A while back I shared with the blog reading audience all of the different weather products that StormTrack9 offers. Since I often blog about how the world and technology changes so fast, I figured it would be a good time to give everyone an update of what tools you can use in order to plan your day around the weather. Here is the past list of tools and methods to keep informed.
- TV – this is the largest part of our effort. We of course have 6 different TV programs that offer a full weather forecast every weekday. We have a morning show on Newsline9 that runs from 5am to 7am, a morning show on FOX55 that runs from 7am to 8am, the 5pm news, the 6pm news, FOX55 late news from 9 to 9:30pm, and the 10pm news. 4 shows occur over the weekend as well, at 6pm and 10pm on Saturday and at 5pm and 10pm on Sunday. In addition, you will see recorded weather cut-ins throughout the mid morning on weekdays, and during the mornings on the weekend. Besides these times, we also cut into programming when there is a tornado in the area or other significant dangerous weather.
- Internet – This is our second most popular method of delivering weather content. Many of you are familiar with our longer form weather discussion which is updated everyday on our website. The 7-day outlook is presented in two different forms, one here, and another here. Besides that, you can get daily updated video forecasts, and just about all the weather information you need from radar to satellite images to skycam views. A very nice tool during severe weather is the I-trak interactive radar (found here).
- Radio – You can hear StormTrack9 forecasts throughout the day and night on 3 NRG radio station: Big Cheese 1079, Today’s Best Country Y106.5, and Classic Rock 1033 WGLX. The live forecast with “Trav in the morning” on Big Cheese is particularly entertaining and fun. Check it out at 6:20 am and 7:49 am every weekday.
- Email – If you want the hour-by-hour weather forecast and the weather discussion delivered to you email you can sign up for MyPersonalForecast (aka Interactive Futurecast).
- Blog – You can find that….wait a minute…you’re already here.
- Social media - We have a significant presence on Twitter and Facebook where you can get forecast information updated throughout the day. We post a lot of cool viewer photographs as well. You can friend us here or become a fan of our page here. On Twitter just follow jloew_waow, rduns_waow, or schumacher_waow.
- Text – You can sign up for phone text messages of severe weather and daily forecasts here.
- Smartphone APP – our newest, latest, greatest offering is our “StormTrack9″ weather APP. This is designed to work with smart phones. It is a program you can get on your phone in order to keep track of the weather wherever you go. It is basically a lot of the same information (video, 7-day, radar, hour-by-hour forecast, etc) that you can view on our website – in a nice little package that fits on your phone. The best thing is – ITS FREE! You can download it for free at the APP stores from Apple and Google.
- Outdoors forecast – This is a forecast that you will find on our outdoors page. We just started providing this late last year. It is updated every morning Monday through Friday. In this forecast we provide a little more detail on the weather conditions throughout the day, such as whether the pressure is rising or falling, what the wind will be like, and if there is any special weather to take note of. It is our intention to help outdoors-people be more successful in the woods and on the water by pinpointing when the weather might increase fish and game activity.
Most important of all, we always like to hear feedback on what you see or read, on TV, online, or on your phone. If there is some weather information you would like to see more often (or less), let us know. If there is something about the format of our forecasts that you would like to see change, leave a comment. Or you could always email suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a nice Tuesday! Meteorologist Justin Loew.
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This post was written by jloew on January 8, 2013