Weather programs/sites

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by Shankle, Jan 15, 2013.

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  1. Shankle

    Shankle Registered Member

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    I have been using the Weather channel for quite awhile.
    I put up with all the nonsense but today I got a popup that
    broke the camels back so to speak.
    I have all kinds of programs to stop this invasive procedure
    and the Net/flix nonsense invaded my screen.

    So I am now looking for a simple weather program that doesn't
    have all this junk on it.
    I think I am out of luck.
     
  2. DanL

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    I just use the NOAA site. No ads, just weather.
    Mouse over the map and click on areas of interest.

    http://www.crh.noaa.gov/crh/


    Yes, the weather channel is definitely out of control.
     
  3. Rmus

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    Another vote for NOAA. You can bookmark your local forecast pages.

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  4. Cimmerian

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    If you're using Firefox or Chrome, there's always the Forecastfox weather extension. It shows radar, and up to 6 days & nights on a weather bar, with an optional link to your 5 day forecast. It's pretty customizable, you can set it for your specific town. I used to use Weather channel too, but I like this much better.
     
  5. MikeBCda

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    I too rely on a website rather than an app -- in my case, -weatheroffice.gc.ca- (Weather Canada). Like NOAA, you can bookmark your appropriate local reporting station once you've got its page.
     
  6. Carver

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    I think ForecastFox is great, I have both Firefox and chrome versions of forecastfox. Since I got chrome (about 1 1/2 years ago) I wouldn't be without Forecastfox. I find the storm & Flood alerts very helpful. Sometimes I use the app to go to accueweather.com, then I can get the forecast for the next 30 days if I want. ForecastFox has timelapse doppler radar that shows going through the area.
     
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    Are you referring to the Weather.com desktop application?

    if so, you can install Ad Muncher and it will remove all of the ads from that application.

    In fact all known weather apps will be cleaned as well as their web sites.

    www.admuncher.com
     
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    How's Weatherbug's desktop app these days.
    Used it years ago and found it resource hungry.
    Any improvements please o_O
     
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    same here.

    i'd rather use a government website for the weather.
    i just want the weather, with no extra fluff.
     
  12. SweX

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    But how is the forecast quality, isn't that of importance too :)

    Some private weather companys like Meteoblue, MeteoGroup, CustomWeather, many times have higher quality on their forecasts because they have developed their own models and technology, than other Weather services using Gov Weather Data have.
     
  13. moontan

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    living in Canadian winters the thing that affect me the most personally is how i should dress for the conditions now and in the next few hours.

    i find lots of websites can't even agree on the actual temperature outside. ;)
    i rely on the government official agency for that because all aviation sectors here rely on it.
    it has to be accurate.
     
  14. SweX

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    Not to get geeky here, but Aviation companys/airlines uses several other tools than the forecasts available to the public.

    Right, so what you like is more like current observations, +/- couple hours, than wanting to know how it's gonna be several days ahead.
    Same here it was -20 last night. And one of the few that get's the Temp forecast right is MeteoBlue. They are fantastic, it doesn't matter how the elevation is.
     
  15. Rmus

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    The only time I'm interested in the weather is when I travel to the Sierras here in California. I've never found the NOAA site lacking in its forecast of snow level, which is my main interest. I'm at about 5000' where I go. There is no snow at the moment, but the forecast of wind conditions is also important when traveling:

    http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClic...HNX&textField1=35.9747&textField2=-118.54&e=0

    NOAA also provides specific RAWS (Remote Automated Weather Station) which is of great importance if we want to hike in the forests. You can now dial in to those that have a modem at the station. The one for my area of interest:

    http://raws.wrh.noaa.gov/cgi-bin/roman/meso_base.cgi?stn=JSNC1&time=GMT

    Government resources also provide up to the minute road conditions, both via the internet and mobile phone:

    http://www.dot.ca.gov/cgi-bin/roads.cgi

    Before leaving home for the Sierras, I can check to see which roads en route may be closed due to snow.

    It's possible some private weather sites provide these services, but I've not checked them out.

    Forecasting is a tricky endeavor. In my area, there are 4 weather station sites, each at different altitudes. There can be a 4 -5 degree difference in overnight forecasts, depending on where the site is. Internet weather sites will use different stations, and citrus growers usually dial in to a government facility at a specific site to get their information. Last week there was a frost alert, and forecasts ranged from 29 degrees F. to 34 degrees F., depending on where the citrus grove was.


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  16. Shankle

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    I put the National Weather Service on my puter.
    I find it no way accurate enough.
    It stated last nights temp to be 33 degrees. It turned
    out to be 41 degrees.
    All the work for freezing temp wasted.

    Looks like I'll have to have 4 or 5 services and take the
    average of all of them to get anyway near what it is
    going to be. YUK.

    Another 100 years before the weather people get
    it right.........
     
  17. Snoop3

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    i just use the small free portable apps WeatherMate and sWeather. i think they both grab forecast data from Yahoo Weather. WeatherMate shows up to 10 days worth and sWeather shows 5 days.
     
  18. Mman79

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    They won't get it right all the time in 100 years either, they can't nor can the computers that run the models that pass the data on to your weatherman. Weather and nature in general doesn't really "do math". If you want about as accurate idea of what's going to be coming as you can get, drop The Weather Channel and go buy yourself the yearly Farmer's Almanac. Sometimes low-tech outshines high tech, and that's one area in which it does.
     
  19. majoMo

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    Some months ago I installed "YoWindows", following instructions posted by PaulBB here.
    It is a good weather program indeed.
    For who is interested there is a CNET Giveaway now: free giveaway YoWindow
     
  20. Daveski17

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    The MET office official site is the best IMO for me.
     
  21. DrBenGolfing

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    Ditto on NOAA (localized). I also use a local TV station's android app (NBCDFW) which has a 1,000,000 watt doppler radar. This has been the coldest Feb. here in decades.
     
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