USEFUL Weather Websites as of October 2017:


SATELLITE, RADAR AND ANALYSIS PAGES:  Click on ePort – it’s a very good analysis site. It overlays different satellite products on top of the ECMWF analysis panels. (Click Europe in the bottom left)
Great for Satellite data around Europe – best Vis resolution of UK on the web
Uses images from Sat24, but has some better functionality.
Radar site – run by the same group as the sat site above
Radar site – 15minute radar overlaid on Google Earth maps. 
Free 5 minute radar data, but also has a good model viewer, and offers a subscription service to see lots more model and radar information.
Weatherquest’s subscription radar service – with 5-minute radar and real time official synoptic observations and lightning as overlays. (Talk to me another time if you want more info, including a discount). You can also see for news items and a free audio podcast.
Current weather observations over the UK – uses METAR data.
Site run by the Icelandic Met Service but displays the Met Office ATD lightning network across Europe (The most accurate lightning detection network in Europe).
A network of private lightning detection across Europe, more real-time than the link above.
Real-time sea-surface temperatures around NW Europe.


Most comprehensive freely available weather model website out there. A vast amount of weather model data, including GFS data – we will use this website in today’s practical.
One of the newest model viewers out there. Using new visualisation tools, it offers a wide range of data focusing on Europe and America.  (Active on Twitter too)
Similar site to WeatherOnline, but has some different links to other products, such as analysis charts: - mapref
(UKMO on left is the Met Office Surface Chart). *Site has historical charts as well as re-analysis data, which are useful for projects and searching past weather events. Select “Archive” tab.
Select Forecasts, and Charts to get real time ECMWF weather information. The ECMWF are the world-leader in medium range weather forecasting, and ensemble forecasting – you will learn more about that in Met 2.
This data comes from the ECMWF model, and has more information than the ECMWF’s site, as it covers precipitation and cloud cover for the north Atlantic.
In German, but gives a good array of models and charts from different groups, particularly good GFS Precip Type display/loop. It also has a surface chart archive. - you’ll have to scroll down the menu on the left. Canadian CMC model display, with link to lots of other stuff via the Meteocentre webpage.
A good, alternative European regional model, particularly useful for forecasting cloud, (uses GFS as boundary conditions). Free sign-up for more info as well.
Run by the Norwegian Met Service, uses ECMWF data to drive it’s forecasts, and runs it’s own HiRLAM model, although it does not cover the UK.
Specifically designed for severe weather/convective forecasts – has a European and US domain and a severe weather forecasting users guide – (which is a link to a pdf on the page)
I highly recommend the users guide if you are interested in severe weather.
GFS displayed in table format – interesting way to visualise a model. (click 16 day forecast for the full GFS model run)
WRF model data run over the UK Domain (I don’t know much about this model).
Similar to the link above, this is another WRF model run over the UK, also runs a WRF short range ensemble.
Operational WRF Model data for the UK and Europe.
High resolution mesoscale model run over the UK domain by researchers at Leeds University.
Italian regional model (10km) run for Europe uses ECMWF for boundary conditions. I haven’t seen it perform very well here as the UK lies on the edge of model domain.
Specifically for Tropical Weather but gives good view of Atlantic weather systems.


The Met Office website has links to observations, radar and satellite as well as lot of educational and technical information, but this link is for their forecast map data mixing their UKV through Global model guidance.
European convective / severe weather forecast and associated “forecast discussion” which can be great learning tools.
UK convective and severe weather forecasts along with some other background on severe weather in the UK.
Great amateur weather site with observations (and long term archive) from north of Norwich. Good source of data for projects, etc.
A website that gives thunderstorm forecasts for the UK (run by me and mostly my colleague Dan Holley)
My website…a work in progress, but you can get live data from my weather station  
One of the best weather reference website on the web.
Glossary of Meteorology from the AMS.
A good UK weather message board if you like that sort of thing.


The Storm Prediction Center … The top standard for severe weather forecasting. Lot of live links and educational links for severe thunderstorms and tornado forecasting.
The National Hurricane Center … all there is to know about tropical weather (Hurricanes, etc) forecasting.
Local National Weather Service Forecasting Office for Oklahoma City…can link through to anywhere in the USA from there. Very useful for reading “Forecast Discussion” linked at the bottom of the page.


TRAINING AND LEARNING MORE: - Best meteorology training on the web. This site is run by UCAR/NCAR in the US, and is used as a training facility by US National Weather Service meteorologists for personal development. Tutorials on all kinds of different weather types and events and you can save and print off certificates saying you have completed the course (these are recognised by most Met organisations and would look good in an interview / on a CV).