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    Do you cruise Web weather sites to determine cycling days?

    Weather Underground, Weather CHannel. Exact opposite forecasts. How can thay be, don't they get their information from the same sources. The Weather Bureau? Seems weather forecasts on tv news often not much better. Maybe best means is to look out the window and see which web site is in agreement with what you see outside.

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    they tend to vary.

    these days i mainly look at one site, with radar projections to figure out if the rain will be a brief shower or ongoing.

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    When I was car-free for 2 years, yes.


    Since being run over by a truck, I only ride in dry conditions, performing loops around the park or subdivisions.
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    I live and ride by these folks. They are usually spot on, even with the wind. (which is gail force presently as i prepare to go ride.)

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    Let's see, in so cal, the weather is:

    SUNNY!

    I could take a screen shot of the weather map and it would be accurate most of the year.

    OK, seriously..

    We are in the middle of cycling merit badge program for the Scouts. I do pay close attention to the Weather Channel on ride days, so newbies don't have to ride in a downpour. We did wind up riding in the rain two weeks ago.

    For the record, I have only cancelled one ride in six years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclezealot View Post
    Weather Underground, Weather CHannel. Exact opposite forecasts. How can thay be, don't they get their information from the same sources. The Weather Bureau? Seems weather forecasts on tv news often not much better. Maybe best means is to look out the window and see which web site is in agreement with what you see outside.
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    I generally tend not to believe anything that is not a "now" forecast. As far back as I can tell the weatherman have been so off base that i would reckon if anybody held them actually accountable for what they spouted on tv it would be "grotesque negligence"
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    We have something euphemistically called "The Weather Network" here in Toronto. I don't know why I bother watching it...maybe just for the radar maps? Get this, their forecasts-on TV and on the Web-materially differ from one another. It's as if they use different groups of dart-throwing chimpanzees!

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    Quote Originally Posted by IronMac View Post
    We have something euphemistically called "The Weather Network" here in Toronto. I don't know why I bother watching it...maybe just for the radar maps? Get this, their forecasts-on TV and on the Web-materially differ from one another. It's as if they use different groups of dart-throwing chimpanzees!
    Ditto.
    Same thing here. The only thing they seem to be able to get right is reporting what is happening right now
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclezealot View Post
    Weather Underground, Weather CHannel. Exact opposite forecasts. How can thay be, don't they get their information from the same sources. The Weather Bureau? Seems weather forecasts on tv news often not much better. Maybe best means is to look out the window and see which web site is in agreement with what you see outside.
    I cruise weather websites not to determine cycling days. Every day is a cycling day and every weather type except for maybe tornadoes and hail (although I've ridden with tornado warnings nearby and through hail. ow.) is cycling weather. It does determine what route/method I take to get to or from work, and what my day's worth of riding attire will be, though.

    I usually compare my local NWS information and current observations with Wunderground and the AccuWeather widget on my dashboard.
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    I typically use www.wunderground.com however, somebody on this site pointed to this site before.
    http://cyclingweather.alptown.com/
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    I don't bother with weather websites or newscasts. To me, every day is a cycling day.

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    Yes, but only to check the radar before I ride.
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    It always makes me feel better to think , the weather will co operate in two days, should I miss out on a ride today. Then in comes the heavy winds and rains, counter to what the weather channel had predicted. Yes. The Current radar is likely the sole 100 % best guide.

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    Not really. I generally flip the news on only to hear weather so I can judge what bike clothes to wear (like should I bring rain gear).

    And that includes pre planned rides as well.

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