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Name: Catherine M. B.
Status: educator
Age: 40s
Location: N/A
Country: N/A
Date: 11/14/2004


Question:
I studied meteorology many years ago, but never really learned to forecast. I would like to "get back into" forecasting as a hobby.

I am aware of a lot of web sites that contain satellite imagery, current weather maps, etc. But is there a web site that gives a reasonably detailed but plain-language "map discussion" of the current North American weather? Or is there some other site or resource you would recommend for someone who wants to learn more about forecasting?


Replies:
Dear Catherine-

Here is a good link for discussion of the map features for the next 24 hours. It is an official product of the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center, one of the 9 centers of the National Center for Environmental Prediction, which is an agency of the National Weather service.

http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/discussions/pmdspd.html

For other discussions, including quantitative precipitation discussions, heavy snow discussions, extended forecast discussion, and model diagnostic discussions, see this link:

http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/html/fcsttxt.html

Good luck on your forecasting endeavors..!

Wendell Bechtold, meteorologist
Forecaster, National Weather Service
Weather Forecast Office, St Louis, MO


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