As referenced on the Tuesday (May 13) "severe weather edition" of Talk of the Town at 8:40 a.m., here are some weather-related websites we use in the WMOA newsroom...
We start with the National Weather Service (NWS) Washington County
page, which features the zone (county) forecast. This is the forecast heard on WMOA & WJAW because it's the most centralized and generalized for our three stations' coverage areas.
Next is the NWS Charleston WV radar
site. From this page you can put radar into motion, access rainfall estimates and visit adjacent NWS radar sites.
All severe thunderstorm and tornado watches are issued by the NWS Storm Prediction Center
in Norman, Oklahoma. A great deal of additional information is available here - from severe weather forecasts several days in advance to recent storm reports and explanations of such phenomena as the derecho
During high water events, WMOA relies on information from the Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service
. This particular page centers on the Charleston forecast area, including real time river gage readings, as well as rainfall and flood forecasts.
This next site offers great value to anyone with an interest in the Ohio and Muskingum rivers. Want to get an email and text message when the Marietta river gage reaches, say, 30 feet? You can do that at the US Geological Survey Water Alert
Local river watchers know that the status of the Muskingum River reservoir system plays a significant role in flood potential. The US Army Corps of Engineers Muskingum Basin
page is quite technical but provides important information on the reservoirs that have prevented many floods in the past hundred years.
If you prefer no-frills basic info (or your computer is running slowly) the Kamala Ohio Weather
page gets it done.
Finally, a personal favorite. Wundermap
provides a remarkably adaptable radar and weather map. You can add/remove many layers of information, essentially building your own one-stop current conditions map. (Don't forget to click 'save prefs' to preserve your customization.) Also, the composite radar updates more often than most sites. And it's free.
I hope you enjoy visiting some of these sites. - Mike