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.

Station model plots allow meteorologists to pack weather observations into small spaces on weather maps.
Learn how to decode the observations by clicking on the link below.

Your Weather Briefing

The following links provide overviews of USA weather from a variety NOAA/NWS and other weather sources. The NWS public portal link will connect you with all NWS public weather products. Direct links to specific forecasts, data, and discussions are found below the portal link. For additional weather links, including international weather, click Links on the top menu bar.


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.