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Old 07-01-2007, 07:30 PM   #21
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Why would I watch a weather forecast? Highs in the 80s, lows in the 70s, tradewinds 15-25 knots. That's good until roughly November-- or the next hurricane.

I'm married to a meteorologist who used to be the ops officer at the Joint Typhoon Warning Center. So when the hurricane crosses 130W or when the Red Cross calls her to see if she's willing to volunteer at the local shelter, we check the JTWC website for a satellite picture. I can judge the severity of the forecast by the number of her four-letter epithets upon seeing the eye and the feeder bands. Then I fill up the gas tanks, get $400 out of the ATM, and check the BBQ supplies. Luckily we've only had to do that a couple times since Iniki in 1992.

I'm not sure what weather broadcasts we have around here, but I think that KSSK radio is the only one on Oahu with a back-up electrical generator. We have a couple battery-powered radios for that.

When she was at JTWC, the bane of her existence was the indiscretions posted by her troops on the Weather Underground discussion boards. JTWC actually has weather groupies.


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Old 07-01-2007, 07:48 PM   #22
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Mostly .. I've got the desktop weather loaded onto my computer so I can see the current temperatures/radar.

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Old 07-01-2007, 08:48 PM   #23
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Old 07-01-2007, 08:58 PM   #24
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Usually I just meander out onto the patio to check the weather. But also use NOAA,, and Wunderground. I like Wunderground because there a are a few local 'personal weather stations' listed, and they also provide storm damage reports that can help us judge the severity of the weather heading in our direction.....hail, wind, etc.

Being of Native American heritage, we also have an Indian weather stone. If it's wet, it's raining. If it's hot, it's sunny. If it's gone, it's REALLY windy!
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Old 07-01-2007, 09:11 PM   #25
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My impression is that all the local TV radars are simply derivatives of the NOAA doppler radar, so like many previous posters, I get my radar from From that radar, I can tell when it will start raining, the severity of the rain and how long it will last.

As in: "Go get your bikes in because it's gonna start raining in 3 minutes." Or "I don't wanna go to the store for another 20 minutes because it's about to rain for 15 minutes."

As for temperature and humidity, we live in south Texas, so no need ever wonder about those.
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Old 07-02-2007, 06:15 PM   #26
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I also use NOAA NWS online. I found it when my previous employer gave me a Blackberry. NWS is great, and you can get the small-screen version, and there are RSS feeds for weather and severe weather alerts. Nifty stuff. And no freakin' ads!

I've recently altered my driving plans a couple of times after reading NWS. I wait for the bad part to go by and then drive through the aftermath. Or if I'm ahead far enough of the storm I'll take off earlier.

I sometimes use Intellicast; I got in the habit of using them because it looks and acts quite similar to the WSI satellite weather stations the pilots used at my last employer. I also like their tropical weather (hurricane) tracking section.

Digital TV often has a station or two that runs 24-hour weather radar on a subchannel. I use those for live radar during scary weather.

I used to tune in a particular local AM station during heavy weather, but they don't cover as thoroughly as they used to. I'd like to find a station that stays on top of it like KRLD did 10-15 years ago.

As it is I keep thinking I need to pick up one of those EAS-enabled weather radios. They'll keep quiet until an EAS alert is sent in your area, then they sound off and tune in.

I live in the DFW area, and the forecasts are pretty good around here. I lived in Indianapolis for 5 years, and the forecasts there were horrible. At first I just thought they sucked, but it turns out it's just too hard to predict...too many factors there that constantly change. The jet stream flops back and forth over the area and winds off of Lake Michigan can shift and send in some rain or snow in a hurry. So some parts of the country are easier to forecast than others.
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Speaking of weather, here are the wind forecasts and the actual winds on the Chesapeake and Potomac in my last several sails. The forecasts were 24 to 48 hours ahead:

Sail 1 Forecast 5 knots North Actual 25 knots North
Sail 2 Forecast 10 knots South Actual 0
Sail 3 Forecast 5 knots North Actual 10 knots South
Sail 4 Forecast 0 Actual 10 knots South
Sail 5 Forecast 10 knots North actual 0
Sail 6 Forecast 10 knots North actual 20 knots North
Sail 6 Forecast 10 knots North actual 10 knots North
Sail 7 Forecast 10 knots North actual 5 knots South

So, why bother?
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Old 07-03-2007, 05:57 AM   #28
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in a related thread-jack, what's your pet peeve weather lingo?

mine's "expect rain during your overnight hours". you mean: it's gonna rain tonight?

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