February 10, 2006 (PRLEAP.COM) Technology News

Weather Blogs Provide Unmatched Up-to-the-Minute Forecasts, Cell Phone Alerts and Interactive Technical Discussions about Weather, Nature and Astronomy

Boston, Mass., February 10, 2006—Todd Gross, formerly Chief Meteorologist at WHDH, Channel 7 (NBC) in Boston and New England’s premier weather forecaster for more than 25 years, today announced the official launch of his weather blogs, Toddgross.com and Capeandislandsweather.com. The sites are free, interactive blogs that combine Todd’s accurate, up-to-the-minute New England Weather forecasts and in-depth technical explanations about weather phenomena with nature and astronomy discussions. The interactive blog formats provide a real-time, two-way medium for Todd and anyone with an interest in New England’s famously changeable weather to chat about the elements. Todd’s blogs include in-depth technical discussions about astronomy, nature and just what makes New England the only place on Earth where “if you don’t like the weather now, just wait a minute.”

Toddgross.com has been quietly operating and adding new features and functionality since the beginning of the year. On Monday, February 13, Todd will unveil Capeandislandsweather.com, a new weather blog specifically tailored to the unusual weather of Cape Cod and the Islands of Massachusetts.

In his signature, first-to-call it style, Todd is forecasting a blizzard this weekend, well in advance of any other New England news sources. "While it isn't a sure-bet yet, on Toddgross.com, New England's most comprehensive weather Web page, I went over in detail this Tuesday why the forecast may need to be updated for a snowstorm Saturday night. Now, the computer models we use are starting to catch on and some are even calling for a blizzard in parts of New England!” affirmed Todd on Wednesday night.

Todd Gross.com brings New England weather news and forecasting into sharp detail when other sources stay intentionally vague to ensure a “near miss” isn’t a “blown forecast.” Casual users all the way up to the most dedicated weather scientists will appreciate Todd’s straight-ahead five-day planners and detailed technical discussions about the facts behind his prognostications. As an avid nature buff, astronomer and published astro-photographer, Todd has built premier destination location weather blogs for individuals who wish to discuss astronomical conditions and the weather phenomena which play such an important role in our lives.

“I’ve set out to build the most accurate and engaging weather sites anywhere on the Web,” said Todd Gross, Chief Meteorologist and founder, Toddgross.com. “Toddgross.com and Capeandislandsweather.com are sites where people can come for up-to-the-minute reports about the biggest variable of their day, New England’s weather.”

Todd has been providing unusual nature and astronomy notes on his Toddgross.com blog, including facts such as why Robins have appeared all winter, where the black squirrels are coming from, and beautiful astrophotographs from his readers. Todd points out that unlike when he worked solely in Television, he is able to make changes to the forecast as he sees them, giving his readers sometimes 3-6 hours or more advance notice of an impending storm over other sources.

Toddgross.com and Capeandislandsweather.com provide users with resources that are unavailable to viewers of televised, radio, print or other online weather sources. “Advances in technology have allowed me to do things with weather forecasting I could never do on television,” continued Todd. “These sites will provide visitors with maps, radar images and videos, as well as podcasts that detail current conditions. I’ve also made available to contractors, school superintendents and anyone else whose daily routine is dependent on the weather with a cell phone alert service updated daily at 4:30 a.m. I'm proud to be able to share my take on the weather instantly with the public through these blogs. I'm hoping to extend the forecasts to other parts of the country soon.”

About Todd Gross
Todd Gross has been forecasting New England's weather for over 25 years, starting with the two blizzards of 1978, and right through his nearly 22 year tenure at Channel 7 in Boston as Chief Meteorologist. He is also a two time Emmy winner for Best Weathercaster in New England. Awarded the "Best Weathercaster" EMMY for 2002 and 2004, Gross has been nominated for three other local Emmy awards over the course of his distinguished career. Gross kicked-off the very successful and popular "Weather Spotter Network" program at 7NEWS, and is an avid astronomer who is in fact a published astro-photographer.

Todd brings this expertise to his viewers by using astronomic terminology, such as the term "Indian Moon," and working them into his unique and captivating weathercasts. In 1994, before TV stations even began providing online forecasts, Todd brought weather to the Internet through web pages, Internet Chat, and Weather-watcher networks. Gross is a member of the American Meteorological Society and was awarded the society’s Television Seal of Approval. Gross may be most well known as the character portrayed in 'The Perfect Storm,' after he (and other meteorologists in the area) correctly projected coastal flooding and high winds the day before Halloween in 1991.