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Frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the weather

Here are answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the World Clock's weather information.

How do I change fahrenheit to celsius?

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Click on the “Change to Celsius” link or “Change to Fahrenheit” link, depending on what is currently shown, under the current temperature reading (which should also show an icon next to it) on the right hand side of the weather page for your chosen city/town, or on the Local Weather around the World page, which is linked from The World Clock.

You can also amend change your preferred weather format by going to the site customization page. You can choose either “Derived metric units” (for Celsius readings) or “Imperial units” (for Fahrenheit readings) next to the “Numbers with Units” selection on the site customization page. Don’t forget to save your settings if you make changes to your customization.

Where is your weather information from?

timeanddate.com receives its weather information from an external weather service provider called CustomWeather. The current weather conditions are updated every 30 minutes via CustomWeather. This provider has its own forecasting models, which means that there can be a difference between their data and the data provided by government-provided weather information.

Can I display your weather information on my website?

Unfortunately the weather information is not offered at the moment as we currently do not own the copyright.

What if I cannot find the weather information for my town/city?

If you cannot find the weather for your city on The World Clock, try using the “Search for city” tool under “Current Time” on our home page. Alternatively, you can try finding your town or city on The World Clock—long list.

If you still cannot find your city, you can email us by clicking on the “Feedback” link at the bottom of our home page or emailing us directly at: webmaster@timeanddate.com.

Can you explain what the weather symbols mean?

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Explanations of weather symbols are usually found under the weather symbols in each weather page for places found on The World Clock and The World Clock—long list.

timeanddate.com also plans to have a weather symbol chart in the near future.

What do the arrows mean?

The arrows indicate the direction in which the wind is expected to blow. The directions of the arrows refer to the directions on most maps, where north is upward. Thus, an arrow pointing upwards indicates that the wind will blow from south to north, an arrow pointing right means that the wind will blow from west to east.

How do I get the timeanddate.com weather information on my desktop?

timeanddate.com currently does not currently offer weather information in the form of a desktop application. However, please keep in touch with our site as we may consider the possibility of such a tool in the future.

What is the difference between climate and weather?

There are some differences between climate and weather, based on various meteorological sources. Firstly, climate is more predictable and expected than weather. Secondly, climate refers to long-term records, trends and averages. Climate summarizes all weather recorded over a long period of time. It provides the average or most common conditions, as well as extremes and frequencies.

Weather, on the other hand, refers to daily or short-term atmospheric conditions. Weather describes conditions over a short period of time – it mainly focuses on a snapshot of the atmosphere at a particular time. In a nutshell, climate focuses on weather conditions for a particular place over a long period of time while weather is more short-term.

What does “partly cloudy” mean?

Partly cloudy refers to the sky condition when between 3/10ths and 7/10ths of the sky is covered. It is used more frequently at night. In the United Kingdom, it is defined as less than half cloud cover. Please note that weather terms may vary from country to country. timeanddate.com will soon have a section on weather terminology.

What does comfort level mean?

The temperature displayed here refers to human thermal comfort. A number of environmental and personal factors are taken into account to determine the comfort level of a specific thermal environment: The environmental factors are airflow (wind), air temperature, air humidity, and radiation from the sun and nearby hot surfaces; the personal factors are metabolic rate and clothing insulation. Some meteorology bureaus have more information on the scientific explanation of comfort level and its association with thermal stress.

What does 30 percent chance of 0mm precipitation mean?

When one hears the phrases such as “there is a 30 percent chance of 0mm precipitation today” these statements refer to the probability of precipitation occurring in a particular place but there would only be a small amount of precipitation, and not enough precipitation for measurement purposes. It is important to note that the percentages are just estimates. It simply means there is a certain percent chance of precipitation falling on that location.


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