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4 Best Weather Sites

posted by on May 18, 2018 in Travel, Phones and Mobile, Mobile Apps, Travel & Entertainment, Guides & Reviews, Top Picks :: 25 comments

Looking to get the latest forecast or keep an eye out for severe weather? Visiting a weather site will give you more information than a smartphone app in an easier to read format. We'll point you to the best sites online for up-to-the-minute weather information (and their apps for when you’re on the go), so you can be prepared for any weather eventuality.

Best All Around: AccuWeather

Best All Around: AccuWeather

AccuWeather showcases national weather, local weather and the latest weather-related news on its front page, with stories about big national weather events as well as topics like travel and health which can be weather related. The tabs on the top of the page provide easy access to local, national and severe weather information, as well the allergy forecast. The video tab on the top of the site will direct you to weather news (not forecasts) if you prefer that format. 

Pulling up your local forecast page, you’ll find a basic forecast for any area you specify with details for the day, covering high and low temperature, current temperature, the RealFeel temperature, and precipitation. At the top, you can access the AccuWeather MinuteCast, which provides hyperlocal temperature and precipitation for the next 120 minutes. So you can find out to the minute when the rain will start. In the tabs, you’ll also find the extended forecast, weekend forecast, month forecast and radar maps. The radar maps show time-lapse clips of actual radar from the past and projections for the next 90 to 120 minutes.

The AccuWeather app for iOS and Android has a clean easy-to-read design with all the weather stats you’d want front and center. You’ll find temperature, RealFeel temperature, hyperlocal precipitation forecast based on your location, humidity, wind, dew point, pressure and button for easy access to radar maps and hourly and daily forecasts.

Best forecast for rural locations: Weather Underground

Best forecast for rural locations: Weather Underground

Weather Underground provides a nice balance of weather news and weather forecasts. Weather Underground puts local weather front and center, with the forecast dominating their front page and a big button that links you to a detailed forecast.

On their forecast page, you'll find today's forecast, with current conditions, temperature, Feels Like temperature, wind, and the local radar map. You can scroll down for more information, pollen, air quality, UV index, precipitation, pressure, visibility, humidity, rainfall, snow, dew point, wind, the day's historical data and data from nearby weather stations. That's a lot of info!

The Weather Underground app for iOS and Android ($2.99 per year to go ad free) provides a streamlined view of current weather conditions, local radar and easy access to hourly and daily forecasts. 

Cleanest Display: Dark Sky

Cleanest Display: Dark Sky

Dark Sky provides all the information you need about your current location up front. There’s no news or videos to clutter up the page. You’ll find the forecast, temperature, feels like temperature, high, low, hour by hour precipitation (with entertaining graphics if it’s raining), UV index, visibility, pressure, wind, dew point, humidity and radar map. The radar map has arrows to show how the clouds are moving, though no time lapse like AccuWeather. You can also access maps for UV index, wind speed, temperature, cloud cover and more. When you scroll down the page, you’ll find the weekly forecast with detailed information.

The Dark Sky app for iOS ($3.99, includes all premium features) and Android ($2.99 per year for premium features) has a beautiful, clean design, which makes it simple to access the information you need, including the forecast, temperature trend, sunset time and more. But what’s unique about the Dark Sky app is that you can set up custom alerts. You can be notified if it’s going to rain, if the temperature will fall below freezing or if the UV Index is high enough to warrant sunscreen. Notifications and minute by minute forecasts are part of the premium offering.   

Best allergy forecasts: Pollen.com

Pollen.com

A lot of weather apps include allergy forecasts, but Pollen.com goes a step further, identifying the most prevalent allergens in the air. View yesterday, today and tomorrow’s forecast at a glance. And there are tabs for the 5-day forecast and 30-day historical data. You’ll also find an allergen and plant database, with detailed information about where they are found, when they flower and what the pollen looks like, and basic information about allergies. You can also create an allergy diary to track symptoms.

The Pollen.com app for iOS and Android is bare bones. You'll find the 5-day allergy forecast, the predominant allergen for today’s forecast (and information on the allergen), the weather forecast and the ability to track symptoms in an allergy diary.

Updated on 5/18/2018 with new picks

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Fie on weather.com

From Rich Moser on May 23, 2013 :: 5:45 pm

I’ve been following weather.com AND the Weather Channel (same company) for years. On TV, they’re good, but you have to wait for the info you want. Online is a different story. The site navigates *very* poorly and there is absolutely zero customer service (believe me, I’ve tried!). In my California location, they are really quite awful in their forecasting accuracy, worse that most, and they are very slow to update—as in, it’s 70 and sunny outside right now but they still say that there’s a 70% chance of rain and will be cloudy all day, which was their forecast yesterday.

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no update

From javid on March 20, 2014 :: 3:14 am

you r right.

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Weather.com needs to weather and not TV station.

From Mark Leavitt on January 25, 2015 :: 6:29 pm

How this site gets on any list is mind baffling, I ditto all the comments above but in addition, weather.com needs to pull back in the reins and offer a simple, navigational web site with less adds getting in the way. Stop using he web site like the weather channel.  They got stuff all over the place and to find a chart for your particular area, it’s hunt for a needle in a haystack or looking for the Lost Arc.  It’s usually buried in a video article along with 5+ other charts of useless information.

In addition, I find local weather channels do the same thing, finding information is supposed to be fast and easy, instead they load the web site with so much junk including video after video (and ads), it becomes slow due to long running scripts on the web page. 

Personally, I skip all of it and just go to NOAA and to get the latest via National Weather Bulletins (just read the SIMPLE text) and head over (if need be) to AccuWeather to get detail info in 2-3 clicks.  About 1 min or less of my time versus 5+ minutes roaming around in Weather.com.

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Well how about thus list

From Angel Love on October 29, 2016 :: 7:12 pm

Try thr s…t list. Godd one for they can go for the worst

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Others

From Dennis Chandler on May 23, 2013 :: 6:38 pm

Intellicast is where I go if there is severe weather.  The radar summary gives you cloud heights, speed, and direction, and the severe storm 1 km storm watch will pinpoint thunderstorms and tornadic activity with direction and windspeed.

Here is how OK looks:
http://www.intellicast.com/Storm/Severe/OneKM.aspx?location=USTX0203&animate=true

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Which site has fewest pop-ups and fastest load?

From Kristy on May 23, 2013 :: 6:53 pm

Thanks for the weather site review.  What would be even more valuable for me is to know which site leaves the fewest cookies, loads the fastest, and delivers the fewest pop-up ads.  I used to use weather.com, but it seems to work very slowly. I’m looking for a simple place to get weather without a lot of advertising overhead.  Any inputs are welcome!  Thanks.

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That's why I tried to create a fast and reliable site

From HernĂ¡n on February 18, 2015 :: 8:31 pm

As you say, many weather sites are bloated with ads and so many useless information that they become painfully slow. And that’s why I created my own site: lightweight and mobile friendly. Please give it a try ( http://temperaturetoday.in/ ) and let me know your suggestions and comments.
I would like to keep it simple, but I want to hear opinions and I am still building it.
PS: If it doesn’t find your city use the address like http://temperaturetoday.in/your-city
Regards!

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Any for Canada?

From kitblu on May 23, 2013 :: 6:58 pm

None of these sites look as if they cover Canada. Do you know of any?

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Best weather sites

From Rob Nugent on May 23, 2013 :: 11:41 pm

iMapWeather.com is very good and has a lot of simple options.
It is also interactive with some of the same tools you see your weather men use on TV.
Plus, it shows you locations of storm chasers that are feeding/streaming content and you can click on one and watch their feeds.
All in all, one of the best on the web.

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Different Apps

From Patricia on May 24, 2013 :: 10:14 am

Is it possible for some of the apps out there to be used on my PC?  I am not very wise to all of this stuff but I can see where some of these apps might be helpful on my pc.  Thank you for your time and all the wonderful information you put out there for us.

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Weatherbug

From Linda Graham on June 15, 2018 :: 11:04 am

I have WeatherBug on my desktop and laptop; I’ve used it there for years.  I currently have a problem with it on my iphone, however; I’m getting a “We’ve updated our terms of use and privacy” message whenever I open it and that’s as far as it will open.  No problems with the computer app, nowever.  I like it because it ties in with school science departments for local weather input and my nearest reporting station is only 4 miles from my home.

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Try reinstalling?

From Josh Kirschner on June 15, 2018 :: 1:38 pm

You may just want to try uninstalling the app and reinstalling it. That will clear out the old cache and may get you past that issue.

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Seriously??

From VV on December 06, 2014 :: 4:05 pm

I am here because Weather.com on my computer overnight became ... “drywall”!  We all look for reliable information, whatever the costs!
Providing no information whatsoever because you can not design universal interace platform for the delvery of the information (flashy adds are a separate issue) - that is not just “not the best” - that is the worst, sheer incompetence!

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another cool

From Leaverk Vands on December 26, 2014 :: 11:40 am

I think this is amazing idea show weather as color like this colorweather.com

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Weather.com? Seriously?

From Ed on October 28, 2016 :: 10:59 am

That’s got to be the WORST weather site available.

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Our top pick is currently

From Suzanne Kantra on October 28, 2016 :: 2:48 pm

Our top pick is currently the Accuweather app. See our more recent story https://www.techlicious.com/guide/best-weather-apps-for-iphone-and-android/

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Worst

From Angel on October 29, 2016 :: 7:19 pm

Worst list:weather.com,accuweather.com,weatherchannel.com (which you cannot get anymore unkess you get cable)

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They're all bad!

From Steve on May 31, 2017 :: 3:01 pm

There are no good weather sites. The gov site is ok, but they don’t offer any hourly details. They say morning, afternoon, tonight - all of which is very vague.

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Really!

From Fran Wallace on August 26, 2017 :: 5:59 pm

Have been watching Harvey and cannot quite believe Ccollege Station hass had less than half an inch of rain when I see the maps and my son tells me it has rarely stopped raining. But that is what my site says!

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This is what I have been using

From Jake on September 05, 2017 :: 10:48 pm

windy.com

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android

From Leslie Howey on May 18, 2018 :: 11:17 am

I use an android app called 1Weather and I have been VERY satisfied with it for several years now.

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Weatherbug

From Linda Graham on May 18, 2018 :: 6:40 pm

Weatherbug is free and available for both phones and PC.  I’ve used it for years and am pleased with it.  In addition to offering detailed, current (Now), 10-day and hour-by-hour conditions from nearby weather stations (it partners with school science departments so there’s usually a reporting weather station within 15-20 miles from wherever you’re located), it’s added Flash which will show you how far away lightning has struck. Even in a rural east TX area, there’s a reporting station within 15 miles of my grandchild’s home.  We both love it.

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Mosaic Radar & WeatherBug

From Tornado Watcher on May 24, 2018 :: 5:10 pm

I use Weatherbug on PC, Phone & Tablet for the sound alerts and quick checking of alerts & lightning among other detailed information. Weather.gov has the Mosaic Radar map
http://radar.weather.gov/ridge/Conus/full_loop.php   
that shows what’s happening in the country, and the Weather.gov alerts map shows a great overview for country & local areas. These 3 are my go-to for severe weather. Most of the police and emergency services around here use Mosaic, with WB or weather.gov to keep track of severe incoming weather.

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Dark Sky is good, WPXI weather App - Doom & Gloom

From Michele on May 27, 2018 :: 6:06 am

I just started using Dark Sky and it’s great for letting you know just how soon it is going to rain. Great it your trying to decide to start cutting your grass.

I also use the WPXI weather app which is local for Pittsburgh area.  I call it the doom and gloom weather app because it forecasts rain a LOT.  To be fair it does rain her a lot but still.

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Something else

From James on June 15, 2018 :: 7:07 am

For me the best weather website is http://sat24.cc
You can find here anything you need to know about weather forecast.

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