Before I get to today’s topic, it was another icy morning commute in Dallas/Fort Worth. More details/cam links in yesterday’s entry. Other parts of the country are also seeing slick weather.
One year ago yesterday, I noticed that my weather calendar’s entry for the day stated: “Weather is the most popular topic on the Internet, outranking even sex in terms of searches and click throughs. There are at least 4,000 sites dealing with some aspect of weather or the environment.” And the next day, there was one more. I was interested in putting up a weather Web site before this, but on Feb. 25, 2002, I looked up some URLs to see what was available. That night, I considered these (then, and maybe now) untaken URLs: “radarnation.com” and “radarworld.com.” But on Feb. 26, 2002, I discovered “wxnation.com” was available, snapped it up on the same day, gave it the working title “The nation’s live weather portal,” and that same day reworked that to “America’s Live Weather Station.” It’s been the same to this day. I began putting content up right away. By Feb. 27, 2002, I had the following cities completed: Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, and Oklahoma City. Here’s an archived snapshot of WXnation on 2/27/02. Each completed city had the same layout as now, with the radars in the top of the left columns, and cams in the top of the right columns. The footer of the home page stated: “First phase of site launched February 27, 2002.” The site really began taking shape on and after Mar. 1. Here are some other early versions of pages: Wichita 03/04/02, Billings 03/14/02, and Dallas/Fort Worth 03/30/02
Thanks to each and every one of you for making the first year of WXnation a super one!