I get this question a lot, where do I get my information from and how do I forecast the weather? First, I am still a learning meteorologist, but I am going to OSU to get my Bachelors of Science in Atmospheric Science, but I would say I’m pretty good at forecasting the weather right now.
Now, when putting together my forecasts, I first look at weather observations, take a look outside and look at the sky, see what’s happening across the area and the country weather-wise. Next I determine if there is something that needs to be focused on for the day. I then look at numerous numerical models, current pressure maps, highs, lows, fronts, and other weather data like the almanac. Sometimes that even mean looking back in the past to see what has previously happened on a particular day. So usually the information you see on the site is me coming up with my own analysis with data and sometimes maps from the NWS included in my forecasts. No, these are not computer generated forecasts. If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me that.
Once, I have a pretty good idea of what will happen I began writing posts for the website, creating weather graphics, and updating social media. Even answering question to those who send them to me, like friends and family. So, that is a broad perspective of what I do to forecast weather and where I get my data from.