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Best weather sites

Post by 4nursebee » Wed Jan 30, 2019 7:11 pm

Wunderground changed yet again and we do not adapt as well to this as we age.

What sites do you use for local weather? Why?
We like general outlook for several days, all at a glance, prefer advertisement to not be so heavy.
Easy satellite glance helpful also.
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Post by mrmass » Wed Jan 30, 2019 7:17 pm

I pull up my local abc, nbc, or cbs stations site. Weather is almost always prominently displayed. Nice and easy. Radar, 3 day 5 day forecast.

Back in the old days the sports segment had like 3 minutes and the weather was short. Now it's lots of weather, less sports.

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Post by Compound » Wed Jan 30, 2019 7:39 pm

Been very happy using darksky.net. The interface is pretty clean and you can really dig into the weeds if you want to.

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Post by longleaf » Wed Jan 30, 2019 7:44 pm

https://www.weather.gov/dlh/firepoker

This is the closest I have found. It has graphs and a chart.

You will have to go elsewhere for a map since NWS EDD doesn’t appear to be working at this time.
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Re: Best weather sites

Post by stlutz » Wed Jan 30, 2019 7:54 pm

https://www.windy.com is a cool site for those who like to geek out on weather. Can see the differences between multiple computer models.

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Post by MP123 » Wed Jan 30, 2019 8:06 pm

stlutz wrote:
Wed Jan 30, 2019 7:54 pm
https://www.windy.com is a cool site for those who like to geek out on weather. Can see the differences between multiple computer models.
Yes, and they have a smartphone app too!

Highly recommended if you're a weather geek.

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Post by SmallSaver » Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:07 pm

Whatever app you use, the best thing I've found is to read the "scientific discussion" / NWS forecaster's notes. Twice a day when they update the forecast they write a couple paragraphs about what's happening, what's coming, and what they do and don't know (when the models are in agreement, when they're not, etc...) By far the best thing to understand what's going to happen, especially a few days out.

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Post by Kenkat » Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:20 pm

I like the Weatherunderground mobile app on my iPad and Android phone.

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Post by Elric » Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:30 pm

weather.gov. Why use anything else? There's decent quick graphics, hourly reports, the forecast discussion (+1 to the previous poster o the value of the forecast discussion), and maps. The official NWS forecast is typically either the same or better than others. Accuweather, at least in the past, has padded their precipitation reports so that their users don't get mad if it rains after all. Some local media meteorologists have track records that are consistently worse than the NWS forecasts.

On my cell phone, I use NOAA Weather, which is a third-party repackaging of the same weather.gov data for easier consumption on a smart phone.

On my Alexas, I use Big Sky when I want more detail than the default Alexa weather report.
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Post by UniversityEmployee9 » Wed Jan 30, 2019 11:46 pm

Another vote for darksky.net.

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Post by donall » Thu Jan 31, 2019 1:29 am

Another vote for forecast.weather.gov
I especially like the detailed hour by hour graph with termperature, dew point, wind speed, gust speed, precipitation etc. amazingly accurate.

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Post by phantom0308 » Thu Jan 31, 2019 1:37 am

Weather underground used to be a great site/app. They got bought up by IBM and they’ve been going downhill ever since. The app is slow to load and the watch app is doesn’t refresh. I’m also in the market for a weather website/app.

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Post by longleaf » Thu Jan 31, 2019 1:48 am

Here are two screenshots from Firepoker. It has a very basic map.

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That's the default location (and it's cold there!). Click on the map to find your forecast and then click bookmark. From there you can actually proceed to make a bookmark in your browser of your actual location for quick reference.


Edit: If you don't care for fire weather, here's a more basic version:
https://www.weather.gov/dlh/dsstable
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Post by AbelArcher » Thu Jan 31, 2019 1:57 am

I agree with the above statements that weather.gov is your best bet for honest and accurate weather information. I also appreciate the fact that their weather discussion is geared towards people who have a general understanding of meteorology and that they don't sugar-coat and/or sensationalize weather like other websites and news stations tend to do.

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Post by KSOC » Thu Jan 31, 2019 5:54 am

stlutz wrote:
Wed Jan 30, 2019 7:54 pm
https://www.windy.com is a cool site for those who like to geek out on weather. Can see the differences between multiple computer models.
Just added. I like it!
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Post by nativenewenglander » Thu Jan 31, 2019 7:11 am

4nursebee wrote:
Wed Jan 30, 2019 7:11 pm
Wunderground changed yet again and we do not adapt as well to this as we age.

What sites do you use for local weather? Why?
We like general outlook for several days, all at a glance, prefer advertisement to not be so heavy.
Easy satellite glance helpful also.
This my favorite weather site a true weather geek site. https://www.ventusky.com/?p=44.4;-71.4; ... erature-2m

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Post by mouses » Thu Jan 31, 2019 7:24 am

All these load fast. They are customized to my area.

https://radar.weather.gov/Conus/northeast_loop.php radar.

https://weather.com/weather/tenday/l/02852:4:US ten day temps, rain, etc.

https://weather.com/weather/hourbyhour/l/02852:4:US hourly forecast.

For tracking hurricanes, I use NOAA.

I avoid accuweather, which takes forever to load.
phantom0308 wrote:
Thu Jan 31, 2019 1:37 am
Weather underground used to be a great site/app. They got bought up by IBM and they’ve been going downhill ever since.
So that's what happened to them. That used to be my go to site, not now.

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Post by Glockenspiel » Thu Jan 31, 2019 7:28 am

This one is easy. It’s the National Weather Service website and it’s not even close. Just search “nws noaa” and you’ll get there. They have the most information laid out in the best format, and it’s unbiased and usually the most accurate.

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Post by emagel » Thu Jan 31, 2019 7:30 am

4nursebee wrote:
Wed Jan 30, 2019 7:11 pm
Wunderground changed yet again and we do not adapt as well to this as we age.

What sites do you use for local weather? Why?
We like general outlook for several days, all at a glance, prefer advertisement to not be so heavy.
Easy satellite glance helpful also.
I also used to use Wunderground until it changed. Then I switched to Intellicast which had the same format. But that is gone, and diverts to Wundergound. Here is a different version of Wundergrund that is the same format as the old one. I usually use the 'table' option:

https://english.wunderground.com/cgi-bi ... cast-table

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Post by Blake7 » Thu Jan 31, 2019 8:00 am

I just use weather.gov's mobile site: https://mobile.weather.gov/ (bookmark the page after entering your zip code).

No app needed (I hate having unnecessary apps when a mobile-friendly site will do)
Accurate. Easily drill down for more detail as needed
No ads
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Re: Best weather sites

Post by tennisplyr » Thu Jan 31, 2019 8:23 am

I like the Weather Channel...Accuweather and Intellicast aren't bad either.
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Re: Best weather sites

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Re: Best weather sites

Post by RootSki » Thu Jan 31, 2019 12:18 pm

For storm related discussions, this is the place to go.

https://wxdisco.com

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Post by dubsem » Thu Jan 31, 2019 2:49 pm

mattyfu1 wrote:
Thu Jan 31, 2019 8:25 am
https://www.noaa.gov/
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Re: Best weather sites

Post by mugworts » Thu Jan 31, 2019 3:21 pm

Glad I saw this thread. I have used weatherunderground intermittently for ages but really noticed a year or more ago that it was but a shell of what it use to be. Just grabbed the government run website and put it on my phone. So much easier to use. Thank you.

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Post by dsmclone » Thu Jan 31, 2019 3:45 pm

Assuming you don't have an iphone, Accuweather is decent and you can put the widget right on the screen that shows you most of the info you want without actually going into the app. I don't believe Apple allows widgets but they probably will in a few years now that they've tackled wireless charging.

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Post by GoldStar » Thu Jan 31, 2019 3:49 pm

I like accuweather. There daily/hourly and even "minutecasts" have been pretty accurate - at least for my area and the places I travel.

https://www.accuweather.com/

My only complaint is I turned on phone alerts for their app so I could know if there is a big snow-storm or severe thunderstorm coming and what they think is a "weather emergency" is a bit lame (Heavy fog, chance of a bit of street flooding, etc. - lots of non-events). I wish I could say "I only notify me of top severe events - not everything that occurs".

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Re: Best weather sites

Post by quantAndHold » Thu Jan 31, 2019 3:52 pm

weather.gov has the best detailed forecast. The WeatherNetwork app on my phone has the most accurate "at a glance" predictions.

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Post by mtmingus » Thu Jan 31, 2019 4:13 pm

like wunderground but "Manage Your Favorite Cities" doesn't work.

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