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February 14, 2012

Great Weather Information

I do not have any idea if any of you are like me, but I like keeping my eye on the weather.  My wife and I have found that online you can get many variations in not only weather predictions but even the current temperature…depending on which online weather site you visit.

For instance, right now for Harrisonburg it says that the current temperature is 35o (, my personal favorite), 36o (, 37o ( 39o ( or 40o ( all depending on which weather site you go to.  I know that is only a five degree range which is not a big deal; however, it would nice to be able to have an absolutely, positively accurate current temperature wouldn’t it? Now if you want to get the most accurate forecast from those or any other sites, forget it.  You should be prepared for confusion and perhaps frustration.  After viewing several different weather sites you may come away thinking that they are actually reports for another convenient location and not your local area.

So today I would like to share with you a site that gives the absolutely ACCURATE weather reports, for anywhere in the world, that you can make all your outdoor plans according to and be guaranteed to have it turn out perfect. 

Well, OK, I would like to but I can’t.  However, I can point you to a very interesting weather site.  Weather Spark ( may also vary in reporting weather conditions from other sites, but you can find all sorts of interesting things related to weather there.

When you first visit the site all you need to do is enter your zip code, press your enter key and give it five to ten seconds.  A Google map will appear on the left with some of your local temperatures filled in (again they may disagree with other sites, but that’s the way it is).  On the right is what the site titles a, "Beautiful Weather Graph".  Well, I do not know about the "beautiful" part but it sure is a great graph of the past, current and expected temperatures for the day.  You will also see the current temperature guess along with the current sky conditions, projected temps for the day, surrounded by the historical highs, lows and averages including the predicted wind directions, all by the hour.

View of Weather Spark

I don’t have enough room here to tell you about everything but if you are interested, my advice for you is to go to the site, hover your mouse all over the screen and click wherever you see a button or a link that looks clickable.  You will see all sorts of historical and predicted weather info, learn something and maybe have some fun along the way.

You know when I was in college taking one of my meteorology courses I sure could have used this site.  It would have made the entire course easier, but the part about gathering historical data from the huge volumes of weather documentation would have been a cakewalk.  Instead of a week or so of falling asleep while looking up the data I could have completed it in 20 minutes.  YAY for technology!

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