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Who do you trust for a forcast???

Discussion in 'Weather' started by Plowtoy, Dec 8, 2011.

  1. Plowtoy

    Plowtoy Senior Member
    Messages: 929

    I was just reading in the off topic section and had a handful of people saying accuweather isn't any good. I have used their forecasts and have had good luck but, just wondering if their is something better. Right now I DVR 2 local news cast and check accuweather often and if I put the three together, it seems to be pretty darn close to what actually happens. Any other ideas???
  2. 7_below

    7_below Senior Member
    Messages: 245

    NOAA is good
  3. MrPLow2011

    MrPLow2011 Senior Member
    from Boston
    Messages: 276

    Farmers almanac always.
  4. kimber750

    kimber750 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,674

    The rock out side my window. :laughing: AccuWeather forecast 4.4 inches of snow for last nite, we got nothing.
  5. KBTConst

    KBTConst Senior Member
    Messages: 426

    X2 and my own eyes when I look out the window.
  6. Woodenshoe

    Woodenshoe Member
    Messages: 84

    I wouldn't believe any forecaster, I don't even believe my own eyes some nights when I look out the window to see whats "actually" there.
  7. unit28

    unit28 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,634

    I got tired of looking out the winder, so I was wishing I could rig my puter to recieve an email when we
    actually have accumulating snow on the ground. like on those sites not close to me. I live in a rural community and have to drive 40 miles to my first route.

    Till then, stay safe and may everyone receive nice 2 to 4 inch snow falls
    Merry Christmas Y'all

    Last edited: Dec 9, 2011
  8. doberman

    doberman Member
    Messages: 40

    Meterology - thats a funny term.
    -ology or "ologist" would mean you are an expert in that field of study - such as in geology, you are an expert on rocks and earthly processes. And it is science based. Science states that for any hypothesis or "prediction" to be viable, it must be able to be reproduced accurately and repeatedly.

    Meterology can not predict events accurately and repeatedly at an acceptable frequency. Therefore it is not a science and meterologists are not experts. Meterology is in the same category where "voodoo" and "palmistry" belongs. Basically witchcraft.

    Don't believe the hype.
  9. White Gardens

    White Gardens 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,665

    I use the Weather Bug app for my phone for when I'm on the go. The radar is accurate.

    Same goes for the radar on the Weather Channel. Seems like it is spot on. Some other radars either don't pick up some of the lighter storms, or is showing something that isn't there.

    The weather channel seems decent on their hourly forecast and also the long range.

    I do watch the local weather men a day or two out from a potential event.

    If you also want to know what a storm is doing, you can see how much snow areas that the storm has covered before it reaches you.

    Ultimately, it's really a matter of using multiple sources and come to a conclusion on what you think is going to happen. Sometimes instinct will be your best info.

  10. Plowtoy

    Plowtoy Senior Member
    Messages: 929

    Being from SW MI, you probably watch the same guys I do (if you watch them at all), they called for .2" overnight, we got 2-3". We were ready, but we weren't ready. Felt like we were caught with our pants down this morning. Seems like about spring, they finely have the winter forecasting down.
  11. NickT

    NickT Senior Member
    Messages: 707

    I use Weather channel on my phone, and and dvr a local guy outa cleveland
  12. born2farm

    born2farm 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,310

    noaa.gov and intellicast.com

    I use intellicast for the radar, but I stick to NOAA for the forecast. They seem pretty accurate and I like the detailed written out forecast they provide. Not only do I like it, but noaa.gov is a pretty trusted source. So when a customer questions my call to presalt etc. I show them the forecast I printed to justify my decision. Works most of the time.
  13. rhyan6

    rhyan6 Member
    Messages: 39

    setting the alarm when they call for snow. tis the season