I’m a weather buff, I’ll admit it. Weather.com (aka the weather channel) managed to drive me away from their site months ago after they switched to a very bloated new site design, and for some reason I always encounter problems looking for various options on the site.
Wunderground.com isn’t bad, but it’s a little too basic for my tastes.
Accuweather isn’t bad, but still not quite what I was looking for.
When I stumbled upon My-Cast I finally found what I was looking for. Animated radar and satellite images centered on your location. Easy switching between multiple locations. Simple, uncluttered interface with hardly any ads at all. The basic online functionality is free, but they also offer advanced mobile device services for a fee.
I’m sure some of you are thinking “Site design is fine and dandy, but do I really trust their weather reports and forecasts?” I’ve met plenty of people who think the Weather Channel is the end-all-be-all of weather services, but in my experience I’ve found multiple weather sites provide the best idea of what’s going on and what’s heading your way.
If you really just can’t give up the weather channel, go download Weather Watcher. It’s a free tray icon based weather monitor that pulls all its data from the Weather Channel web site, doesn’t have any ads, and includes the oh-so-important tray temperature icon.