Weather Briefing Blog

Weather is a story in progress. Posts are added periodically, covering a variety of weather related topics and more. Read the blog to learn about weather events, weather forecasting, and the science of meteorology. The blog is designed to appeal to the general public.

Weather Briefing Store

Our online store currently offers the Weather Briefing Cloud Identification Chart and Cloud Collection Note Cards. We also offer free digital products for download that include weather observation forms and plotting maps at no charge. Look for weather instrumentation in the future. 

Cloud Atlas

The Weather Briefing online Cloud Atlas includes images of cloud types recognized by the World Meteorological Organization. Use the atlas to identify clouds based on their form, shape, and texture.  The Atlas is under construction.

The Station Model Plot is the standard format for displaying observations on weather maps. These compact plots pack weather data into small clusters around weather station locations. Learn how to decode the observations by clicking on the link below and then practice on weather maps that include station data. Surface and upper air maps use this format although upper air data is plotted using an altered format. Surface plots found on the internet use an abbreviated format which does not plot all available data. However, once you are familiar with the standard format it is usually easy to figure out what is plotted and what is missing. The background graphic above includes station model plots and click the button below to learn more.

Your Weather Briefing

The following links provide overviews of worldwide weather from a variety NOAA/NWS and other weather sources. The NWS public portal link will connect you with all NWS public weather products. Other NOAA/NWS links to specific forecasts, data, and discussions are found below the portal link. Additional links are being added so check back to see what may be new.


Education & News

Coordinated Universal Time - Time Zones - 24 Hour Clocks

Weather is global. The free exchange of weather data between most countries requires using a time standard that does not change - the time must be the same everywhere and it must not include daylight saving time. Today we use UTC, also known as Coordinated Universal Time. All nations coordinate their weather data gathering schedules using the same clock. While local times are different, world time is the same everywhere. Learn about time and UTC by clicking below.



Be part of CoCoRahs

“Volunteers working together to measure precipitation across the nations.”

What is CoCoRaHS?

CoCoRaHS is an acronym for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network.  CoCoRaHS is a unique, non-profit, community-based network of volunteers of all ages and backgrounds working together to measure and map precipitation (rain, hail and snow).   By using low-cost measurement tools, stressing training and education, and utilizing an interactive Web-site, the aim of CoCoRaHS is to provide the highest quality data for natural resource, education and research applications. CoCoRaHS now in all fifty states and Canada.