Weather Service experiments with hourly forecasts

Thursday, September 13, 2012 | 3:37 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Dressing for weather should be easier with help from an hourly forecast from the National Weather Service in St. Louis. 

The hourly forecast is an experimental service for people across the country, said Jim Sieveking, a meteorologist for the weather service in St. Louis. 

The service began Thursday afternoon. 

"It's a repackaging of information we already have," Sieveking said. "It helps people plan their day."

The hourly forecast service puts numbers into graphics, Sieveking said. The forecast is updated every three hours and follows radar and temperature trends.

Depending on how much feedback the weather service receives, the page could become a permanent part of the website.

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