Wether Climate, and Global Warming: A Web Review
Keiser, Barbie E., Searcher
Many of us now use the weather sites available on the Internet to check out weather conditions in a city to which we plan to travel or where other members of our extended family reside. When inclement weather comes upon us and storm warnings are posted, some of these sites do a better job in terms of tracking the situation than others.
News organizations (print newspapers or television broadcast stations) are an excellent source of information concerning current weather and forecasts, providing local, national, and even international data. Whether your favorite newspaper is the New York Times [http://www.nytimes.com/weather], the LA Times [http://www.weatherpoint.com/latimes] or a local paper, you cannot go very wrong checking weather reports on these Web sites. Also, don't forget that local TV news shows have Web sites that include "today's weather" and forecasts, too:
* CNN Weather's home page [http://www.cnn.com/weather] features weather images covering the regions of the U.S. and other continents. Five-day forecasts are available by state or ZIP code, or click on a region of the world.
* USA Today Weather [http://www.usatoday.com/weather/wfront.htm] expands the weather section in its print product with a convenient database of forecasts by locality (country, state, or ZIP code within the U.S.). There are several Main Categories which link to separate Web pages (Weather Briefs, Cold Science, Weather Basics, Hurricanes, Severe Storms, and Almanac). More Weather deals with the week ahead, weather extremes, weather safety, travel forecasts, energy index, ski guide, city guides, beach weather, and "weather talk."
* The Weather Channel [http://www.weather.com] began as a cable television outlet and now provides a very crisp, clean Web site containing a map of the USA on its home page and fore- casts of weather 10 days out, region by region. The section concerning Seasonal Links can help during hurricane season, as it monitors the track of storms in each ocean.
While live satellite feeds and graphic radar images can sometimes be slow to load, they are useful tools when watching for inclement weather and incoming storm situations. Among the best of those featuring real-time images are Live Weather Images [http://weather.images.orgl and the GOES (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite) Project Science [http://rsd.gsfc.nasa.gov/ goes] with satellite pictures collected by NASA. GOES pictures of clouds are used by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Weather Service to track severe storms (such as hurricanes) as the storms develop over the ocean. In fact, the GOES pictures are the images used by television weather broadcasters. Billed as the Latest Cool Image from the U.S. Storm Prediction Center [http://www.spc. noaa.gov/coolimg], you can view past "cool images" as well.
The atmospheric science departments at academic institutions often do an excellent job in dealing with weather-related issues. The Plymouth State College Weather Center [http://vortex.plymouth.edu] features a weather map of the U.S. (click on a locality to get the forecast). Its interactive maps and logs include climate summaries and images of tropical storms. Tutorials, past weather (summary temperature charts), current weather (sea surface temperatures, satellite and radar images), forecast weather (temperature and precipitation), and historical events (such as the Northeast blizzard of 1993) appear on the site as well. UM World of Weather [http://cirrus.sprl.umich.edu/wxnet] provides access to thousands of forecasts, images, plus nearly 300 weather links.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is the logical place to go for weather information. Its site is so rich, that it's difficult to identify the most important pages:
* NOAA Home Page [http://www.noaa.gov] serves as an introduction to weather, featuring stories concerning current weather activity and news. …