Gabz
Gabz

The problem with being a weather apps junkie? It creates trust issues.

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matpacker
matpacker

@Gabz haha I feel your pain there...

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Gabz
Gabz

@matpacker it’s hard to pick the ideal data service too I guess. They all defer from each other. Slightly

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matpacker
matpacker

@Gabz true, and there’s a couple that model a little differently too. I’m a big fan of Windy.com for predicting the weather, I find them to be super accurate for where I live. Also have WeatherUnderground for the radar view, it just launches faster than others I’ve tried.

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Gabz
Gabz

@matpacker i always found weather underground to be pretty darn good but I don’t think third party apps can pull data from them anymore. Which is a bummer because I like their data but not their official app. Dark sky can be good but there are times when it’s not as accurate.

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ronguest
ronguest

@Gabz Last week there was one day where some apps showed forecasts for considerable rain while others predicted a nice day with sunshine. The doom and bloomers lost - it turned out to be a nice day. Since I prefer to exercise outdoors, figuring out the temp and rain forecast a day in advance is a key use case.

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Gabz
Gabz

@ronguest So wich app/service you trust most then? I think this is my all time struggle. Isit the Weather channel? Dark Sky? Weather underground? Accuweather? lol

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odd
odd

@Gabz Have you tried yr?

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Gabz
Gabz

@odd I have not, I will go check it out. Thank you! :D

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ronguest
ronguest

@Gabz I use Accuweather as my main data source. Dark Sky can be a bit iffy.

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Gabz
Gabz

@ronguest I dont think I ahve ever used Accuweather before.

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philipbrewer
philipbrewer

@ronguest @Gabz I cross-check by using the National Weather Service's web page, but I use Dark Sky as my main weather source. It's a bit inclined to over-estimate the highs and lows for the out-days, and then pull them in as the day approaches, but I find that suits me—I'm mentally prepared for the hot and cold days when they are as bad as forecast, but still well-informed as to what to wear today.

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Gabz
Gabz

@philipbrewer @ronguest To me is like I have this one app that tells me it's going to snow all week then I opene the other one and there's only maybe two days of snow and at that point I'm like "Well, which one is it?"

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ronguest
ronguest

@philipbrewer I do rely on the local NWS feed for major weather forecasts and events

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ronguest
ronguest

@Gabz I use it as the source in Carrot

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Gabz
Gabz

@ronguest i don’t think my tier allows me to change the data source.

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ronguest
ronguest

@Gabz Ah, Carrot uses Dark Sky as the default in the free version. It is, in my experience, a sometimes rather outlier in forecasts.

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Gabz
Gabz

@ronguest i have the tier one, I can use accuweather on the phone app but not the watch. This reminded why I had stopped using it. I mean the yearly sub isn’t that expensive either but still

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mcg
mcg

@Gabz Haven't seen this mentioned yet, it's helpful to figure out which provider may be the most accurate for your area. www.forecastadvisor.com

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Gabz
Gabz

@mcg ha! Didn’t think of that. Thank you.

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Gabz
Gabz

@mcg this was very revealing, according to this data almost 99% accuracy is the weather channel, followed by accuweather, Dark Sky and weather underground been around 70%

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