Weather sites storm Internet
August 8, 1997
Web posted at: 7:14 a.m. EDT (1114 GMT)
From CNN Interactive Writer Wayne Drash
(CNN) -- Want to track hurricanes without waiting for the
6 o'clock news, or find up-to-the minute
forecasts for your favorite hot spots?
Information once confined to meteorologists has rained down
on the Internet in recent years, sweeping across the vast
cyberspace terrain like a blistering Midwestern thunderstorm.
Weather sites inundate users with an array of data and
satellite imagery that pinpoint storms, highlight jetstreams,
provide daily temperatures and forecast weather conditions
for just about anywhere in the world.
Some sites flash breaking weather-news bulletins with fancy
graphics and in-depth articles. Others rely little on
graphics, instead providing detailed information without the
Internet's bells and whistles.
Farmers can check the sites to monitor weather conditions;
travelers can consult them to plan vacations. A few sites
even provide flight information to ease travelers' airport
The sites have the potential of saving lives by warning of
hazardous road conditions and helping people find the best
escape routes in severe weather.
The following are sites to help track Mother Nature:
The Weather Channel is one of the most extensive weather sites on the Web. International and
U.S. satellite maps detail current weather conditions. Some
images show time-lapsed cloud movements. Others highlight
current dew points, among other conditions.
The Weather Channel's Travel Conditions, a link off the home page,
lets users check flight information at 100 of the busiest
U.S. airports. Vacationers will enjoy The Weather Channel's
Boat and Beach site. It features a map of the United States that shows,
by area, the intensity of the sun's rays or risk of sunburn.
This is measured by an Ultraviolet Index. The site also
provides helpful safety tips.
The Weather Channel also has special sites dedicated to
and allergies and
International users, however, may be disappointed with the
site's U.S. focus.
The National Weather Service, its Web site says, sets out "to provide weather and flood
warnings, public forecasts and advisories for all of the
United States, its territories, adjacent waters and ocean
areas, primarily for the protection of life and property."
The site lives up to its billing. Select a U.S. or
international city, click and -- voila -- within seconds the
site responds with current wind conditions, temperatures and
the relative humidity.
Users can track the latest hurricane information -- often
before local news stations report on storms -- thanks to the
The site also features detailed weather warning information.
For example, at the time this article was written, flash
flood warnings for the Northern Edwards Plateau in Texas had
just been lifted.
The National Hurricane Center supplies users with in-depth forecast information on
tropical storms and hurricanes, or cyclones, around the
world. Users particularly should visit the site's stunning
satellite and radar pictures provided by NASA's Goddard Space
The site also lists the names of storms up until the year
Chat with meteorologists, check local forecasts and
observe hurricane movements at Accuweather, a small
seasonal forecasting service that has grown into one of the
world's premiere forecasters.
Agriculture Online targets
farmers seeking the latest information on soil temperature
and moisture, wind speed and other weather conditions.
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