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Old 08-11-05, 12:09 PM
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Weather.com is dum.

It's raining RIGHT NOW, but they dont' have any rain in our forecast and haven't for weeks. The hourly summary? No rain. A couple days ago they couldn't even tell me about these clouds. Their hourly summaries are almost NEVER right unless it happens to be sunny all day... then yeah, they can tell me it will be sunny most hours of the day. Why do they even stinkin' bother? They can't even tell me what the weather is like RIGHT NOW. It's not like it's just raining on my house... some days it's been clear blue skies all over our zip code and it shows clouds for the next three hours.

Is it more reliable in other places? Is there a better source? I know Seattle is one of the more difficult places to judge the weather but why not give a margin of error or just say "You know... we can't really say what the weather will be like?" They have a 10 day forecast. 10 days. Picking the weather 10 days out in this town is like picking the 2016 presidential election. One of our local news casts recently added a TWO WEEK extended outlook forecast. I'd like to see the stats of how the weather has been compared to their predictions 3 days earlier. Why even have that if you know you're going to be wrong? What are their predictions even based on? Patterns that just somehow almost never turn out to be right? What kind of pattern is that? If weather fronts form in a couple of days, you know you can't tell me what it's gonna do in TEN days.

Or are they measuring the butterfly wing flaps in Japan right now and once in a while a butterfly is injured and gives a false reading. Oh, sorry...it's not going to be 80 like we told you 2 days ago. It's low 60's and raining.

Ugh. I know they can't make the weather but why claim things that are simply impossible to predict with current technology? Hourly "forecasts"... super-extended guesscasts...

Rant... ALMOST over.
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Old 08-11-05, 12:14 PM
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blame god.. he should be more in sync with weather.com
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Old 08-11-05, 12:15 PM
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You're actually getting rain? *lucky bastard*
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Old 08-11-05, 12:18 PM
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Yea weather.com is teh SUK!! It's more freaking advertising then anything...

I HATE.... No wait... I LOATH THEM!
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Old 08-11-05, 12:19 PM
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I know exactly how you feel, T!

...and I've seen the very same stuff. I wonder if they ever actually step outside.

Sometimes I get a kick outta watchin' those local weather-people trying to make the weather interesting, especially when there isn't anything going on!

They talk about the "Low" coming in, and then get dramatic about the wind, and then there's always the ever exciting...

"Weather Record Factoid"!

Weather-folk...

PAH!!!
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Old 08-11-05, 12:23 PM
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Weather.com has fairly good accuracy around downtown Memphis.

But then there's only two choices in the summer, either it's going to be hot as hell and humid, or it's going to be freakin' pouring rain. There's no real middle ground, it never sprinkles, it's never "partly cloudy". It's either sunny and hot and humid or you're swimming across the streets.

The weathermen still like to use terms like "partly this" and "mostly that" around here, but once you see through the bullshit all you really need to know is if it'll rain or not. Pretty straightforward.
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Old 08-11-05, 12:29 PM
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Yeah, but can a weatherman really take any pride in his job if he just walks up and says

"Yeah, it's gonna rain today, and tomorrow it will be sunny."

"Thanks, Jeff!"


No... they get these fancy graphics, technical terminology, and prestigious titles like "meteorologist," and then they suddenly get all big-headed and think they can predict the future. Ooooh. You have a 3-d map of the region. That's amaaaaazing. Tell me what the skies will do, oh mighty skylooker.
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Old 08-11-05, 12:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Thor Simpson
Yeah, but can a weatherman really take any pride in his job if he just walks up and says
"Yeah, it's gonna rain today, and tomorrow it will be sunny."
"Thanks, Jeff!"
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I meet Steve Pool once.
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Steve Pool hosted my elementary school's spelling bee.
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Old 08-11-05, 01:41 PM
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use Weather Underground instead.

www.wunderground.com
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Old 08-11-05, 01:45 PM
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Old 08-11-05, 01:46 PM
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Originally Posted by B.A.
use Weather Underground instead.

www.wunderground.com
That looks much better.
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Why don't you just use your local news stations web sites? They tend to be a little more accurate since they are well, in your city.
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Originally Posted by Mopower
Why don't you just use your local news stations web sites?
Cause they suck as much as the local TV forecasts?
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Old 08-11-05, 01:49 PM
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I use accuweather.com
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I always get a little perturbed when a weather guy/gal takes or receives credit for the great weather that particular area had for the day.

"Hey Dave, it was a great day out there today. Good job!"

"Thanks, Ann. I think we'll have another one tomorrow!"

(actual rapport from a local news broadcast recently)
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Originally Posted by freudguy
I always get a little perturbed when a weather guy/gal takes or receives credit for the great weather that particular area had for the day.
At least the weatherman should try to make it more humorous...

Ann, the newsgirl: "Hey Dave, it was a great day out there today. Good job!"
Dave, the weatherguy: "FEAR ME PUNY MORTAL! FEAR MY MIGHTY POWERS OF WEATHER CONTROL!"
Ann: "Umm... yeah, okay, Dave. Lay off the sauce."
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Originally Posted by Thor Simpson
That looks much better.
We have used it here at work for years.
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Old 08-11-05, 02:19 PM
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Acuweather is generally pretty good.
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Old 08-11-05, 06:41 PM
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Originally Posted by DodgingCars
Acuweather is generally pretty good.
That sounds familiar. Don't they have a little desktop tool you can use to show you the current temp etc? I think I tried it for a while but didn't like not having immediate access to a forecast and I think they were pushing a pay version or something. Not sure if that's the same one though.
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Originally Posted by B.A.
use Weather Underground instead.

www.wunderground.com
That's the best one I have found.
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Old 08-11-05, 07:27 PM
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I usually look at three or four different forecast sites and choose the one I like the best
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Old 08-12-05, 12:31 AM
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I recommend vising www.lookoutsideinthemorning.com for daily weather info.
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