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PostSubject: New National Weather Service Tool - good for predicting travel weather   Thu Nov 06, 2014 6:41 pm

http://preview.weather.gov/edd/

This tool looks really powerful, but it is not easy to use. I'm going to have fun trying to figure it out.

The article that caught my attention

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The National Weather Service has developed a powerful tool that allows users to create custom weather maps that show everything from temperatures to snow totals. The tool's most excellent feature, by far, is the ability to track future weather along the path of one's road trip.

The tool, called the Enhanced Data Display (or EDD), is still in its experimental stages, so the application will occasionally go offline while meteorologists and technicians tinker with it. When it's online and in good working order, though, the application is perhaps the most powerful tool available on the agency's website.

The EDD allows you to map out everything from radar and satellite imagery to forecasts, current weather observations, and even upper-air soundings taken from rawinsondes attached to weather balloons. Of all of the EDD's excellent features is a nifty tool hidden behind a traffic sign up on the top-right portion of the application, called the travel hazard forecast.

When you click the traffic sign, a window pops up that allows you to enter the beginning and endpoint along your planned drive. Much like Google or Bing, the feature automatically takes the shortest route possible—if you plan driving from Washington to St. Louis, for example, and you'd like to visit Aunt Edna in Cleveland, you'll have to add Cleveland as a waypoint.

When you hover over one of the waypoints along your trip, it will show you the time you should arrive at that point (note: this assumes you don't make any stops and don't hit traffic), and gives you the weather for that time. For example, if we leave Green Bay at 2:36 PM, the application estimates that we'll arrive in Chicago around 7:00 PM; we'll arrive in the aptly-named Windy City to find a temperature of 40°F with winds of 25 MPH gusting to 35 MPH. If you were to keep driving, you'd hit Benton Harbor around 8:30 local time to find rain/snow showers with stiff winds.

All of the features offered by the EDD are impressive—and come with the quality of a National Weather Service forecast, rather than a shady "forecast" culled by a third-party app—but the travel hazards forecast takes the prize for what could become one of the most useful weather tools on the internet. It takes away the guessing game that can come from looking at twice-daily weather maps and extrapolating weather between here and there.

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PostSubject: Re: New National Weather Service Tool - good for predicting travel weather   Thu Nov 06, 2014 6:56 pm

Here's a sample map of today's observations. One sample doesn't do justice to what data can be displayed.


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