I like meterology…
Something about the weather attracts me. Perhaps it’s the constantly changing forecast, or perhaps the storms. Either way, I have found two services which I use on a daily basis now, and one is even available as a Google Gadget.
1. Weather Underground
The Weather Underground (unless you are from the weather community) is probably not the organization you automatically think of when you hear the name. Their name, which according to their site is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the radical group that formed at the University of Michigan, the same college as the weather service Weather Underground was formed. Unlike the terrorist group, these folks are actual weathermen and created one of the first telnet connected weather services in 1991. I also remember using the service back in elementary school for class work. It’s been a while, but it was quite popular for schools, since it has so much information available.
They offer emails that are sent out, including current forecast information for the day, significant weather alerts, and even damage reports, all information given out by the NOAA local station in Peachtree City. There is a ton of information available, and I definitely recommend this site if you like to stay connected to what is going on with the weather.
Weatherbug is a weather service that has been around for a while as well, and has a large presence on the internet. There is a Google Gadget available which has the ability to set your weather to a local station (it even shows how far the stations are from your zip code, and selects the closest one!). Then, you get weather information such as wind direction and speed, temperature, forecast, radar, local weather cam, and many links in each of the “tabs” that can give you more information. The gadget will also alert you when there is a significant weather alert through a tab on top of the rectangular gadget that is red and says ALERT!