Thanks for the link. Can't figure out how I missed it, as I am frequently on the REI site.Originally Posted by kswatapug;1158777As a tool for planning, I've long been fond of the noaa.gov's website, especially the tabular data that includes projected hourly cloud cover, precipitation, temperature, etc.[URL="http://weatherspark.com/"
Not to "rain" on your parade, but I would like to offer a (non-flash) perspective on this site. Back in the eighties, prior to the world wide web, I myself offered value added computer serviced weather forecasting by modem and fax , before cashing in the chips. So, I have some experience in value-added meteorology. It is important that the public at large realize that all weather information in the U.S. is generated from NOAA and European government data. Extrapolation of specific variables beyond 48 hours is based on increasingly error prone numerical model interpretation. Like you, I use the NWS tabular data to get an idea of general weather conditions and forecast for specific remote locations. While I note that WeatherSpark is beta – and its home page shows it, I find the graphical representation into the future to be subtly misleading in the same way that AccuWeather 10 day and longer are. The degree of specificity and "dressing up" of such data by third parties can inadvertently lead one to view such forecasts as more reliable and factual than they actually are.
While I will check back to see what other services the site offers, I caution users of this (and other) value added sites to view the information with some degree of caution.