Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Website Wednesday: Weather

Every Wednesday I write about websites that I visit often.

Having detailed, up to the minute weather information is important to us, since we are always traveling through new areas.

We like these two weather websites:

Weather Underground
Skeeto Bite Weather

Skeeto Bite has detailed information about tropical weather, and we use it to look at storms developing out in the Atlantic Ocean. This gives us a sense of where the Red Cross might send us next. We've been watching Investigation Areas 90 and 91, which have turned into Tropical Depression 8 and Tropical Storm Humberto.

Weather Underground is good for looking at forecasts in North America. Type in a city and state or province at the top, and it pulls up current conditions, five day forecasts, and hour by hour predictions of wind and temperature. This site also has local and regional radar, with animations that show how a storm front is moving through the area.

Under the "Tropical/Hurricane" section, the site has detailed information on current tropical depressions, storms, and hurricanes. Also on this page is a link to Dr. Jeff Master's weather blog, which I find quite interesting.

Have a weather-related website you like? Post it in the comments.


  1. Sean & Loise, When you guys are requested to divert for Red Cross work, does the Red Cross re-imburse you for fuel expenses?

  2. Reader Kevin emailed us with this website devoted to lightning strikes:

  3. @Spyderman:

    Yes, we get reimbursed for mileage. The current rate is 48.5 cents per mile. The mileage is calculated as the distance from our Red Cross chapter in Elkhart IN *or* the actual mileage *or* approximately 930 miles, whichever is less.

    The 930 miles corresponds to about what the Red Cross would pay to fly a volunteer to an operation and so is the absolute maximum they will reimburse us for mileage.


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