New "WeatherBug Today" Feature!

"Weatherbug Today" stories contain brand new content available only in WeatherBug version 5.0. New, timely stories are published every day by our WeatherBug meteorologists for placement on "Weatherbug Today". Topics covered on by our meteorologists include:

  • national forecast outlooks
  • seasonal outlooks
  • in depth descriptions of severe weather events
  • workweek outlooks
  • special features (such as winter or pet safety tips)
  • educational stories (the hows and whys of weather)

In addition to breaking weather news content, there is a “Top Feature” section on "Weatherbug Today". In this section you can learn about new features of WeatherBug or features that you might not have been familiar with in the past.

Be sure to check out "Weatherbug Today", and all of the new features of WeatherBug 5.0! Here are just a couple of examples of the rave reviews "Weatherbug Today" has received from the WeatherBug community:

The stories and added content have turned it into an interesting and informative weather station, and I find myself starting my day by spending several minutes reading the stories and checking the maps.
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Middle East Climate and Forecasts

Weather information and forecast data is hard to come by from the developing countries in the Middle East. However, lack of data has not kept the United States from monitoring and determining the effects weather may have on operations in this region.

The U.S. Military has special forecasting centers in the Department of Defense that monitor and forecast weather for military planning around the globe.

The Air Force Weather Agency (AFWA) headquartered at Offutt AFB, Nebraska is the strategic center for Air Force Weather and is the parent organization to Air Force Climate Climatology Center (AFCCC). AFWA is the lead agency that will provide products and information to the strategic planners.

To assist in these endeavors, the Air Force has Operational Weather Squadrons (OWS) throughout the world. The OWS in charge of the forecast dissemination for the Iraq conflict is the 28th headquartered at Sumter's Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina.

These squadrons have a wide array of tools many civilian forecasters don't have, including classified weather imagery data from Defense Department satellites. They also receive observations on current conditions in Iraq from Air Force Combat Weather Teams in the region.

The Combat Climatology Center run by the U.S. Air Force (AFCCC) in Asheville, North Carolina is the main source of climate information that will guide the military through its operation in Iraq.

A wide range of climate information is used by the center to produce products and forecasts. Field commanders and Pentagon officials use these products as they execute their military operations.

Information from both the AFWA and AFCCC help in planning times of attacks, weapons designs, and when, where and how soldiers will advance on targets. Climate information and forecasts can also assist in how much water and food a soldier will need to carry over specific time periods.

The spring months in Middle East exhibit drastic changes. Between March and May the weather turns drastically warmer and drier. Average high temperatures rise between 20 and 25 degrees Fahrenheit between mid-March and mid-May. After late April, very few days with rainfall can be expected.

The table below shows average highs, lows and precipitation for some key locations in the Middle East over the next several months. Make sure to monitor current conditions and forecasts through the region using the Middle East weather page in your WeatherBug 5.0 “WeatherBug Today” window. If you don’t have 5.0, click here to upgrade.

March
City Avg. High Avg. Low Days > 90 degrees Average Wind Speed Days with Rain
Baghdad, Iraq 73 50 0 10 (mph) 7
Basra, Iraq 77 57 1 10 6
Kuwait, Kuwait 76 57 1 11 9
April
City Avg. High Avg. Low Days > 90 degrees Average Wind Speed Days with Rain
Baghdad, Iraq 84 59 8 10 (mph) 4
Basra, Iraq 89 67 15 8 3
Kuwait, Kuwait 89 67 14 12 6
May
City Avg. High Avg. Low Days > 90 degrees Average Wind Speed Days with Rain
Baghdad, Iraq 96 68 27 9 (mph) 3
Basra, Iraq 98 76 27 10 2
Kuwait, Kuwait 100 77 30 14 3

Mark Hoekzema
Chief Meteorologist

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Users Share Their WeatherBug Stories

In last month’s Bug Bytes, we asked you, our WeatherBug Community, to share with us your WeatherBug stories. We received many great responses! Thank you to everyone who participated! Here are some of our favorite stories...

My boyfriend’s parents are 85 and 80 years old. They are able to live by themselves . They are always concerned about storms in our area and wanting to know the temp outside. I downloaded WeatherBug and showed them the temperature icon on the bottom of their computer screen. Now they have an accurate temperature any time and if the weather gets bad the chirping sound alerts them. This feature gives them time to get ready for any important weather changes and the ability to call a family member if they want company until bad weather passes Just knowing they need to wear a coat or take the umbrella is a great help to them. They love the WeatherBug system and are able to read the screen set up easily. Thank you for giving us family members a little more peace of mind in taking care of our elderly parents.
We tell all our friends about WeatherBug.
Thank You,
Joanie and Dick,
Ohio

My husband and I were watching a movie when we heard the "cricket" sound coming from our computer. I viewed the hail warnings and took proper precautions to protect cars and outside material just in time! Thank you WeatherBug!
Holly

Dear WeatherBug Folks,
Before one of our big blizzards here in New England, the local forecasters were calling for 6 to 12 inches of snow and winds gusting to 35 miles per hour. However, my WeatherBug program was forecasting two to three feet of snow. Needless to say, after our experiences with the local forecasters, we paid more attention to what WeatherBug had to say. We were prepared for blowing and drifting snow up to three feet. We were very happy to have the forecast from weather bug when we awakened the next morning to 30 inches of snow and winds gusting to 50 miles an hour. We had gone out the day before and bought all the staples we needed to get us through. So, thank you WeatherBug for your accurate and dependable forecasts.
Warmest regards,
Ken & Karen Allen

I live at Deep Creek Lake, MD, and this has been one bad winter. My husband works out of town and I went to stay with him for a few days. My cousin, in Mercersburg, PA, where my husband stays during the week, has a computer and I put the WeatherBug on for her so I could check the weather.

Check it I did, ended up staying for 6 weeks. I checked the WeatherBug every day, in hopes that I could get home and only one or two days even sounded good enough to travel. I was so grateful for the WeatherBug because I am not a good traveler in the snow and ice.

When I got home my neighbors said it was a good thing I did not attempt to travel because the weather just was not getting any better and since I am afraid to drive in bad weather I was better off staying where I was.

Once again thanks for being so accurate and up to date with your weather.
Robin

My husband and I both are volunteer fire fighters in our small hometown. WeatherBug really came in handy during the winter season. It kept us alerted and informed at all times as to what type of weather was upon us. We were even better prepared thanks to WeatherBug to be ready to respond when our pagers alerted us to go...thanks WeatherBug for your help in keeping us ready in a seconds notice.
The Ashburns

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