There's no shortage of ways to get weather news these days — websites, verticals, emails, subscriptions — but the thirst for up-to-date weather coverage seems insatiable. Weather reporting seems like one of the only part of the media landscape that keeps growing unabated, and that includes the experts employed in forecasting and writing about forecasts taking to Twitter. Take advantage of all this knowledge being streamed in real time by following these five tips from Curbed Ski for getting your weather fix on Twitter.
1. National Weather Service accounts: The most reliable weather information nationwide of course comes from the National Weather Service, and in addition to special program accounts, such as the Weather Prediction Center (@NWSWPC), the regional offices are tweeting out forecasts, maps and more. Whether you're looking for forecasts covering Colorado resorts out of the Grand Junction office (@NWSGJT) or news out of Burlington (@NWSBurlington), there's a National Weather Service account for you.
2. Weather hashtags: Take your state postal abbreviation, put a # in front and "wx" in back. There's #cowx, #utwx, #vtwx, and so on. You'll find a mix of TV meteorologists, local weather stories and amateur storm photos. Watch closely as a storm rolls in, and you're likely to see some real-time snow reporting and first-hand accounts of where it's falling and how much.
3. OpenSnow: If you haven't signed up for the emails (you're missing out), you can also get updates from OpenSnow (@findOpenSnow) on Twitter. The powder-specific weather site has grown from its Colorado roots to employ forecasters across ski country, and some of them are on Twitter.
4. Area Weather Watchers: Whether it's @TahoeWeather, @utahskiweather or @weatheraspen, there are a lot of snow-loving meteorologists and weather watchers who have settled in ski towns, and some are more than willing to spill the goods 140 characters at a time. Finding your own local weather savant might taking lurking the nearest weather hashtag, but it'll be worth it in the end.
Nine states were record warm in September 2015: CT, CO, ME, MI, MN, NM, RI, UT, WI. pic.twitter.com/olkKbK6FSP— Eric Holthaus (@EricHolthaus) October 9, 2015
5. Weather nerd Twitter: Dive into the deep end of competing forecast models, an overload of acronyms and lots of maps. The tweets coming from these pros won't always be ski town- or snow-specific, but they'll be dropping plenty of knowledge about larger weather events that will be blowing across North America. Start with @EricHolthaus, @afreedma, @TomNiziol, @blkahn and grow your own collection of experts from there.
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