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Moving to the tropics, gonna eat me a lot of mangoes

We are moving to the tropics (specifically, Cairns, Australia) in January. I have never lived in a climate like this before. We are also going to be first time homeowners. Talk to me like I'm five and explain to me all the things I should know about this situation before I screw up my house, electronics, etc. [more inside]
posted by olinerd on Sep 22, 2014 - 12 answers

Just how rainy is it in Cancun/Tulum/Zipolite right now?

I'm thinking of a last minute vacation to Tulum or Zipolite, but the weather is showing as rainy every day for the next seven days. I'm wondering if this just means short showers each day, and it's otherwise sunny enough and a fine enough time to visit, or if I should look elsewhere for a vacation? I could potentially go to Mexico City / Oaxaca first for a week or so, and then the beach afterwards if that might help the weather situation. Thanks for any and all advice!
posted by User7 on Sep 19, 2014 - 4 answers

Finding my ideal climate

I'm trying to find all the areas of the US that have my ideal climate, and I'd like to do so by playing with data. Is there an app, site, or method that can help? (Or can you?) [more inside]
posted by daisyace on Aug 11, 2014 - 17 answers

Back to school?

Why did you get a master's in atmospheric sciences? What kinds of jobs are available for people with this training? I have my BA and am considering going back to school. I love weather and that part of the newscast is always my favorite. Your stories and any insight would be appreciated. Thanks!
posted by rabu on Jul 27, 2014 - 6 answers

Tell me of your homeworld, Britons

Travelling to London next week. Need advice on packing for the weather. [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust on Jul 8, 2014 - 13 answers

Heat is the enemy

Where is the coolest place I can visit in July or August? Primarily in terms of weather, but also the other type of cool! Preferably in the US, due to cost, but also open to foreign locales if the average flight might be $1000 or less, leaving from the Midwest. [more inside]
posted by cessair on Jun 18, 2014 - 21 answers

What's the name of this kids' scifi anthology I remember?

I read this book of short stories years ago, and for some reason I remember most of the stories in it but have had no luck with Googling for it. Must be that the stories' premises were creative enough or caught my imagination in a particular way. The most memorable story was about trying to survive on Earth after a supernova. I'm pretty sure these are all from the same book: [more inside]
posted by lostburner on Jun 18, 2014 - 7 answers

60% chance of rain

What does it mean when the weather forecast says that there is a 60% chance of rain? [more inside]
posted by devnull on Apr 8, 2014 - 11 answers

Would you go ahead with a trip to DC this coming week given the weather?

My family and I are set to travel by train to DC for a week of enrichment during our Mardi Gras break. The weather looks like it has the potential to close museums etc. and make us fairly uncomfortable for the significant walking from place to place. We could cancel it all and set out for something warmer tomorrow, but is my concern overblown? We're going tomorrow through Friday. The potential for closures and outages is the biggest factor, I guess.
posted by zangpo on Mar 1, 2014 - 13 answers

Help me find the warmest full length winter coat in the world.

Help me find the warmest full length winter coat in the world. [more inside]
posted by parakeetdog on Feb 17, 2014 - 24 answers

Will the PATH (NJ->Manhattan) shut down if there's too much snow?

One of my coworkers said that the PATH will shut down if the snow accumulates past the height of the 3rd rail. But the line is underground (except outside where there are wires above head-height handling the charge) - could that actually happen. Has the PATH ever been shut down due to snow accumulation before?
posted by ch3cooh on Feb 13, 2014 - 6 answers

Need iPad app recommendations

So I have joined the 2010s and bought an iPad. Please help me outfit it with apps. [more inside]
posted by donajo on Feb 6, 2014 - 26 answers

"Red sky at night, sailor's delight".....

So I've heard this little ditty all my life, perhaps especially because I was a Navy brat: Red sky at night, sailor's delight; Red sky at morning, sailors take warning" It's poetic and easy to remember, it rhymes..... but is it true?!? I mean, from a forecasting standpoint, is it a good, consistant predictor of coming weather? And if so, why: what is it about a red sky at sunset or sunrise that would make a difference?
posted by easily confused on Feb 6, 2014 - 14 answers

help me understand winter storm warnings vs. regular forecast

Okay so I live north of NYC and commute to work in Manhattan daily. There is currently a winter storm warning in effect for the area that suggests we may be getting 5-8 inches of snow tonight, which will turn into a gross wintry mix in the morning. However, when I just look at the regular forecast (not the winter storm warning), it says 1-3 inches tonight, and wintry mix tomorrow. I'm trying to prepare for my commute tomorrow and I am lost. How do I reconcile these two pieces of information? Is it 1-3 inches, or 5-8 inches? [more inside]
posted by thereemix on Feb 4, 2014 - 8 answers

Why don't they just play INDOORS?

What's the optimal way to dress before I go root for my favorite sports team in the cold for three hours? [more inside]
posted by andrewcilento on Feb 3, 2014 - 10 answers

Experiencing Weather on the Internet

This is kind of an oddball questions, but I love things like Rainy Mood that allow you to feel like it is raining outside, and it's my go-to site for some background serenity when I'm on the computer. I like other types of weather, too, like being inside when it's snowing (wind blowing), watching a lightning storm, that kind of stuff. Are there sites that do this well, in terms of simulating weather or encouraging the kinds of feelings that surface from being in weather? I like the sounds, but also visual representations, as well.
posted by SpacemanStix on Dec 22, 2013 - 9 answers

Where to buy a tide clock in Toronto?

I've decided to buy a tide clock, I can order one online, but I'd prefer to go into a store so I can ask questions regarding calibration etc. Does anyone know of a store that sells them in Toronto (or area?) Thanks
posted by devonia on Dec 17, 2013 - 0 answers

Why does WeatherBug's data suck, and is there anything better?

Last night I was checking WeatherBug, the iphone app I use for weather, and it said the expected low for the night would be 25. It was also telling me that the current temperature was 18. In the forecast for today, it predicted a high temperature of 42. Great! Snow melt! So I checked the hour-by-hour forecast to see when it would hit that high, and it didn't show anything higher than 35. This sort of thing happens a lot, and it offends the nerd in me. So: can other apps do better, or do they all just feed off the same NOAA data? [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover on Dec 15, 2013 - 23 answers

Where to buy a deceptively warm coat?

I get cold easily. I'd like to buy a new men's winter coat that doesn't look like anything special but is secretly lined with magic warmth nodules. I don't want to be the guy bundled up in a Michelan man snowsuit when everybody around me is wearing hoodies and windbreakers. Help me fit in, fashionably speaking, while still feeling like I'm perpetually cozied up by a roaring fire. [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Nov 25, 2013 - 32 answers

awful running weather trifecta

After months of training, I’m due to run my first 5k on Saturday morning. It’s going to be quite cold. And windy. And pouring rain. Thinking about it makes me shiver, and really, really not want to run it. Can you help me not quit it and get through the rain? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Nov 20, 2013 - 37 answers

Cheap car! Expensive scrape?

My no longer able to drive grandparents recently gave me a great deal on their low mileage car. However, they got into a few scrapes before parting with it... [more inside]
posted by heliostatic on Oct 31, 2013 - 10 answers

Fall in California - how does it work?

I'm writing a little thing set in fall in California, and I'd like to get a sense of what the weather is like in the Alameda/Contra Costa area in October and November. I lived nearby - in Santa Cruz - for about a year, a long time ago, but my only memory is that it did eventually get cold - just not very. (Comparatively - I live in New England now, my cold scale now goes right on up to 11.) [more inside]
posted by kythuen on Oct 29, 2013 - 19 answers

Uk autumn/winter based bicycle clothing suggestions please

I have been cycling around 10 miles a day round trip to work and back and have managed quite well in shorts and tshirt all summer. I have just been on holiday and come to the realisation that it is going to be wet and wild in Britain from now on. I need some great clothing suggestions please! Waterproof, cold proof, breathable items are a must!
posted by aqueousdan on Sep 14, 2013 - 8 answers

Migraine Doc in Chicago

Hello, I am a long time allergy and asthma sufferer in Chicago. Recently this summer, I have been experiencing major headaches as the weather shifts dramatically. I have an ENT who has been working with me closely, but this is going beyond their area of expertise, as my sinuses, Eustachian, and nasal passages are clear. He thinks the problem/swelling is originating from above my sinus passages. (Sorry for TMI.) [more inside]
posted by dovesandstones on Sep 1, 2013 - 5 answers

How do I find the Chinese weather forecast from CCTV online?

Hello, Someone told me that a good way to practice Chinese pronounciation is to try to imitate the Chinese weather forecast from CCTV. I'm having some difficulty navigating the CCTV page. [more inside]
posted by Musashi Daryl on Aug 16, 2013 - 3 answers

You say heatwave, I say tomato, no, what?

Over the past few days, I've seen reports in the British media about the upcoming heatwave featuring sky-high blazing temperatures of over 30C. What? [more inside]
posted by Gyan on Jul 15, 2013 - 65 answers

A Scandinavian Wedding?

What time of year and what location is feasible for having a wedding in Northern Europe, given that we aren't averse to snow and want to have a small ceremony? [more inside]
posted by GoingToShopping on Jul 1, 2013 - 12 answers

Visiting Japan -- September or October weather?

I'd like to visit Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka, somewhere between Sept-Oct. Ideally, I'd like to go when the weather is ~70F (~20C), and not raining cats and dogs. [more inside]
posted by Xere on Jun 29, 2013 - 10 answers

staying cool on Kauai

We're traveling to Kauai next week, staying in Kekaha. I need some ideas for staying cool, especially at night. [more inside]
posted by oneirodynia on Jun 28, 2013 - 17 answers

dude in shorts

It's warm weather season. I want to wear shorts, but I also want to up my style. [more inside]
posted by garlic on May 2, 2013 - 33 answers

Springtime Can Be Challenging

Livin' life as a person who is prone to mood swings and emotional disturbance. Springtime is a tough time for me in this regard. I understand that I'm not alone. What do you do to keep stable when the weather is changing every day? [more inside]
posted by andhowever on Apr 8, 2013 - 6 answers

From balmy summers day to autumnal-feeling weather in less than 30mins?

Can somebody explain to me the bizarre weather patterns that exist in the Czech Republic [more inside]
posted by jacobean on Apr 5, 2013 - 1 answer

Wall a town to keep out the wind?

Mad science/weather physicsfilter: I live in a small town in the Midwest right at the moment. It gets very, very cold, and most of the actual suffering part of the cold is due to high winter winds. Why can't towns like this just build city walls, ancient Athens-style, say 20 feet high or so (more?) to keep the wind out? There must be some obvious physics/ecology reason why this wouldn't work, someone explain it to me?
posted by paultopia on Feb 11, 2013 - 20 answers

Weather, damn cold weather, and statistics

I'd like to estimate the number of days a year when the high temperature is likely to be below a particular threshold, e.g. below freezing. This turns out to be harder than expected. [more inside]
posted by jon1270 on Jan 24, 2013 - 9 answers

Warm jacket suggestions

Good warm jacket suggestions [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Dec 22, 2012 - 14 answers

Where is the coldest place on earth - right now?

Where is the coldest (or hottest) place on earth right now? I'm looking for a dynamic website so that I can see on a daily basis the places on earth with the most extreme temperatures. [more inside]
posted by YukonQuirm on Dec 20, 2012 - 6 answers

Indoor/Home Temperatures in Arctic or Very Cold Climates

At what temperature do people set their thermostats if they live in Arctic climates, such as Barrow, Alaska? My mother wants to know. [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee on Dec 12, 2012 - 16 answers

What to buy my weather-obsessed niece for Christmas?

I have a bright, funny 12-year-old niece who is in love with two things: One Direction and meteorology. I'd rather buy her something related to meteorology than Harry Styyyyyyles!!!!!!, but I'm having trouble coming up with a good idea of what to get her. Help! [more inside]
posted by Elly Vortex on Dec 10, 2012 - 17 answers

Give me the "why?" of the weather

Where can I find detailed weather analysis for Canadian cities? [more inside]
posted by awenner on Dec 2, 2012 - 1 answer

Free to be a healthy me!

For my health, I want/need to move to the right climate for me, which I'm not sure even exists. It has to be sunny a lot, not humid, with very few days over 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32C) (I guess I could put up with about 3 weeks like that, and nothing over 100 please) and very few days that are 0 degrees Fahrenheit (-17C) or below. (I don't mind snow.) [more inside]
posted by serena15221 on Nov 22, 2012 - 42 answers

Well, it's not below the Mendoza Line.

Is/Are there term(s) to describe the threshold at which a person can see their own breath outside ? [more inside]
posted by fizzix on Nov 13, 2012 - 4 answers

Writing a thank-you, with a side of hurricane sympathy?

I've got a thank-you note to write to a friend of my parents'-- already quite late, since the gift was given early last month. Difficulty: since then, the recipient's house was damaged fairly badly by Hurricane Sandy, and she's been struggling with the aftermath. I feel like her current rough situation warrants some sort of extra gesture or comment beyond the usual thank-you boilerplate, but what might that be? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Nov 9, 2012 - 8 answers

What's the Nest of weather stations?

I'm looking for the Nest of weather stations. Slick UI, lots of functionality, net connected, and iOS friendly. [more inside]
posted by duien on Nov 9, 2012 - 6 answers

Sweet travel tips

I want to make homemade candy for holiday gifts but am traveling from a semi-humid place to a quite humid one. Help me avoid a sticky mess! +other travel-with-candy tips. [more inside]
posted by jorlyfish on Nov 2, 2012 - 5 answers

What should I expect if I'm scheduled to fly into the heart of the Frankenstorm?

I'm scheduled to fly (home) from San Francisco to Washington, DC (Dulles) on Monday night. How screwed am I, what should I expect, and what plans should I be making right now? [more inside]
posted by schmod on Oct 26, 2012 - 20 answers

Customized weather alerts

Where can I get a customized weather alert? [more inside]
posted by feelinggood on Oct 1, 2012 - 4 answers

Warsaw Weather

Where online can I find a record of Warsaw, Poland's weather for the year 2011, broken down by date?
posted by Parasite Unseen on Sep 25, 2012 - 2 answers

How can I find an accurate detailed weather forecast for Hainan China?

How can I find an accurate detailed weather forecast for Hainan China? [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow on Sep 24, 2012 - 3 answers

.SUNDAY...FUCKING AWESOME I GUESS I MEAN WHO KNOWS

Is there a technical weather-related definition of the word "glorious"? [more inside]
posted by theodolite on Sep 13, 2012 - 10 answers

Why Don't Westerners Wear Robes in the Desert?

In the heat, Bedouins wear long, flowing robes. Westerners wear shorts and short-sleeved shirts and wide-brimmed hats. What are the advantages of the robes? [more inside]
posted by musofire on Aug 17, 2012 - 20 answers

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