Sites of the Week: October 19, 2014

“It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.”

– Earl Weaver, baseball manager

Factoid: On average, a woman’s earnings decrease 4% for each child she has, while a man’s pay increases more than 6% when he becomes a father.

Now on to this week’s sites. This week, I’m sending out three ‘Site of the Week’ recommendations.

Understanding the United States is a site where contributors from all over the world upload and post videos that its editors consider interesting and relevant. The videos are intended to both educate and entertain. This particular video comes to you via my friend Gary and explains facts about the United States and its territories.

Weather Underground

Yes, there are plenty of weather sites on the Web, but Weather Underground is different. U.S. current conditions data comes from 37,000+ weather stations across the country. This includes nearly 2,000 Automated Surface Observation System (ASOS) stations located at airports throughout the country and 26,000 weather stations that are part of the Meteorological Assimilation Data Ingest System (MADIS) which is managed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as well as over 16,000 Personal Weather Stations that are part of Weather Underground’s ever-expanding PWS network. Stations are put through strict quality controls and observations are updated as often as every 2.5 seconds. International current conditions are collected directly from more than 29,000 weather stations located in countries around the globe including 6,000 automated weather stations operating at airports plus over 8,000 Personal Weather Stations (PWS’s) and 16,000 MADIS stations. Forecasts are updated every 15 minutes compared to every 4 hours by the National Weather Service.

The Most and Least Educated Cities in the U.S.

My Ann Arbor cousins will appreciate this U.S. News article. After analyzing the 150 largest metropolitan areas, WalletHub determined that Ann Arbor has the most educated population “factoring metrics such as percentage of adults with various educational degrees, number of people working in computer, engineering and science fields, and quality and size of schools in the area.” Click here for the full article.

Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”


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