Better Weather Forecast: An Update

National Weather Service LogoIn my previous post Better Weather Forecast I encouraged folks to try out the National Weather Service website for local forecasts without the irritating ads that The Weather Channel seems to run.

Well, one of my primary gripes about the National Weather Service has always been their obscure domain name, nws.noaa.gov, was always a bit tough to remember, and it made it tough to spread the word too.

They seem to have gotten around to updating some links non their site and I noticed that many of their links now go to weather.gov! This makes things much easier!

So either I’ve been missing it this whole time, or they’ve decided to start using this domain. Either way, check out weather.gov for your local forecast national coverage, and even hurricane information! It’s still better than weather.com, and now it’s easier to remember!

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Better Weather Forecast

So I, like most people tend to default to the easiest, most memorable sites on the web. As such, www.weather.com had been my preferred site for local weather for quite a while. At first the site was great, but as time passed, weather.com displayed more ads, then animated ads, then popup ads, then animated popup ads, then more animated popup ads. At the time of this writing weather.com is showing nine ads on the local forecast page which additionally pushes the actual forecast so far down the page I have to scroll to see it.

While working at Boston University I stumbled upon a much better alternative. While checking some background information on a NOAA (National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration) grant I stumbled across the site for the National Weather Service’s site.

nws.noaa.gov offers the same kind of localized forecast as weather.com with no (none, nada, zilch) ads. Check it out. Enter your zip code in the box on the left of the page and click go. You will be taken to a 7 day forecast with current conditions, satellite images, a graphical “Forecast at a Glance” and a detailed 7-day forecast all free of commercial intrusion.

Since we’re already paying for this through our taxes I think it’s about time we start taking full advantage of it. I think you’ll agree this is a much better site to get your weather from.

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