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weather web sitesTV weather is for old people who don’t know how to use the Internet. In a world where you can get the weather with a quick Google search there’s really no need to wait for your local television station to get around to talking about the weather.

But what if you want more detail than that simple Google search can provide? Simple; just check out the Weather Undergroundweb site. This site gives you far more information than you could ever actually need, and provides it in any number of ways depending on your preference. Best of all, you can get to it’s page quickly via the Google search demonstrated above; for most regions there’s a link to Wunderground right below it.


Wunderground, as it’s sometimes called, has been around for a while but is still worth taking a look at because it’s very net friendly and, unlike many similar services, not tied to some massive media conglomerate.

The Main Page

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Loading up Wunderground’s page reveals not just the weather but any weather-related information you could possibly desire. There’s the standard five-day forecast, an hour-by-hour breakdown of what the weather will do, a wide choice of satellite images to take a look at and even various webcams from around your region. There are many more tidbits to check out, so be sure to take a look around.

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But Wunderground goes beyond just being a weather web site with a dump of useful information; it’s also a source for information you can use in interesting ways. For example, every location Wunderground provides weather for also comes with an iCal link. This is an easy way to add weather to your calendar application of choice, whatever that might be.

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There’s also a really nice RSS feed, seen above. This can plug into Google Reader or whatever your RSS reader of choice may be. Neat, right?

Fullscreen Weather

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If you don’t like the data dump that is the main Wunderground page, I highly recommend you check out their alternative service Full Screen Weather. This web site provides weather from Wunderground mashed up with Google Maps. Every local weather station’s temperature is revealed, as is a simple five-day forcast. You can also enable live radar, clouds and precipitation here. This is a great overview of the weather without any clutter, so check it out.

Plugins & Apps

Because of Wunderground’s very open API there are some great Wunderground-based plugins and apps out there. For example, see this great extension for Google Chrome:

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Find this extension here.

There’s also a pretty awesome Wunderground app for Boxee Boxee Beta - The Best Media Center App for Your TV Boxee Beta - The Best Media Center App for Your TV Read More , called Boxee Weather. Here’s what it looks like:

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Find more information about Boxee Weather.

There are more, of course. Here’s a quick list featuring just a few:

Know any more good plugins, apps or mashups featuring Wunderground? Share in the comments below!

Conclusion

Wunderground’s been my favorite source of weather since my wife introduced me to it many years back. I hope you appreciate it too, because it’s not always easy finding the best sites on the web for a particular task.

If you, on the other hand, know a better site for finding weather you should probably share. Unless you work for that site, because I think it’s really lame when people do that. Also, could you please share your thoughts on this site, and what you’ve used it for? Thanks.

Finally, if you guys want to discuss how the weather is where you are this is as good a place as any. As for me: today here in Boulder it’s much cooler than days past but I still can’t wait for fall. I love cold weather.

  1. Sue Feeney
    September 16, 2015 at 1:11 am

    I find your comment about TV weather being for "old people" insulting. I'll have you know that I am 67 years old and probably spend more time on the Internet than you do. The fact that I might view the weather on TV from time to time doesn't mean I'm behind the times. I would call you a punk with no sense at all, but I was raised better than that—clearly better than you were.

    • Justin Pot
      September 16, 2015 at 2:41 pm

      So I wrote this article five years ago and regret that specific phrasing. I leave it there as a reminder to be better, because every once and a while I get a comment like this. It helps.

      So thanks. And, just so you know, I consider the word "punk" a compliment in any case.

      • Mihir Patkar
        September 17, 2015 at 9:39 am

        Punk Pot.

  2. rich
    March 14, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    "A soft answer turneth away wrath". Apology accepted.

  3. rich
    March 14, 2015 at 2:41 am

    Back off, brat.

    Yes, some in my generation are too busy to go fussing with computers, but "old people" - however you define that phrase - are the fastest growing group of users on the internet right now. Some have been around a while - one of my buddies, the guy who invented the smartphone (NOT cellphone, that was Motorola) is (like me) well past the mid-point of his 80s, but still going strong - and my wife of similar age spends hours weekly with a social group developed over years of internet activity.

    We know there are old folks out there who don't have computers but stereotyping them as non-users in a pejorative sense is sheer ignorant ageism. In fact the world is full of people who were using computers well before you were born and are quite possibly more adept than you are now.

    So cool it, kid, until you know what you are talking about.

    • Justin Pot
      March 14, 2015 at 4:37 am

      I wrote this a long time ago and regret it, you're totally right to say all that.

  4. Paul
    January 8, 2015 at 7:03 am

    Since this was published in 2010, I'm hoping you've matured enough by now to realize that all people matter, not just young ones. Please, also, remember, that "old" people invented the technology that allows you to make your living.

    • Justin Pot
      January 8, 2015 at 2:20 pm

      You're right: I shouldn't have had the word "old" in that opening sentence. I was about to delete it, but I should probably leave it to help me remember not to do stuff like that.

  5. Steve
    October 3, 2010 at 3:14 am

    You can also get a cool full screen radar at Fullscreenradar.com that's easier to use than some of the others.
    http://www.fullscreenradar.com

  6. Steve
    October 3, 2010 at 1:14 am

    You can also get a cool full screen radar at Fullscreenradar.com that's easier to use than some of the others.
    http://www.fullscreenradar.com

  7. Lorie
    August 15, 2010 at 2:57 am

    Wunderground also has a great Photos & Video section. The still photos can also be viewed in a screensaver. There are a lot of very talented people submitting some great photos.

  8. always420
    August 11, 2010 at 7:48 am

    just wonderin why ya didn't include wunderground in your weather widget list then... they got some pretty good widgets too yea?

    • jhpot
      August 11, 2010 at 1:00 pm

      Different writers prefer different sites, I guess. I myself didn't compile the weather widget list, but if I did you can be Wunderground would be there.

  9. Tina
    August 4, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    Thanks for making me aware of this site, Justin!

  10. John Wood
    August 2, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    Would be nice if you would just link to the chrome extension instead of the self promotion and making us weed through every story about chrome you've had...just sayin...

    • Aibek
      August 2, 2010 at 6:27 pm

      but he links to the extension in the article!

  11. timmyjohnboy
    August 2, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    I used to use a FF extension which used Wunderground. I do like the idea of receiving email updates containing the local forecast. Maybe we'll never have to turn the boob-tube on ever again!

  12. Guest
    August 2, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Stormpulse.com rocks the house. I also love iPhone app, "Hurricane." http://kittycode.com/products/.../

  13. g...
    August 1, 2010 at 12:26 am

    I've been using Wunderground for years! Can't say enough great things about it.

  14. MerryMarjie
    July 31, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    I pay for very little content on the web but I decided to dole out the tiny fee of $5 a year for a paid subscription to Wunderground because it is the greatest weather site on the Internet. Years ago when I first discovered the site, the time zone for my city was wrong and I wrote them and immediately it was changed, plus I received a nice note from the webmaster. You can follow the weather for so many cities plus you can get daily forecasts in your mailbox. How cool is that!

    You can't go wrong using Wunderground, and for just $5 a year, you can eliminate the ads. (I sound like a spokesman!) Really, try it, you'll like it!

  15. MerryMarjie
    July 31, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    I pay for very little content on the web but I decided to dole out the tiny fee of $5 a year for a paid subscription to Wunderground because it is the greatest weather site on the Internet. Years ago when I first discovered the site, the time zone for my city was wrong and I wrote them and immediately it was changed, plus I received a nice note from the webmaster. You can follow the weather for so many cities plus you can get daily forecasts in your mailbox. How cool is that!

    You can't go wrong using Wunderground, and for just $5 a year, you can eliminate the ads. (I sound like a spokesman!) Really, try it, you'll like it!

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