Site URL: Weather.com
Content: Consistently ranked by Media Metrix among the top five of news, entertainment and information Web sites, Weather.com features current conditions and forecasts for over 98,000 locations worldwide, along with local and regional radars.
Design: Weather.com, the Web presence of cable’s Weather Channel, looks like a top-five site. Everything appears polished and clean. Navigation and links all work properly, while video and animations are fluid and crisp.
Single-article pages do appear a bit haphazard in terms of layout, and images appear within text in a way that is jarring. These pages also provide related content in the middle of the current content, which can be confusing to the reader.
Review: Its minor design flaws notwithstanding, Weather.com is a superb site. Science teachers will love the in-depth analysis of weather patterns and other meteorological disciplines. Many of the articles also examine the real-world implications of current weather conditions, providing social studies teachers with plenty of material for class discussion.
Creative math teachers can use Weather.com’s radar animations and prediction technologies to put a new twist on old concepts. The sheer amount of content here means that sharp-eyed teachers of any academic subject will certainly find something useful.
Bottom Line: Weather.com goes far beyond giving the time and temperature, and for that reason, it’s worth regular visits.