I'm really looking forward to the light rain showers that are predicted to fall on Albuquerque, N.M., on Wednesday, May 2, 2012. Coupled with a high of 88 degrees, it should be a lovely day. I'm marking it on my calendar to play hooky from work.
I'm privy to this knowledge thanks to WT360 Pro, a 99-cent app for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad that gives weather forecasts up to 360 days into the future. It's as close to a weather crystal ball as you can get.
WT360 Pro isn't just guessing blindly. It's tied in with the Weather Trends International site, a place to go for weather forecasts and long-range future predictions. The company uses a super-secret formula that takes into account weather history and statistics.
There are plenty of practical applications for an app like this. You could figure out if that lavish outdoor wedding you're planning for next spring is likely to happen amid a monsoon. You could choose your fall vacation destination based on which beach town will have the nicest weather.
Really, this makes sense for anyone arranging travel plans for months down the line. Should the NFL season actually happen, then the Super Bowl in Indianapolis could be played on a day when the low should hit 17 degrees. Pack a down jacket.
The WT360 app capably handles short-term forecasts as well, though it's not as slick-looking as some of the other weather apps out there. A neat little animated weather map feature gives you a look at temperatures in different regions around the world.
Ultimately, WT360 doesn't need to blow you away with the visuals. The developers know that the real draw is its 1,000-yard stare into the future.