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Beyond the Weather Channel

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by HD61CUIN, Jan 30, 2002.

  1. HD61CUIN

    HD61CUIN Senior Member
    Messages: 173

    Ok what does everyone use to monitor the weather...no smart azz responses please
  2. Maverick

    Maverick Senior Member
    Messages: 116

    Weatherbug for your PC

    I downloaded this "Weatherbug" on my PC. It works off your zip code. It also displays the current temp on your PC screen on the lower right corner. If you click on the temp display your forcast pops up. Pretty coool huh!!

  3. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    I use Weatherbug, too. Altough I am getting irritated with all the updates that take so long to load. That and the ads.
  4. J.Henderson

    J.Henderson Senior Member
    Messages: 164

    I use weatherbug also. I found out however they use the data from NOAA. It is a nice interface, with visual warnings and nice color maps. It could use less advertising though.
  5. digger242j

    digger242j Senior Member
    Messages: 672

    I use the NWS website, and when we have snow I print out the forecasts (so I can go back later and see just how wrong they were). They also have a "forecast discussion" document, which is full of weather jargon, and it seems is more of a 'between meteorologists' thing, but it gives you an idea of why they're forecasting what they are.

    For real short term precip. information I use Intellicast's radar display. I have the Dayton, Ohio page bookmarked, because it'll show what's going on all the way back across Ohio, and I rarely need to know what's going on much east of here, the weather almost never comes from the east. (It's also really helpful to have someone here at home to actually look at the computer for me--that laptop with the cellular connection is still somewhere in the future.)
  6. Hmebuildr

    Hmebuildr Senior Member
    Messages: 115

  7. thelawnguy

    thelawnguy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,011

    Millenium weather (sp?) I only care when theres a storm brewing!

    Weather underground is the same as the NWS site but with all the fancy graphics. NWS site gets you the info an hour earlier than weatherundergtound.

    You guys who use weatherbug, do you realize that app snoops your cookie files and makes its money selling your info to advertisers and spammers???
  8. DaveK

    DaveK Senior Member
    Messages: 420

    Cookies can only be read by the servers that wrote the cookie.

    It may be able to monitor which sites you visit though. Although I don't think they would push the pricacy laws that far.
  9. Big Todd

    Big Todd Senior Member
    Messages: 126

    I've been finding that Accu-weather is anthing but Accu-rate...;) I use the National weather Service website and compare that to one of the local news stations (the NBC affilliate). The Weather Channel uses the same text on their local forcasts as the NWS (on TV) but on their website it is usually different.:confused: I usually average what everyone is saying and go from there. I like spontinaety anyway, so as soon as I measure two inches in the driveway, I'm out the door.:D

    Lol west Mich guys tonight...
  10. c_maint

    c_maint Member
    Messages: 46

  11. MrGreenjeans

    MrGreenjeans Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    I use several sites

    I use several sites. It seems no one gets it right all the time and I like to view the radar animations. Depending on the type of radar (and their mode and sensitivity settings) the radar images can vary widely between sites. When things are critical, I gather all the information I can and then "average" things out. I tend not to believe sites who show me that it is raining heavy and then look out the window to see sunshine. I figure that into my average.

    Some sites I use:
    Wunderground (via andrebernier.com)
    Local television sites that have radar on their sites
    NWS info from local airport
    Reporting data from highway dept. district reporting stations

    I will be watching things closely tonight to see it we get the freezing rain they have been scaring us about. I would really like to be out and pre-salt if things look for sure.
  12. Columbia Turf

    Columbia Turf Junior Member
    Messages: 22

    I keep my eye on several. Accu-Weather (detailed radar) and 15 day forcast(good for about 3 days....LOL), Intellicast for the "Color" rader and local t.v. station on-line rader.

    After watching all of these, I call my foreman and get his personal forecast. He is usually right, I have lost many lunches to him!

    OBRYANMAINT PlowSite.com Veteran
    from ohio
    Messages: 534

    my plan is identical to mr green jeans .........i am in a close proximity to him as well!