Usually I follow Weather.com for my forecasts.
I’ve been following the Weather Channel since it was just 24 hours of Doppler radar. On a rainy day, Dad and I could site forever, just watching the sweep of the radar change the precipitation pattern. And if there was a tornado watch in affect? We were rapt looking for that hook echo.
I’ve got the Weather.com app on my phone and have a couple bookmarks for my browser.
But today I get up in Santa Cruz, and I hear rain on the bathroom skylight. I look out the window and I see rain. What does Weather.com say? It’s cloudy. Cloudy until 8 this morning with the dun coming out later.
So I pull up the back-up, Wunderground.com. Weather Underground says that it’s likely to rain until 3 PM today. Now, yes, I’m pulling for rain because I can go home sooner, but still… How do you get such discrepancies?
We also have a meteorologist working for PG&E who gives us periodic forecasts so that we can be prepared for days like today.
I have an acquaintance who is a meteorologist. I met him when I bought a DSLR camera from him. Later, I bought a tripod. He get interviewed often by the Bay Area news shows. I respect that there is a lot that goes into being a certified meteorologist as opposed to a weather girl in a tight top and skirt. We all just wish we could be wrong as often as some forecasters are.