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Precipitation forecast (need input)

I'm looking for your opinions of the various online weather services. What do you use? I'm mainly concerned with precipitation forecasts.

What do you do on the road? Internet from the hotel or calls back the wife asking for weather status? I guess it's time to upgrade my 3 year old HTC touch....

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If I'm traveling I check the Weather Channel the night before. Durnig the day it's Weather Channel on my Blackberry, or iTouch if I have service.

If I'm traveling I'm packing a rainsuit.

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If I'm traveling I check the Weather Channel the night before. Durnig the day it's Weather Channel on my Blackberry, or iTouch if I have service.

If I'm traveling I'm packing a rainsuit.
Wunderground used to work well on my WinMo device. I don't need an app, but it does help.

I'v always found the precip forecasts on weather.com to be a bit weak, at least when compared to others.

I pack frgotogs everywhere I go. I have never used them but it feels good knowing they are there.

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I use frogtogs too. Nice, small set that gets the job done.

I'd like to have realtime weather overlays on my GPS. My buddy has that on him BMW and it is sweet. I have to ride real close to him to see it.

My Garmin V and Garmin 2610 aren't capable of it though.

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Do you have any idea what makes/models of GPS do have that feature?

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Weather Channel(TV) the night before and the next morning before departure. Weather Underground as a back up where I have WiFi. Then the WX Band on the CB during the day as I travel. I have been able to skirt around many a storm during my 5 coast to coast jaunts (48 States/9 Canadian Provinces) with this information. I would love to have real time inexpensive satellite radar while in route.

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All weather channels suck! Unless you have real-time radar all the time, it is pretty much a crap shoot.

Personally, I use weather.com in the morning and they are usually close. If it is 30% chance or less, I will head out the door.

I was watching 3 different sites last week (weather.com, wunderground.com, and our local news site 14wfie.com) They were all calling for 40% chance but not until after 12:00. I decided to ride anyway and they all kept pushing the rain back later and later in the day. We NEVER got rain that day, or night, or the next day.

Maybe a career change is in order. I can suck at my job, be wrong 50% of the time, and still get paid. Hmmm....

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Blackberry Weather Channel works great for me.

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my local weather is fairly unpredictable, and can change very rapidly at times. I try to get the gist of what's really gonna happen from tv weather, or weather.com...sometimes I get rained on.

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i agree with shadow. i have the same experience here in the northwest. its been known to rain when the weathermen say it wont rain. and its been known as well that it wont rain when the weathermen says it will. here you gotta take it hour by hour, and just a close eye on the clouds above. usually the local people are more spot on than any weather channel so it's always good to chat with the locals while traveling.

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My concern is mostly with trip planning and routing around weather when out on the road.

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They are all Liarologists and can't be trusted. I trust the radar. If there is big blobby wetness over the Dakotas in the morning, I am probably going to get wet on the ride home that night. If the radar is suspicious I will compare accuweather and weather.com to see if they think it will rain or not. If 40% chance or over I decline to ride. Always been a baby that way. Don't like to get my bike wet, don't like to get me wet. Traction sucks. Visibility sucks. That's why I'm in a cage today actually. We can land a man on the moon, get cheese from a spray can and grow a human ear on the back of rat... Why can't we make it only rain at night?

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They are all Liarologists and can't be trusted. I trust the radar. If there is big blobby wetness over the Dakotas in the morning, I am probably going to get wet on the ride home that night. If the radar is suspicious I will compare accuweather and weather.com to see if they think it will rain or not. If 40% chance or over I decline to ride. Always been a baby that way. Don't like to get my bike wet, don't like to get me wet. Traction sucks. Visibility sucks. That's why I'm in a cage today actually. We can land a man on the moon, get cheese from a spray can and grow a human ear on the back of rat... Why can't we make it only rain at night?


That was quite entertaining.



I use the local radar around home too.

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I keep these favorites in my browser on the phone:

Kenosha: Weather Underground (Mobile)
City List: Weather Underground (Mobile)
State List: Weather Underground (Mobile)

They are very "slow" phone friendly.

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I'd like to know what the weather rock looks like two counties west....right now.

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I've been looking at NOAA, they seem to be the most accurate on the internet

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