Posted by: pyeager | September 10, 2009

Weather Web sites

A large and growing number of people depend on the Internet for weather information.

Since the sites rely nearly exclusively on automated forecasts from computers (Forecast Accuracy),  things other than forecast accuracy (although I’m sure that some automated forecasts are better than others) are often the determining factors for customer loyalty.

A friend recently sent me an lively and humorous review of weather Web sites, Can We Talk About the Weather?.

Here are highlights of author Larry Dobrow’s observations:

  • weather.com, being the Weather Channel’s site, is, naturally, the largest of all Internet weather providers, and Dobrow doesn’t like the accuracy of the hour-by-hour weather or believe that the site highlights its “scare-mongeringly super-awesome” It could Happen Tomorrow show enough.
  • He likes the more educational approach of weatherunderground.com, including Jeff Master’s weather blog (which focuses on tropical weather at this time of year and is often the voice of reason in a sea of weather hype.)
  • He compares the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (noaa.gov) site to the C-Span of weather. That’s a great observation!
  • He thinks that Intellicast.com and AccuWeather.com are both cluttered and dry, which might be difficult for the impatient among us to navigate. He points out that AccuWeather has a more newsy slant.

As someone who has worked in that industry, it’s good to see that someone else feels the way I do (I agree with nearly everything he said), and it was entertaining.

Did I just review a review? Aren’t blogs fun?

–Paul Yeager


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