Television and Radio Meteorologists: These are the folks who make their best attempt at letting us know what to expect weather-wise, for today and over the next few days. They take data from the National Weather Service and NOAA (see below) , map out their predictions, and then let us know what they forecast.
Interesting: You can participate in the PING (Precipitation Identification Near the Ground) program to help them collect data. Details are on the website.
- Airlines need to know when visibility is poor or if weather conditions might make it dangerous to fly.
- Road crews need to know when enough snow is expected to make plowing necessary
- Electric companies find it helpful to be able to predict high usage of air conditioning
- Shopping malls, stadiums or arenas, schools, or hospitals need to be aware of any dangerous weather.
Did you know?
- Aristotle is considered the father of Meteorology.
- The most rainfall in one day was 73.62" in the Indian Ocean, in 1952.
- The highest temperature in the world was 136 degrees Fahrenheit, in Libya, in 1922.
- The lowest temperature in the world was -128.6 degrees Fahrenheit, in Antarctica, in 1983 (not counting the windchill).
- The longest path of a tornado on the ground was recorded at 293 miles, from Missouri to Indiana in 1917.