Weather Predictions and Where to Find Them
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.
The Old Farmer's Almanac
- 2013 Long-Range Weather Forecast
Find The Old Farmer's Almanac long range weather forecast.
The Weather Image has been a leader in forecasting since 1983. It is a good place for both short and long range forecasts.
- Long Range Weather Forecast - Local Weather Radar - El Tiempo en Espanol
OFFICIAL site for your Long Range Weather Forecast Worldwide. Info you need on The Tropics - Hurricanes plus National Weather including El Tiempo en Espanol.
Looking at Lake Erie in the Rain
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.
- Weather News, Photos and Videos - ABC News
Browse Weather latest news and updates, watch videos and view all photos and more. Join the discussion and find more about Weather at abcnews.com
- Chicago Weather « CBS Chicago
Content Here Chicago News, Sports, Weather, Traffic, and the Best of Chicago - CBS 2 TV | WBBM Newsradio 780 | 670 The Score
- Local Weather Reports, Forecasts & Headlines - msnbc.com
Visit msnbc.com for up-to-date weather reports, including 5-day and 10-day forecasts, radar maps and other headlines.
- Weather News | U.S. Weather | International Weather
National and International weather forecasts from FOXNews.com. Weather forecast, severe weather, airport delays, travel plus regional video forecasts.
- Weather & Natural Disasters | PBS NewsHour | PBS
PBS NewsHour most recent Weather & Natural Disasters coverage.
There are several weather forecast sources used widely and recommended by thousands such as:
The Weather Channel, Accu-Weather, The National Weather Service, and Micro Soft Network
- Weather, forecasts, news, blogs and maps - MSN Local: Weather
Weather on MSN Local Edition provides you with hourly weather forecasts, 5 day forecasts, 10 day forecasts, animated radar maps and current weather conditions.
- NOAA National Weather Service
- Forecasts – weather.com
Select from a variety of forecasts tailored to your lifestyle and interests. Forecasts include agriculture, beauty, fitness, pollen and more.
- Weather for Local and International Locations - AccuWeather.com
Get local hourly, 10 day and 15 day weather forecasts for over 3.5 million locations worldwide from AccuWeather.com. Access up to the minute weather reports, radar, maps and video to help you plan your day.
For your desktop:
Weather Bug: There is live local weather free for your pc complete with temperatures in your area.
- Free Weather Toolbar: Get weather alerts on your desktop with WeatherBlink™.
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.