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The Weather Channel Desktop

CNET Editors' review

Instant access to real-time local weather information is one of the Internet's underrated pleasures. There are Web sites, feeds, gadgets, widgets, e-mail and IM alerts; just about every Net platform has brought you the weather at some point. Free desktop utilities that import weather conditions and usually display the local temperature in the system tray are perhaps the most popular Web-based weather-watchers. The Weather Channel is perhaps the most trusted name in coast-to-coast cable TV weather forecasting and related information. Put the two together and you have The Weather Channel Desktop, a free utility that does what the other weather gadgets do, but much more. But, though free, to download and use, its versatility comes at a price: advertising.

The Weather Channel Desktop gives you instant access to the weather-, climate-, and health-related information that comprises The Weather Channel's extensive daily programming. The local radar; traffic, road, and travel conditions and maps; national and international weather news; information related to allergies, colds, and flu; sports and exercise updates; weather trivia; video; and a lot of other useful stuff that is undeniably handy to have in one spot.

To get all that free, you have to look at some ads. The main interface has annoying Flash ads that you can stop but not defeat, and a "mini" mode that apparently only works with the paid upgrade you have many opportunities to buy. Still, if you don't mind animated ads, which are hardly uncommon online, then The Weather Channel Desktop has a lot to offer.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    2.7 stars

    out of 344 votes

    • 5 star: 74
    • 4 star: 60
    • 3 star: 40
    • 2 star: 33
    • 1 star: 137
  • Current version:

    2.0 stars

    out of 34 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 5
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 9
    • 1 star: 16
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  • 2.0 stars

    "OK but ..."

    March 3, 2014  |   By bullfrog71

    Version: The Weather Channel Desktop 6.0.0.29

    Pros

    Gives you some idea of the temps and precip. Like the 'Alerts.'

    Cons

    Loose Locality settings.
    Questionable temps.
    Splash screen ... where did THAT come from? Annoying and unnecessary
    The app choices are confusing. When is it 'on' and when is it 'off'? Is it how 'visible 'on' and 'off' is?
    Slow to retrieve wx info when the program initiates

    Summary

    Not sure that it's worth it. Earlier on it was useful but now I'm not sure and am debating whether (no pun) if I will keep it or not.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Unhandeled exception error"

    February 8, 2014  |   By psternklar

    Version: The Weather Channel Desktop 6.0.0.29

    Pros

    When it works good app but that is rare

    Cons

    Crashes constantly, unhandeled exception error. No support from Weather Channel. Old app was great.

    Summary

    Bring back the older, stable app

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  • 1.0 stars

    "New update ruined it"

    February 7, 2014  |   By dscb77

    Version: The Weather Channel Desktop 6.0.0.29

    Pros

    Nice background. When it actually works weather watch popups are nice.

    Cons

    Since I updated to the new version a month ago it has worked maybe a few hours. The temperature that is supposed to show in the tray rarely shows anything but The Weather Channel logo. When you open the desktop app it sometimes shows your city but not always, and rarely the temperature. Haven't found a fix anywhere for this so I finally uninstalled it.

    Summary

    Until they fix it, don't download it unless you like a useless app.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Buggy. You would think they would have it figured out."

    January 29, 2014  |   By beaglesoft

    Version: The Weather Channel Desktop 6.0.0.29

    Pros

    Shows weather. Warns of bad weather.

    Cons

    Often crashes. Obnoxious ads.

    Summary

    Buggy app. You would think they would have it figured out by now.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "How could C-NET recommend such junk?"

    January 28, 2014  |   By Alaninevanston

    Version: The Weather Channel Desktop 6.0.0.29

    Pros

    Just like all the other recent reviews I've read on here; It's good when it works but look out for updates It dies!
    Do a re-boot of Win 7 and it goes away!

    Cons

    From excellent to pure garbage in minutes with one update!

    Summary

    Now I fear the recommendations of C-Net that I used to value!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Doesn't work- unhandled exception error"

    January 19, 2014  |   By FlaBirdWoman

    Version: The Weather Channel Desktop 6.0.0.29

    Pros

    The old version worked fine.

    Cons

    New version freezes. NO SUPPORT whatsoever from the Weather Channel on trying to fix the unhandled exception error.

    Summary

    Don't waste your time downloading the app since you won't get help from the developer.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Great when it works, but that's never for long."

    January 7, 2014  |   By MennoTed

    Version: The Weather Channel Desktop 6.0.0.29

    Pros

    When I first installed the app I thought it was great. Simple interface, easy to add additional locations to check. I could see weather at home in a flash.

    Cons

    It quickly became a big disappointment. Never lasted more than a day or two and then freezes - sometimes with a MS NET error message, sometimes not. I uninstalled, reinstalled, crash, uninstall, reinstall, etc. ad nauseum. I surrender. Gave it up. Couldn't find anything on the web to solve the problem. (Win 7 64 bit)

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Latest update broke it good"

    December 29, 2013  |   By rohanlady4

    Version: The Weather Channel Desktop 6.0.0.29

    Pros

    When it works, it's nice.

    Cons

    The latest update has broken this well. It's fine when it first loads, but then minimize it and try to bring it back or go into it a few days later (I only reboot every few days) and I get a Microsoft Net error on it. I've given up, uninstalled it and will find something else. Also, spammy ads on it too easy to accidentally click.

    Summary

    Used to be a halfway decent program, but since the latest update, it doesn't work.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Since update it hasn't worked."

    December 17, 2013  |   By Ricburg

    Version: The Weather Channel Desktop 6.0.0.29

    Pros

    Easy to use. Can add multiple locations.

    Cons

    Update ruined a decent program.

    Summary

    Ever since the update it often locks up at the splash screen on computer boot. Had to manually exit and restart. It also regularly had me re-enter my location and forgot preferences. The final straw was today when it had me do the first time setup again but wouldn't accept my location.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Update sucks"

    December 5, 2013  |   By MelissaJHamilton

    Version: The Weather Channel Desktop 6.0.0.29

    Pros

    When it first came out and all the way up tell the last update it was a fairly good app

    Cons

    The last update screwed it up nothing works right now
    Deleted and going with something else untell you all fix

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