- Weather Underground (weather service)
name = The Weather Underground, Inc.
location_city = Ann Arbor,
location_country = USA
homepage = [http://www.wunderground.com Weather Underground Website]
Weather Underground is a commercial weather service that provides real-time weather information via the
Internet. Weather Underground provides weather reports for most major cities across the world on its Web site, as well as local weather reports for newspapers and Web sites. Most of its United Statesinformation comes from the National Weather Service(NWS), as information from that agency is within the public domainby federal law. The Web site is available in many languages, and an ad-free version of the site with additional features is available for an annual fee.
Ann Arbor, Michigan, it was founded in 1995 as an offshoot of the University of Michigan's Internet weather database. The name is a tongue-in-cheekreference to the 1960s militantradical leftiststudent group the Weather Underground, which also originated at the University of Michigan.
Jeff Masters, a
PhDcandidate in meteorologyat the University of Michigan, working under the direction of Professor Perry Samson, wrote a menu-based telnetinterface in 1991 that displayed real-time weather information around the world. By 1992, they claim that the two servers they used were the most popular service on the Internet. In 1993 they initiated a project to bring Internet weather into K-12classrooms.
In 1995 the Weather Underground, Inc. evolved as a commercial entity separate from the university. [Weather Underground, Inc. [http://www.wunderground.com/about/background.asp The First Internet Weather Service.] Retrieved on
2008-04-05.] It has grown to provide weather for print sources, in addition to its online presence. In 2005 the Weather Underground became the weather provider for the Associated Press; WU also provides weather reports for some newspapers (including the San Francisco Chronicle) and the
Blogs are one of the main features in Weather Underground, allowing users of the site to create blogs about weather, everyday life and anything else. Dr. Jeff Masters started the first blog on April 14 2005, [Weather Underground, Inc. [http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/archive.html?tstamp=200504 Dr. Jeff Masters' WunderBlog.] Retrieved on 2008-04-05.] and he now posts blog entries nearly every day.
The Weather Underground also provides an outlet for members having
personal weather stations (PWS) to provide weather observation detail to the internet community. [Weather Underground, Inc. [http://www.wunderground.com/weatherstation/index.asp Personal Weather Station.] Retrieved on 2008-04-05.] They distribute Internet radiofeeds of NOAA Weather Radio stations from across the country, as provided by users. The Associated Pressuses Weather Underground to provide national weather summaries. [WEATHER UNDERGROUND For The Associated Press. [http://www.mercurynews.com/markets/ci_8809019 The Nation's Weather.] Retrieved on 2008-04-05.] Dead link|date=October 2008
* [http://www.wunderground.com Wunderground.com, Weather Underground's main web portal]
* [http://cirrus.sprl.umich.edu/wxnet UM-Weather, the original service that Weather Underground branched from]
* [http://wiki.wunderground.com/index.php/Main_Page Weather Underground's Wiki page]
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