INDIANA – Weather.gov is the website of the National Weather Service and is worth a visit from anyone who is interested in forecasts, safety, weather events, and learning more about the climate.
The site is easy to navigate and allows one to click on any location in the country to see what is happening there in terms of weather. Hoosiers might be envious to read that it is sunny and 80 degrees Fahrenheit in Miami, but knowing that it won’t get above zero degrees Fahrenheit in North Dakota for a couple of weeks might ease the pain while shoveling snow.
The site provides active alerts, daily briefings, a newsroom, and education downloads. For the historian, it provides information on past weather, heating and cooling days, records, and astronomical data. The site also offers safety tips on riptides, tornados, hurricanes, heatwaves, tsunamis, and more. The amateur meteorologist will find links to satellites, air quality statistics, and radar, while students can click on the education tab to discover more about climates in the United States and around the world.
So, as spring break nears and March “hath perced to the roote and bathed every veyne in swich licour” – as Geoffrey Chaucer wrote – consider weather.gov as a necessary stop when planning a weekend trip or a pilgrimage.