You go look up weather online and you get a different forecast for every site you find! Do any of you out there have any favorites where a guy could just pull it up and easily see what's up for the next few days?
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weather.gov is what I like to use.
It's the official site of the National Weather Service. You can enter in a zip code and get the forecast for the next few days.
Intellicast.com has been reasonably accurate for me over the years as a general weather site. However, with so many meteorological variables and predictive models, you will never find a "perfect" weather site, and even within a zip code you can get quite a variance in weather results.
Wunderground.com and I think Weather.com (Weather Channel) get their forecast info from the National Weather Service (NWS), which is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which is part of our government.
AccuWeather.com is a private weather forecasting service, so their forecasts can be different.
Some media outlets get their forecasts from the NWS, and some choose to get their forecasts from AccuWeather.
Watches and warnings, however, are only issued by the NWS.
I like to use AccuWeather when it concerns a winter storm with a big snowfall prediction. From past experiences, the NWS nearly always over estimates the expected snowfall amounts for big storms while AccuWeather's snowfall predictions seem more accurate.
All these weather sources try to differentiate themselves by providing additional tools, maps, and services. So each has fans. I rarely access Weather.com and AccuWeather, but I regularly use Weather.gov and Wunderground.
The info on the weather radio comes from the NWS. I began listening to weather radio when I was in grade school.
I've been a long-time fan of Wunderground, which began in Ann Arbor. I started using Wundergound before I began using Google for Web searches. I discovered Google by clicking a link on the Wunderground website.
- Simple text only Lucas County forecast at weather.gov (NOAA)
- Lucas County weather conditions and forecast at weather.gov (NOAA)
- Lucas County weather conditions and forecast at the new version of weather.gov, which includes other tools.
- Area Forecast Discussion issued by Cleveland National Weather Service (NOAA) - one of my favorite products to read.
- Storm Prediction Center (NOAA)
- Warnings & Advisories Map at wunderground.com
I use intellicast.com. While definitely not nearly as knowledgeable as jr in these matters, I have found its accuracy better than weather.com. It has a simple, clean, interface and better radar images. Its also free.