Riding a motorcycle makes you an amateur weather forecaster.
In the months from October to May I check the weather at least twice a day, once before leaving for work and once before heading home. Often this is just to double check how warm or cold it is outside to make my final layering choices, but once it starts raining it becomes a bigger deal. I am somewhat a fair weather rider. I will ride in the rain, but I prefer to play it safe when it really starts coming down.
My rational for weather to ride or not is this: If I can get to work reasonably dry and have a nice ride home I’ll risk going to work in a little rain. However working in wet anything sucks so if it looks like rain all day or a crappy ride home I’m driving. This often means I do get caught in heavier rain than is fun to ride in, but it also means I rarely get stuck in a car on a nice sunny afternoon.
When there is rain in the forecast I have a very specific way of checking the weather before I decide if I’m riding or not.
It starts the day before. Almost every evening I check the weather and look at the hourly forecast and see what it looks like for my morning commute. I never make my decision then, but I know what to look for the next morning.
Every morning part of my morning routine is checking my email etc. Of course if I hear rain on the roof I know my chances of riding to work are low. For most of my weather checking on the computer I use weather.com. I’m not endorsing them, I have a love hate relationship with weather.com, however I find them to be pretty accurate and I know the site. I would suggest using whichever site you find the most accurate.
I spend a decent amount of time every year looking at this site.
I typically use the hourly forecast to decide if I’m going to be able to get to and from work dry. However if it is currently raining, or supposed to be raining soon I use the radar.
Where exactly the rain is right now.
This helps me figure out where exactly the rain is. Figuring out if it will pass soon or if I’m doomed to drive etc.
Of course all this electronic stuff still does not show you everything as I’ve discovered. The radar does not show fog or heavy mist. For some things you still have look outside and see.
Last but not least is a good weather app for your phone so you can do all these things while on the go, or just when you are too lazy to get up from the couch. In this regard I actually do have a strongish opinion. I’ve tried several and so far I really like the Yahoo weather app.
Radar just a bit smaller.
Everything you need.