Forecast at your fingertips

Get quick access to accurate weather info with this attractive add-on.

We're always on the lookout for a good weather app, something that provides accurate information and is easy to access without getting in the way. AniWeather for Chrome is a great Chrome add-on that presents information from the Weather Channel in an attractive, well-integrated interface.

The add-on appears to the right of Chrome's address bar, displaying an icon representing current conditions along with the temperature. Click the icon and the five-day forecast will appear. The Ani in AniWeather refers to the program's animations, which we really liked; they're subtle, but they make the forecast a little more fun to look at. The sun shines, clouds undulate, rain falls, and lightning flashes. AniWeather's graphics are really top-notch; it's one of the best-looking weather apps we've seen. If you need more-detailed information, the program also has links to the Weather Channel's 10-day and hourly forecasts, which open in a browser window. The program is highly customizable, and it's easy to set your default location, choose English or metric measurements, and specify the particular elements you want to view. Like most browser add-ons, there's no Help file, but all of the configuration options are pretty easy to figure out. Overall, we liked AniWeather for Chrome very much, and it's one of the few programs we've reviewed that we plan to keep around for personal use.

AniWeather for Chrome is free. It installs and uninstalls without issues. We recommend this add-on to all users.

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