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What websites are there providing visual weather data? The question actually contains the past and future weather. The purpose is for this question is to provide a list of easy-to-access websites that give a weather enthusiast/researcher overview of the weather at a given time. Please list what models the website uses and other describing information.

Ps. I think this should be a community wiki question and answer so that the list can be updated. So feel free to edit this question too.

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  • $\begingroup$ The thing that makes this question a struggle is defining what you mean by visual weather data. Any forecast map/radar/satellite/model plot/etc is visual weather data. Plus over the expanse of the world, there are a whole lot of local websites that offer unique things. I've been building a loose (mostly US-centric) list since your post... but not sure it really answers your question, especially if you are looking for other sites like your example. $\endgroup$ – JeopardyTempest Oct 18 '17 at 10:45
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weather.us

  • If somebody is looking for free global ECMWF forecasts the above site provides a fairly complete set of links that provide information 10 days into the future. You can track the control member(which I believe is a deterministic forecast) and also the ensemble output. In addition you can look at worldwide lightning detection sites as well as radar images of US and other selected countries. For followers of tropical meteorology hurricane tracks of ECMWF are also available - ECMWF cyclone tracks. The availability of free ECMWF forecasts comes via the courtesy of Jörg Kachelmann who owns the site.
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  • $\begingroup$ Hadn't seen that one before, nice. But unless I've missed something, I can't imagine he can keep providing that. It doesn't appear he's directly connected with the ECMWF, and have seen others doing similar kindly asked to take it down over time. $\endgroup$ – JeopardyTempest Oct 18 '17 at 10:15
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    $\begingroup$ @JeopardyTempest - yes I exchanged notes with him on another forum and he said he is doing it for the benefit of humanity whatever that means. The initiative is venture funded so there is support for this as long as it does come. $\endgroup$ – gansub Oct 18 '17 at 10:20
  • $\begingroup$ @JeopardyTempest It's all paid for, although I'm not sure how... $\endgroup$ – hichris123 Oct 18 '17 at 22:27
  • $\begingroup$ @hichris123 considering not even the big multinational companies are able to manage to distribute the full ECM publicly, I don't see how. Worked with European group for quite a few years... they aren't exactly friendly and helpful. So while I'm not saying it's impossible, the incredible cost + ECMWF's tight attitude make me think it won't last long. $\endgroup$ – JeopardyTempest Oct 18 '17 at 23:15
  • $\begingroup$ @JeopardyTempest - my guess is that the repackaged forecast maybe sold somewhere. That brings in the profits. $\endgroup$ – gansub Oct 19 '17 at 9:13
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For forecasting, there is a ton of data on the internet. Here are just a few sources.

  • A Penn State professor compiled a list of weather websites on a webpage called National Weather Connections. I'd explore that.
  • The Penn State E-wall is commonly used, primarily for forecasts. The NARR tab has visual data all the way back to 1979, while the primary page has operational model data.
  • Twister data primarily has forecast data, but also has a nice feature to plot Skew-Ts.
  • Accuweather Pro probably is one of the most complete forecasting websites around. The downside is that you have to pay a subscription.
  • Tropical tidbits is a useful forecasting website too.
  • BUFKIT with pages providing the data, is a well established tool.
  • NCEP also has an SREF Plume viewer and a GEFS plume viewer.

Unfortunately, there aren't too many places with archived data is a visually appealing manor. One reason for that is that there is enough data for just forecasting, that it is hard to keep up with it.

There are many, many more websites. Yet, the best products are ones you design yourself.

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VentuSky:

  • Uses ICON, GFS, GEM (global) and HRRR (US) models with respective forecast times 4, 9, 9 and 2 days respectively. Map can be played as animation. Animation and weather map settings can be changed by the user. Map is zoom-able. Has nice customizable wind animation. Is made by a Czech Republic company called InMeteo.

Please add more to this community post. Also previous posts can be edited f.e. if some attribute is in all websites it is probably unnecessary to mention.

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