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Five Best Weather Web Sites
Whether you're planning to head out around town for an afternoon or you want to know what the weather is going to be like at your destination before you head to the airport, you probably have a weather site that you trust to deliver an accurate and useful forecast. There are plenty to choose from, but this week we're going to take a look at the top five, based on your nominations.
Earlier in the week we asked you which weather sites you trust to help you pack and prep for your trips to the office or across country. You responded with tons of great suggestions. Sadly, we only have room for the top five.
The vast majority of weather sites get their weather data from stations operated by or at least sponsored by the National Weather Service, so why not get your weather information right from the source? Many of you said you do, and head straight to Weather.gov when you want to find out what the conditions are in your neck of the woods or across town. The interface isn't the best, and don't expect some of the bells and whistles from some of the other sites, but you will get accurate, up-to-date conditions, forecasts, satellite imagery, radar maps, and more, all in one place. In addition to current conditions, NOAA offers all sorts of information about ground conditions, from brush fires to wind advisories. The data is incredibly complete, and most importantly, most of the source information that other services use to build their own forecasts.
Now that you've seen the top five, it's time to vote for the all out winner.
Honorable mentions this week go out to Intellicast , which a number of you said may not be the best looking, but definitely worth a look if you want accurate regional, national, and travel-based weather reports. Also, we can't let this topic go without mentioning another runner-up, The F**king Weather , which is absolutely perfect if you don't need frills, maps, projections, doppler, or any of that crap, and you just want to know what it's like outside.
So what do you think of the contenders? Have something to say about one of the ones mentioned above, or want to make the case for your favorite that may have not made the list? Remember, the top five are based on your most popular nominations from the call for contenders thread from earlier in the week . Sound off in the comments below.
The Hive Five is based on reader nominations. As with most Hive Five posts, if your favorite was left out, it's not because we hate it—it's because it didn't get the nominations required in the call for contenders post to make the top five. We understand it's a bit of a popularity contest, but if you have a favorite, we want to hear about it. Have a suggestion for the Hive Five? Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org !
Friday, March 30, 2012