Adding a weather widget

I’ve been thinking about adding a widget to my blog to show the current weather for a while now and have finally done it now.

I have looked at a few options:

Weather Underground

Click for Luton, United Kingdom Forecast

Click for Luton, United Kingdom Forecast

The WeatherUnderground widgets are clear and informative, providing the current weather and a link to check the forecast. If you click through to the WeatherUnderground website for forecasts, there is a lot of useful information, but the page also has a lot of adverts, it is annoying.

netWeather

 


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The netWeather widget from Accuweather is nice, and reasonably customisable but relies on Javascript and sometimes is slow opening. Also, in testing it seemed to constantly contact the accuweather website.

Weather Pixie

The WeatherPixie
The WeatherPixie

While investigating another solution, I came across The Weather Pixie. It’s a bit quirky which I liked, and the figure I have used, Weatherboy6, looks (with a bit of imagination) a bit like me except he doesn’t have a beard and maybe he has a bit more hair on top. As the weather changes, the background changes and as the temperature changes, so do the clothes that the figure wears. The choice I’ve got to make is temperature, wind speed and pressure in imperial or metric. For me this is a problem, as I mentioned in my earlier post about UK weights and measures, I generally use imperial, so mph for wind speed and inches of mercury for pressure suit me best, but I use Celcius for temperature. I will use metric for the moment, let me know what you think. By the way, the time on the image is the update time, not the current time.

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