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people always turn on the cable show The Weather Channel to
keep up on what's happening with the weather. That's fine
for TV, but when you want to interact with really good
weather information, go to Intellicast.com.
This site makes it very easy to know and see all you need
to know on national and local weather forecasts, satellite
views and radar imagery. One caution: some pages have quite
large images and take bit to load up.
Like most top quality weather sites, Intellicast has so much
great information, it's hard to know where to start. A
must see section is the US
Visible Satellite Imagery page, which "loops"
the image, just like your local TV weather person. For cable
or DSL customers, try the high
resolution version. Here you can control the loop, step
it forward or backward, and stop it whenever you like. The
satellite imagery is available also, but be patient. It
takes a moment to load.This map covers the entire globe!
Radar page is also great to look at. Radar is how meteorologists
and climatologists (i.e., those weather guys) track thunderstorm
activity. The idea is that the denser the clouds, the more
radical the color on the radar charts, and the more likely
rain or thunderstorms will happen in that region. There
is a color coded chart at the bottom to tell you which colors
are the denser cloud formations. And be sure to try out the
loop for the radar, too. It shows the advancing storms
When you've got a question on a certain weather-related term,
head over to Intellicast's Dr.
Dewpoint's Weather 101 section. There you can learn
about important things like lightning, NEXRAD imagery and
Indian Summers. The good doctor also has a wonderful glossary
of weather terms for your fun and education. Intellicast
does a wonderful job of keeping the language in layman's terms,
simply written and easy to understand. So if you've ever wondered
what a "wet bulb" reading is, or wanted to know
more about "convective cloud" formations, take a
moment and read up on the terms. You' ll be a better informed
weather watcher, even if you find The
Weather Channel the most interesting show on television!
Try out our Channel Engine above
and look up your local weather right now. Just put in your
zipcode and click on either Accuweather or Wunderground.