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Weather forecasts

Posted Monday, March 3, 2008, at 3:28 PM

On days such as today when various weather forecasts refer to the possibility of strong to severe storms during the night, which forecasts do you trust the most.

I admit I'm somewhat of a weather freak and I usually check two or more as a squall line or whatever approaches our area.

Which have you found the most reliable, The Weather Channel, National Weather Service, Nashville television channels, Intellicast or some other source?

I used to have a favorite Nashville television forecaster but I've grown tired of his always teasing viewers about what may be coming before he gives the forecast after a commercial break.

While I'm sure this was done to keep viewers on his channel, during our prolonged dry spell during the summer and fall I didn't find it a teasing matter.

Which sources and/or individual forecasters do you trust the most?

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We just check the Nashville stations & The Weather Channel, which is usually more correct for us. What is Intellicast? Guess I need to add that to my list.

-- Posted by bettyhbrown on Tue, Mar 4, 2008, at 4:25 PM

I love the Nashville WX channel 108 on Charter Cable. Its the WKRN weather folks.

I have to see the state and where the storm is at in relation to our county.

-- Posted by mmp84 on Tue, Mar 4, 2008, at 12:36 PM

I rely on a number of sources when severe weather's possible, some of which aren't the most publicized.

The most detailed is a website operated by the College of Dupage in Illinois http://weather.cod.edu/analysis which has links to everything from computer forecast models to every National Weather Service radar in the country.

Check http://weather.cod.edu/analysis/paulrada... for a myriad of Nashville radar views far beyond what you'll normally see on a website. They're updated every four or five minutes, too.

Also on their site, http://www.weather.cod.edu/danatext.html has text links including constantly-updated severe weather warnings. It's good if you want to see the strength of a weather system coming toward us.

The Storm Prediction Center http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products is what some of the Nashville TV forecasters base their predictions on.

Weather Underground http://www.wunderground.com/ has another highly informative radar, including the storm tracks National Weather Service forecasters are following. Just set it up for your location and bookmark.

Finally, quite a few weather fans discuss future predictions at http://www.talkweather.com/forums/index..... Go to "Southeast Weather" and be aware that a lot of the folks there overpredict because they're rabid storm chasers.

Once you get these bookmarked, and if you know how to "read" advanced radar information, toggling between these sites is quick and easy.

And I'd give my TV thumbs up to the people at Channel 2 plus Lelan Statom at Channel 5 because they seem to be the best in Nashville at using their radars.

Nashville TV does a good job in severe weather, but stations in Huntsville and Birmingham go to much further lengths. They go live on the web during storms and are worth watching to see how Nashville could be doing it.

-- Posted by David Melson on Tue, Mar 4, 2008, at 11:35 AM

QC, that is so cute! LoL My mom is like that. She uses her bones.

I just look at News 2's website for the weather. I don't watch the news. It's too depressing, so I always look at various websites to get what I need.

-- Posted by Mary on Tue, Mar 4, 2008, at 8:41 AM

I listen to my bones.

When I was younger,I relied on new mown hay,fresh permanents and outdoor events being perfect means of attracting rain.

There'd never be a snow day when I was unprepared for class.

These once trustworthy predictors are less accurate nowadays but,in their stead,I have an elbow,a shoulder,a neck,hip and knee that tell me whether I should prepare for rain,sleet or sunny weather.

(I use my spouse's wrist for confirmation.)

I'd prefer to rely on Ron Howes,Davis Nowland,Arch Kennedy,Lisa Spencer,Bonnie Schneider et al than Arthur Itus but he's dependable-at least for now.


-- Posted by quantumcat on Tue, Mar 4, 2008, at 1:37 AM

Last year wore me out watching for rain. We would have it at the end of our driveway but not on the farm. I became like Laura, what will be will be.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Mar 3, 2008, at 4:38 PM

I usually watch the weather channel. I figure they all have a 50/50 chance of getting it right either it's gonna rain or it's not :>)

-- Posted by Dianatn on Mon, Mar 3, 2008, at 4:37 PM

I switch back and forth between channels 4 and 5... but, like you, I get really tired of the tease. I usually look at Intellicast if severe weather is approaching. It sounds like we have similar habits... it could have something to do with our age.

-- Posted by Farmer Bill on Mon, Mar 3, 2008, at 4:03 PM

I must admit LauraSFT there are times I find looking out the window of my home beats all other sources.

-- Posted by bomelson on Mon, Mar 3, 2008, at 4:01 PM

My source is my car, if the windshield is wet, perhaps it's been raining. =) Really, I don't watch the weather portion of the news b/c it's one of those inevitables.

-- Posted by LauraSFT on Mon, Mar 3, 2008, at 3:54 PM

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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette. He passed away November 15, 2014, at age 81.
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