Want to get a look at the weather in your area without a whole bunch of confusing information and clutter? Wunderground's "Full Screen Weather" feature lets you look at a map of weather in your area -- or any other area you choose -- that only displays a few different types of information at a time, based on where you are and where you click. It's a weather map that cuts all the muss and fuss to give you better control over how you get the weather information that you need.
Go to www.wunderground.com in your web browser. Scroll to the bottom of the website, and under the heading "Our Products", click Full Screen Weather.
On the next screen, you can select a location in order to see weather in that area. Click in the text box highlighted in the screenshot below and type in a location to look for, and then click Search.
Additionally, you can click We Think You Are Here to have Wunderground use your Internet connection address to determine your general location, and then show you a forecast from the place closest to you that it has information on.
Finally, you can click on one of the locations in blue font under "Recently Viewed Locations" to instantly pull up weather information from that place.
Once you've picked a place to view weather for, you'll see a screen like this. Click on the yellow circle buttons () in the screenshot below to learn what you're looking at and what you can do at each point.
This is the current location for which you're seeing weather information. If you wish to quickly switch to a new location, click in the box containing the name of the location, type in a location name to look for, and then click Search.
Current Location's Conditions
This shows you the current weather information for the location you have chosen, including temperature (and also what the temperature feels like with the wind chill), wind direction and speed, humidity, visibility, and air pressure.
Current Location Source
This shows you the specific weather station that is giving you the information for the current area, as well as when it last updated that information. You can click on the drop-down menu here to select a new weather station to view information from.
Current Location Forecast
This shows you what the weather in your current area will probably be like for the next few days. The red numbers are the predicted maximum temperatures, while the blue numbers are the predicted minimum temperatures.
When the "Weather Stations" view is enabled, you can see the locations of different weather stations, represented by the current temperature being read there. Click on one to get more detailed information, like what's shown here.
Some things that you can change here include:
- Whether metric (e.g. Celsius) or imperial (e.g. Farenheit) units are displayed
- How weather stations are represented (temperature, dew point, precipitation, etc.)
- If the radar shows information on storms currently being tracked
- If the satellite view shows you only clouds visible during the day or those at night, too
Click here to get the web page address for this view of the map, in case you want to share it with someone. You can share it using Facebook or Twitter, too.
Click here for options on seeing people's webcam videos or pictures on the map, areas where there have been severe weather alerts, or even tracking of severe weather patterns such as tornadoes. Click the check boxes to show or hide the appropriate item.
Weather Station Mode
Click here to switch to weather station mode, which will show you the locations of Wunderground's weather stations and the current temperature at them (or however else you have chosen to have them represented).
Click here to switch to radar mode, which will show you the type and relative intensity of any precipitation (i.e. rain or snow) in an area. Click the play button () beside the legend that appears to see how the area's precipitation is predicted to change over a period of time.
Click here to switch to satellite mode, which will show you the cloud cover in an area. Click the play button () beside the legend that appears to see how the area's cloud cover is predicted to change over a period of time.
Click this drop-down menu to switch between a traditional map view and a satellite imagery view, as well as choose whether you want to focus on terrain or on roads and other man-made objects.
Click one of the four arrows here to move the map view in that direction.
Click the "+" button here to magnify the map, letting you focus on a specific area in more detail. Click the "-" button here to de-magnify the map, letting you see more general weather trends in an area better.
Have fun using Wunderground's "Full Screen Weather" function!
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