For the amateur mets out there (that means the ones that aren't forced to do it on a daily basis because it's your JOB), I was wondering when you start seriously consulting the computer models in the season. For me, I refuse to look at them anytime of year beyond the spring (seems tedious unless you have the goal of CHASING something). And then I might take a look at a medium to long range forecast once a week ... which then moves into becoming a daily ritual by May. Then there's a little routine it seems like I have to go through every day. Wake up, look at the convective outlooks, look at the models, check out what people are saying about them (anyone who knows more than me will do, which is just about everyone ... but I do pay a little more attention to a few in here). The re-check the scenario each day before a possible event ... then it's time to go through the ritual of looking at RUC and soundings data. And then there's that persistent question of how much stock should someone really place in all the math ... and which models have been more consistent in verifying than the others. My judgment is always messed up somehow, but at least I do learn some new stuff every year. Just wondered if anyone else has a similar routine, or what they do as the season rolls around each year.