Navigating our site: Activity Planner Tutorial

     Navigating web sites on the Internet can be challenging.  There is a mountain of information, but it isn’t always easy to find what you want.  And there are plenty of items that are out there but you haven’t stumbled upon yet.  Much as we try to avoid this on our sites, it still happens.  

     In this week’s tutorial we are highlighting the Activity Planner. Before we get started though, we recommend that you open another browser window.  Leave this tutorial in one browser window, and open our main home page,, in the other window.   The Activity Planner is easy to get to from our front page of any National Weather Service home page.  On the map in the new browser window, click on the first entry under Forecasts on the blue menu on the left hand side (see example image below) 



The following Weather Activity Planner GUI (Graphical User Interface) will appear.  You’ll enter the forecast weather conditions that you’d like to see over the next week to help plan your activities.


   In the example below, I wanted to see temperatures above freezing (Min 32), winds below 10 mph (Max 10), clear to partly cloudy skies (Max 50% cloud cover), and little chance of precipitation (Max 20%).

   (Min 32), (Max 10), (Max 50% cloud cover), (Max 20%).


   (Min 32), (Max 10), (Max 50% cloud cover), (Max 20%).


I could enter my Latitude and Longitude, but it is easier just to click near my location on the map in the lower left.  I clicked on Madison WI. 



After I clicked on Madison, the following screen came up.  The color coded bars show when the individual weather conditions are forecast to meet my desired criteria over the next week.   Although the two black vertical lines won’t show up on the actual window, you can see that all four of my conditions are met Saturday afternoon, March 1st. 



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