The most-followed local National Weather Service Twitter feed is not in Tornado Alley
when it comes to the most popular Twitter feed among the 122 local National Weather Service offices, the champion reigns in a town more known for its gentle rain than severe weather.
SEATTLE -- The Midwest may be home to the most frequent tornadoes, and the southeast and East Coast deal with hurricanes most summers.
But when it comes to the most popular Twitter feed among the 122 local National Weather Service offices, the champion reigns in a town more known for its gentle rain than severe weather.
The Seattle office is tops in the nation with 131,400 followers as of mid-September, according to meteorologist Jacob DeFiltch, edging Dallas/Fort Worth by about 800 followers. San Francisco/Bay area, Norman (Oklahoma City) and Boston rounded out the Top 5.
Many National Weather Service offices have upped their social game in recent years. They now provide local weather tidbits, educational lessons, local photos and a more informal neighborly voice in addition to broadcasting urgent warnings and providing storm forecasts and updates.
Major increases in some of the @NWS offices Twitter follower count over the last 3 years! https://t.co/YWBgWXlOcn pic.twitter.com/OSiloCczEX— Jacob DeFlitch (@WxDeFlitch) September 21, 2021
And of course, those located in severe weather country like Dallas, Oklahoma City and Houston would be a must-follow for residents to keep tabs on dangerous weather.
But some offices have cranked up the creativity in reaching their community, garnering large followings that may not be about the local weather scene, per se. Gone are the dry, "government"-style monotone forecasts; instead, forecasters are allowed to go beyond generic wording in their tweets.
Twitter Follower Increase for @NWS office from 2018-2021. Most substantial increases in metros.— Jacob DeFlitch (@WxDeFlitch) September 21, 2021
Top Offices: @NWSSeattle @NWSBayArea @NWSChicago @NWSNewOrleans @NWSFortWorth @NWSBoston pic.twitter.com/yyhHRXpWD6
Seattle's office, which has more than doubled its followers in the past three years, has become "tuned" into the music scene, frequently mixing weather and prose:
🎶"10:15 Saturday Night" and we've got a front in the midst of "Disintegration". "A Night Like This" is perhaps "Just Like Heaven" with temps in the 60s. "The 13th" looks like the driest/warmest day of the week. "Prayers For Rain" could be answered "Friday (I'm In Love)". 🎸#wawx pic.twitter.com/AmBxEu3bhe— NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) September 12, 2021
And they wow followers with the scene from their waterfront office perched on the shores of Lake Washington:
If this morning's sunrise was the volume level from Spinal Tap, it was definitely turned up to 11. #wawx pic.twitter.com/Nv1lXpIuYc— NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) September 22, 2021
San Francisco isn't home to much severe weather either, but it is home to Silicon Valley and tech-savvy Twitter residents. And they can up their music game on occasion too:
🎵Showers to the left of me!— NWS Bay Area (@NWSBayArea) September 18, 2021
Storms to the right!
Stuck in the middle with dew. 🎵
Now here's something you don't see every day: GOES-WEST 🛰️ depicting moisture ahead of an approaching cold front to our west juxtaposed with monsoonal moisture to our east! #CaWx #NvWx #Utwx #Azwx pic.twitter.com/6NQC15WkEQ
Suffice to say, keeping tabs on your local National Weather Service office is a must these days if you're on Twitter. But if you want a little extra weather knowledge – or perhaps a new song to get stuck in your head – give some of these other offices a follow.