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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published June 17 2013

Weather Talk: Forecasts by local sources are usually more accurate

Not so many years ago, the only way to get the latest updated weather forecast was by listening to your favorite local television or radio station when the news and weather were on.

Today, there are countless more ways to get a forecast. In addition to expanded forms of broadcast media, including cable and dish, the Internet offers a seemingly unlimited number of weather forecast sources.

But some are better than others. In general, local sources of weather are usually more accurate than national outfits making forecasts for the entire nation or the world because there is a quality control brought on by knowledge of current local weather.

And I would also offer this piece of advice – try your best to ignore forecasts made for 10 days, two weeks or longer. No one can forecast the weather that far away with anything approaching accuracy.

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