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Quick Look: Weather4us is my go-to Roku app for weather conditions and forecasts. Weather Underground is still a fine choice for one-click access to current conditions and a quick glance at the five-day forecast. But if you want a detailed forecast and access to current warnings and all sorts of other cool features, Weather4us is the only way to go.

After setting up one or more cities in the Admin section, Weather4us launches with a seven-day forecast. The screen is nicely laid out with daily highs and lows across the top row, and an icon that shows the weather conditions and the chance of precipitation for each day and night. Highlight any of the icons and the text forecast for that day or night is shown at the bottom of the screen. Click on the icon and you'll see a 24-hour graph of forecast wind chill, dew point, temperature, humidity, precipitation potential, and amount of sky cover.

If there are any weather alerts, such as hazardous weather outlooks or severe storm watches or warnings, an alert icon is shown on the left side of the screen. Clicking the icon brings up the detailed alert as delivered by the National Weather Service (NWS). Leave the Weather4us channel running and an audible alert will sound if a severe weather warning is issued for the location designated as your primary weather location.

The left side of the screen also includes links to radar and current conditions. The radar option lets you zoom in and scroll around to get a closer view. Current conditions delivers official NWS conditions that include sky cover, temperature, humidity, wind speed, barometric pressure, dew point, heat index (when applicable), and visibility. Forecasts and conditions for other cities that you have selected are available by simply selecting them from the top of the screen; you won’t need to re-enter a new city each time.

Weather4us also provides access to national weather forecasts and conditions through more than two dozen NWS graphics that include national radar, satellite image, weather map, precipitation forecast, and current sky cover. These graphics are updated throughout the day and can be found under the National option at the top of the screen. You can select which of the graphics to display through the Admin section.

Weather4 us includes a screensaver that will display the above-mentioned graphics, along with the seven-day forecast and current conditions screens, when your Roku is idle. (NOTE: to activate the Weather4us screensaver, go to the Settings menu on the main Roku screen, select the Screensavers option, and then select Weather4us from the list available screensavers.)

Another option for free weather forecasts and local radar and satellite images is the Weather Underground Roku channel. For free access to more weather graphics, visit the private Roku channel Weather Graphics

-- Information is current as of February 8, 2013

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