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This is a website designed to show you what the weather is going to be like in your chosen place over the next fourteen days. It details: -Temperature -'Feels like' temperature -U.V exposure -Rain (mm) -Cloud density -Wind direction and speed There is also a small pictoral representation of the weather (e.g. picture of raindrops if it is to be a rainy day). Each of these are updated for every 3 hours each day so you can see the weather for 10:00, then 13:00 etc. This is much more useful than weather forecasts which only show an overall day perspective. In order to find the weather for your desired location you can type in a place name or postcode which is good as the weather prediction you recieve is detailed for the exact area that you want. The overall layout of the site is simple to use and clear with large tabs to direct you to the day for which you want forecast. On the whole i have found the predictions on metcheck to be quite accurate. Accuracy does decline the further into the future you are looking but i think this is a problem faced by all weather forecasters. Although i use this website just for the basic forecasting feature, metcheck also has sections for cylclone track, stormwatch, ski resort watch...the list goes on! It is also possible to subscribe for an extra detailed personal version of the site should the weather forecast be very important for your business or hobby for example.
Not a great service, I Paid them to join the premium area where you get more in depth forecasts, but it was not worth it - as lots of features were not working, I contacted metcheck to get my money back, but they never answered me, I had to go via my credit card company in the end, if you search on google for the owners name - Andrew Bond metcheck, you will see why, not a site I will use again after seeing this!
I used to use the BBC weather site whenever I needed a forecast. As part of my job I quite often have to find out how the weather is going to be all over the country. A colleague of mine suggested using this site instead and I have been going back ever since. The home page has a general worded forecast for Britain for that day as well as a weather map and top ten observations. There is a blank white box to enter your postcode or location and then along the top of the page are buttons for the next seven days of the week, clicking on any of these will give a forecast for that specific day either for Britain or your chosen location. The Metcheck tools are then listed and each element is as follows:- Next 48 hours - Gives the weather for the next two days spaced at approximately 4 hourly intervals. It details the temperature, how it feels, UV rating, mm of rain, cloud, wind direction and speed and a picture of the weather. These are the same details given when going into a daily forecast. Synoptic Charts - This details the Met Office's synoptic charts for your chosen area. Cloudcaster / Cloudwatcher / NOAA Satellite / Premium Home / Week Ahead - these are only available with the Metcheck Premium service, this is an option to subscribe to their service in order to get more detailed information, including specific weather tailored to different hobbies. If you go into any of the above sections a menu appears on the left hand side of the screen with many other options including 7 day forecast, weather for other countries, flood warnings, lightening data and rain risk. A drop down tools box becomes available on different pages and has options such as print forecast, send SMS forecast and videos. I think the print feature is particularly good because it just prints the information you want instead of a screen dump with all the banners and adverts on. I find this site very easy to use; on the BBC site you have to select an area and then a place, I find this difficult as I am often given a town name without knowing whereabouts in the country it is. With Metcheck you can just type in where you want the forecast for and all the information is tailored to that place. I have to admit I only really use the general forecast pages and rain risk charts, but having a quick look around the other features I can see several uses for this. It has an 8 to 14 day forecast facility, although the longer in advance you look the less reliable the data is, if you were trying to plan activities for the following week a look at this will give the best days to plan whether it will be indoors or outdoors. I can also see why some may subscribe at a price of just over £3.00 a month. If your business depends on the weather or perhaps you have an outdoor hobby like fishing or wind surfing then the extra information might be worth the cost. Overall I like this site, it is easy to use and all the information shown is understandable and presented well. I particularly like the colour coding it uses on maps for different types of weather and also severity of rain, snow or wind. If you need to know whether it's going to be sunny on Sunday or windy on Wednesday this is the place to find out.
I first came across Metcheck when trying to find weather predictions for the Global Gathering festival some weeks away. Metcheck seemed to be the only weather site that was showing readings for a date so far away, and although the predictions did change as the festival grew closer, by the week the festival was going to occur Metcheck's prediction were absolutely spot on. This proof that Metcheck had accurately predicted the weather was what made me switch to checking their service instead of the BBC's as I had before. The BBC's weather reports I had found had a high percentage of not being exactly right, and also not giving enough detail about what weather will affect what time, which Metcheck changes completely. The Metcheck site itself is very ease to you, you simply type a location worldwide in the search bar and pick the day you want results for. The report will then give you 2 hourly readings of what the weather will be like, including temperature, rainfall, windspeed, and even a handy little symbol that you can roll over with your mouse to find out exactly what that 2 hour slot will be like. Although it is only temperature, rain and the overall image I check, Metcheck had more than enough details to satisfy even the most particular "Weatherologist". What I like most about the readings though is that Metcheck goes above and beyond giving you the plain facts and figures of weather prediction- they also provide a "Feels like" bar which takes into account windspeed, rainfall, temperature, and the rest, and is very very accurate in showing what the weather will seem like outside.
Metcheck.com is one of my favourite weather checking resources. It lets you find the weather forecast by place name or postcode. Upon searching for your location if you bring back the nearest forecast for your area assuming there is one. Certain remote areas will not have their own forecast. Metcheck lets you see the weather forecast for the next three days or the next seven days. Obviously the seven day forecast is quite liable to inaccuracies due to the nautre of changing weather. One great feature of Metcheck's forecasts is the fact the weather forecast for a particular days is broken into three hour intervals on the three day forecasts and morning, afternoon, evening on the seven day forecast. This breakdown gives details on real temperature, felt temperature, UV level, rain fall in mm, percentage cloud cover and wind speed and direction. This breakdown of weather is ideal for planning a trip in the outdoors be it walking or fishing etc. It lets you know what weather is expected and when. I use this forecasting tool when planning my fishing trips as in general you are looking for a dry, cloud covered evening when the temperature is warm and the wind drops. Metcheck lets you find the exact times this should happen. Metcheck is my favourite weather checking tool online but it don't always believe it. Makes provisions for rain if the forecast is dry, especially if in the wild outdoors. The weather isn't 100% foolproof prediction wise afterall!
After looking around at various weather websites for a while I decided to use Metcheck.com as my rimary source of weather information. The website is laid out simply and is easy to navigate. By clicking the map on the right of the homepage and general UK weather map can be viewed showing a forecast at midnight, 6am, midday and 6pm for the next 7 days. By entering an address or postcode in the top bar you can view a more precise forecast. The search facility covers a good number of place names so a close location can be fixed. Forecasts are viewed for the first 7 days with intervals every 3 hours, this means 8 forecasts are provided a day. The information provided covers all of what is needed being temperature, UV, rain, cloud cover, wind direction, wind speed, gust speed and a small summary animation. This is in my view is excellent in comparison to other weather websites providing lots of information. By Clicking 'more' on the top bar a long range forecast covering 7-14 days ahead can be viewed, shown in 6 hour intervals. This is a big advantage over several other weather websites which only show 5 or may be 7 days ahead. Along side this you can view fog, frost, flood and pollen warnings, look up weather for major events, ski resorts and storm warnings and check out what is going on in other countries worldwide. Overall I have found the accuracy of their forecasts to be good.
Metcheck is my favourite weather site. I keep the link in my 'favourites' so it is easy to call it up. It seems to be the most accurate site of all those I have tried. Metcheck is very easy to use. All you need to do is enter the first four digits of your postcode in the search box and a very comprehensive write-up appears telling you exactly what the current conditions are. Click into 'today' and a chart comes up with easy-to-understand graphics. My favourite one, of course, is the one that shows a flashing sun but we haven't seen many of those this year! You can check the weather in any part of the UK and anywhere abroad. You can call up a few days at a time and then click into a particular day for more in-depth details. The chart for each day is broken down into three hour segments; for example from 6am to 9am. Alongside this is recorded the temperature with what it actually feels like taking into account the wind-chill factor, UV levels, rain (in mms), cloud (in percentages) and the wind direction, including gusts. You can look for up to 24 hours ahead, seven days ahead or even 8-14 days ahead. At the top of the page for your post code area is other local information such as the latitiude, longitude, sunrise and sunset times and the moon phases. Down the left hand side of the page is a long list of other tools you can use including checking the weather in the rest of the world. For instance, you can call up 'Europe' which is then broken down into the various countries then, if you click into, say, France, you can then choose your region. This is really handy if you are just about to visit that area on holiday. Other tools include weathercams, event forecasts, storm warnings, flood risks, ski forecasts, lightening data and many other really useful things. Of all the weather sites I have used, this is my favourite - it is easy to use and to understand, comprehensive and, above all, reliable. I haven't used every tool the site has because I'd be there all day but, if you need to check the weather for a particular event or vist, this is the perfect way to do so.
As I have got older, my total geek nature has pushed me more and more into a bubble surrounding my desk and computer. I am slowly beginning to realise, (despite having been told over and over again), that I am addicted to this keyboard and monitor as much as I am coffee and fags. It is starting to replace reality. And thank f**k for that. Reality sucks. If my memory serves.... Further evidence of this is provided by the fact that I actually check weather forecasts about every 20 minutes of the day. That's no exaggeration. If there is even the whiff of something interesting in the air I watch its progress with scarily obsessive determination. It's a number thing. I like to see them change. I'm the same with the football scores on a Saturday and sit endlessly hitting the refresh. Fair enough I say. I'm not at the game(s), it's the only way to find out what's going on. Not so the weather though. It's always there in the reality outside the window. 'Just look out of the bloody window', she says. But that's not the point. I need to check predicted reality against the actual. That's the fun. See - total effin' geek. I'm lucky to have a wife. Err.....second wife. Oh oh - emerging pattern! To be a geek, you need special geek information and Metcheck is always my first port of call for stats and statistics. What is Metcheck? ---------------------- Nerd-fodder would be the best explanation but to add a bit more detail, it is a major website that provides an up-to-date and ever changing window to the weather. Other than using a real window. I have been using it for about 3 years and I don't think it is much older than that. It claims to provide weather forecasts for a number of major organisations such as breakdown companies etc etc. Those with a vested interest in that which Britain does so well. For the casual user, it provides the weather in some detail - more than the BBC will give you anyway and in a fashion that is easier on the eye than the Metoffice. To the general public, there is a comprehensive free service, but for those who take number crunching to new 'total and utter geek' levels, there is a paid service which will chuck at you nearly every weather related statistic known to man - certainly enough for you to do your own weather forecast. This is for those people whose wives have banished them to a shed where they house their own weather station on which they base their made up predictions. They are there in case they are ever called upon to predict the best time for a sea-born invasion of France and they are the only ones the government can trust. They invariably have moustaches. The site ---------- To be found at www.metcheck.com, the weather is overseen by weather lovers who have a friendly, fun-loving nature. And I mean that quite genuinely - they have a laid-back studenty appeal. The home page usually gives an easy to understand summary of the current situation and puts great store on explaining what is going on in layman's terms. No scientific waffle - just explanation, nice and easy to absorb. At the heart of the site is a customisable homepage to the extent that it will save your location and give you your local forecast. This will present you with the next 2 days weather, split into 3 hour time windows, with the weather presented symbolically and with the usual numerical data of temperature, wind and pressure. If required you can look at a similar forecast for a total of 14 days into the future. For the tight-arses who won't pay for an account (myself included), they still offer a plethora of data and info including the computer predictions, weather charts, risk of frost, snow, rain and gales, info on the jet stream this and that, the other, lots more stuff. I could go on but the list of about 25 different meteorological titbits would have you praying for my immediate castration. You are given priority warning about any adverse weather conditions approaching in the form of 'weather watches' and 'weather alerts' and ultimately, 'weather warnings'. These are basically mimicking the Met Offices warnings, but you can't miss them on the site and give easy to see details of your impending weather related death. Interactivity -------------- It may well be the case that interaction between number-nerds should be discouraged but this site has been created to ensure they are contained and monitored closely, with special SWAT teams available in case one escapes. They are encouraged to post the days weather where they live in great detail, preventing them from congregating in pubs with inglenook fires, where they might plot to overthrow the allotment society. These chaps are also entertained by being given the opportunity to send in their weather photos, predict the weather to score points if they are right, organise their email and SMS alerts etc etc. You get the picture - RUN! Is it accurate? --------------- Well, if you look out the window and then check the forecast on Metcheck for 'now', then they are pretty darned good. In fact, up to a day ahead they are pretty darned good. You look at the next weeks forecast at your peril as I have found to my cost. Metcheck does not claim to be accurate at this range, it just gives us what the computers are telling them when they run all their stats through their humongous nerve-centre. My wife doesn't get this. She says things like 'You said last week that it would be sunny with a light westerly wind at three o'clock when I asked you 10 days ago. It isn't and now I am very disappointed in you and you geeky weather nerd site. You have ruined my life'. It can be hard. Any problems? ----------------- No. Well, it is so popular that occasionally their servers get a bit overloaded and they have to resort to a 'high traffic' mode which limits the data available on the homepage, but this is a minor quibble. To be honest, it's so comprehensive that it can be whatever you want it to be. Worth a look? ----------------- Yep. Even if you are not a nerd, it still presents the fact in an easy to ingest manner that will give you a fuller picture without blowing your brain. If you like having a blown brain, then you can pay to have the same data they have - which is a lot and largely incomprehensible to us casual 'can't be arsed looking out of the window' people. Suffice to say it is sitting on my Firefox Bookmark toolbar - dead center. Thanks for reading. May also be on other websites that rhyme with the noise a cat makes when you stand on its tail.
This weather based website offers an array of services for the internet user interested in current weather conditions. It has two main countries it focuses upon a) UK and b) Australia. The first time you log onto the site you enter your location and on next visits it will remember your location. the site also offer an array of options relating to different aspects of weather your interested- yet some of these require a membership subscription for the more detailed long-term weather forecasts. Yet for the visitor just wishing to witness the free options detailed and informative weather information can be collected such as sunrise and sunset times as well as temperature and wind direction and wind speed. An interesting feature in the expected cloud cover, expressed as a percentage this will give the viewer information as to how clear the sky is to be. Negatives to the site are that there is a lack of detail as to UV levels (which in summer could leave you with sunburn) and the graphics use to express the weather for each hour can be miss leading at times). Overall 7/10