But other than your local weather person (they really have gotten better at making predictions!

Vis Clouds: moving map with the same parameters as Radar, but it gives you a look at cloud coverage. IR clouds: is useful at night and also gives you a little better idea of the density of the clouds.

Stormwatch: is useful because you can click on the colored warning area and it will tell you the specific warning.

Weather Underground reports data from personal weather stations that people have set up at their home or farm or business.

I used to be glued to the Weather Channel before I was going out to have some idea about the weather.

But once out there, I had no direct contact with any weather service ( other than carrying a NOAA weather radio for storm alerts! With my smartphone, I can have current radar at my fingertips, as long as I’m connected.

So this first installment on weather will be about digital access to weather info.The next installment will be about other ways to read weather. Forecast gives up to 7 days at a glance and then you can click on the day for more details. Within the Maps Tab, you can choose from Radar, Vis Clouds, IR clouds, and Stormwatch.The weather Apps I like are My-Cast, Weather Underground, NOAA Radar , and Lightning Finder. I like the map functions which give me a choice between radar and IR and Visible clouds. I don’t use the Weather Map feature or the Tropical feature.This allows me to look at weather and get some idea of speed and direction and intensity. The Forecast feature is sometimes useful, but take the forecast at 5-10 days out with a grain of salt. Radar: this gives you a moving map and the time interval depends on how much you are zoomed in.I’ve gotten pretty good at predicting when weather will hit my location from the moving map 4-6 hours out. With the entire US visible, the radar shows 8 hours of data in 1 hour blocks, zoomed in to just the state of Tennessee, you get 2 hours in 15 minute blocks.Zoom in closer and you only see an hour, but the interval stays at 15 minutes.