Frequently Asked Questions
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Because they do a great job and the data is free (they are funded by our tax dollars).
Simple answer: most automated weather forecasts have roughly the same accuracy, and we present the forecast in a much easier-to-understand format. We think this makes us better than the rest, and hope you agree.
Detailed answer: As mentioned above, we get our data from the National Weather Service. The site Weather Underground also gets their data from the National Weather Service, so our site and theirs will have the same accuracy. Other weather sites create their own forecasts (weather.com, accuweather.com, etc). For a shakedown of the forecast accuracy by zip code, check the http://www.forecastadvisor.com/ site. Our forecast is based on data from the “National Weather Service” and “NWS Digital Forecast”.
Can you tell the difference between 64 and 66 degrees? Probably not. So while forecast accuracy percentages are interesting, we feel that the communication and customization of the forecast is more important than a few percentage points of accuracy. And with all due respect to our competitors, we think that our forecast communication and customization is the best. Contact us with your thoughts.
We want to provide you with weather information that’s useful in making a decision about where and when to have fun outside. Weather forecasts for temperature have almost no skill beyond about eight days, and precipitation has even less skill.
The National Weather Services forecasts out to seven days, and we thought six days was a pretty good compromise to get you accurate weather information without giving too much info that would clutter your screen.
Want to know a bit more about forecast accuracy? See this page: http://www.forecastadvisor.com/blog/2009/03/05/week-out-weather-forecasts/
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