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Weather Bug?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Pelican, Dec 9, 2002.

  1. Pelican

    Pelican 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,075

    I got a pop up today about weatherbug.com and am curious about it. A search turned up references to it, but no descriptions.

    To those who use it: Do you find the information you receive to be more accurate than weather.com, and do you subscribe to the commercial service? Will you renew your subscription when it expires?

  2. rick barnes

    rick barnes Member
    Messages: 61

    weather bug

    have been using the bug only a short time, have friends that have been using ti for a while and they think it is more accurate that the weather chanel & a couple of the others. the last three weeks I have found that it has been 90% right for my area.
    don't think any of the guessers are going to be 100%, but thats another story.

    it's worth using and compairing it with the others & see how it is for your area

  3. Ohiosnow

    Ohiosnow Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 415


    I don't think it's any better than any other :confused: As I use Weatherbug.com, Weather.com, Intellicast.com, AccuWeather.com & still think flipping a quarter will give you as good as they do :D If I could only use 1 I would choose Intellicast.com as I can look at more kinds of wind ,temp,rain,snow,ect. maps-radar. :waving:

    PS: I don't pay for any of them ;) None of them are worth any money as they are only "weather guessers" IMHO
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2002
  4. CT18fireman

    CT18fireman Banned
    Messages: 2,133

    Well I use the free weatherbug to moinitor current temps on my home computer and laptop in my truck. I also like when it flashes to let you know of a weather advisory or warning.

    The radar pictures are also well detailed. I have found weatherbug to be fairly accurate for shorterm weather. I have no faith in any longterm forecast of more then 48 hours.
  5. Ohiosnow

    Ohiosnow Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 415


    Faith in 48 hrs :eek: I don't have faith in any thing past a 6 hr. forecasts ;) I mean I've went to bed with no chance of snow & awaken to 4" of SNOW :eek:

    I have my weather advisory-warning set to "chirp"

  6. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    I've used the free Weatherbug for two years. Have it set up on my Tool Bar(?). Flashes with any weather advisory. I've found it to be pretty accurate. I think the main advantage to paying is to get no "popups". They didn't predict any snow for yesterday. I was wondering when it started snowing. But it was a freak 3/4".

    I agree most predictions beyond 48 hours are guesses. But they seem to do as well as any other.
  7. J.Henderson

    J.Henderson Senior Member
    Messages: 164

    I do not know about the rest of the country, but here in Illinois, weather bug gets their reports from the local NOAA weather station. I think it is alot more accurate than Weather Channel, but I like to compare them both.

    Last edited: Dec 9, 2002
  8. KLMlawn

    KLMlawn Member
    Messages: 67

    I have had the free version now for about 6 months or so, it takes the current info from a high school monitoring station about 2-3 miles away, and I have an airport about 5-6 miles away, so between the two I think the stats it is giving me are fairly accurate. I do however look at TWC as well as a few others if the is an approaching storm and a Winter Event is imminent and make a collective decision based on ALL of the inforamtion.
  9. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    I guess I should add that I don't rely on Weatherbug entirely, either. I also use NWS and TWC.
  10. Rooster

    Rooster Member
    from Kansas
    Messages: 650

    I got this link from another thread, seems to be closer than weatherbug.com or weather.com.

    In my area weatherbug gets its info from a local tv station.


  11. Lawn Lad

    Lawn Lad Senior Member
    Messages: 407

    I used the free Weatherbug for the past two years or so. I liked it. This year I paid the $20.00 for their premium service. Mostly for historical temp data. I NOAA site for Cleveland stinks (compared to other cities and the availability of info) - even though they use the same information as NOAA, it's easier to use.

    I also use Intellicast and AccuWeather. None of them, as stated before, can predict accurately. We all have our stories of no snow predicted and.....
  12. ceaman

    ceaman Senior Member
    Messages: 372

    I use free watherbug, NOAA,and TWC.
  13. myo

    myo Senior Member
    Messages: 193

    I used to have weatherbug on my desktop and then this year I switched and use TWC now. I like the setup of TWC better than weatherbug. What addition stuff do you get when you subscribe to TWC or the weatherbug? Is it worth it?:confused:
  14. GLS

    GLS Senior Member
    Messages: 248

    I personally don't like it. That's not to say that it isn't as accurate as others or anything, I just think it's one more thing to clutter up my computer. It's kind of like pop-up ads. Just my opinion.

  15. Fine Lines Lawn

    Fine Lines Lawn Member
    Messages: 38

    I use a lot of the internet weather sites, but I use WeatherBug most frequently. I don't count on any of them 100%.
  16. ProSno

    ProSno Senior Member
    Messages: 257

    I've had the paid weatherbug for two years now. Its been fairly acurate, I like the radar and I get the temp from an airport 3 miles away and a school 2 miles away. Its only $20.00 so I dont mind. If it was 100.00 I'd say screw it.:drinkup:
  17. SnoJob67

    SnoJob67 Senior Member
    Messages: 384

    I use the following when a storm is predicted to approach; Accuweather.com, Weatherbug, The Weather Channel, and Weather Underground.

    When I compare what I see on radar to what conditions are listed for various cities at Weather Underground, it helps to give a better picture of what is actually going on with a given storm.

    I find that most of the sites above rely on the same forecast information from the National Weather Service (NWS) with the exception of accuweather.com. Accuweather seems to have the fewest "false forecasts" of storms that never materialize. This is not to say they are anymore accurate, but their long term forecasts tend to undergo more revisions than those that rely on the National Weather Service for forecasting information.

    Forecasting weather is anything but foolproof, but making educated guesses is easier when you have more tools at your disposal.

  18. Lawn Lad

    Lawn Lad Senior Member
    Messages: 407

    I take it TWC is "The Weather Channel"? Can anyone clarify this for me?
  19. Pelican

    Pelican 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,075

    It seems like I was the only one not aware of weather bug. Thanks for all the replies, guys!

    You're correct Lawn Lad, TWC is Weather Channel, AKA weather.com
  20. ceaman

    ceaman Senior Member
    Messages: 372

    (TWC) The Weatehr Channel also has a "weatherbug type" desktop product. I downloaded it tonight.... I hope it is a good adition to weatherbug which I allready had.