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Welcome to the NEW RichLefko.com. I'm very excited about the new site layout. I hope you are as well. There are some links in the main menu panel that will NOT take you anywhere, These links will ALL work as I continue to add content in the days and weeks ahead. If you find anything that doesn't work as you'd expect, please let me know by sending me an email at: EMAIL LINK.
As more content becomes available, I'll let you know.
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Thanks for visiting.....Come back again soon.

Stuff to make using the site easier ..

I use abbreviations for many things:
Precip = Precipitation
SWS = Special Weather Statements
I will continue to add more to this list as I think of them.
I update the forecasts by 7AM and 7PM each day...more frequently if some weather thing is going on.

I am based in Peterborough, NH, but the main forecasts (for now) are for Nashua, NH and the region. I send out an email every Thursday that covers the upcoming weekend forecast. I also send out advisories when issued by the NWS to this list. You will NEVER get SPAM or emails from anyone else. I don't share my mail list with anyone. If you'd like to be a part of that mailing, send your email address to: Mail List

 

How I started...

I've been a weather hobbyist all of my life. As a child, I used to stand outside in the rain during thunderstorms just to watch the lightning. Back in the '70s getting weather information was a chore. I remember listening to NWS broadcasts during hurricane season and plotting these on a piece of paper. After moving to New England I finally bought my first real weather station made by Davis Instruments. I began to record daily weather data in a journal. I had a few people, where I work, who knew I was a weather nut, ask me to send them an e-mail on the weekend forecast. So two grew to five then 15, then 40, and now my Thursday weekend mail list reaches over 200+ people. I took some web programming classes in the late '90s and a few years after that RichLefko.com was born. I wanted to share my hobby with anyone who was interested, and I am quite overwhelmed with how many people seem to be interested. I've gotten so many "thank yous" for a variety of reasons..."saved my party", "saved my wedding", "saved my life." It's been fun and rewarding all at the same time.
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The rates are really reasonable ($100/year), since making money is not what we're all about here at RichLefko.com.....please read the story below, and I hope you decide to support us.

Originally written and posted on Dec 5, 2006, edited December, 2007, February 2009, February 2010, March 2011, March 2012, April 2013, January 2014

The following is an open letter to anyone who would like to help support RichLefko.Com by advertising their business....or for just contributing money to help support the site.

This is an open memo, describing the support we need here at RichLefko.com.

We've reached a milestone here at richlefko.com...our 135,000th visitor. (Now approaching 145.000 visitors)
I have had visitors hit the site from all over the United States as well as Europe, Asia, Canada, Australian.

The success of the site has exceeded anything I ever imagined, which would be easy since I had no expectations when I started this up some 3+ years ago.
I wish I could share all of the stories and "thank you(s)" I have received since the site started, from people whose very lives may have been saved by the forecasts and e-mails I have sent out.

This is the reason I have kept the site going.

Past History - I've been engaged over the past 6 months working on a re-tool of the web site, it's navigation, content etc., and I find myself at a crossroads:

To continue to improve the site, I need more web-space.
I am unable to add more content, or upgrade the interface due to this constraint.

As I see it, I have three choices:
1) Continue just the way it is
2) Close it down
3) Move to a new host.
Each one of these has some type of problem.....

1) To continue to leave things as they are is a problem. The Earthlink hosting solution has been rife with problems. Site downtime, and access continues to be a problem for me, and since I do have a real job and a life, anything that adds more time to this pursuit is unwelcome.

2) I don't want to close it down.

I think options 3 is the desired solution.

3) I need to move to a new host. This will give me more space and a reliable service. Allowing me to spend less time (eventually) and add additional content to make the site more useful.

The hold up is cost. The hosting solution I want to engage is more costly that what I am now paying. Hosting solutions are not super expensive...we're not talking thousands of dollars. However, there is a cost, plus other costs (yearly domain fees, software, services etc.) that I have covered out of pocket since the site began.

So I have decided to offer limited advertising space on the site, and I am hoping you can help support the site, by buying some space.

I have given this great thought.

Up to this point, other than the generous people who have contributed prizes for our various contests, all costs and work to keep this site up and alive have been mine.

Let me be clear. Making a profit from the site is not my objective.
Covering my out of pockets costs to maintain and upgrade the site is the goal.

What will you get for your money:

In addition to the ad on the site, you'll get the benefit of being mentioned at least once a week in my weekly weekend forecast E-Mail and also included in the Weather Advisory blasts I send out when bad weather is imminent.
That means well over 15,000 people (15,000+ for 2009, 25,000+ for 2010, 30,000+ for 2011) will see your link, e-mail address or phone number over the course of a year.

I can show your logo, link to your site, or if you don't have a site, I will put up your business name and phone number, or any other info you'd like to show. In addition, if you have sales or special deals you'd like to run during the year, I can highlight these in both the site and the e-mail.

Of course, if you'd like to help support the site anonymously, that would be welcome as well.

Site traffic continues to increase. During 2012 we had close to 18,000 unique visitors. An increase of over 2,000 from the year before. In addition we had over 18,000 page loads. Returning visitors were up by over 2,000.

What will this cost?

An ad posted for one year on the home page (and the sponsor page) - $100/year.
Based on the number of visitors, this translates to $.25/day. So for a about a quarter per day, you'll reach an average of 50 people per day.

During 2014, we have been adding (or will add):
Looking at an iPhone app option

Check out the news coverage during 2011 and 2012:

Editorial - 2011 - NH Keene Sentinel

Monadnock Profile 2012 - NH Keene Sentinel

By the way...Space will be limited. I won't be covering the site with ads, so if you are interested, letting me know early is a very good idea.

I appreciate the time you spent reading this message.
I hope that you find RichLefko.Com a worthwhile advertising investment.
If you are interested, please use this link to open a discussion on what we can do together to help your business, and help RichLefko.com.

I want to Support RichLefko.Com

Please pass this link along to anyone you think might be interested.

Thank you for supporting Richlefko.com...New England's best weather site for local weather in your neighborhood.

During 2013 (and again in 2014) RichLefko.com will be donating $19.99/month to the Wounded Warrior Project thanks to the generousity of our visitors and Peters Nissan of Nashua. Join us as we try to extend that to 2015.

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