One of the very first things I remember using the Internet for is weather predictions. I remember waiting around for eight minutes for The Weather Channel’s local forecasts, and how annoying that was. Then, my family got a 56k connection and we could find out weather forecasts whenever we wanted instead of waiting for it to come up on television. To me, this was the pinnacle of technology at the time, and I could not imagine any better way of finding out the weather.
We have come a long way since those days, with all kinds of apps and extensions to make checking the weather even easier. Among them is a Chrome extension called ForecastFox. It offers all the features weather seekers could want, and it does it in a tiny package with a slick user interface. I was thoroughly impressed with this extension, and I plan to keep it installed as my number 1 weather extension.
All you have to do to get this extension up and running is head to the Chrome Web Store and click “Add to Chrome.” Once the extension finished installing, it will take you directly to the settings page where you can get everything tweaked to your needs.
The settings page is where you will tweak the extension to make it work how you want it. The first thing you will want to do is add locations. You can add as few or many locations as you need. If you add multiple locations, you can click the check box right below locations to have it switch between them automatically. You can choose how long it waits between switching.
On this page you can also choose the types of units the extension uses. You can click “F, mph, mi” or “C, km/h, km.” If you want to use a little bit of each, you can click custom and change the type of measurement it uses for each category.
The last part of the settings page is where you choose exactly what data the extension will display. You can choose whether it displays humidity, precipitation, pressure, UV radiation, visibility conditions, wind and moon phases. This allows you to see the data that interests you when browsing the weather with the extension.
Checking the Weather
To check the weather with ForecastFox, you simply need to click the icon in the extension bar. Speaking of that icon, as long as your computer is connected to the Internet it will show the current temperature on the icon.
The extension provides all the key data at a glance. On the left side you will see the forecasts for later today and the next five days. If you click a day’s forecast it will show you more information on the right side of the extension’s screen.
On the top right, you will notice a detailed breakdown of the current conditions. The information displayed here will vary depending on what you selected in the settings. On the bottom right of the screen you will see radar for the area you are currently viewing. The radar is animated, which will give you a better idea of what is coming.
All data is provided by AccuWeather.com. If you want more details on the forecasts in the extension, click “details” and it will send your browser to AccuWeather for more in-depth information.
ForecastFox is a fantastic way to get your weather predictions with Google Chrome. It is fast and easy to use. I plan on using this extension as my go-to weather program for a long time to come.