Extension Watch: Convenient Weather Forecast with the Weather Chrome Extension

Dmitri Popov

Productivity Sauce

Jul 23, 2015 GMT
Dmitri Popov

For the longest time, the Forecast.io service has been my go-to destination for checking current weather conditions and get a forecast for the coming days. The service features a functional and slick interface that provides instant access to key weather data, and it works equally well on large screens and mobile devices. Besides a handy website, the service also offers an API for developers, so it was only a matter of time before a dedicated Chrome and Chromium weather extension saw the light of day. Lo and behold, here comes the Weather Chrome extension.

There are several creature comforts that make this extension a pleasure to use. First of all, it supports geolocation, so it automatically detects your current location and displays local weather info. The extension's icon shows the current weather and temperature, so you don't even need to click on the button to check the current weather. Clicking on the button reveals hourly and 5-day weather forecasts. The hourly forecast shows the chance of rain percentage, which is particularly handy here in Denmark. The only missing piece is the lack of wind strength and direction info. The Weather extention is available on the Google Web Store. The extension is released under an open source license, and its source code is available in the project's GitHub repository.

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