Re: WU Obs vs Reality
That happens many tims to me also. There are no full time airports
anywhere close to me.
It works both ways, especially when there are scattered showers &
thundershowers vs. a large storm system.
Can be sunny at my house and they show rain, can be raining and they
I too have asked WU about this and I would imagine it would be
difficult to use our reports, at least in my case, as I do not report
observations on a regular basis.
Special weather here also :>
- I'm in a similar situation. I live south of Chicago. The official
weather data is taken at O'Hare aitport, approximately 50 miles
north. There is another METAR at Midway airport, approximately 25
To the east of Chicago is Lake Michigan which has a HUGE impact on
the area. How huge you say? There have been occasions when O'Hare
was either slowed or in a couple of cases, closed because of snow
storms. In my area you awaken to clear, cold weather!
Conversely, I'm in the snow belt. What that means is that a cold
dry north wind blowing from Canada will pick up moisture from the
relatively warm Lake Michigan waters and drop that over land at the
southern tip of the lake. I have had a foot or more of snow while
O'Hare and Midway were reporting cold, clear weather!
Bottom line, weather is a very localized phenomenon!
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Deborah Kee"
>but it was
> This is probably another "duh" subject (keep that count going!)
> just brought to my attention by a family memeber in TX (I'm in AR)who was
> taking a look at my WU Conditions & Forecast page, and my WeatherHx page.
> He noted it was currently raining, as he observed watching therain amt
> increase, but the current conditions list the cloud cover asclear. I'm
> almost certain that this obs is made from the small airport northof here
> which seems to report every 4 hrs. At least, that's what I told myfamily.
> Said we had a monsoon happening at the moment, and the weatherreporting at
> the airport wasn't real time. Is this a correct assumption (thatthe cloud
> obs is from someplace like an airport or other more official typeof place)?
> It does make for an interesting condition and forecast report. :-)
> ~ Deborah