After a long winter, spring is officially on its way. The change in season brings changing – and at times unpredictable – weather patterns. Staying on top of your local forecast was traditionally limited to the meteorologist’s reports on your local news program. But now, a variety of resources and tools online allow you to check the weather, wherever and whenever you’d like!
Here are some of our favorite tools for being weather-wise online:
- Weather.com (http://www.weather.com/) is the online extension of The Weather Channel. Weather.com is an easy-to-use tool that can show you local weather for every ZIP code by state. In addition to providing forecasts by ZIPcode, Weather.com has the ability to customize for home and garden, seasonal allergies, and event-planning forecasts. If you are a Windows user, Weather.com has a desktop weather app available for download. Similar sites to Weather.com include AccuWeather.com (http://www.accuweather.com), WeatherBug.com (http://weather.weatherbug.com) and Intellicast.com (http://www.intellicast.com).
- Climate Data Online (http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/cdo-web/) provides free access to the National Climatic Data Center’s archive of historical weather and climate data. These data include daily, monthly, seasonal, and yearly measurements of temperature, precipitation, wind and radar data. The site provides different search functions that allow you to search and access data by ZIP code, city, county, state or country, and also view weather conditions on local and global maps.
- Almanac.com (http://www.almanac.com/weather) is the online version of The Old Farmer’s Almanac and provides long-range and 7-day weather forecasts. Almanac.com also features past weather reports. Ever wondered what the weather was like on the day you were born? Use this tool to find out if it was snowing, raining, sunny or cloudy. Planning a trip or a big event such as a wedding? Almanac.com’s customized weather history reports will give you a sense of the typical weather for any given time.
- With the rise in social media, we now also have social weather. Cumul.us (http://www.cumul.us) is a site that not only displays your local weather forecast (based on reports from the National Weather Service), but also makes a recommendation on what to wear based on user recommendations.
With these online weather tools, you can become more skilled in predicting the weather, no matter where you live. We’re pleased to provide you with the online connection you need to stay up-to-date on your weather forecast.