In Brief

Snow forecasting websites offer detailed point forecasts that make use of the data which meteorologists have but don’t tell the public about.

While the average person requires only decent notice of rain or snow from local weather forecasts, forecasting can permit much finer grained reports should there be a hunger for them. And the narrowcasting-friendly Internet provides an ideal breeding ground for niche-specific weather reporting sites. Several have sprung up for surfers and now powder nuts are getting their turn:

Joel Gratz deals in weather forecasts for skiers: he saw an unserved niche that not only required a more sophisticated understanding of weather, but a greater use for more specific information.

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