Pat Shingleton for Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013

Years ago, weather forecasts were limited to television, radio and newspapers. Automated telephone systems sandwiched the forecast to the time and temperature. Today, access to forecasts is unlimited. For example, The Weather Channel’s online service — http://www.weather.com — targets the forecast for any location via a ZIP code. The site also offers predictions for cities and locations worldwide. Each day, our http://www.WBRZ.com site includes a full explanation of the projected weather patterns, reinforced by a video presentation. On Wednesday, I visited with Father Vic Messina, who noted that the means of dialing a number for the forecast is his preferred weather choice and extended his appreciation of the forecast and related weather information on our Weather Line, (225) 336-2375. Fastcast: Clearing late.