Weather Forecasts on the Internet
Even the most clued up owner of a home weather station willnot always be able to come up with an instant weather forecast.
Sometimes it's simple, when the weather is stable or in a well known pattern. But on many other occasions, the weatheris developing in a complex way, or things are changing so fastthat there is just not enough information to allow a sensible forecast.
And those are the times when quick and easy access to a commercialweather forecast are just what we need.
So where do we go? Here's a short article about some of the waysto make sure a weather forecast is always available when you need it. The article is by David Leonhardt - if you want to use it please use the iSnare link at the end of the article.
The Weather Forecast On Your Computer
By David Leonhardt
I use the Internet to find just about every type of
information. Even the weather.
Sure, I could just stick my head out the window and call
out, "Hello. What's the weather forecast today?" But if the
response is "hurricanes, hail and meteor storms", I don't want
my head to be on the wrong side of the window when the answer
Plus, that won't help me fine-tune my last minute travel plans.
So I turn to the Internet. There are three really easy ways
to get a good weather forecast over the Internet:
Weather forecast websites:
There are some good weather forecast websites. The one I
use most often, because I am in Canada, is The Weather Network http://www.theweathernetwork.com ), and I also like CNN
( http://www.cnn.com/WEATHER/ ).
CNN gives current conditions and a five day forecast. The
Weather Network provides more detail, with a short term
forecast ( this evening, tonight, tomorrow morning, etc.) and
a longer term forecast over the next six days. The Weather
Network provides the most detail of all the options, but it
takes longer to download than the progress of climate change
(so don't do it on a 26K modem!) Both offer forecasts for
Weather forecast software:
A second way, which does not even require going to a
website, is to get current conditions right on your desktop.
There are free weather forecast software downloads, such as
http://www.weather4you.info that display key data right on
your desktop, and even provide a text summary one click away.
Weather forecasts on the desktop are probably the fastest
way to get local weather information, and the data is updated
every five minutes. The display can be set up for local
weather, but a couple clicks allows for a quick check of
conditions form almost every weather monitoring station in
the world – ideal for making last minute travel plans
Weather forecasts by Google:
A third way to access the weather forecast is through
Google. Yes, the find-everything search engine has added
weather to its repertoire. For instance, search Google for
"weather Orlando", without the quotation marks, and see what
At the time of writing, this service is available only
to cities in the USA (I presume Americans get more weather
than other people.). However, it will hopefully be
available everywhere by the time you read this article.
Google's is the least precise weather forecast of the
options, but fairly quick and simple to reach if you are
looking for information on a city in the USA.
All three options are worthwhile, whether preparing for
the daily commute or making travel and vacation plans. So
pull in your head, close that window and log on. Why stick
your neck out when there is weather on your computer.
About the Author: David Leonhardt is a website marketing
And an SEO consultant
He is building a travel directory at:
There are of course many more providers of weather forecasts. In general the weather forecast services get their information fromtheir national government weather agency - the National Weather Service (NWS) in the USA.
Some of the larger commercial services have their own weatherforecasters, who may modify the predictions, or add further information in the form of comments or articles. More aboutthis in a later article.
Here are some live links to the websites mentioned in the article:
The Weather Network (Canada)
Weather4You Desktop Software
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Last update 05/25/2011