By Hanna Nilson
With today’s advanced weather
technologies, finding your local weather is a cinch! Within seconds, practically
anyone can access local weather reports via the web, TV broadcasts and
even on their cell phones. Local weather reports effect everyone, so we
all know that understanding your local weather is crucial for keeping
up with your busy schedules.
When it comes to your local weather, geographic location
is one of the signal most important factors. Your location may drastically
influence the kind of local weather patterns that you experience on a
regular basis. Seasons, temperatures, precipitation rates and amounts
as well as wind patterns are all elements that change differently as a
result of various geographical locations. For example, in the 48 mainland
states of the United States, local weather reports are widely divers because
weather tends to shift from the west to the east. As such, while local
weather reports in California may predict rain from the Pacific Ocean,
the east coast may get their rainstorms after they’ve passed from the
For anyone who finds themselves frequently
interested in accessing their local weather reports, there are several sites and
channels you may want to keep in mind:
The Weather channel: This TV station broadcasts 24 hour
local and global weather news. You can find the weather channel on Direct
TV channel 362 and Dish Network, on channel 214.
Weather.com: This domain is the web extension of The Weather
Channel and it is currently the most popular website used to access local
NWS.noaa.gov: This Weather.gov site is a national weather
service i.e. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; it’s a great
way to access you local weather.
Accuweather.com: Another familiar local weather site is
Accuweather.com which is promoted as being the world’s weather authority.
While any of the above local weather resources are a
great way to get local and international weather news. It is important to
have at least some minimal knowledge of your local weather. For example,
did you know that local weather in the West Coast of the United States is
mainly controlled by two factors - the Pacific Ocean and the coastal
mountain ranges? Combined, these two things create the weather that is
unique to this particular region. These mountains have an effect on the
local weather of states surrounding the mountain range on both sides.
Accordingly, this mountain range causes cities, such as Seattle, to have a
lot of rainfall with temperate summers and winters, while areas like
Death Valley see little or no precipitation and extreme temperature
conditions with every season.
Across the US, people will find that their local
weather reports increase temperatures as they travel south. However, on
the East Coast, the farther south you travel, the more precipitation there
is. For example, in Miami (the southern most tip of Florida) there is more
than twice as much rain in June (on average) as there is in Maine. This
local weather phenomenon is due to wind patterns which are unique to this
location. In the winter, the winds come from the west. When they reach the
ocean, they circle around in a clockwise direction and come back inland to
the south of Florida, near Mexico. If people are aware of these trends,
local weather becomes easier to predict through the seasons.
In conclusion, your local weather reports are a
testimony to the power of Mother Nature. The more we learn about the weather and local
weather patterns, the more efficient we become in dealing with what might
be in store for the future. Local weather is a daily mystery, but this
doesn’t mean that it’s completely out of our hands.
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