Friday 14 April 2006 8.47pm
Personally I like charts with isobars and fronts, but if you like ones with symbols and words, this one is simple but not too bad:
I think the trick is in the interpretation. Never believe a forecast that tells you exactly what is happening exactly where and exactly when. I think the models get the general picture pretty well right, but often err with the exact timing or location. So the way I use weather forecasts is to look at the broad picture over a wider area and longer length of time, then allow for certain events to be slightly earlier or later than forecast or missing us entirely because a particular feature went slightly to the North or West or whatever. Does that make any sense?