Carrie's Blog: How to know when it'll rain

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - I know, it's a funny headline coming from a meteorologist, but that is the number one question I get from school aged children who are curious about the weather: 'How do you know it's going to rain?'

The simple answer is: Radar. I have a true affection for the radar. I love the radar loop. I love being able to zoom in on the radar and see exactly where the rain is. I also love futurecast radar loops which gives me a guess on where the rain may go.

Being a degreed meteorologist means I know how to decipher the radar and forecasts, but it also gives the ability to know how completely wrong I can be!

I am here to tell you, I will be the first to admit when I am wrong. I will also tell you when I'm not really sure about a forecast. I rely on my 'gut' a lot, and sometimes, it's just wrong.

I also rely on my training, which will help...most of the time. To be honest, sometimes we just can't tell what is going to happen at an exact time/place. That would be a WHOLE lot like being a psychic, and psychic I am not.

I feel like the best I can do is give the options and try to educate people on how they can use all the free tools/apps to look for themselves.

I honestly use the WLOX Weather App all the time. It is wonderful. It is designed to be so specific for each user. Yes, you will need to play with it a little to get the comfortable with it and use it to the best of it's ability.

I also get the free text alerts on my phone to keep me up to date, even when I'm on the go. You can sign up for them by clicking HERE.

See, I really am a weather nerd. I find the weather and everything about it fascinating and sometimes infuriating. But, it's a challenge, almost everyday! It is also important to most people, most of the time.

So, here's me encouraging you to download our free apps and educate yourself with knowledge of the weather. It'll certainly keep you on your toes!

I generally say it's better to be safe than sorry, so be prepared. The more you know, the easier it is to be prepared.

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