Keep an eye on developing weather with local weather stations

Monday, November 16, 2009

The fall and winter storm season is getting a blustery start with predicted high winds today and tomorrow. You can track upcoming weather patterns via some local weather stations—some even here in Shoreline.

The Central Market weather station is located right on top of the store, and provides information about current and past temperatures, barometric readings, rainfall, and wind speeds.

Another local weather enthusiast, Carl, runs a weather station in Northridge, Echo Lake Neighborhood, Shoreline. His high-tech meteorological equipment includes a rain gauge, wind vane, and anemometer (which measures wind speed).

For the more scientifically-minded, Cliff Mass posts updates to his weather blog on a regular basis, with in-depth analysis and satellite imagery. Cliff is an atmospheric scientist and weekly guest on KUOW FM, and has written a book called The Weather of the Pacific Northwest.

And of course, NOAA operates a national weather forecast with plenty of information; here is a link to their Shoreline area updates.  

With all of these resources, we can be prepared for storms and other extreme conditions as they hit — but now is a great time to make sure you're stocked up on essentials in case the power goes out: batteries, candles, and so on. And it might be a good time to read up on the Center for Disease Control's checklist of things to remember during a power outage.

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