The world of weather - www.metcheck.com

Dr Nigel Kendall recommends this site for even the most eager weather enthusiast.

To be concerned with the weather is a particularly British pastime, presumably because the British experience such variation in their national conditions. Metcheck is a site created to meet that concern and provides vast amounts of weather information.

Logging on to the home page, one is greeted by the latest weather stories.

From there one can link to other newsworthy items or look for more fundamental data.

Metcheck gives a short-term forecast as well as generating its own forecast from the raw data, including the temperature, barometric pressure and wind-speed data taken from the American NOAA service and processed in its own array of servers.

My favourite feature is the provision of 'synoptic charts', which in plain English refers to the old fashioned maps that used to appear on the BBC TV forecasts with lines (isobars), numbers (pressure readings) and weather fronts.

The site was set up in 1999 and has grown to provide differing levels of service; as a forecasting service in its own right, it supplies information to Ryanair and Waitrose. For individuals for whom there is just not enough weather on the free site, a premium service adds features such as soil and sea temperatures, 'cloudcasts' and satellite data. This site has more than enough information to keep the average visitor satisfied and is well worth keeping an eye on.

- Dr Kendall is a GP in Wrexham, North Wales.

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