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View Diary: National Weather Service Places Hidden "PLEASE PAY US" Message in Forecast (111 comments)

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    is a lengthy product produced by each NWS office (example for DC area here) explaining what they think is going on with the weather and why they made the forecast the way they did. It often describes things that could go differently, and areas where they are uncertain about the predictions, to a greater degree than the probabilities in the main products and data they generate. Sort of like your local TV weatherman, but complete, in detail, and with science and accountability.

    Think of it as "Behind the Weather" — but it's really the most useful weather forecast too few people know about. Except weather fans, people who rely on accurate weather for infrastructure and emergency planning, and outdoor enthusiasts in the know.

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