I use these weather resources to learn about general conditions in an area of interest, and to determine current conditions before heading out on a trip.
In Alaska: AOOS Sensors Portal
- Statewide temperatures, highs, lows
- Remote ice-skating: Checking Bethel-area webcams for snow on the ground, and wind stations to determine which direction we should go.
In Alaska: AOOS Historical Sensors Layer
- After running a remote river, I might check the nearest stream flow gauges to get a sense for relative flow levels, e.g., was that peak flow?
- Does Iliamna Lake have a regular wind direction?
- Compare stream flow and a major precipitation event to get a sense for how quickly water levels change.
SpotWx is a simple and elegant interface for exploring model parameters at specific coordinates.
Curious which forecasts are most accurate in your area? Try ForecastAdvisor (not useful in remote locations).