• Please note this new thread in the Announcements forum regarding updated management of the site. Jeff Duda has agreed to assume ownership and lead management responsibilities during what is anticipated to be a 3-12-month interim period while we perform some updates to the site, including changing the hosting. The staff will do their best to provide timely and transparent updates throughout this transition period.

  • A website update occured last week that rendered some of the page display styles obsolete. If you have logged onto the site and are experiencing a strange or messy appearance, it is likely due to this factor. An inadvertent mistake in the meantime likely made this issue worse. It has hopefully now been fixed. See this thread for details on the fix. --Jeff

Stormtrack funding drive (donations not required)

Jeff Duda

site owner, PhD
Staff member
Hello, Stormtrack community!

Going back at least as far as the appearance of the online forums for the modern-day Stormtrack community, membership has been free and will remain so. Costs to run the group (generally from an administrative/clerical POV) have generally come from owners, with additional help from some very generous donors over the years.

Well, costs to run the site have not gone away, and it has been a while since we have held a fundraiser. So now is the time. @Mark Blue can clarify any numerical errors, but it costs around $225/month to keep the lights on, and Mark has been paying that money out of pocket since he took over from Steve Miller earlier this year. What do you say we chip in and help?

At the top of the web page there is a link to a donation page, where you can use your PayPal account to contribute whatever amount you feel is necessary. You can donate as little as $10; but the default offering is $1/month, for a total of one $12 payment, and you have the option of making that automatically renewable to help support the site going forward. Anyone who donates will receive a "supporter" tag under their avatar.

No one will be required to donate to the site for membership. We understand that times are harder now than they have ever been, and some folks simply do not have the financial ability to donate. And that is fine! Your participation in threads and discussion is what makes Stormtrack the community that it is, not the money you put into it. And let us be clear: the site is not in danger of going down if we do not receive substantial donations. Anything helps, but nothing is required.

Thank you for your contributions to the site, whether financial, personal, intellectual, or out of pure curiosity. Now let's party!!!!

Mark Blue

Staff member
I’m thankful for the recent contributions and am humbled by the generosity everyone has shown to date. Every little counts and I appreciate you guys and hope we can maintain the core group of members who make this place tick. Special thanks to @Jeff Duda for spearheading the announcement and getting it off the ground! Please remember you may also purchase a Supporter tag subscription through ”Account Upgrades” in your user control panel for $12 per year. Just click on your profile picture / username towards the top right header section to access this feature.