Longtime Bartlett resident Erik Proseus of MemphisWeather.net (MWN) has been awarded the Digital Seal of Approval by the National Weather Association.
Similar to the television broadcaster Seal of Approval, the Digital Seal is awarded to meteorologists who provide content via digital means, rather than via over-the-air broadcast.
Since the program’s inception in 2014, only four individuals nationwide have earned this distinction.
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 percent, receiving high marks on a series of blog posts or multimedia webcast submissions by an expert panel, and receiving final approval of 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 through digital means,” Proseus said. “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.”
Proseus is the owner of Cirrus Weather Solutions LLC, a private meteorological firm based in Bartlett. He also is the webmaster and meteorologist for 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 MWN.
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.
The MemphisWeather.net social following has grown to nearly 30,000 people.
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.