At a Glance: The Scoop on Forecast Icons
Since our move over to washingtonpost.com just over a month ago, we've had a good time getting used to our new digs and meeting the neighbors. Along with this new location also came a new set of readers and some more opportunities .
We also made some changes, and stopped doing certain things, which upset some of our long-time regulars. We heard pleas, requests, and in some cases, anger. One of the biggest gripes was our page did not provide a snapshot view of the forecast for the next several days.
While we felt we did a pretty good job providing you with our latest detailed thinking, and washingtonpost.com already provided a good resource, your voice has been heard. The blog once again provides a quick, easy to understand "At a Glance" forecast by the National Weather Service at the top of each page, with a quick link to Capital Weather Gang's latest detailed forecast.
Continue reading for more information on how to read the new At a Glance forecast.
As you can see, we provide a forecast for each of the next six days, including an icon to describe each day's weather, the probability for precipitation that day, and the day's predicted high and low temperature.
Weather Icons: The icons change to reflect the probability of precipitation. For example, a single rain drop is shown with low percentages, while a three-drop icon is matched with high percentages.
Temperatures and Probabilities: Below the weather icon you'll find the probability for precipitation on that day. If the probability is less than 20%, we just show three dashes ('---'). The predicted low (which usually occurs in the morning) is shown in blue, followed by the forecast high in red.
Fair Use: The icons were created specifically for this blog based on an initial set of icons created by Jan Schreiber (formerly of http://www.jschreiber.com). These icons maintain the same open source licensing of the originals, so you are free to use them (as long as you provide attribution back to us).
| February 28, 2008; 11:00 AM ET
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