was revised on August 20, 2009
These webpages began back in 1998 with radio, weather information, and later expanding into politics.
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I use my on the hard drive version because it is very fast when navigating links, however I am sharing it on the Internet as a free public service from me to you.
Note for those using Opera browsers. Edit opera6.ini and add under [User Prefs] EnableLastActiveChildOnDocWindowChange=1 and under [Cache] Check Expiry History=2. This will greatly speedup the loading of long pages using the same tab when going back.
I made these webpages because some Internet links can become temporarily unusable but I can still get the information with the alternate links from my webpages.
The most important thing to note as to why I have so many links is because it allows you to get the data under heavy Internet traffic by bypassing the common links that will get overloaded. Also, for latest updates because some servers temporarily fail to update the data.
Also, many cellphones cannot animate a gif or images. You have go foward and back to manually animate so you need a directory type listing that is usually hidden. The many links are here to do that.
Another important reason for so many links is that information can be hidden by mistake of the webmaster. If you notice, my webpages will have some links not found anywhere on the Earth but here. Even using the best Internet search engine such as Google or Yahoo will not find them.
Click on a blank underscore _ on the left-side of my weather pages and it will bring you back to the Quick-Link table above or use the browser's Back button.
It is recommended to right-click on the links then open in new windows and switch to them using the taskbar. But if you are using Mozilla or Firefox it is better to open new Tab when clicking on a link.
View Radar and Satellite Loop Images for quick self-analysis!
Try the old Vmeg (last version 1.7) to animate .mpg satellite loops instead of using insecure MS Media Player. But Vmeg is so old its folder uses short file names converting long file names.
Always check the date and time stamp in any weather product (text, images, maps, etc.) and compare products from multiple sources! Some text products indicate the product expiration date and time (in UTC time) often on the third line from top after the string of county zone numbers. Click here for the current Universal time!
Where you see links in bold font means they usually update faster than links in regular font.
If a webpage is written to automatic-refresh it will automatically update. Check the webpages source to calculate how often it refreshes. The code is something like this <META http-equiv="Refresh" content="300"> meaning it automatically refreshes every 300 seconds or 5 minutes. If a webpage has no refresh it can be made to automatic-refresh by creating timed macro programs. Another trick is to reedit the webpage in your disk cache and opening it back up in your browser or easily refresh by using Opera browsers.
You may have to manually do a Shift Reload (Alt v then Shift r) to refresh new graphics for old Netscape browsers. You only have to do this once when on their automatic-refresh page in order to see their updates in a Netscape browser. Also, (not that important to change) in Netscape click on Edit, Preferences, +Advanced, Cache and select Every time or Internet Explorer Properties the General tab then click on Settings and select Every visit to the page.
Stop a bill introduced (April 14, 2005) by Senator Rick Santorum (Republican-Pennsylvania) that would prohibit government services from competing services also offered by commercial and private companies such as AccuWeather and The Weather Channel, which offer their own products through pay services.
Note that Pennsylvania is where AccuWeather is based!
National Weather Services Duties Act of 2005 to clarify the
duties and responsibilities of the National Weather Service (NWS)
within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Santorum believes that companies like AccuWeather would make more
money if they didn't have to compete with "free."
That's right - he believes you should pay twice for your weather
information in order to line the pockets of the private weather
industry, which *already* benefits from repackaging the data that
tax-funded agencies like NWS give away. That's not only unfair,
it's a bad precedent for our national information resources. Help
stop S.786 by sending a letter to your Senators today!
Owns the Weather?
by Ari Schwartz
July 28, 2004
Commercial and private weather services commonly use free government data for their own profit without giving credit to the National Weather Service and government employees.
Of course commercial weather has its place with value-added products but to transmit government weather products through nothing but commercial media would be a terrible idea. That is because commercial radio and TV media usually delays the breaking news to stay on their script of scheduled commercials. The only exceptions is when they go live with breaking news or if events occur during their live news broadcast do they begin to excel. Anyway, it is best to use other information sources because the news media sometimes gives out old information as the latest. Even worse, the news media gives out incomplete information.
My weblinks to weather products proved that a taxpayer-based government weather service with free products available to all of the public can be better than commercial and private weather products provided by private business for their profit or "per cost to only those who can afford it" weather products. Also, the free weather products at .edu sites are better. However, only a few benefit when government or the military restrict weather products, not the rest of society. But you still pay for it!
The bottom line is the government has the best weather tools and my comparisons for the past three decades between commercial and government sources proved to me that overall the government gave me quicker data with more detail.
Government information from government sources is better than government information relayed from the commercial sources. The same thing goes for public-safety news. That is why I make a big deal about real-time public-safety data at stepsto.htm.
The bill mentioned above did not pass and Santorum was voted out of office.
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