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Mon Jan 17, 2022, 04:15 PM

Weather.com is shitty now! (website review)

I don't think it happened overnight, but the slow and steady slide towards the sewer has reached an indisputably odiferous point.

Weather.com is a shitty website. Let's start with the Hourly page because, well, that's the only page that matters. This page takes as long to load as porn over a dialup modem (or so a friend informs me...) The hourly forecast doesn't fit on the screen because of this massive ad banner that takes up almost 25% of the vertical space. There are two more ads to the left and right. The total webpage is so tall as to be around 10 screen pages. This is mostly ads, about a dozen in total. There's a popup video because, well, why wouldn't you want to watch a video?

The 79 cookies employed by the website probably don't help with performance either.

The first hour of the hourly tabular data is in 15-minute increments, and the rest is 1-hour increments. This creates a kind of discontinuity that is jarring. There is a link to "Go Premium" which will make it all 15-minute data for a price. I wonder if I can pay the upcharge to make it all 1-hour data? Does anybody really need 15-minute forecast data? Weather.com is struggling to find ways to add value here.

If you missed the "Go Premium" link at the top of the data, there's another conveniently placed at the bottom. And there's one on the website navigation bar.

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Reply Weather.com is shitty now! (website review) (Original post)
Shermann Jan 2022 OP
Sherman A1 Jan 2022 #1
msongs Jan 2022 #2
NCjack Jan 2022 #10
Ferrets are Cool Jan 2022 #3
Jilly_in_VA Jan 2022 #4
Harker Jan 2022 #6
OneBlueDotS-Carolina Jan 2022 #7
madinmaryland Jan 2022 #5
Earth-shine Jan 2022 #8
marie999 Jan 2022 #9
Shermann Jan 2022 #11
Wounded Bear Jan 2022 #12
USALiberal Jan 2022 #13
Leith Jan 2022 #14

Response to Shermann (Original post)

Mon Jan 17, 2022, 04:18 PM

1. Try weather.gov

It is what I use for my information.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Reply #1)

Mon Jan 17, 2022, 04:19 PM

2. all weather, only weather, not glitz, nor bling, and no ads ever nt

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Response to Sherman A1 (Reply #1)

Mon Jan 17, 2022, 06:28 PM

10. +1. Thanks. Now, I can dump the junk.

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Response to Shermann (Original post)

Mon Jan 17, 2022, 04:32 PM

3. My go-to is weather underground. I tend to like sites with the word "underground" in them

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Response to Ferrets are Cool (Reply #3)

Mon Jan 17, 2022, 04:48 PM

4. Mine too

Has been for some years.

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Response to Ferrets are Cool (Reply #3)

Mon Jan 17, 2022, 04:58 PM

6. Ah, that little touch of danger! n/t

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Response to Ferrets are Cool (Reply #3)

Mon Jan 17, 2022, 05:31 PM

7. Ditto...

The website is good, the app for smart phones, not so good, unless they fixed it.

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Response to Shermann (Original post)

Mon Jan 17, 2022, 04:55 PM

5. I use the weather channel app on my iPhone an iPad and have no issues with it.

It loads quite fast and yes there is one ad at the bottom of the page. Also, the hourly forecast goes out 48 hours. One hour is granular enough for me. Donít waste your money to get it down to quarter hour segments.

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Response to Shermann (Original post)

Mon Jan 17, 2022, 05:52 PM

8. I use weather.com for quick forecasts. Often very inaccurate.

I love when they say it's sunny and it's raining on my house.

I do not have the formatting or loading issues you speak of. The site loaded in less than two seconds on my desktop. Looks fine.

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Response to Shermann (Original post)

Mon Jan 17, 2022, 06:26 PM

9. We use what came with Windows 10, at the bottom of the page it says Data from Foreca.

It gives us a 10-day forecast plus maps that are reliable. No ads.

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Response to marie999 (Reply #9)

Mon Jan 17, 2022, 06:32 PM

11. Yes, that app is actually pretty decent nt

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Response to marie999 (Reply #9)

Mon Jan 17, 2022, 06:37 PM

12. Yeah, Microsoft is the antichrist, but that weather app is pretty decent...

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Response to Wounded Bear (Reply #12)

Mon Jan 17, 2022, 08:23 PM

13. What is wrong with Microsoft? Can't wait to here!

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Response to Shermann (Original post)

Tue Jan 18, 2022, 05:34 AM

14. I agree

The clutter is so bad that it freezes 10 ~ 20 seconds so an ad can load. Some ads move - which is irritating. Some ads make sound and force a popup when you scroll them up and off the screen - which is even more irritating.

They have gone downhill so much that I can't wait to close the window.

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