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    best weather webpage

    bike-commuting in this part of the country (Boston) at this time of the year means you need to check the weather almost every day. so, what's the best way to get weather for biking? I need these things:

    * (close to) hourly temperature, both actual and "feels like"
    * wind speed
    * chance of precipitation
    *sunrise/set -- yes, I tend to forget

    The best I've found is the following view on The Weather Channel's website. It's the "fitness a& exercise" drop-down though I'm not sure that adds much. plug in your zip code and see if you agree:

    http://www.weather.com/outlook/healt...topnav_fitness

    Love to hear if you've found other/better weather webpages!
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    WeatherBonk.

    Choice of TWC 5-day or NWS 7-day forecast, (NWS one also has hourly), Google map with nearby reporting stations' current values and radar overlay, plus webcams and traffic cams.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tsl View Post
    WeatherBonk.

    Choice of TWC 5-day or NWS 7-day forecast, (NWS one also has hourly), Google map with nearby reporting stations' current values and radar overlay, plus webcams and traffic cams.
    I like that it came up with local information, based on my IP, I guess.
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    Weather.com here. They seem to be about as accurate as anything else I've used.

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    http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick...2=-71.0603&e=0

    Provides all the info of weather.com plus wind direction etc... without the adverts... and best of all its a pay service you have already paid for.

    see: hourly weather graph down toward the bottom.

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    I use intellicast. They have an hourly forecast feature that projects 48 hours out.
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    Another vote for weather.gov, especially the hourly weather graph. I also use the Ipod/Iphone weather app although that is only really useful for checking the current temperature (I usually check it before I leave in the morning).

    A good place for sunrise/sunset data is the US Naval Observatory site:

    http://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/

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    You talking for a desktop or for a mobile device?

    My new media phone came with an Accuweather.com widget. Gives me temp (actual and their RealFeel), humidity, pressure tendency, wind (including gusts), and cloud cover percentage. Radar (w/just discovered animation) has come in handy. There is even a Flight Delay search feature (have no use for that).

    6 and 15 day forecasts are available, but really anything beyond 24 to 36 hours is just isn't the most accurate here in OK.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
    I use intellicast. They have an hourly forecast feature that projects 48 hours out.
    Discovered that one a few years ago. Co-worker that had a pilots license swore by it. The radar rendering on their site is way better than any of the local media stations. Used it to give my wife weather updates when she had to drive to TN and back last weekend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
    I use intellicast. They have an hourly forecast feature that projects 48 hours out.
    Yep I like this site as well. It also gives predicted windchill.

    Weather.com will start eating up resources and dragging your computer down if you us IE and leave the site open and they don't clear till you completely close the browser (for those that use tabs).
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    The NOAA weather.gov Hourly Weather Graph is my first weather check. They update this every few hours.

    Note-- the big title is the local weather office, not your location. The temperatures are usually very accurate. The wind speeds will vary a lot, and often the wind is less than the forecast speed and gust speed. Precipitation amounts can be wrong pretty often, too. But I do like the amount of precipitation estimates to get an idea of light mist or heavy rain, and what time of day the rain is due.

    The most current radar I've found is Weather Underground's radar loop. I like intellicast's radar to see rain coming from a long distance away, but it's usually delayed.

    Intellicast has a quick to view 10 day forecast page.

    Sunrise/Sunset: wunderground's forecast page has:
    Actual sunset
    Civil twilight -- near the limit for bike riding.
    Nautical twilight
    Astronomical twilight
    (they have a link on the page to explain these terms)
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikewille View Post
    +1

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    The noaa site I posted can be viewed on most Blackberrys. I use it on mine daily.

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    I use the National Weather Service/NOAA/weather.gov on a regular computer, and I have the Weather Channel iPhone app for when I'm out and about (or haven't gotten out of bed).

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    Quote Originally Posted by rm -rf View Post
    The NOAA weather.gov Hourly Weather Graph is my first weather check. They update this every few hours.
    That one is the "bees knees" of all weather sites... particularly if you don't mind getting a little technical. It's also the most accurate.

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    I use multiple web sites that provide essentially hourly weather forecasts:

    weather.com
    wunderground.com
    usairnet.com
    intellicast.com
    local TV stations

    I do not put much trust in forecasts farther than 10-12 hours in the future. I also check the radar to try to time when I leave work to avoid thunderstorms, especially during summer afternoons.

    In addition, Google, Weather.com, local newspapers, local TV and others provide temperature and weather forecasts via text messaging. If you are not familiar with Google text services, then see:

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonE View Post
    In addition, Google, Weather.com, local newspapers, local TV and others provide temperature and weather forecasts via text messaging. If you are not familiar with Google text services, then see:

    Yup.. I get an email about 2am every morning from the Washington Post. Forecasts have always been pretty solid.

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    wow that is impressive. I'm switching...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikewille View Post
    I was liking this till I tried to watch a video. That site dropped a script on Firefox that had it push and keep it current. Using that page it was nice that it was always current. I went to a different site within the same browser and even though the WU page was no longer open I kept getting a hiccup in the video. Got watching the task manager and could see the spike in CPU usage. I had to completely close all the browsers to clear it.
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    How about the****ingweather


    ...that would be "thef'ingweather.com"
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikewille View Post
    ++1

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    Another vote for weather.gov. The National Weather Service pages are good. No ads, of course, thanks to your/our tax dollars, and the hourly breakdowns, both forecast and past conditions are easy to find and chock full of information - temp, humidity, wind, wind chill, etc.

    NWS Boston
    -Hourly Weather Graph
    -3 Day History

    Quick Forecast, which I just found a link to while looking at it again to make my recommendations, seems to tie almost everything you're looking for together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtalinm View Post
    bike-commuting in this part of the country (Boston) at this time of the year means you need to check the weather almost every day. so, what's the best way to get weather for biking? I need these things:

    * (close to) hourly temperature, both actual and "feels like"
    * wind speed
    * chance of precipitation
    *sunrise/set -- yes, I tend to forget

    The best I've found is the following view on The Weather Channel's website. It's the "fitness a& exercise" drop-down though I'm not sure that adds much. plug in your zip code and see if you agree:

    http://www.weather.com/outlook/healt...topnav_fitness

    Love to hear if you've found other/better weather webpages!
    I'm about 50 miles south of you. I have been using www.wunderground.com for a few years for all day rides. I find that the best accuracy is checking the weather the morning of your ride. That has worked very well for me. Almost 100%. But as you move farther away from the ride time it's not as good.
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