Are you a weather watcher who is always looking for good online weather sites? Perhaps you are looking for the right one for your smart phone. One of the best and most informative is Just Weather.com. Although it is aimed mostly at the Detroit area, it’s maps also cover the mid-Michigan area. They have a “severe weather alert day” which is issued when any type of bad weather may affect a given area on that day. This is issued early in the day so that anyone planning outdoor activities can be prepared with alternate plans should storm watches/warnings be issued.
AccuWeather has an excellent mobile site which provides current information, hourly conditions, a 15-day forecast, radar, weather alerts, and videos. Their dopplar radar is one of the best and can be activated for storm direction information. It is available on mobile phones.
Weatherbug is probably one of the best known and is even used by some TV stations for their weather information. They have a “Backyard Club” which provides additional weather news and information from bloggers around the country and is open to new members at no cost. Their weather site can be viewed live for a yearly fee, however, the free version is also very good. They also have a mobile application.
Unisys weather site is another good one. They have links to NOAA information, NEXRAD radar, satellite images, and many weather charts. There is information here not found on other weather sites although it is not available on mobile phones.
Weather For You provides information also not found on most weather sites. Beside local conditions, forecasts, and radar, they have links to state road reports, river and lake levels, severe storm damage reports from around the state almost as it happens, and more. They also have no mobile phone application.
Another weather site that is available on mobile phones is Weatherunderground. In addition to the usual current conditions, radar and forecasts, they also provide information from local private weather stations in the area and blogs from both amateur and professional weather forecasters. Their weather photos are provided by members and can be rated by other members for quality and content. You can also find local ski and snow reports, climate change information, and a road trip planner.
The Weather Channel’s mobile site probably has the best radar of all. It provides a map such as what map quest uses and you can zoom in to your actual location to see exactly where the rain/snow/storm is affecting at any given time. Multiple locations can be added which makes this a great site for travelers. Maps, severe weather alerts and videos are also available.
Mobile Weather sites are a great advance for providing urgent weather information. Anyone who owns a mobile phone should have one of these great sites added to their apps, especially if they spend much time outdoors. Check them all out and see which one fits your needs.
Have a great day mid-Michigan!