sunrises and sunsets will occur and posting incredible pictures people took thanks to their forecasts. They also threatened to block us on Twitter if we excluded them.
16. Oklahoma Mesonet (@) – Statewide network of weather observation instruments and a twitter account that hammers home their Oklahoma roots.
Mesonet Ticker: Call another play, Coach!https://t.co/DZSghf7vWu
— Oklahoma Mesonet (@okmesonet) December 8, 2016
17. Capital Weather Gang (@) – Superb weather blogging from The Washington Post, somewhat focusing on our Nation’s Capital, but providing excellent news and explanations for meteorology phenomena worldwide.
18. US Tornadoes (@) – From forecasts, to photos, to conceptual discussions, US Tornadoes is the buffet of American naders your twitter feed craves.
19. The weather junkies (@) – This weather blog and podcast is specially catered to atmospheric enthusiasts like you.
20. Daily Wx Updates (@) – Solid blogging and even more solid twitter game.
Shaped like a tear drop for all the tears people who think there will be tornadoes will be crying https://t.co/tf9DVkQg8R
— Daily Wx Updates (@daily_wx) December 23, 2016
21. Day In WX History (@) – Take a trip down memory jet stream with incredible archive detailing historic weather events.
22. AtmoLife (@) – You didn’t think we’d exclude ourselves, did you? As we plan to grow our blog and weather community in 2017, we promise to maintain our B-list twitter jokes.
when the Christmas naders are 84 hours away pic.twitter.com/VXZHelI3IR
— AtmoLife (@atmolife) December 22, 2016
23. James Spann (@) – Chief Meteorologist, ABC 33/40 Birmingham
24. Kait Parker (@) – Meteorologist, TWC and ABC, Destroyer of Breibart
— Kait Parker (@WeatherKait) December 6, 2016
25. Eric Fisher (@) – Chief Meteorologist, CBS Boston
26. Brad Panovich (@) – Chief Meteorologist, NBC Charlotte
27. Ellen Bacca (@) – Meteorologist, WOOD TV Grand Rapids
28. Justin Bruce (@) – Meteorologist, KTNV Las Vegas
29. Nick Lilja (@) – Chief Meteorologist, WDAM Hattiesburg
30. Stephanie Abrams (@) – Meteorologist, The Weather Channel
— Stephanie Abrams (@StephanieAbrams) January 8, 2017
31. Paul Heggen (@) – Meteorologist, WSMV Nashville
32. Molly McCollum (@) – Meteorologist, KTUL Tulsa
33. Ryan Hanrahan (@) – Meteorologist, NBC Hartford
34. Emily Roehler (@) – Morning Meteorologist, KKTV Colorado Springs
35. Scott Sistek (@) – Meteorologist, KOMO Seattle
36. Tim Buckley (@) – Meteorologist, WFMY Greensboro
The snow stopped Saturday. Clean off your car. pic.twitter.com/U4d2KS2ubl
— Tim Buckley (@TimBuckleyWX) January 10, 2017
37. John Morales (@) – Chief Meteorologist, WTVJ Miami, Founder of ClimaData, Bilingual (English and Spanish) weather tweeter
38. Heather Sophia (@) – Meteorologist, WBLT Jackson
39. Samantha Roberts (@) Meteorologist – WOIO Cleveland
40. Bill Taylor (@) – Meteorologist, KENS San Antonio
41. Ari Sarsalari (@) – Meteorologist, The Weather Channel
42. Chris Holcomb (@) – Meteorologist, WXIA Atlanta
Text from my daughter. pic.twitter.com/LuC72xf05D
— ChrisHolcomb11Alive (@ChrisHolcomb) January 6, 2017
43. Alex Lamers (@) – Meteorologist, NESDIS
44. Eric Blake (@) – Hurricane Specialist, NHC
45. Taylor Trogdon (@) – Senior Scientist, NHC Storm Surge Unit
Thought: As a meteorologist, if you remain humble, not pretend to know more than you do when uncertainty precludes it, you’re doing it right
— Taylor Trogdon (@TTrogdon) August 26, 2016
46. Caleb Grunzke (@) – Research Associate, SPC/CIMMS
47. Scott Bachmeier (@) – Research Meteorologist, CIMSS (yes there is a CIMMS and also a CIMSS)
48. WCM Krissy (@) – Warning Coordination Meteorologist, NWS Nashville
49. Morgan Abigail (@) – Meteorologist, NWS Mobile
50. Tim Cermak (@) – Meteorologist, NWS Mobile
51. John P. Moore III (@) – Meteorologist, NWS Jackson MS
With snow possible in Jackson, we had to dust off our snow measuring techniques VHS. pic.twitter.com/0jo4WcP7hw
— John P. Moore III (@WxTrey) January 5, 2017
52. Gary Szatkowski (@) – Meteorologist, NWS Mount Holly
53. Courtney Obergfell (@) – Meteorologist, NWS Sacramento
Atmospheric Science Professors
54. Marshall Shepherd (@) – University of Georgia, Focus on hydrometeorology, remote sensing, and climate change
55. Shawn Milrad (@) – Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Focus on synoptic meteorology and forecasting
Reviewer: “I don’t see how this is useful for forecasting (granted, I am not a forecaster).”
/opens 2nd vineyard
— Shawn Milrad (@shawnmilrad) July 20, 2016
56. Jason Furtado (@) – University of Oklahoma, Focus on large-scale climate dynamics
57. Stephanie Zick (@) – Virginia Tech, Focus on Tropical Cyclones
58. Jeff Frame (@) – University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, Focus on storm structure, severe and winter weather
Nice hook on this cheese curd pic.twitter.com/E9EmgGHjOl
— Jeff Frame (@VORTEXJeff) January 2, 2017
59. Ian Livingston (@) – Meteorologist with Capital Weather Gang and co-founder of US Tornadoes.
May the field #wedges be plenty in 2017.
— Ian Livingston (@islivingston) January 1, 2017
60. Matt Lanza (@) – Meteorologist with Space City Weather and contributor to FiveThirtyEight
61. Becky Elliot (@) – Meteorologist with AccuWeather
62. Dennis Merserau (@) – Contributor to Forbes and Mental Floss, Founder of The Vane (RIP), Roaster of chemtrail conspiracy theorists.
63. Angela Fritz (@) – Deputy Weather Editor for Capital Weather Gang and The Washington Post
64. Ayesha Wilkinson (@) – Climate change researcher with SCRiM and HBCU, Broadcast meteorologist with FSU Weather
— Ayesha Wilkinson (@Ayesha_NW) December 30, 2016
65. Briana Gordon (@) – Meteorologist and Weather Producer with The Weather Channel
66. Ed Vallee (@) – Energy/Ag Meteorologist with BAMWX.com
67. Anthony Masiello (@) – Meteorologist with NJDOT
68. crankyweatherguy (@) – Synoptic expert and forecaster for the Northeastern US. Founder of stormhamster.com
69. CapeCodWeather.Net (@) – Weather forecaster for Cape Cod, Emergency management meteorologist
70. Anthony Sagliani (@) – Meteorological operations manager at Earth Networks and Weather Bug
My favorite weather image from 2016: Von Karman vortex street downwind of the Norwegian island of Jan Mayen on 15 April 2016. pic.twitter.com/2lIsxrar4m
— Anthony Sagliani (@anthonywx) December 31, 2016
71. Bryan Wood (@) – Meteorologist and Storm Damage Analyst in the insurance industry
72. Philippe Papin (@) – Atmospheric Science PhD candidate at The University of Albany
73. Phillip Klotzbach (@) – Meteorologist with Colorado State University, Seasonal hurricane forecast specialist
74. Levi Cowan (@) – Atmospheric Science grad student at Florida State University and founder of TropicalTidbits.com
75. Stu Ostro (@) – Senior Meteorologist with The Weather Channel
76. Ryan Maue (@) – Research Atmospheric Scientist with WeatherBELL, Think tanker for CATO Center for the Study of Science
77. Nate Johnson (@) – Aviation meteorologist, WRAL-Raleigh weather broadcaster/producer, Lecturer and Gameday Forecaster with NC State University
Traveling by air today? I have three words for you:
Many changes & most airlines waiving change fees.
— Nate Johnson (@nsj) January 7, 2017
78. Michael Ventrice (@) – Energy Meteorologist for The Weather Company
79. Alicia Bentley (@) – Atmospheric Science PhD candidate at The University of Albany
80. Jayson Prentice (@) – Meteorologist with Kansas Department of Health and Environment
81. Sam Lillo (@) – Atmospheric Science PhD candidate at The University of Oklahoma
wxtwitter: I’ve started a map of places to eat, grab coffee, drink at AMS. It’s not done, but send me feedback!https://t.co/ZwrxXVrmUm
— Jen DeHart (@jcdehart) January 4, 2017
83. Reed Timmer (@) – Extreme Meteorologist for AccuWeather. Formerly TVN and Storm Chasers. We like to joke about the whole “extreme” thing, but his footage speaks for itself.
— Reed Timmer (@ReedTimmerAccu) May 8, 2016
84. Quincy Vagell (@) – Meteorologist and storm chaser, US Tornadoes contributor
85. Texas Storm Chasers (@) – Network of Texas-based storm chaser with additional weather forecast blogging.
86. Tornado Titans (@) – Network of Southern Great Plains-based storm chasers with additional weather forecast blogging.
87. Greg Johnson (@) – Saskatchewan-based storm chaser with Tornado Hunters.
88. Beth Allan (@) – Alberta-based storm chaser and nature photographer.
89. Josh Morgerman (@) – Hurricane chaser and founder of iCyclone.
— Josh Morgerman (@iCyclone) January 9, 2017
90. Ben Holcomb (@) – Oklahoma-based storm chaser, Founder of oklahomachaser.com
91. Brian Brettschneider (@) – Alaska based Climatology PhD
— Brian Brettschneider (@Climatologist49) January 3, 2017
92. Kathie Dello (@) – Associate Director for Oregon Climate Change Research Institute
93. Ed Hawkins (@) – Reading, UK based climatologist. Creator of the climate spiral graphic used in the 2016 Olympic opening ceremony.
94. NWS Podunk (@) – Fictional NWS office constantly experiencing not so fictional problems.
Temperatures should hover around 50°F tonight, except for that one station in a ditch that’s always 15° colder and ruins our forecasts.
— NWS Podunk (@NWSPodunk) October 29, 2016
95. Best Weather Experts (@) – Fictional private-sector forecasting that’s worth every extra dollar you pay them
96. Fake Reed Timmer (@) – You can’t prove that the real Reed Timmer ISN’T running this account.
for those of you who didn’t follow me last winter, i have a cruz noggin federal closure warning system. 1 to 5 noggins. here’s Snowzilla: pic.twitter.com/ac1S636HHW
— Hot Weather Takes (@paulythegun) December 9, 2016
99. stormchasernick (@) – Cincinnati/E. Pittsburg based Photoshop/GIF maker, storm chaser, map defacer
100. The Long John Index (@) – Keeping Canadians covered during the winter months with good ol’ fashioned hand-drawn maps