Forecast Says?

It’s always hard for me to figure out what to wear for each season. But this time of year, New England weather seems to change every 15 minutes (sometimes to extremes) and often wardrobe changes are required. So I’m either unprepared and soaked because I didn’t interpret that 10% chance of rain as a thunderous downpour… or I’m this person:

Forecast Says

But what would be really useful is a weather app that simply gave me the forecast in clothing.

Forecast Says

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20 Responses to “Forecast Says?”

  • Nick Andrew

    Hi Bekka, for down-to-earth weather forecasts, I like Arcus Weather on android.. and for what to wear each day based on the weather, you could try the what to wear weather widget, which I’ve not tried, but might be a nice way to do it….?.. these are both android apps.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.arcusweather.darksky&hl=en
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tastelessapps.needsleevesweatherwidget&feature=search_result

    take care, and thanks for the beautiful drawings…!

    Nick.

  • Edwin Cohen

    I find the weather forecasting unfourtinately accurately here in Portland, it’s gray and dismal grey dismal and then sunny 95 and humid 100%. That’s why we have bike naked day at lest then if it rains your cloths don’t get wet and if this sun comes out your not to hot . The other advantage is that everybody is a little too lumpy, skinny and more or less not perfect. We still love each other but the naked is not so lustful.

  • John Holstein

    You only get wet once.

  • Though I’m a man I’d also be glad to have such an app. With my recumbent trike I only like to cycle without rain and sometimes it’s not easy to grab the right clothes. My stuff against bad weather (packed in side bags) is like an airbag of a car: I have it with me, but I don’t want to use or see it anytime. ;-)

  • Alan (Uncle Robot)

    I carry a 3-D printer on my rack and my iPhone app prints out the clothes I need as the weather changes. Very handy!

  • Justin Winokur

    I discovered a few things when it came to weather. First, in the winter, I made decision based on the actual temp and not what “felt right” since I knew that 10 minutes into a ride, I feel differently. So, for certain temp ranges, I had created a list.

    As for rain, if it’s warm then I just get wet. I do not mind the water of the rain; it’s the cold. In the summer, I just embrace it

  • Alison

    Your weather sounds like Portland, Oregon’s! This is the time of year when I’m most at risk of being caught unprepared. It’s hard to imagine rain and wind when it sunny and gorgeous at the time you leave your front door. I’ve learned to ignore what I see outside my windows and prepare for the worst. Our weather forecasting is of no help at all…

  • I basically always carry a poncho in my bag for this exact reason – that way I can just wear whatever I want, and if it starts raining really hard, I can still get wherever I’m going, and be about 95% dry afterwards. So far it’s worked out really well.

  • scott

    a least, on this day, the wind and rain are at your back! ;)

  • Petter

    At least when the temperature is below 10C, undergarments in merino wool is a failsafe option. You will still get wet, but you will stay warm :) Above 10 c it might get a bit too hot if you like to go fast, although I keep on using my homemade kneewarmers up to 15 C.

  • Quincyclist

    I consult NOAA text forecast for Boston, Weather Underground radar and sometimes local weather temp app.

    I bike with easily removable Timbuk2 panniers (shoulder strap makes them an instant manbag) and often carry in them transitional clothing – rain jacket and perhaps rainpants, or for cold weather gloves, hat and a sweatshirt layer. Small black plastic bags (white bags are okay between Memorial Day and Labor Day) make feet waterproof.

    There’s no reason to be unprepared, if you are willing to pack a little extra clothing. The Boy Scout motto comes to mind: Be Prepared.

  • Amy

    Ha! Yep. That’s me. Hauling half the closet with me just to go to work. And that does include the swimsuit. ;)

  • This is why I love having a front basket on my bike. I can take things off and put them back on without having to stop the bike and dig stuff out of my panniers.

  • Ben

    So it won’t help if the weather’s wrong, but for the uncertain, there’s now an app that does give you the weather in clothes form! http://www.whattowearcycling.com/

  • Ricardo

    For temperature related decisions, I find that I don’t have to worry much. The bike is the perfect temperature regulator: if you get surprised by a heat wave, slow down; if the cold chills your bones, ride faster!
    As for the rain, sadly, it’s not so easy to cope with.
    Love your drawings!
    RF

  • Cece

    Try swackett for a clothing weather app! It gives you the weather plus 2 outfits-worth of suggestions, for both boys and girls.

  • This app already exists! Called What to Wear Cycling, it does exactly what the illustration shows!

    http://www.whattowearcycling.com

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