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Old Jul 16th 2011, 11:35 pm
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We lazily stick to BBC but I know there are way more specific weather forecasts for different regions in Spain (bear in mind we have no Spanish tv).... I find Cadena100's morning forecast which is national reasonably accurate for our area, but what websites/channels does anyone use and how accurate are they?
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Default Re: Which is your weather forecast of choice?

Originally Posted by fionamw
We lazily stick to BBC but I know there are way more specific weather forecasts for different regions in Spain (bear in mind we have no Spanish tv).... I find Cadena100's morning forecast which is national reasonably accurate for our area, but what websites/channels does anyone use and how accurate are they?
I use t'internet mostly

http://www.aemet.es/en/portada for avisos/warnings

http://spotlight.accuweather.com/dyn...&cityId=306435 as a firefox app

http://www.meteoxabia.es/ for local

& http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/...Select=WEATHER if I want to check history









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Default Re: Which is your weather forecast of choice?

i use a few:

http://www.aemet.es/es/eltiempo/prediccion/municipios
http://www.weather-forecast.com
http://www.wunderground.com

where the first does tend to be accurate and updated often...


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Default Re: Which is your weather forecast of choice?

There are loads of sites which will give you a forecast for up to 14 days for your specific area.

However they are all getting the basic information from the same source, the UK met office or the US Global Forecasting System who make the data freely available to all.

The actual forecasts are generated by computer and split down into as many as 500000 locations worldwide.

As you can imagine, there is going to be minimal human intervention so these forecasts can be pretty inaccurate and usually don't take into account local features which can severely affect the forecast. Also any forecast more than 5 days ahead is statistically going to more likely to be wrong than right!

Unfortunately, human nature is to assume that the more detailed the forecast is, the more accurate it will be - unfortunately it is usually the opposite.

That said, the Spanish Met Office is as good as any. For your area try

http://www.aemet.es/es/eltiempo/pred...equera-id29015

Personally I download the raw data files into a program called Ugrib and use that - it shows charts covering pressure, wind and rain for 7 days for whatever area you define.

Temperature forecasting is pretty difficult for small areas but again, having looked at many sites the Spanish met office is pretty good in that respect.
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Default Re: Which is your weather forecast of choice?

I find these very good Weatherbug.com and Weather.com
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Default Re: Which is your weather forecast of choice?

Originally Posted by Fred James
As you can imagine, there is going to be minimal human intervention so these forecasts can be pretty inaccurate and usually don't take into account local features which can severely affect the forecast. Also any forecast more than 5 days ahead is statistically going to more likely to be wrong than right!.
Temperature forecasting is pretty difficult for small areas but again, having looked at many sites the Spanish met office is pretty good in that respect.
Ha ha Nothing quite like looking up a weather forcast which tells me it's sunny,(http://www.aemet.es/es/eltiempo/pred...recife-id35004) and then going out to rescue the washing cos it's raining!! At least it prompted me to look!

Originally Posted by Fred James
Personally I download the raw data files into a program called Ugrib and use that - it shows charts covering pressure, wind and rain for 7 days for whatever area you define.
That sounds interesting.
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Originally Posted by Rostra

That sounds interesting.
Have a look at http://www.grib.us/
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Default Re: Which is your weather forecast of choice?

Why look at the forecast in Spain July/August...hot and sunny 30C - 40C
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Default Re: Which is your weather forecast of choice?

We use tutiempo.net and then set it to our specific village. Don't rely on the 8-14 day forecast though. It's just guessing!
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Default Re: Which is your weather forecast of choice?

Originally Posted by fionamw
We lazily stick to BBC but I know there are way more specific weather forecasts for different regions in Spain (bear in mind we have no Spanish tv).... I find Cadena100's morning forecast which is national reasonably accurate for our area, but what websites/channels does anyone use and how accurate are they?
www.eltiempo.es
good graphics, satellite view and also covers Western EU inc UK
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Default Re: Which is your weather forecast of choice?

Originally Posted by Domino
www.eltiempo.es
good graphics, satellite view and also covers Western EU inc UK
A good site but for our location the temperatures are wildly wrong all the time!

For this week it is giving max readings of 25c - it's usually that at 9am and is currently 32.5c
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Default Re: Which is your weather forecast of choice?

Originally Posted by Fred James
A good site but for our location the temperatures are wildly wrong all the time!

For this week it is giving max readings of 25c - it's usually that at 9am and is currently 32.5c
I've always found el tiempo near enough spot on for my neck of the woods so it's about the only one I use.

I wonder where you take your readings Fred.
I think to get a fair reading unaffected by reflections or heat build up in concrete and stonework you need to be out in the campo, in a shaded spot of course.
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The readings are taken on a very expensive cordless weather station which logs data 24/7 on a dedicated PC. It measures wind speed and direction, pressure, humidity, rainfall and temperature in and out.

The temperature sensor is about 3m above ground, 30m from the house in a proper screened shelter in clear air.
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Default Re: Which is your weather forecast of choice?

Originally Posted by Fred James
The readings are taken on a very expensive cordless weather station which logs data 24/7 on a dedicated PC. It measures wind speed and direction, pressure, humidity, rainfall and temperature in and out.

The temperature sensor is about 3m above ground, 30m from the house in a proper screened shelter in clear air.
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Originally Posted by Fred James
The readings are taken on a very expensive cordless weather station which logs data 24/7 on a dedicated PC. It measures wind speed and direction, pressure, humidity, rainfall and temperature in and out.

The temperature sensor is about 3m above ground, 30m from the house in a proper screened shelter in clear air.
and what do u do with all the data recorded ?

is it sellable ??
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