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        Mr. Natural
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        So the weather channel updated their web site with all kinds of pretty graphics and stuff. Anyone know where the heck I can read a detailed description of a daily forecast? An actual paragraph perhaps? with words and sentences?

        Red Ruffnsore reporting from the front lines.

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        This might work for you:

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        Mr Natural: Depending on where you live, there might be a good source of information online from some local newspaper or TV station. Around here, the Washington Post has its “Capital Weather Gang” that covers the immediate area and the broader Mid Atlantic pretty well, with informative articles and animated weather maps both on the developing and on the likely future  situation for today and for the rest of the week, updated several times a day. But one has to subscribe to the WaPo to access the full contents more than a few times. However one can see for free the animated weather maps showing the current situation as it develops. I look at those this way when a big storm is making a beeline for me with obvious bad intentions. As now it tends to happen more often every year, it seems.

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        Nathan Parker

        Disclaimer: I work for Earth Networks, the weather data provider to WeatherBug. has detailed weather forecasts if you click on “10 Day”, then click on each day. You’ll see sentences or paragraphs, depending on how much forecast details are needed.

        The forecasts at are computer model generated using “ENcast”. Details on ENcast are at

        Your local NWS forecast office may have detailed forecasts as well. Here’s the one for my area (you can enter your Zip code to move to your area):

        The difference with the NWS forecasts is they are done by human meteorologists at the forecast offices versus computer-generated models. The computer-generated models are useful especially in areas that aren’t close to a NWS forecast office or for International forecasts, although the further out they go, they occasionally aren’t as precise, so that’s where human meteorologist forecasts come in handy.

        I generally look at both ENcast and NWS forecasts so I can compare both computer-generated models with human meteorologists.

        A couple other useful links:

        WeatherRate measures the accuracy of local TV stations:

        ForecastAdvisor measures the accuracy of weather forecast sites:

        Nathan Parker

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      • #2271914 Reply
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        I like the Weather Network’s past hourly temps.  You can set it for either F or C temps. Weather Underground is also good.

        • This reply was modified 2 months ago by Geo.
        • This reply was modified 2 months ago by Geo.
        • #2277429 Reply
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          I use Weather Underground too, but mostly norwegian server yr(dot)no. Their forecast is nicely simple and understandable.


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        Having temperatures in F or C as a choice was a feature in the Weather Underground, for  a while. Now it is all in the F scale again.

        Having both temperature values shown is very handy, because it makes it easier, for example, to write to people about the weather, regardless of in which country they live, without having to make rather awkward mental conversions. Or have a sign stuck on a wall showing the two scales side by side over the likely range of outside air temperatures, from -40 C that is also -40 F, to 150 C that is around 300 F.

        The use of the two scales in weather reporting TV channels and Web sites is a good idea. Pity it’s not very used.

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        • #2272027 Reply
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          I was all for converting to Metric from customary measurements BUT since the powers that decide for us said Imperial, lets not confuse the issue any longer. Invariably if I mention litres, mm, or centigrade, I have to explain and give an approximation in imperial anyway.

          Same with acronyms – if you are not a member of a certain population, jargon is just confusing and the conversation must stop to explain what you mean. Case in point, GPF refers to gallons per foot but unless you are plumber you probably wouldn’t use this in everyday chat..

          Anyway, one not 2. If you have dual citizenship say, US and Canada, then you have to be familiar.

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