Wednesday, January 5, 2011

3. Weather - At Your Fingertips

For those of us in the North, it is fun to check the weather in Central Florida as we dream about being at Disney World, especially this time of year. It is also nice to be be able to quickly check the forecast as a trip to the vacation kingdom approaches. My family is currently in the latter group as we are in the process of packing for our upcoming getaway. In the fairly recent past we'd have to turn on the Weather Channel and wait for the "National" forecast to get an idea of temperatures and storm predictions for the near future. Heck, it doesn't seem like that long ago that I would buy a USA Today newspaper to get the national forecast a few days before a Florida vacation. My parents will tell you that on some of our first trips to Disney World, back in the 70's, we had no idea what to expect other than the general average temperatures found in Steve Birmbaum's Official Guide to Walt Disney World.  All of that has changed with the wide availability of internet weather, specifically on our mobile devices.

Now we truly have the Disney World weather conditions and forecast available at our finger tips. Even the most basic cell phones now allow you to now pull up the weather in a matter of moments. However, if you have one of today's cutting edge "smart phones," the availability of weather information is almost limitless. As a former pilot, I had become sort of a weather junky.  I currently have about six different weather sites bookmarked on my iPhone.  My favorites sites for current conditions and forecasts are the weather channel, accuweather,  and weather underground.  For current radar, I like intellicast.  Of course, for smart phone users, there are a number of free "apps" available to access sites like these without having to bookmark a website.

So we have another example of how modern technology helps us stay connected to Walt Disney World.  Whether we are trying to decide what to pack or want to know if it would be a good idea to grab our yellow Mickey ponchos on a given day, having the weather at our fingertips sure makes it easier.  For the rest of the year, it is a lot of fun to see what the weather is like at our favorite vacation spot while we look forward to our next vacation.

Have a Disneyriffic day and remember to keep moving forward.  See ya real soon!

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