Our national weather service DMI.dk seems to live off sensations. The more interesting the weather is going to be the better for their audience. As a photographer we often can do without the sensationalism and settle with something a bit closer to reality and at the same time get a prediction somewhat more precise than predicting that the weather is going to be the same tomorrow as it is today.
There is a number of websites which comes closer to reality than others, this short post is about them.
For the US Clear Dark Sky and for Europe, originally intended for astronomers will give you a cloud cover forecast for a specific time and location. Even if you are not hunting Aurora or the Milky Way, then these websites can be put the good use, Being prepared weather you are out shooting wildlife or a wedding, knowing the overcast conditions can be key.
The best forecasts I’ve found for my purposes are produced by the Norwegian Meteorological Weather Service. Their forecasts are very specific forecasts for very small regions, and to my experience very accurate, even outside Norway. Mountains is always trouble, but the Yr.no forecast takes elevation into account.
A site I grown to love is the Ventusky site, it offers a range of visual representations overtime allowing you to see development in clouds, precipitation, temperature and what’s not.
I hate wind, wind is bad, I cannot say bad enough things about wind. It shakes my camera, it tips my tripod, We hate it baggins. I keep an extra eye on wind, and windfinder is just the site for accurate information.
If you have a site you like to use, do write a comment on my blog with why you love it so much and a link to the service.