So this is my first weather blog. Fun.
Keeping the first topic relevent to this site, I have to question the accuracy of a lot of the home weather sites that appear on here. I live in a place that gets lots of variation in temperature but I can see where Santa Monica and LAX may be 5-10 degrees cooler than say Van Nuys or Burbank- they are closer to the ocean... what I have noticed, and I will say that I look specifically at my local weather stations... WeHo Daily, Park La Brea, and those in Laurel Canyon... and I really get shocked when I see that at 10 am WeHo Daily on Sunset Boulevard is almost 10 degrees warmer than Park La Brea, which I would expect to be warmer...but Park La Brea is more in line with temperatures in the lushly wooded Laurel Canyon.
as the day wears on, WeHo Daily sees a temperature drop while Laurel Canyon suddenly spikes past Park La Brea's temperature reading...
So call me crazy, but could these sensors be poorly placed so they are catching the influence of the sun at different times of the day? Possibly.
All the more reason to love Wunderground- it allows you to see the whole area and check out not just the diffent "official" reporting stations, but numerous backyard weather stations of other enthusiasts in your area.
One otehr thing I have noticed is that the daily high temperatures in my area are NOT as high as the posted recorded high when you look at the almanac. I think my area gets Burbank's recorded highs... in fact, we have blissfully not hit 80 degrees in my neighborhood all week... I hope that trend continues, its forecast to get hot this week!
Can't wait to get a weather station of my own- and to be sure I pay close attention to where I place the instruments so I get teh most consistent and accurate readings possible.
In the future, I'll talk about forecast events, but for now, i'll close out.