Want to Know the Forecast for Your Summer Vacation?
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AccuWeather has a new 90-day forecast model – which says its capable of predicting the weather for your summer vacation – in the spring. If the science is accurate, this could actually be a really great tool for travelers.
Obviously, there is no way to know if it’s actually going to rain on the 4th of July, but if you are planning to travel to a far-flung destination and want to know what the weather is going to be like, AccuWeather’s new, science-based – not almanac-based – forecasts can give you a good idea of what to expect in a particular destination.
“Driven by customer demand, the Day By Day 90-Day Forecast was developed to provide our users the same intuitive trend tool they rely on with AccuWeather's Day By Day 45-Day Forecast, now showing expected weather conditions three months in advance,” said Steven Smith, president of Digital Media at AccuWeather.
AccuWeather's Day By Day 90-Day Forecast leverages the power of AccuWeather's proprietary global weather data sources and complex modeling, which is backed by intellectual property and patents. The forecast includes high and low temperatures, AccuWeather’s patented RealFeel technology, temperature, the conditions of the sky, precipitation, wind speed and direction, rain, snow and ice amounts, thunderstorm probability, cloud cover and the UV index among other things.
The Day By Day 90-Day Forecast was developed specifically for consumer use and AccuWeather advises users not to use the long-range forecast as a strict guide but promotes it as a tool for consumers to see how weather patterns evolve. According to the site, long-range forecasts can show the trends in precipitation and temperatures as well as when weather will turn to extreme cold or heat.
On NPR’s “All Things Considered,” AccuWeather president Joel Myers discussed the power of this forecast – especially for travelers.
People want information and they want information that is worthwhile. They want more accurate information than what is based on past normals,” said Myers.“If I’m going on a vacation to Paris and I’m going to be there for five days, this forecast will give me information that will be better than I can figure out any other way.”
He also noted that travelers wouldn’t want to pin their hopes on a sunny day of baseball with a 90-day forecast but that the value was there for those looking to plan in advance based on weather forecasting that was based on more than just past climate trends.
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