Category Archives: Verification

Sunshine State Fulfills

Normally, scattered showers and thunderstorms are the daily norm for Florida, being nearly surrounded by water and all. However, lovely weather prevailed over Punta Gorda as the work week started, with nary a drop to be had. Victoria Weather took home the top forecast.

Sunday: High 84, Low 55.
Monday: High 82, low 59.
Forecast grade: B

And then the bottom dropped out

Showery conditions were the norm for Benton Harbor to end the week, with Friday being the rainier of the two days. The real surprise was the strength of a cold front that swept through on Wednesday, and more specifically what it did to overnight lows. Temperatures dropped to the 30s for lows in each of those days, considerably cooler than anyone had anticipated. V-W and Accuweather had the top spot for the forecast.
Actuals: Thursday – .01 inches of rain, High 63, Low 37
Friday – .09 inches of rain, High 59, Low 35

Grade: D

I guess it was a cold front

A weak little boundary was supposed to sweep through Tuscaloosa on Tuesday, with the city recovering on Wednesday with temperatures climbing back into the 80s. Well, that’s what we mostly thought was going to happen. As it turned out, the little boundary brought some cooler air along with it. The jet aloft strengthened considerably compared to the expectation which fostered the cooler advection, and the high on Wednesday was 6-8 degrees cooler than expected, depending on who you asked. The top spot went to Victoria Weather and the Weather Service, who lost points for forecasting more showers on Wednesday.
Actuals: Tuesday – .12 inches of rain, High 80, Low 57
Wednesday – High 76, Low 57.

Grade: C

I’ll never understand the mountains

Bend and Redmond Oregon are 17 miles apart. Had the forecast been for Redmond, it would have been a dogfight between ourselves, The Weather Channel and Acuweather. For whatever reason, it was 10 degrees warmer in Bend, and that handed the award to Weatherbug, who nabbed the top spot easily.
Actuals: Monday – High 57, Low 37
Tuesday – High 66, Low 32

Grade: B

Chilly mornings

I brought the temperature up a little bit in York for the Friday morning forecast, because that seemed to be what the rest of the world opined. Oops. Temperatures instead rattled down to below 40 on Friday morning, much cooler than anyone thought. On the heels of their topping us all in September, Accuweather took the top spot in York.
Actuals: Friday – High 73, Low 39
Saturday – High 77, Low 46

Grade B

Gorgeous Start

Typically scattered showers and thunderstorms dot the Gulf of Mexico region on a daily basis. However, a strong area of high pressure has kept the entire region dry as a bone. Houston was no exception, as a couple of warm sunny days were met as we kicked off the week. Victoria-Weather brought home the top spot.

Monday: High 77, Low 53.
Tuesday: High 79, Low 49.
Forecast grade: B

Led astray

The airport in Cumberland has a terribly knack for not reporting rain. At first, I thought it was actually dry the past two days there, however I took a look at nearby stations, and they all reported rain, just like was in the forecast. Anyways, the temperatures remained cool, and only cooled off on Monday with a thick blanket of clouds over the mountain town. Victoria-Weather and Weatherbug ended up with the top forecasts in town.
Actuals: Sunday – Rain, probably, High 64, Low 44
Monday – Probably some more rain, High 53, Low 46

Grade: B

Rainy days and Mondays

Well, it’s Monday and I have to report an unexpected rain storm in Bloomington on Saturday. I should say that it was unexpected by me. Everyone else called for a brief shower to begin the weekend, but they would be lying if they said they expected two tenths of an inch of rain. The crazy part is, even with the rain, V-W had the best forecast (tied with Accuweather) thanks to a superior temperature forecast, as we properly called for some cooler weather.

Actuals: Saturday – .18 inches of rain, High 60, Low 42
Sunday – High 59, Low 34

Grade: C

Nary a cloud

For the most part, Springfield reported clear skies in all of their observations. Sure, there were a couple instances of a passing cloud, but nothing that detracted from the beautiful weather central Illinois saw to end the month of September. V-W had the top forecast, making things all the more beautiful.
Actuals: Wednesday – High 79, Low 48
Thursday – High 78, Low 54

Grade: A

Mother Nature on Vacation

As mentioned in the Pueblo forecast, there is NOTHING going on out west. The dry forecasts continue to pile up for the western cities, with high temperatures as well. Accuweather took home the top spot for this lovely Colorado city, based on their low temperature forecasts.

Tuesday: High 91, Low 45.
Wednesday: High 94, Low 47.
Forecast grade: A