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"Look for hazy skies with afternoon thunderstorms and a high of 95
degrees." Weather forecasts, such as this one, provide critical information
to many people, including farmers, construction workers, and those planning
a trip to the beach. In severe weather situations, short-term forecasts and
warnings can help save lives and protect property. But how does one take
the wealth of weather information that is available and make a prediction
In the sections that follow, we examine features to look for on weather
maps to make a forecasts, general methods of preparing a forecast, and more
specific tips for specific scenarios.
Last Update: 2/26/99
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