Today we are expecting very strong winds and rain. If I look at the charts or visit the met.ie website it gives me an approximate time of arrival and the likely areas affected.
Can I supplement this information by my own observations?
For example can I assume a spot of light rain is a presager of the storm to come?
In general how can we use our own observations to supplement the weather forecasts?
I'm only seeing this now
When making forecasts, you have to use evidence like long range models to use as a guide for proving your observations.
Our own observations for a weather forecast can't just be made like that (:finger snap, you need to have something to use as a guide to prove your observation or else, you aren't supported well (doesn't necessarily mean that you'd be wrong then that's based on luck) and your observations will be an outlier with the forecasts made.
If you see a very distinct cold front approaching can it not be said that you have fortuitously a better(more accurate timewise) forecast that what
you would have simply from RTE ?
Are there any other ways to "top up" the met forecasts ?(obviously we can all see rain in the distance but not always know if it will be a direct hit . Also I always assume swallows skimming the ground means rain is likely )
If you live near an airport then TAFs give a much more detailed breakdown of the time line of weather conditions for that immediate vicinity. Which airport is nearest to you?
Yes radar is much more fine tuned than the 3 hour snapshots on the BBC forecasts.(15 min vs 3 hours)
I suppose I am being greedy expecting anything much better but no doubt we will see improvements on that is the near /medium future as satellites get even more capable.
Still it is nice to imagine we can glean further information by looking up at the sky . It is great fun watching the weather arrive especially if it is a turn for the better.
You can get 5min radar updates, example netweather extra subscription.
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