DC Online: Capitol Weather

Capitol Weather: The Power Center for DC Weather

I can hear you already. “A weather website. Big deal. I just use Weather Underground/Weather.com/Yahoo/AOL/the thermometer outside my window.”

Okay, I can’t argue with the thermometer outside your window.

What that thermometer doesn’t give you, however, is a big picture and a forecast. What all the websites never give you is some indication about how full of nonsense their forecast is. And we all know they’re at least a little full of crap, yes? There’s the one simple little thing that makes Capitol Weather better than all those other sources of information: an admission of just how certain that prediction is.

There’s a lot else to like about Capitol Weather, ranging from the conversational tone, info-at-a-glance boxes like their Natcast (on vacation till next spring) or Skinscast on game days, wonderful photography of the region, discussion about 10-day forecasts and general forecasting philosophy and links to other things going on in the world of weather. For my money, though, the gem is getting that little bit of extra information about how secure I should be in leaving my convertable top down when they say it’s going to be dry.

Check it out. If you don’t switch to using them almost exclusively – as I do – I’ll be surprised.

This is the first in an ongoing series about the best & brightest of the online resources and writings that exist in or for the DC area. The blogroll off to the right covers a lot of ground – sites we like, people who are a current or past part of DC Metblogs, organizations we’ve worked with, etc. This series will limit itself exclusively to active, quality sites that we think improve the lives of locals either by providing notable, unique information or just by being the cream of the crop. You can bookmark DC Metblog’s DC Online.

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