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

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?

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.

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

Good luck on your forecasting endeavors..!

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

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