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Online Weather Forecasting Tool

Published 04/18/2013 and rated Ratingstars5 5 out of 5 stars
by Shel Gatto
What can you use the app for? is a detailed online weather tracker that shows users current and upcoming conditions. The site provides multiple ways to view weather related information. Users can choose tabs to switch between local, regional and global maps. The global map creates an actual globe image that includes animated indicators so users can see how weather is moving around the world. The regional and local view zooms in to present a squared map with a similar graphical effect. An overview of details including current conditions, temperature and updates for the next hour and week are presented as well. The weekly forecast is shown when the user scrolls down the page. A small plus icon is included for each day so the user can get a detailed view. screenshot
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What is the history and popularity of the app? was developed by the creators of DarkSky. The application is focused on providing helpful weather details for users. It has received significant attention so far, with glowing complements from sites like Tech Crunch. Users love the look and feel of the app along with the various details included in each section. Some users have complained that lacks information, such as precipitation percentages and other details that aren’t black and white.

What are the differences to other apps? offers a unique experience because of its clean look. The animated maps are easy to read with additional details shown in simple lists. The site contains no clutter or distracting advertisements so the user isn’t distracted. It’s nothing but weather as soon as the user arrives. There are many other sites that provide the same information, but few manage to display it in such an eye-catching way.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

The biggest draw to is the interface. The application includes sleek headers and text along with unique animated icons and maps. The three location maps (global, local, regional) look clean and clear, with colorful indicators that move across each geographic area. The conditions icons are also animated, with clouds that seem to gently roll in place or rain drops that drip. The look of is one of the reasons it is so appealing to users.

How does the registration process work?

As soon as a new visitor arrives at the homepage, they are given access to weather details. The browser may ask for permission to give the application location data. Once accepted, the page will adjust based on the user’s geographic position. No registration is required, which is a good thing to keep the experience as hassle-free as possible. A field is available at the top of the page for users to manually adjust location information.

What does it cost to use the application? is available to everyone for free. There is no registration required and no subscription is needed. Anyone can stop by and check out current conditions or look towards the coming days. The site still customizes the experience by gathering geographic data from the browser and giving the user the option to manually set the location whenever they want to.

Who would you recommend the application to? is ideal for anyone who likes to quickly check the weather. The site provides a wealth of information through clean text and unique maps. Users who are serious weather enthusiasts may find the application lacking in terms of detail. For everyone else, is a quick and easy way to keep track of local, regional or global weather.

  • Check out the current weather conditions
  • See what to expect for the next hour, day or week
  • Get detailed information for each day
  • Animated maps provide a visual representation of weather
  • Switch between local, regional and global views

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