Wow… this post still gets a lot of hits for some reason. Yeah, Eastern US Weather is basically an archival site now. You still want to hit up AmericanWx for all the real chatter. Forty South is long gone.
UPDATE: Eastern’s gone for good (again). AmericanWx is going strong!
The Eastern U.S. Weather Forums (Eastern US Wx), the internet’s most popular weather forum, is suddenly down after 6-7 years of activity.
THE FORUM IS NOW READ-ONLY, SO SAVE WHAT YOU CAN! More details below. It’s gone again.
For those of you who didn’t find out quickly enough, the “new Eastern forum” is now The American Weather Forums, located at http://www.americanwx.com/bb/. It is essentially the same exact forum, with the same admins and all that.
If you live in the Mid-Atlantic or Carolinas, I strongly urge you to (also) use Forty South Weather, which has the same group of people from Eastern, but are mostly just Mid-Atlantic posters.
The original plan was to keep Eastern up as read only from tomorrow until December 7th (when the funding ran out), as the site’s owner, Marcus, decided to pull the plug on the site. Now, without warning, the entire site is down as of an hour ago. It is unclear whether or not this is permanent, or whether it might come back up as read only for the remainder of the paid period. There is no back-up of user names, threads, PMs… anything. The reset button has been pushed. We can’t even use the URL.
Good luck to everyone who still has to make the transition. Happy posting! Spread the word!
UPDATE: 4:30 PM ET
In case you are wondering why the American Weather Forums is taking awhile to load (or won’t load), the massive influx of old Eastern members is causing the slow-down. Please be patient in registering. The site is working on upgrading to a dedicated server with much better specs (to be operational within the next 24 hours), which will alleviate the problem.
UPDATE: 8:30 PM ET
Marcus, owner of the EasternUSWx site, speaks: http://www.easternuswx.com/bb/
Also archived on MAD US: http://madusweather.com/misc/Eastern_Marcus.htm
UPDATE: 11/13 11:50 AM ET
Marcus will put the forums back up as READ ONLY for an undetermined amount of time, set to start in the next 48 hours:
The weather forum will be available in a read only fashion in the next day or so. I am going to keep the data available for as long as I can. This was always going to happen, just going to be a little bit harder because of the need to clean up some mess left behind.
The Eastern forums are now up as read-only as of early this morning. It should be up until the funding for the site expires on December 7th. Grab what you can if you want to save anything! Unfortunately there’s no easy way to get everything off of the site, since the databases are under lock-and-key. However, many will take the effort to save as much valuable information that they can in the board’s 6+ year history of historical data, images and first-hand observations from all types of weather events.
AmericanWx has already recovered over 1000 members since the move, which is pretty amazing considering EasternWx had about 3500-4000 members log in during the past year. Hopefully everybody that needs to find the new forum can get there either through this post or through other means.