When storms are brewing and I need to decide what to wear or what to pack in my day bag, I turn to Weather Underground. They've put the local in local weather by allowing you to choose the weather station you want as your source of information.
My hyperlocal weather on the site comes from the top of MIT's Green Building. I can see it from my home. That is a full weather station on the roof including a radar dome in the photo above. Weather station ID # KMACAMBR9 will give you weather observations from this site.
Here in Boston, there is sometimes a big difference in the weather for the Boston area and the weather for your neighborhood. The airport temperature, surrounded as it is by the ocean, and the temperature in the Back Bay or Allston can be different.
25,000 Weather Stations
Weather Underground has a database of 25,000 weather stations. You can choose one near you at home or away. You can keep track of the weather where family and friends live or while you make plans for an upcoming trip.
Almanac & Historic Data
Once you enter a location, you'll see a tab for Today's Almanac. Here's mine. This gives you perspective as the weather "personalities" hype their latest record-setting something or other.
Once you set up Weather Underground, you can click over to their Wundermap® and set it up to see the local weather stations in your area on a radar map in real-time. Add the layers you like and that are of concern to you under the current situation.
I use other weather sites as well, but the localization of this one makes it a favorite. As I sense that more and more of the weather reporting on local tv is over-hyped and designed to keep you coming back for more information, I trust those sources less and less and turn to sites like this to do my research and make my determination of how serious a weather situation actually is.
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Words: Penny Cherubino
Photography: © 2013 Penny & Ed Cherubino
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