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Weather Predictions and Where to Find Them

Updated on February 21, 2013
This is the winter view outside my window.
This is the winter view outside my window. | Source

Where do you get your weather forecast?

I have a daily routine at my house. I’m up at 5:30 a.m. and after I pour the first cup of coffee I turn the television on to the local news and weather forecast. The forecast may vary as I’m really not close to the station our locals come from. I generally will catch the forecast on a local radio station I listen to on the way to work. I am always curious to see if these forecasts are anything alike. They are not always. One may call for snow flurries and the other one may think we are going to have accumulations. Not that my job depends on me knowing the weather, but I like to be prepared. Unless the weather person has pin pointed the exact location to where this weather pattern is to be, you really have to pay close attention to more than one forecast.

Where do you get your weather forecast? Do you tune in to a certain television or radio station which is local to you? Or would you prefer to listen to the weathermen of a national outlet. Either way, they don’t always get it right. You can just as easily look out your window. Do you see clouds? Does it look like rain? A good guess along with achy bones and checking your own home weather station equipped with temperature, humidity and barometer reading could give just as accurate a forecast as the experts.

Long Range or Short Range?

Within the next few paragraphs I plan to direct you to the best places to find the weather forecast for your area. Depending on your whereabouts will make a big difference as to the accuracy. Many people depend largely on the weather as they complete their daily jobs. A farmer does not want to lay down acres of hay to cure if rain is expected and most outside jobs are delayed to such weather. Wind, snow and ice impact us in many ways as we go about our daily businesses.

First off, we need to know if it is a long range forecast or short term. Do we need the weather for the next hour or next week? Some sources will even try to give weather predictions months ahead of time and remarkably many of these come close in telling us that far in advance if we are going to be in a rainy season or not.

Check out The Old Farmer’s Almanac for long range weather predictions four months away. This publication comes out once a year and amazingly gets their forecast quite accurate considering how far in advance the data is collected.

Looking at Lake Erie in the Rain

This is a rainy day in Cleveland, Ohio. Does it always rain in Cleveland?
This is a rainy day in Cleveland, Ohio. Does it always rain in Cleveland? | Source

Storm Coverage is Large

Weekly and daily newspapers usually have a place to display the weather. Magazines may do this as well. If these are local publications and up to date you may have no need to seek other forecast. As with any other type of news the media for storm coverage is large. Certainly if there is one on its way you will be alerted before it gets close.

Our local networks usually know it best. Television or radio stations closest to you can tell you hour for hour when to expect an incoming storm. Warnings and watches in affect for your area can be known at the moment they occur.

ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, and PBS each provide local listeners news and weather feeds most associated with them.

More Places

There are several weather forecast sources used widely and recommended by thousands such as:

Now where will you get your weather forecast?

Now you have a link to finding the most accurate forecast available for your needs. If you are a traveler you can rest assured that you’ll be ready for rain or sunshine and you will know where to avoid bad weather before you reach it. Why be caught off guard when the information is this simple to get?

Weather forecast long before meteorologist became more reliable, were left to the signs of nature. Nature still is quite accurate. Deer gathering in large numbers to feed or squirrels scrambling to harvest their acorns in a hurry are sure signs of a storm coming. We can look to the evening red sky to promise a good day ahead of us or fear a storm from the same sight we view at sun rise. Folklore weather predictions were trusted long before our time and will endure long after our departure. Warnings are valuable where ever they come from. Let’s hope we get these weather warnings in time to protect us from whatever misfortune we can.


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      Diana L Pierce 4 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      Same here, Vickiw, we can't always depend on the weatherman without getting a second opinion. I am so ready for spring.

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      Vickiw 4 years ago

      Hi Diana, interesting Hub. I have pretty well given up on weather forecasts for our area - they never seem to be as predicted. I do need them though when driving through the mountin passes. I look at the weather cams, to get an idea of road conditions

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      Diana L Pierce 4 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      Thank you, torrilynn for stopping by and for the vote. It is appreciated.

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      really nice hub about where to receive the most accurate news about the weather. i usually watch the news on t.v. or read the newspaper. thanks. voted up.