Have you noticed all the junk that comes along with various weather websites? It’s crazy. I think it is amazing at how many blinking ads and popups they can cram into something the size of a web browser.
It’s not that I hate advertising, after all, that is what funds these free to use websites. The thing that I dislike is the blinking ads and the flash based ads that fly around the screen. But, I have to give the site credit, it looks like they are successful at it.
Anyway, I have found that there are better options. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) also provides weather forecasts. The catch is that you don’t get all those blinking ads! Well, you can’t get it all I guess 🙂 .
All you need to do is go to their site and fill in the City and State (or the zip code) to get that area’s weather forecast. For example, Minneota, MN (My home) has the following forecast for this week:
Overnight: Partly cloudy, with a low around -3. West wind between 5 and 10 mph.
Thursday: A 40 percent chance of snow, mainly after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 17. West wind between 5 and 10 mph.
Thursday Night: Areas of blowing snow and a chance of snow, mainly before midnight, then areas of blowing snow after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around -9. Wind chill values between -22 and -32. Windy, with a north northwest wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to between 25 and 30 mph. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
Friday: A chance of flurries after noon. Partly cloudy and cold, with a high near -2. Wind chill values between -22 and -32. Blustery, with a west northwest wind between 15 and 20 mph.
Friday Night: A chance of flurries before midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around -14. Blustery, with a west southwest wind 10 to 20 mph becoming north northwest.
Saturday: Partly cloudy and cold and blustery, with a high near -3.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around -13.
Sunday: Partly cloudy and cold, with a high near 0.
Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around -14.
Monday: Mostly sunny and cold, with a high near -6.
Monday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around -17.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 5.
Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around -5.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 10.
I think I will be a little cold this week. NOAA also offers several other formats of the site. This could come in useful for programmers that want to use a screen scraper to get the weather forecasts.