What weather forecast ?

Discussion in 'Meteo & Astro' started by Phil-s, Dec 5, 2014.

  1. Phil-s

    Phil-s Backpacker

  2. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

  3. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    A combination of XCWeather, Accuweather and MWIS

    But they're all as bad as each other so I don't take much notice :)
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  4. paul

    paul Thru Hiker

    MWIS for me too if its mountain based but met office for everything else
  5. JAG009

    JAG009 Summit Camper

  6. theoctagon

    theoctagon Thru Hiker

    Usually have a look at a few, YR seems fairly reliable
  7. paul

    paul Thru Hiker

    Forgot about Yr.no. Very good forecast accuracy in Norway when I've used it and not to bad for UK either
  8. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    BBC News channel (Freeview 130) has started to run a 7 day forecast at 9:55pm every night, has more detail that the usual 30sec daily forecast.
    Obviously the further ahead the forecast the potentially more inaccurate it is BUT better than divining with a pile of chicken bones thrown on the ground:eek:
  9. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    Meto for short range national (they are the best in the world)
    MWIS for local hill info (not Meto for mountain forecasts, they don't have the specialist knowledge of MWIS)
    Long range comes from various NWP models, Meto text forecast and Netweather.
  10. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

  11. Hedley Heap

    Hedley Heap Section Hiker

    Those are the gates next to the campsite yes?
  12. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    Yep, handy to know what the snows levels are likely to up that way, I do like a cold trip up Glen Derry or Quoich
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  13. Munro277

    Munro277 Thru Hiker

    Magic seaweed ..seems accurate enough
  14. Hedley Heap

    Hedley Heap Section Hiker

    Is that like the string weather station.
    If the string is wet it's raining.
    If the string is damp it's drizzling.
    If the string is hanging straight down it's still.
    If the string is hanging horizontal it's windy.
    If the string is dry it's warm.
    If the string is hard to see it's foggy.
    If the string is white it's snowing.
    If the string is smoking it's lightening.
    If the string has gone you live near me.
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  15. Gazelle

    Gazelle Ultralighter

    This is usually my first stop for weather. 4 pano webcams, snow depths, avalanche risk etc.
  16. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    Weatherline is good too if you're heading to the Lakes, updated daily with fell top conditions through the colder months.

    Then link won't open for me, not sure if they've pulled the plug on it now?

  17. fluffkitten

    fluffkitten Moderator Staff Member

    Server Not Found.
  18. Gazelle

    Gazelle Ultralighter

    How odd. It's for a French ski resort I like :D
  19. Quixoticgeek

    Quixoticgeek Ultralighter

    I second yr.no, accurate, clear, and easy to use.

  20. Hedley Heap

    Hedley Heap Section Hiker

    Working fine for me this morning.
  21. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    And me, they must have been breaking it last night
  22. BlueTrain

    BlueTrain Trail Blazer

    In theory, it doesn't matter what the weather forecast is. If you were on an extended outing, you take the weather as it comes. If you make plans more than two weeks ahead of time, it's sure to rain. In fact, an elderly gentleman I once knew who was from Glasgow by the name of Charlie Storrie, said the way you predict the weather in Scotland was to look out the window at the nearest mountain. If you can see it, it's going to rain. If you can't see it, it's already raining.

    So basically the weather forecast is immaterial. But the weather isn't. My favorite places to go are mostly in Shenandoah National Park less than a hundred miles from home (at least to the entrance). If the weather is bad enough in the winter, like if there was a heavy snow, the park or parts of it will close. It can snow at the higher altitudes and rain at the lower altitudes up there. But the snow makes the trip much more interesting. I was also up there one time and had just returned to my car after an overnight trip. The morning had turned very cold and it had started drizzling with freezing rain. A ranger came around before I left and told me the park was closing and that I had to leave. So these days, I tend to plan on alternate destinations up there and I check the park's website to see what the current conditions are.

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