Where Can You Find the Best Long-Range Weather Forecasts?

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Predicting the weather has long been one of life’s great mysteries — at least for regular folks. Over the years, you’ve probably encountered a few older adults — maybe even your own grandparents — who made some weather predictions based on what seemed like some pretty strange clues. From painful joints that indicate rain is on the way to insect activity that reveals just how wet the spring season will be, old-school methods of predicting the weather are interesting but not necessarily reliable — or are they?

In some cases, your grandma’s crazy explanation for predicting a coming storm has a real basis in science — even though she may not realize it. Barometric pressure drops before it rains, and the change in air pressure could trigger discomfort in that aching knee. (Mystery solved!) But, fortunately, modern climate science has moved beyond old wives’ tales to implement everything from recorded statistics to new technologies to predict weather patterns a month or more into the future.

If you’re curious what kind of heat to expect for the coming summer or whether you’ll need plenty of firewood for the next winter, a long-range weather forecast might hold the answer, but you need your source to be reliable. Let’s take a look at a few long-range weather forecasting sources that have a solid reputation for accuracy.