At 7NEWS, we make our own weather forecasts. We study the weather trends and use our experience and knowledge to create a forecast that is accurate and easy to understand.Some TV stations employ weather personalities that simply read a forecast that comes off the daily newswire, but not at 7NEWS. Our team of professional meteorologists uses our cutting-edge weather equipment to bring you up-to-date forecasts, seven days a week.The 24/7 Weather Center is located right in the news studio, giving our meteorologists access to all of our weather technology while we are in the middle of a newscast -- no need to run in from outside to see what the radar shows! This state-of-the-art Weather Center is filled with cutting-edge weather technology.Some of the equipment that we use includes: 24/7 Doppler Radar Network -- powerful radars that enable us to see strong thunderstorms and pinpoint areas of damaging winds and tornadoes.Our network of radar information enables us to see the storms anywhere in the state of Colorado. No single radar -- no matter how powerful -- can see through a mountain. With our 24/7 Doppler Network, we can focus on storms anywhere in Colorado or surrounding states.Our satellite equipment allows us to watch the skies from 22,000 miles above the Earth and keep a close watch on storm systems that will be moving into the Rocky Mountain region. We also have some of the newest technology in computer weather graphics, allowing us to craft high-quality maps that show our audience what is happening right now, and -- more important -- what is going to happen next!All of this technology would be of little use without skilled people. At 7NEWS, we employ the finest group of meteorologists in Colorado. We work hard to bring the viewers the best and most accurate weather reports in Colorado.Predicting the weather involves figuring out how a massive thermonuclear reactor nearly 100 million miles away will affect a complex mix of gases on a swirling, irregularly shaped planet. In addition to the rotation, throw in factors like huge bodies of water that can store vast amounts of heat and release it into the atmosphere. Also, change the axis of the spinning planet so that different parts of the surface get more heat than others at different times of the year. The result is a churning witch's brew of clouds and storms that we try to track and project into the future.Sometimes a forecast will undergo a dramatic change over the course of a couple of days. The reasons can be as simple as an airmass taking a different track on its journey over North America. That is a fairly straightforward process, but it plays heck with the resultant forecast.If an arctic airmass shifts in its path by 100 miles, Denver and the mountains may never get in the cold air, while Limon and the eastern border counties turn very cold. In that light, it is possible and fairly common that an extended outlook can change from mild and dry to cold and snowy.Now, we could couch all of our forecasts by saying "this might occur, or it could be just the opposite," but that would not serve our viewer very well, either. So, we give you our best estimate of what is going to happen -- just like a stock broker or a mortgage banker will do.An analogy in longer range prediction might be that early in a sports season, a certain team is picked to win the championship, but halfway through the season, the star player is injured. That certainly changes the course of the season and the potential outcome for the team.We will provide the most erudite reports possible, but given the task of trying to forecast weather (especially in a state like Colorado), there will always be some tough days. More Information:
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