Browser Wars: Looking for input from Weather lovers

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by BenTrovato, Aug 6, 2014.

  1. BenTrovato macrumors 68020

    BenTrovato

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    Hey everyone, I'm looking for some input for people who are into weather. I haven't been able to move off Firefox simply because of ForecastFox. I need access to the doppler but instead of having another separate app, it's really convenient to have for me within the browser window since most of my work is done through the web.

    Firefox is OK but Safari is a lot better. It's faster and takes up way less memory but I can't seem to make this work in terms of having the doppler accessible very quickly. I'm not even sure if it's possible with Safari but I thought I'd ask the question and see if maybe someone out there has a better suggestion for a quick way to view the doppler. Thanks!
     

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  2. glenthompson macrumors 68000

    glenthompson

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    For US weather I always go to the National Weather Site which has local and national Doppler radar animations. They also have a forecast discussion for each location that gives the forecaster's rationale for making the forecast they did.
     
  3. BenTrovato thread starter macrumors 68020

    BenTrovato

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    Oh nice, I didn't know about the discussion piece that could be informative. Thanks.

    I will browse there from time to time if I need to go in depth. It's still very easy to just roll the mouse down over the bottom add on bar and the doppler is instantly available. I was hoping Safari or even Chrome had an option for that but so far no luck.
     
  4. glenthompson macrumors 68000

    glenthompson

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    Here's a sample of the discussion for my current location:

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    FXUS63 KDLH 072031
    AFDDLH
    
    AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DULUTH MN
    331 PM CDT THU AUG 7 2014
    
    .SHORT TERM...(THIS EVENING THROUGH FRIDAY AFTERNOON)
    ISSUED AT 330 PM CDT THU AUG 7 2014
    
    MAIN CONCERNS IN THE SHORT TERM REMAIN FOCUSED AROUND THE POTENTIAL
    FOR ISOLATED RAIN SHOWERS LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND PATCHY FOG AGAIN
    TONIGHT...WITH VERY QUIET CONDITIONS THROUGH THE DAY TOMORROW.
    
    UPPER LEVEL RIDGE AXIS EXTENDING FROM SE MN INTO NRN
    ONTARIO...COMBINED WITH A LARGE SFC HIGH OVER LAKE SUPERIOR HAS KEPT
    CONDITIONS QUIET ACROSS THE NORTHLAND TODAY. A WEAK SFC INFLECTION
    FROM W-CENTRAL MN INTO NRN WI AND THE U.P. HAS BECOME SOMEWHAT
    ENHANCED DUE TO A MODEST NE WIND OFF LAKE SUPERIOR...BUT LOW LVL
    LAPSE RATES AND SFC INSTABILITY HAS NOT INCREASED ENOUGH TO TRIGGER
    CONVECTIVE SHOWERS AS OF 3 PM. WILL STILL HOLD ONTO LOW CHC POPS AND
    ISOLATED RAIN SHOWERS THROUGH EARLY THIS EVENING FROM AROUND MOOSE
    LAKE MN TO GLIDDEN WI.
    
    SKIES ARE EXPECTED TO BECOME MOSTLY CLEAR TONIGHT AS THE BL
    COLLAPSES AND DRY AIR ALOFT MIXES DOWN. TEMPS WILL DROP INTO THE 50S
    TONIGHT...AND COMBINE WITH MOSTLY CLEAR SKIS AND CALM WINDS TO
    PRODUCE ANOTHER ROUND OF PATCHY FOG.
    
    HIGH PRESSURE WILL CONTINUE TO DOMINATE THE WEATHER CONDITIONS
    DURING THE DAY FRIDAY. ANOTHER BATCH OF AFTERNOON CONVECTIVE CUMULUS
    CLOUDS IS EXPECTED FRIDAY...WITH A SLIGHT CHC OF SHOWERS INTO THE
    ARROWHEAD ALONG A WEAK SFC FRONT. TEMPERATURES WILL WARM INTO THE
    70S AND LOWER 80S.
    
    .LONG TERM...(FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY)
    ISSUED AT 330 PM CDT THU AUG 7 2014
    
    SHOULD BE A VERY QUIET START TO THE EXTENDED TIME PERIOD AS HIGH
    PRESSURE WILL BE IN CHARGE ACROSS THE AREA. THE FIRST CHANCE OF
    PRECIPITATION IN THE EXTENDED PERIOD WILL BE IN THE WESTERN AREAS
    LATER SATURDAY NIGHT. THAT CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL
    EXPAND TO ALL OF NORTHEASTERN MINNESOTA ON SUNDAY. THE GFS ACTUALLY
    BRINGS QPF FURTHER EAST INTO NW WI BUT WILL FAVOR THE SLOWER ECMWF.
    IN FACT...THE ECMWF KEEPS IT LARGELY OUT OF NW WI THROUGH SUNDAY
    NIGHT BUT WILL MAINTAIN A SMALL POP IN NW WI DUE TO LARGE
    DIFFERENCES IN THE HANDLING OF THE FRONTAL AND POST FRONTAL
    PRECIPITATION. THINGS SHOULD DRY OUT STARTING MONDAY NIGHT AND
    REMAIN DRY FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE EXTENDED PERIOD...AS HIGH
    PRESSURE BUILDS INTO THE REGION. HIGHS WILL RANGE FROM THE 70S TO
    LOWER 80S.
    
     
  5. smithrh macrumors 68020

    smithrh

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    Also, many NWS offices in the midwest put out "Weather stories" daily:

    http://www.crh.noaa.gov/wxstory.php?site=mkx

    Right now, these look boring because, well, the weather is boring right now. But in severe weather situations, these are great to look at. All localized of course.

    I really don't use any of the commercial weather products on the web, there's really no need to. NWS has a ton of stuff available. I haven't found everything by any means.

    Here's radar (clickable): http://radar.weather.gov/Conus/full_loop.php

    Here's a GOES image browser from the University of Wisconsin:

    http://www.ssec.wisc.edu/data/geo/i...=conus&file=gif&imgoranim=8&anim_method=jsani

    One thing I haven't been able to find are the easy-to-understand computer forecasts. Yes, I know about

    http://mag.ncep.noaa.gov

    (and others from the NWS) but it's not especially easy to understand and digest quickly. I'd like to be able to get the RPM forecast in a visual format, but I believe it's a sold product.
     

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