[SF Bay Area Storm links - expand below]
If you’re a weather watching geek like me, any system that brings with it higher than normal precipitation and winds will be super interesting to you.. especially in the weather-boring San Francisco Bay Area. The storm that’s arriving on our doorstep later this evening is a once in a decade or so thing.. so I’m watching closely! :)
People from outside the area will scoff (and so did I when I first arrived here from Ontario, Canada) but heavy amounts of rain and wind have significant impact to a ground surface area that don't get either in extreme doses very often. That includes fragile trees/limbs and waterways that fill up fast. I've come to appreciate the impact and no longer compare it to other areas.
Here are the sites I have fired up in Chrome and I’m sharing them here:Weather Underground Map
] - Tons of weather station data, webcams, radar etc that you can toggle on and off. You can pretty much camp out on this mashup throughout the storm. http://www.weather.gov
is also a great weather site, powered by NOAA. Google Crisis Response Map
] - This map is the best place to see all official alerts (eg: National Weather Service), see Red Cross shelters if they end up being set up and community storm reports. Google Public Alerts
] - Clearinghouse for National Weather Service Alerts for Northern California. When you go through to specific alert pages, tweets and news for that specific alert are also shown.NWSBay Official Twitter account
] - National Weather Service San Francisco and Monterey Bay area. Super geeky, TONS of data posted here. NOAA Real time river flood info and forecasts
] USGS WaterWatch
]+NBC Bay Area
*meteorologists to follow*: +Rob Mayeda
, [Jeff Ranieri: goo.gl/X2gE6X
]. Local video, maps on NBC Bay Area Weather site as well! goo.gl/HApkzCTwitter "BayAreaStorm" hashtag:
*Google+ equivalent: #BayAreaStorm
Super cool wind direction visualizer [goo.gl/nKlu8V
] - Pure eye candy, nothing else. :) [via +Alex Roux
Have I missed any?
Another tip: Go on to your city/municipality’s website and email yourself a few links to things like Utility Outages [eg here: goo.gl/35Lh28
for Palo Alto]. This can end up being a lot easier to search down from your computer than on mobile if you’ve lost your electricity. Also searching terms on Twitter like “outage yourcitynamehere” are good as well to see official accounts of municipalities or public utilities tweeting updates.
Enjoy the storm - should be fun to experience together!
[photo credit National Weather Service Bay Area: http://goo.gl/T0ClTP