The National Weather Service has developed an application which allows users to create their own customized geographic zones for weather forecasting. It’s called User Defined Area Forecast (UDAF) and they’re asking layfolks like us and our students to test it out and submit feedback via a survey. What fun!
Click here to begin designing your weather area: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/wtf/udaf/area/?site=mtr
It’s pretty easy, just click on the map to set boundary markers. You can then drag the markers to alter the size or definition of your forecast area. Zoom in on the map to define a very local area or zoom out for a more regional view.
The program was developed for state and local emergency responders, government and military agencies, and the general public. It would make a great cross-curricular project for homeschoolers.
Mission Statement of the National Weather Service (NWS):
The National Weather Service provides weather, hydrologic, and climate forecasts and warnings for the United States, its territories, adjacent waters and ocean areas, for the protection of life and property and the enhancement of the national economy. NWS data and products form a national information database and infrastructure which can be used by other governmental agencies, the private sector, the public, and the global community.
More information –
User Defined Area Forecast (UDAF): http://www.nws.noaa.gov/wtf/udaf/area/?site=mtr
US National Weather Service San Francisco Bay Area / Monterey Bay Area Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/US.NationalWeatherService.SanFranciscoBayArea.gov
NWS Forecast Office: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mtr/
The Survey (for after you’ve played with the program): http://www.nws.noaa.gov/survey/nws-survey.php?code=lofb