Now that we've explained a bit about how Wunderground does all of the neat stuff that it does, the question in the forefront of your mind is probably "okay, but how do I use it to get the weather for my area?" Glad you asked! It's actually quite easy, if Wunderground doesn't do it for you itself! Just type in your city, a nearby airport, or your postal/ZIP code, and Wunderground will give you everything you need to know about the current weather in your area, plus a 10-day forecast!
This shows you which weather station Wunderground is collecting its current weather data from. Click Change Station and then click on a station in either the list or the map that appears to get weather data from that station instead.
This shows you the most important stuff about the weather in the area you're currently looking at, including:
- General weather conditions (sunny, partly clouding, scattered showers, etc.)
- Current temperature (and what it feels like with the humidity or wind chill)
- Wind speed and direction
- Estimated minimum and maximum temperatures for the day
- Precipitation (i.e. rain or snow), or chance thereof, for the day
- Sunrise and moonrise for the day
- How visible the moon will be tonight
This shows you some extra weather stuff related to the area you're currently looking at, in case you're interested. It includes:
- Air pressure
- Visibility (of prominent objects on the horizon)
- Cloud cover information
- Heat index (i.e. the temperature it feels like with humidity or wind chill factored in)
- Dew point (i.e. temperature at which water vapour in air will form dew, fog, etc.)
- Humidity (i.e. how much water vapour is in the air)
- Ultraviolet index (i.e. how careful you have to be to not get sunburned!)
- Pollen measure (i.e. how careful allergy-sufferers have to be out there!)
This view of the map on the right-hand side lets you see the type and severity of any precipitation activity (i.e. rain or snow) in the area. It should automatically be selected; if it isn't, click the tab to select it.
This view of the map on the right-hand side lets you see the temperature and activity of clouds in the area. Click the tab to select it.
This view of the map on the right-hand side lets you see pictures that Wunderground's users have taken of weather conditions in the area. Click the tab to select it, and then click on a picture that appears on the map to get a better look at it.
Click here to see information on the right-hand map in more detail. See our Wunderground WunderMap tutorial to learn more about how it works.
Click the "+" or "-" buttons here to zoom in or out of the map, allowing you to see a specific area in greater detail or patterns in a more general area, respectively.
You can also click and hold on a point on the map, and then drag your mouse around to move the map.
Finally, if you're using Radar or Satellite view, you can click the play button () to see how the precipitation or cloud activity changes over a period of time.
The menus across the top of the screen will take you to other areas of Wunderground. Click one, and then click an option in the drop-down menu that appears to go there.
Here's a general idea of what you'll find in each of these places:
Maps and Radar -- See and track rain or snow in your area, check conditions for flying or boating, check air quality and ultraviolet indexes, and more.
Severe Weather --See and track extreme events such as thunderstorms, tornadoes, blizzards, and hurricanes in your area. See forecasts for inclement weather, know where things like earthquakes and wildfires are happening and how to avoid them, and learn how to prepare yourself in case you get caught in Mother Nature's fury.
News and Blogs -- Read commentary on current weather phenomena from Weather Underground founder Dr. Jeff Masters and other meteorological experts, weather-related news stories from all over the world, or easy-to-understand illustrations of how weather works.
Photos and Video -- Check out beautiful and wondrous photographs of weather and nature from Wunderground's users, or look at their webcams to see what the weather's like where they are right now. You can also watch videos and animations on weather in action, how weather works, or what the latest trends in weather mean.
Activities -- This is the place to go if you're looking for weather information to take into consideration when you're planning various outdoor activities, like skiing/snowboarding, sailing/boating, swimming, or flying in an airplane.
More -- Take a look back at what the weather in your area was like over a certain period of time, read the latest scientific evidence and analysis for climate change, learn what a personal weather station is and how to buy/install/register it, or just get a general list of everywhere you can go on the website.
And that's a quick tour of how to use Wunderground!
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