Window on the weather

View current conditions with this illustrated weather app.

If you want to know what the weather is, the saying goes, look outside. MyFreeWeather allows users to do just that, without ever having to get up from their computers. This attractive weather program lets users view illustrated versions of the sky in their selected location, with both the time of day and weather accurately portrayed. With features typical of other weather software and the nifty sky graphics to boot, we think MyFreeWeather is a nice choice for a go-to weather program.

MyFreeWeather's interface is sleek and intuitive, with the sky illustration filling the upper third or so and a variety of other weather information displayed below. The current temperature, humidity, visibility, wind direction, wind speed, and five-day forecast are included. Information is provided by the Weather Channel, which we've found to be the most accurate online weather provider. MyFreeWeather also includes links to the Weather Channel's pollen, airport, and traffic reports. The program is easy to configure, with a simple settings menu that lets users add locations anywhere in the world and adjust how frequently the weather is updated. When the program is minimized it appears as an icon in the system tray, making it easy to access the weather report when you need it and keep it out of the way when you don't. The program has no Help file, but we didn't really feel that it needed one. Overall, we liked MyFreeWeather very much, and we have no major complaints.

MyFreeWeather is free. It installs a desktop icon without asking and leaves the icon and a folder behind upon removal. We recommend this program to all users.

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