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12 Wonderful Weather Websites
Let's talk about the weather. Nature is fascinating in its many forms especially as it pertains to the weather. It affects our lives, often determines our activities and influences our moods. The weather can be dramatic, frightening or awe-inspiring. It is a universal conversation starter and an interesting topic for the curious. It is unpredictable and fun. Here are some great weather websites to explore, interact with and learn from.
For The Serious -
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. With NOAA, you can keep track of your local and regional forecasts as well as emergency alerts for severe weather. The website is quite detailed and includes links for information about all weather hazards both in the United States and around the globe. There's an interesting link to extreme weather events where you can find current and historical data. NOAA is there watching out for the nation and your neighborhood.
Wunderground calls itself the weather underground. It is a colorful and varied site that is user-friendly and fun to navigate. They offer great weather photos and all types of maps and radar. The easy-to-use drop down menu is packed full with weather information choices from severe events to webcams to travel news. Also available to enjoy are several in depth blogs from both members and experts and a community chat. With the help of Wunderground, you can plan your road trip, check out the latest news about climate or get advice about gardening chores. This site is well worth the visit.
AccuWeather.com covers a variety of weather related issues in addition to your local report. There's much focus on health as it pertains to weather conditions. You can take advantage of their radar and satellite maps which include both a forecast and surface map. No matter where you live in the world, AccuWeather has all the information you need. They provide links to take you to both their Canadian and UK websites as well as a specific search options for anywhere around the globe. There's also a language option. They have interesting Lifestyle news and videos that discuss travel, home and garden and outdoor activities. This is a very user-friendly site.
For Fun -
StormFax may not be the prettiest website about weather but it offers some unusual data. You can find out where lightening has struck in the last sixty minutes or check out the jet stream or snow depth maps. With just a click on a link, you can get information about solar flares or global glacier activity. There's a complete list of active volcanoes around the world as well as crop reports and pollen forecasts. One fun and interesting feature is the Weatherlore link where they cite tidbits like "For every fog in August, there will be snowfall in winter". There's much to do on StormFax's website.
Weather Vortex is an amazing weather site loaded with interesting information, photos and videos. They seem to focus on unusual cloud formations some of which are really incredible. Weather Vortex explores the "strange world of weird climate and weather phenomena". Be sure to check out their punch hole cloud and tornado links for one-of-a-kind awesome images. They include photo galleries of real life weather events that will leave you looking skyward. The site itself is relatively easy to navigate as well as colorful and information-packed.
Deadly Storms -
This popular and independent website has been around since 1995. It actively chronicles America's deadliest storms throughout history going as far back as 1495. Links include a top ten list, safety tips, photo gallery and timeline. Individual hurricane events are highlighted. There you can find analysis and data, satellite images, damage photos and much more. The Deadly Storms website is constantly updating and expanding. This comprehensive site welcomes comment from visitors. If you are interested in the history behind tropical storms, cyclones, typhoons and hurricanes, Deadly Storms is worth checking out.
For Kids -
Weather Wiz Kids -
Designed by meteorologist Crystal Wicker, Weather Wiz Kids is a website with a wealth of great information. Features include games, weather experiments, folklore and jokes. You can learn about weather instruments and safety, buy a kit to create a tornado in a bottle or get ideas for a science project. Local weather reports are available by just entering your zip code. If your child has a fascination for all thins weather-related, Weather Wiz Kids is the perfect place for a curious mind. Kids can e-mail Crystal anytime with questions and that question may be highlighted in the Kids Questions section. This is a wonderful website for all.
Web Weather For Kids -
This fun and interactive site will keep the kids busy all day. The Activities section is worth a visit by itself. There you can learn hands-on how to make fog in a jar or create a portable cloud among other easy projects. The Stories section covers real life stories of storm-related incidents - all of them fascinating. Kids love games and Web Weather For Kids offers a cloud matching game that is both challenging and educational. You can find tips for forecasting the weather as well as learning to study weather maps. It's a great place for the budding meteorologist.
The Weather Channel Kids -
Parents and teachers both will love this colorful weather site. Here kids can meet Radar, the meteorologist in training dog who tells them stories about the weather and introduces them to the site. The Weather Channel Kids features several interactive weather games and puzzles including a word search, coloring book and weather maze. They discuss severe weather, sun and pet safety using fun exercises and games as a learning tool. You can visit the forecast center and kids can explore what a career in meteorology is all about. There's even a link to a site where kids can build their own 5 day interactive weather forecast.
For Storm Chasers -
Storm Chaser -
This website calls itself the "Homepage of America's 'Authentic' Pro Storm Chaser" and is hosted by severe weather survival expert and author Warren Faidley. Links on the site include a great collection of stock weather photographs and an interesting blog with more images and storm footage and discussion. You can arrange to take a storm chasing tour with Faidley as you guide or take advantage of his consulting services. This is a rather commercial website though it offers much in the way of information. Stop by the Storm Chaser Store and get yourself a t-shirt or a mug.
Storm Track -
If you like to talk about the weather and want to interact with real life storm chasers, Storm Track is the place to be. This discussion forum is very active and members seem to know their stuff. Membership is over 4000 and joining is a snap. Many links and photographs are shared here and you can get up-to-the-minute reports about storms as they happen. Storm Track has been around since 1977. They offer sections on equipment used in storm chasing, historical weather events and both an advanced and introductory forum where you can learn the basics of chasing. You can find out where the storm chaser-friendly hotels are or get involved in a weather workshop. Storm Track is well worth exploring.
This website could be called tornado central. Not only can you find raw footage of actual tornadic events but you can keep track of real storm chasers as they do their jobs. Some of the videos offered are quite amazing and are not just limited to tornadoes. Clicking on the Live Videos link brings you to a map where you can see live areas of weather activity. You can keep informed about current chaser projects or participate in the any of the lively forum categories. The forum covers not only North American weather but weather phenomena around the world. With over 13000 members, TornadoVideos is your complete weather and storm chasing site. Be sure to check out the photo gallery.
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