Senior meteorologist Bob Ryan explains our new interactive 7-day forecast, customizable to Maryland, Virginia, D.C., Anchorage, Alaska or wherever it is you live.
You might have noticed something new on our main weather page today. It’s a unique tool we have been developing for many months – an interactive 7-day graphic forecast for your zip code, or any city or zip code in the United States. It’s also loaded with information about humidity, sunrise and moonrise times, the UV index and lots of other weather “goodies” in one spot. (See video below for a demonstration.)
The interactive part is where you come in. Type in your zip code, and up comes our familiar 7-day graphic. Now move your mouse over the day and look what you can find: everything from a detailed forecast to the midday humidity and dew point to the time the sun sets. The forecasts are based on data from the National Digital Forecast Database, prepared by our colleagues at National Weather Service offices across the country. There will be times when our ABC7/WJLA 7-day forecast and detailed 24 to 48-hour forecasts, made for the entire general Washington area, will be slightly different than the interactive 7-day’s numbers. Meteorologists can differ a bit on the wording and things like the high temperature and amount of snow in winter. But we’ll be sure to include the reasons why our forecast is different than what you see on the interactive 7-day.
Also remember that this tool is specific to you. That’s why if you’re in Gaithersburg and our forecast is for thunderstorms tomorrow “more likely to the north and west of Washington,” you will see a higher probability of thunderstorms on the interactive 7-day for zip 20878 (Gaithersburg) than zip 20715 (Bowie). Give it a try and have fun. And by all means, tell your friends and let us know what you think in the feedback box at the bottom of our weather page. Stay tuned and stay online for more neat elements yet to come on WJLA.com..