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Yahoo! Weather

Weather Forecasting and News


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Published 11/19/2010 and rated Ratingstars2 2 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

Yahoo! Weather provides users with an easy to find resource that provides weather forecast and related information they need to know. Users can review forecast by local area and review additional features, such as fall foliage maps, hurricane trackers, and seasonal images. The site also includes links to popular weather related television shows and informational resources. Yahoo Weather makes it easy for users to gather information about their local weather in a way that doesn’t require a lot of reading or scientific knowledge. All a user needs is their zip code and they can use Yahoo Weather.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Yahoo! Weather is a part of the popular company, Yahoo. The original Yahoo was created by Jerry Yang and David Filo in January of 1994. At the time, Filo and Yang were electrical engineering students at Stanford University. They originally built a site titled David and Jerry’s Guide to the World Wide Web. It was renamed Yahoo in April of that year. The actual domain, Yahoo.com, was created on January 18th, 1995. The site has expanded tremendously since then to become one of the heavy hitters in the world of search engines and web based email among other things. Today, Yahoo has turned down bids from Microsoft and offers most of its products in over 20 languages.

What are the differences to other apps?

Compared to other weather related websites, Yahoo Weather doesn’t offer anything new. In fact, it’s a very common function many websites currently offer. Yahoo is popular primarily because the parent company itself is well known. It is also very simple, which also makes it appealing (but then again, so are many other weather websites). Users can enter their zip code and find out the forecast for the day or week.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

The Yahoo Weather website is much like other Yahoo related sites. There is plenty of information but it is well organized. Users can easily navigate to find various types of forecasts for regions all over the globe. Additional links allow users to access features from the Weather Channel website. The main tool is easy to find as soon as a visitor arrives at the Yahoo Weather website.

How does the registration process work?

Anyone can visit the Yahoo Weather website and check out their upcoming forecast. There is no login requirement and an account is not needed to access this feature. Yahoo does allow users to create accounts. An account provides the user with the option of web based email and access to other Yahoo features. To create a Yahoo account, the user can click the blue “My Yahoo” link hidden at the bottom right hand corner of the page. Another link in the top right hand corner of the user page that reads “New User? Register” can be clicked to access the registration form. The form asks for a name, gender, date of birth, country location and postal code. The user must also select an ID (which will be their email address), and password to complete registration.

What does it cost to use the application?

Yahoo Weather offers a simple service that is available almost anywhere on the internet. Although it is helpful, it is not really something worth paying for. Yahoo offers users the opportunity to check the weather on its site without paying for the convenience. This is a good move on Yahoo’s part because it may also encourage users to create accounts and try out their many other features.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Current Yahoo users are likely to already use Yahoo Weather. Other than that, anyone can enjoy the application. It’s easy to access, simple to use, and costs nothing. There are many other options out there, so anyone that wants a very detailed forecast may prefer the Weather Channel’s website. Yahoo Weather is ideal for individuals that want a quick weather overview.

  • Enter your zip code for a local weather forecast
  • View seasonal images from all around the world
  • Check out themed maps, such as fall foliage or hurricane maps
  • Review links to weather related resources
  • Observe national Doppler radar maps, satellite images, and the current heat index


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