I’m a weather watcher. Always have been. It may well be because I grew up in Oklahoma, where keeping an eye on the sky, especially this time of year, is in one’s best interest and because the sky is often the most interesting scenery. But regardless, I watch the sky, the forecast, the current conditions. Even if I don’t plan to walk the dog, I want to know the temperature, the likelihood of rain or snow, and the wind speed.
If I’m going for a drive, I want to know what the road conditions will be. And here in Colorado, it’s good to know if you’re going to face a snowstorm or strong cross winds in or near the mountains. And of course when living on the plains, rainfall is always critical. In any given year you may be subject to water restrictions which impact how and when you can water your lawn or wash your car. So I welcome the drama of thunderstorms, as long as I don’t get caught out in them.
I keep several favorite weather sites bookmarked in my browser toolbar so they’re just a click away when I want to check on things. (I also have WeatherBug installed.) The Weather Channel is my favorite for current conditions and forecasts for up to 10 days out. Wunderground offers a beautiful big full-screen weather map that shows current radar and severe weather and tornado watch/warning areas that can be toggled on or off. There are other options as well, such as a toggle for map or satellite view. AccuWeather has a big assortment of national forecast maps (see “radar & maps” tab) for a variety of things including pollen levels; migraine, sinus, and arthritis pain; planting conditions; outdoor activities; travel conditions; and of course, hair frizz risk (gotta love “emergency” on this one). And speaking of dog walking, there’s even a dog walking forecast.
(I’m also lucky enough to have an amateur weather geek living about half a mile from here, which means his detailed instrument readings are as good as from my own backyard.
In truth, AccuWeather wasn’t “on my radar” until I got a tip last night from IzaakMak, a fellow weather watcher. Now its plethora of maps may well become my new favorite stop.
Nah, who am I kidding. I’ll keep checking all these sites. Wouldn’t want to miss anything.