About @chswx

@chswx was started in April 2008 by Jared Smith as an experiment in relaying timely weather alerts for the Charleston, SC area over Twitter.

At a minimum, @chswx tweets a forecast update three times daily (6am, noon, 6pm Eastern Time). @chswx will also relay details of severe weather watches and warnings, tropical weather watches and warnings, along with other dangerous hazards such as heat advisories, flood alerts, etc.

@chswx also works hard to collect severe weather reports and relay them to the public and the National Weather Service to further improve the warning process and promote overall public awareness of hazardous weather safety. This awareness is promoted using the hashtag #chswx, which was first adopted in 2009 and has found application across all forms of broadcast and print media as well as with the National Weather Service in Charleston, SC. (That being said, neither @chswx the account nor #chswx the hashtag are directly affiliated with the National Weather Service. You can find the National Weather Service in Charleston on Twitter at @NWSCharlestonSC.)

General @chswx updates can also be found on Facebook and Google+. No critical alerts are relayed on Facebook because EdgeRank may not let you see them.

Feedback is always welcome: jared@chswx.us. Let me know what you like/dislike!


@chswx should not be consulted as a sole source of severe weather information; rather, it should be considered as a supplement to overall weather awareness. You should have redundant reliable ways to get severe weather alerts that do not include social media.

Weather information provided here is provided without warranty and, like the state of the atmosphere, is always subject to change. Also, while I probably know more about the atmosphere’s workings than the average bear, please be aware that I am also not (yet) a degreed meteorologist. Whenever necessary, I defer to the local National Weather Service for critical situations. When it comes to life-or-death decisions, refer to official National Weather Service statements and your local emergency manager. Use information on Twitter, Facebook, and this blog at your own risk!