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Old 11-26-2012, 04:16 AM   #1
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In addition to local radio my source for weather forecasts here in Canada is the Environment Canada website. I get reliable information on a timely basis and I can zero in on any area and many communities in the country.
Is/are there any similar website[s] for the USA? And, what do you recommend?
And, how far south, geographically speaking, will I have to travel on the east coast to reach warm temperatures? Right now I am travelling in light snow, wearing a parka and gloves and running the heater in the truck.

Thanks in advance. Scouter Dave.
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Old 11-26-2012, 06:15 AM   #2
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We have tried a number of different approaches. The best so far has been the smartphone. It automatically gives the weather where ever we are without any actions on our part, a six day forecast.

We also keep a list of successive cities on our way south. Simply tapping on the face of the smart phone gives us the next city, in seconds we can tap thru 10 east coast cities and see the weather down the coast.

As to east coast warmth in Nov, we usually find South Carolina OK.
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Old 11-26-2012, 06:28 AM   #3
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This site is like Mapquest and the Weather Channel combined. I usually check it out before a road trip.
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Hi: Scouter Dave... I would have thought you'd be using a NFLD. weather rock. Takes some time to set up but performs flawlessly. We're on the same latitude as Northern Cal. and the lakes usually offer a buffer zone but it's still 0*C-32*F here so you will have to migrate south more to hit it warmer. Enjoy the trip.
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Once you get down to Virginia/North Carolina border you should be safe from ice on roads, anything north of that can be risky, particularly at night. Most welcome centers in Virgina have a weather channel tv on during the day and any truck stop will have weather on a tv inside all up and down I95. Stay away from South of the Border (nc/sc), interesting billboards but a hole in the ground place. USA today has a good weather map on back and they are readily accessible.
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Old 11-26-2012, 11:00 AM   #6
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Here is one of my favorites:

Intellicast - Current Radar in United States

You can pan and zoom and the site has a variety of other maps.
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In addition to local radio my source for weather forecasts here in Canada is the Environment Canada website. I get reliable information on a timely basis and I can zero in on any area and many communities in the country.
Is/are there any similar website[s] for the USA? And, what do you recommend?
And, how far south, geographically speaking, will I have to travel on the east coast to reach warm temperatures? Right now I am travelling in light snow, wearing a parka and gloves and running the heater in the truck.

Thanks in advance. Scouter Dave.
The US equivalent to Environment Canada is NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
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We're on the same latitude as Northern Cal. .
Alf S. North shore of Lake Erie
........."On The North Shore of Lake Erie???

You know how much I love maps, Alf...
So...which "Lake Erie" we talkin' about here?



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We bring a radio that receives the NOAA weather band, 162.4xx MHz. Our tax dollars at work. Years ago Radio Shack had the weather cube. Less than $20. I don't think they sell it anymore. Ebay perhaps. Raz
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Francesca,
Take your map and draw a straight line from the CA/NEV/OR border. It's pretty close.

NUMBERS CAL-OR/NEV-OR Border is at N42 0.0' The southern Canadian shore of Lake Erie (populated area) is 41 58.35'. I used Delorme TOPO for the numbers.
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We bring a radio that receives the NOAA weather band, 162.4xx MHz. Our tax dollars at work. Years ago Radio Shack had the weather cube. Less than $20. I don't think they sell it anymore. Raz
I have one of those- works like a top on a 9v battery. Good strong reception, too. Sometimes when we're up in the mountains etc. it's the only thing in camp that can get a signal!!

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Francesca,
Take your map and draw a straight line from the CA/NEV/OR border. It's pretty close.

NUMBERS CAL-OR/NEV-OR Border is at N42 0.0' The southern Canadian shore of Lake Erie (populated area) is 41 58.35'. I used Delorme TOPO for the numbers.
Ye Gads and Garters! THAT's Lake Erie?????

Here all the time I was thinkin' that our man Alf's Lake Erie was that great big Lake up there that practically goes to the North Pole...

Another black mark for my Catholic Girl's School education!

Sorry about that, Alf- and thanks, Byron!

Francesca

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Please don't tell Sister Mary Agnes of The Cross about this- my knuckles still hurt just thinking about that woman...
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We bring a radio that receives the NOAA weather band, 162.4xx MHz. Our tax dollars at work. Years ago Radio Shack had the weather cube. Less than $20. I don't think they sell it anymore. Ebay perhaps. Raz
These work pretty good in many areas. However I've found areas where I can't get anything on any of the 10 frequencies, Big Bend National Park is one.

If you're in a National Park many of them post daily weather information.

That said, the weather forecast while traveling doesn't often change the immediate plans. If weather caused changes it seems to always be after the nasty weather has happened.
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I have one of those- works like a top on a 9v battery. Good strong reception, too. Sometimes when we're up in the mountains etc. it's the only thing in camp that can get a signal!!

Francesca
The nice thing about NOAA is you get a real time report by county during severe weather events. As long as you have a map with counties on it you can tell where the heavy storm, (or in our case two years ago) the twisters are.
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