Useful weather tool for photographers

Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by Jock Elliott, Feb 5, 2016.

  1. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    A while back, I "discovered"

    It's a weather website and what makes it particularly useful for me is this graph:

    wunderground graph.JPG
    Of course it shows temperature and chance of precipitation, but the user can customize it, as I have, to show cloud cover. That line on the left is a slider that can be moved to show approximately what time precipitation is likely to happen or when the cloud cover is likely to decrease.

    Also useful is the "astronomy" section, which gives sunrise, sunset, moonrise, moonset, etc.:
    wunderground astronomy.JPG
    I tried entering "Moscow, Russia" and "Perth, Australia" into wunderground, and it produced charts for each, so apparently it is a worldwide resource.

    Overall, I find wunderground very useful.

    Cheers, Jock
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  2. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 SC Top Veteran

    Feb 6, 2015
    Central Ohio, USA
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    Been using Weather Underground for years, first on the desktop, then as my go to Android app. So much great information, but not so cluttered as to be overwhelming.
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  3. theoldsmithy

    theoldsmithy SC Top Veteran

    Jan 7, 2013
    Herefordshire, England
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    Martin Connolly
    Yes, a very useful tool - I've used it for a year or so and it seems quite accurate.
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  4. Tilman Paulin

    Tilman Paulin SC Top Veteran

    Nov 15, 2011
    Portland, OR
    I've been quite happy with wunderground's interface and apps too...

    But... during our Christmas trip I've been checking the weather every day with several weather services - and the winner was accuweather.
    Accuweather were the most accurate by far. Where other services (including wunderground) were rather vague e.g. "afternoon rain", accuweather predicted "rain starting at 6pm" and were pretty spot on. I'm even starting to look at their "minutecast" now - a concept that up until recently I would have just smiled at :)

    Having said that - I'm sure that the accuracy of any forecast service depends highly on the geographic location (and maybe even time of year). I remember accuweather being pretty useless back in London. (But then all the weather services in London were pretty useless - with London's weird microclimate...)
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  5. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
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    I use a local app for this stuff, its all there, including radar. I like the radar... Like to know whats coming.
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