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21 April 2009 @ 10:12 am
A man with one thermometer knows how hot it is...  
...a man with two is never sure.

I have three online weather sources that I can check pretty much at a glance: ForecastFox, which hooks up to AccuWeather.com, my iGoogle homepage, which connects to Weather Underground, and the Ubuntu desktop thermometer, which just posts the National Weather Service release for its Forecast (not sure where it gets its Current Temperature data).

ForecastFox/Accuweather insists that it's gonna be 82 today. The other two are saying mid-90s.

It's 77 out there now, by their readings; our backyard thermometer reads 79.5. It's gone up 4 degrees in less than an hour, and it's still only 10 AM.

I'm thinkin' the 82 is puttin' the "liar" into "outlier".

(Oddly, ForecastFox has been stubbornly insisting that today would be 82 since around Saturday or Sunday. Usually, their predictions shift around as the day approaches and they get better data, but not this time.)

One thing that all the sources do agree on is that things are gonna drop drastically by Thursday and the weekend. iGoogle is saying 68 on Thursday, the NWS says "mid 60s", and ForecastFox says... 61. We'll see who the outlier is then. Pretty much everyone agrees that the weekend's gonna be mid-60s.


And, yes, most of the purpose of this post was for the "outliar" pun.
 
 
 
Christopher Bradleycpxbrex on April 21st, 2009 09:38 pm (UTC)
That joke was like a Canadian road - leading to a point in the distance that never seems to get nearer no matter how long you drive.

OK, I just used your joke to tell THAT joke. Your joke was pretty funny. ;)
Tombfyretombfyre on April 22nd, 2009 12:24 am (UTC)
I've been meaning to get a little weather station for the house here, just for kicks. If only due to the fact that I can get about 8 different weather reports for the city at one time, and they're all different. ^^()
Geemswingywoof on April 22nd, 2009 03:47 am (UTC)
Odd that you would post this because right now a friend is tracking a few different weather bureaus to see who is best.

The nine sources he's using are:

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WTMJ - Channel 4 (NBC affiliate)
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WITI - Channel 6 (FOX affiliate)
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WDJT - Channel 58 (CBS affiliate)
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WISN - Channel 12 (ABC affiliate)
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National Weather Service
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Weather Underground
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The Weather Channel (website)
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Weather Central
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AccuWeather