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Old 01.05.2012, 20:58
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weather forecast failures

Has anybody a weekend ruined over a terrible forecast which became mildly cloudy, otherwise beautiful day? I mean, meteosuisse and landi.ch do show up similar stuff, and their fails with my part of Romandie over (not only) past weeks have been... shameful to be polite and stuff.
Is there any better (or at least alternative and not worse) source?
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Old 01.05.2012, 21:04
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Re: wealther forecast failures

Well the app on the ipod/the weather forcast in the newspapers/lots of weather webpages, show rainy weather in Geneva now.

Im sitting in a tshirt with the balcony door open looking at the very lightly clouded sky.

Hmmm.....
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Old 01.05.2012, 21:11
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Re: wealther forecast failures

I get the impression it must be really hard to forecast accurately here - so many mountains and lakes, so many micro-climates. It must be especially difficult in conditions like this past weekend, where the Föhn barrier could have broken at any moment and let the rain come over the main ridge of the Alps from the south - except it didn't.

I normally find Météosuisse to be reasonably accurate - maybe less so at this time of year than in the more stable midsummer/midwinter seasons.
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Old 01.05.2012, 21:50
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Re: weather forecast failures

You need to buy a stone - contact me by pm and I can sell you one cheap.
Failing that, get a cat - they work nearly as well as a stone.

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Old 01.05.2012, 23:17
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Re: weather forecast failure

Yes, we felt the same way last weekend when all the predictions for a rainy Sunday turned out wrong and here in Basel there was only a glorious sunshine until 18:00h when at least six drops of rain fell from some clouds... this also made me think of the times when our grandfathers would use this



as a system to predict the weather in Portugal (I just loved it as a kid), right now I just gave up on checking the weather forecast and I'm considering in getting the rooster instead ;-). Cheers!
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Old 01.05.2012, 23:24
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You need to buy a stone - contact me by pm and I can sell you one cheap.
Failing that, get a cat - they work nearly as well as a stone.
...or one of these, they are pretty effective too (this particular one is in the Weisstannental above Sargans).
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Old 01.05.2012, 23:33
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Has anybody a weekend ruined over a terrible forecast which became mildly cloudy, otherwise beautiful day?
How can a weekend be ruined because the weather was better than expected?
Did you plan mud fights or something?
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Old 01.05.2012, 23:36
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Re: weather forecast failures

We have had a few of these days lately (and when I told my husband the meaning he thought I was crazy).... 'The devil is getting married' days. Days when it sprinkles rain but the sun is out. Some US midwest lore....
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Old 01.05.2012, 23:41
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Failing that, get a cat - they work nearly as well as a stone.

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Old 02.05.2012, 00:21
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Re: weather forecast failures

Eh, it's definitely not a Swiss thing.

I remember the worst, was one day we were expecting some 25cm of snow and instead we hit 25 Celsius that day!
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Re: weather forecast failures

Are your lives scheduled that much to the microsecond that you can't allow yourselves a bit of flexibility when it comes to choosing to go out on a weekend? If the weather is better than expected just drop the chores or whatever and head out! It's not rocket science... and the landi / meteosuisse site has a doppler radar pic you can check if you're that worried about rain appearing.
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Old 02.05.2012, 07:25
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Re: weather forecast failures

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Has anybody a weekend ruined over a terrible forecast which became mildly cloudy, otherwise beautiful day?
How is this a failure you state that the day was "otherwise a beautiful day". I do agree there have been a few recent days where rain was expected and didnt arrive so don^t complain the weather is not a perfect science and unless you want to live in the desert then don't expect it to be reliable all the time.

But I struggle to work out how a mildly cloudy otherwise beautiful day could stuff up anyones weekend, if its not raining get out and enjoy it the weather lately has been fabulous
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Are your lives scheduled that much to the microsecond that you can't allow yourselves a bit of flexibility when it comes to choosing to go out on a weekend? If the weather is better than expected just drop the chores or whatever and head out! It's not rocket science... and the landi / meteosuisse site has a doppler radar pic you can check if you're that worried about rain appearing.
Unfortunately, having kids does kind of require you to plan ahead, so if you're planning/booking an outdoor activity for them, it relies on good weather reporting for your destination.
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Old 02.05.2012, 09:14
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Has anybody a weekend ruined over a terrible forecast which became mildly cloudy, otherwise beautiful day? I mean, meteosuisse and landi.ch do show up similar stuff, and their fails with my part of Romandie over (not only) past weeks have been... shameful to be polite and stuff.
Is there any better (or at least alternative and not worse) source?
Just when I thought that we ran out of things to complain about.
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Old 02.05.2012, 09:30
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Re: weather forecast failures

Perhaps OP meant something more like a "wasted" weekend, whereby s/he planned indoor activities only to find that the bad weather did not materialize. Ergo, a waste of beautiful weather since indoor plans had already been made.

(As opposed to a "wasted" weekend which followed finals week back during college days. )
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Is there any better (or at least alternative and not worse) source?
Even the weather in Switzerland is rude. My-oh-my..... why did I ever come here?
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The good weather was a lovely surprise after being told it would be rainy.
The icing on the cake of the weekend.
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You need to buy a stone - contact me by pm and I can sell you one cheap.
Failing that, get a cat - they work nearly as well as a stone.

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I rely upon a simple barometer which has been in the family for decades. It's satifying to know that it will also stay in the family - my grandson, seeing me give the barometer a gentle knock, asked what it was all about, I explained to him how it works . He was obviously impressed because he then said, 'Grandad, can I have it when you die', so that's that problem solved...
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Re: weather forecast failures

Tages Anzeiger is usually pretty good.
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