Weather Briefing Blog

Posts covering a variety of weather related topics are added periodically. Learn about weather events, weather forecasting, and the science of meteorology. For now the posts are not broken into age categories. You will need to scroll through the list to find posts of interest to you.

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. The plot arranges weather data into a grouping around each weather station location. Learn how to decode surface observations by clicking on the link below. Practice by decoding the plots on surface weather maps found on the internet. Click the button below to learn the basics of decoding station model plots. Upper air station plots use a similar scheme but it is not identical to surface plots. The upper air format will be added in the future.

Your Weather Briefing

The following links provide worldwide weather information from a variety NOAA/NWS, international, and other weather sources. The information ranges from public forecasts and discussions to technical data used by professionals.

Categories of Links

USA - Northern Hemisphere Observations/Maps: A variety of plotted and analyzed weather maps. (See “Learn to Decode Station Model Plots” above.)
National and International Weather Portals:
USA, Canada, and worldwide weather forecasts and much more!
Forecasts: Mid-range and long-range outlooks.
Forecast Centers: Forecast center websites, forecast maps, and weather forecast computer model output.
Climate Product and Data: Long-range outlooks and archived data.
Observations and Remote Sensing: Raw data, radar, and satellite imagery
Education and News: Articles, news, and other information of interest.
Instrumentation: Types of weather instrumentation and exposure guidelines.

Browse each category and explore the information. Many links within a category lead to other weather information sources . For example, the weather portals point to far more than weather forecasts. Basic data, imagery, and maps are also available. Look for these options to find additional products. Links are being added regularly.

Weather Information

Weather information is used by a variety of people for a variety of purposes. Some information is meant for the general public while other information is used by professional meteorologists. The links are labeled to help you determine whether the information provided is suitable for your needs.

Information Labels

General - Information for the general public - suitable for people needing forecasts or plain language discussions.
Amateur -
Information for amateur meteorologists - suitable for people with a basic understanding of meteorological concepts, computer output, coded data, maps, or have advanced background or experience in reading technical discussions but are not professional meteorologists.
Professional - Information that is technical and often requires specialized knowledge of meteorological concepts and data.
Child - Information for children.

The links below are provided for educational purposes. Weather Briefing L.C. has no control over the content provided by the websites and makes no guarantee regarding the timeliness, usefulness, or accuracy of the data. The user is solely responsible when using the information.


What’s New Here

Where in the world do you want to view the International Space Station?

How to Use Weather Forecasts

Weather Portals:
International & United States

Environment Canada

USA National Weather Service

World Meteorological Organization

USA - Northern Hemisphere

Computer Forecast Models


GOES Remote Sensing

GOES Remote Sensing




Forecast Centers

Baltimore/Washington Forecast Office - NOAA

Baltimore/Washington Forecast Office - NOAA

Forecasts - Maps, Text, & Graphical

Forecast Maps

Forecast Maps

Climate Products & Data

Climate Prediction & Data

Climate Prediction & Data

observations & Trends

observations & Trends

Short and Long TeleConnections

Short and Long TeleConnections

Historical Weather/Climate


Cotton Region Shelter

Cotton Region Shelter

Thermometers inside a Cotton Region Shelter

Thermometers inside a Cotton Region Shelter

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.

Climate Products & Data



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.