I remember being in school and calling 576-surf (in HI) from the pay phone while between classes. It was kinda magical..I didn't go out on big days or anything but just hearing it was kinda cool. Pretty accurate, too.

Phone reports have no business in digital age but it is nice that in many places there would be a local shop that updates their page every day (with pics sometimes) and is willing to write couple of paragraphs on what's going on.
Actually, that is what I'd like- some opinion and forecasting wisdom...