How can you best use the forecasts that meteorologists offer?
* Many sources of weather forecasts,
including but not limited to:
- National Weather Service
- Cable Television including The Weather Channel
- Local Television News
- Private Weather Forecasting Services such as ACCU-Weather and Weatherdata
(The Weather Channel is also technically a private forecasting service)
- Local Commercial Radio
- NOAA Weather Radio
- Coast Guard (For Mariners)
- Internet access to College/University or Government-Related Websites
* Different users requiring weather
forecasts of some type:
- General Public
- Emergency Managers and other local government officials
- Utility Companies
*Sources of weather data and forecast
models all weather forecasters use:
- Hourly and special observations
at surface observing stations:
- Automated Surface Observation Sites
- NWS-owned and maintained - continuosly
monitored and observations are augmented when necessary
- Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA) - Much fewer exist, and are not augmented.
- Automated Weather Observation Systems
(AWOS) - The older counterpart of the ASOS is fully automated and not augmented.
- Surface observations - Most military
stations and Flight Service Stations still have people taking observations.