(Closed) How “accu” is accuweather?

posted 9 years ago in September 2009
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Great post! I wanna hear what the married bees have to say.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

Our 15 day forecast was fairly accurate, although it predicted rain on our wedding day.  It was a little overcast in the morning, but was totally clear and sunny during the day.  I think once you get further than a few days out, they’re just predicting based on previous trends and aren’t usually that accurate.

FWIW, I usually track weather on the NOAA’s site, although they only go about a week in advance.  They tend to be more accurate than weather.com or accuweather.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School

In general, I think weather forecasting is complete BULL.  I have stalked weather sites for other events (such as my outdoors engagement BBQ in June) and it said a 90% chance of rain an hour before the party was supposed to start…Didn’t rain all night, was beautiful and sunny (although kinda humid)…,The radar is probably the most accurate but that isn’t really available until the day of…Good luck, will keep my fingers crossed for you!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Holy crap!  I just realized I can start looking at that!  Thanks Heathaah!

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m pretty leary of weather forecasts – they’re never 100% right. I have found it pretty reliable to look at the days around your wedding – the friday and sunday for most. If the Saturday is holding steady at maybe 30% rain but the Sunday is calling for 100% rain all day – there’s a good chance that storm could come through earlier. Or late night Friday storms that linger. Just looking at ONE day and specific time periods isn’t as reliable – nor should it be.

When I’m watching the weather for one reason or another, I try checking many different sources and comparing what they all say. From local tv stations to weather.com. Two other good ones are:

http://www.wunderground.com/

http://www.intellicast.com

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I don’t tend to take those forecasts too seriously.  We were stalking the weather forecast for the Jimmy Buffett concert in June.  It said it would rain all day (we were tailgating and had lawn seats)  It downpoured once and was overcast the rest of the day.

We stalked our weather for Vegas last September and it said something like 85 for the whole weekend.  It was like 98 and blazing hot the whole time we were there.

I feel like I could name a million other examples.  I think the forecasts are pretty much BS.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee

It’s good.

It is one of the very few websites that list humidity.

70f or 20c degrees with low humidity is lovely. 

Those numbers with high humidity means misery.

To me, New Orleans is miserable 9 months of each year.  Very humid there.

But gotta love that city! 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Great thread! I’m ready to start stalking the weather! Not that I can do much about it.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

No weather site is completely right BUT I find that accuweather is the MOST accurate. I check it before any big event and most often it is pretty spot on.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

As a meteorologist’s daughter…nothing is very reliable 15 days out. It may turn out to be your forecast, but it is hard to predict things even a week in advance.

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@jessie517 — maybe it is accurate for where you live, but it has been completely wrong even for the next day for temperature by a full 15 degrees.  I have a friend who lives 4 hours away (in Portland) and she was saying that according to NOAA Portland was supposed to be hotter than Medford.  Which would be VERY unusual.  Turns out NOAA was her source of info.  For that reason, I wouldn’t trust them for my city.  But that doesn’t mean that it isn’t reliable elsewhere. 

I vote Accuweather as well.  But 15 day out forcasts aren’t really reliable from anywhere.  There are so many variables, that 15 days is at best an educated guess. 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Here’s hoping it’s not terribly accurate, everything is outdoors for us!  I’m sure we’ll be fine though. Maybe we’ll have some of that cloudy light that is supposed to be so good for pictures…

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