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Old Aug 3rd, 2005, 12:59 PM   #1
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Dashboard Weather widget tip for Canucks

I noticed that my weather widget was consistently wrong compared with the temperatures recorded by WeatherPop. This is because I had the widget set to "Toronto" but the data was actually from Toronto, Ohio. The back of the widget allows you to set City, State or Zip Code but if you insert "Ontario" you get info from AccuWeather from Ontario, NY. Typing in Toronto, ON just gives you Toronto, OH.

There is a way to set this properly. Type in the name of your city, then Canada and hit return. E.g. Toronto, Canada. The widget does a look-up and should fill with Toronto, Canada(ON). Voila - accurate (well, as accurate as weather prediction ever is) information.....

Note, that clicking on the city name (white type) on the widget will open the AccuWeather website. However, this doesn't work properly for Canadian cities (and is another way to tell if the widget is reporting the right city) and you have to click on the Canada link on the website.
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Old Aug 3rd, 2005, 01:32 PM   #2
 
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I noticed how wrong it was a little while ago...but then I noticed I could set it to Markham so I forgot about the issue. Nice to know though
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Old Aug 3rd, 2005, 01:36 PM   #3
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Yeah.. keep your eye on it though.. for some reason. I've noticed that it changes.. well once.. and not since. But still.. something to watch out for
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Someone should make a widget using the stats on Weather.ca

I have a taskbar program that shows me the weather (on my PC) from weather.ca, and it's always been accurate (well, it's the weather, kinda hard to say) ever since I've used it.
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Old Aug 3rd, 2005, 03:22 PM   #5
 
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Hey, thanks for the tip, UTBJW. I had tried many times to make that widget recognize my city (Longueuil, on the south shore of Montreal) but it never worked. I always found that weird because if you go to the Accuweather site, you can get weather for Longueuil. I just tried your tip, putting in Longueuil, Canada, and sure enough, there it is. Cool! (well, quite warm today, actually).

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Actually, I realised that if you put in the city name and then type return, it says "validating" then a pulldown menu appears with the various global occurences of that city. You can then select from that list. However, the pulldown menu takes a few seconds to form and I think that, as a consequence, many people don't see it (I didn't).
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I noticed this when I put in Calgary and it didnt notice what it was!
I tried Calgary, AB, still didn't work, had to do Calgary, Alberta!
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Old Aug 3rd, 2005, 05:47 PM   #8
 
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I just fixed mine today, it was giving me waterloo NY, i re typed waterloo then used the scrolling trackpad and i got a pull down menu with every waterloo that existed and i selected Waterloo ON, and now i get accurate weather. YAY
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Actually, I realised that if you put in the city name and then type return, it says "validating" then a pulldown menu appears with the various global occurences of that city. You can then select from that list. However, the pulldown menu takes a few seconds to form and I think that, as a consequence, many people don't see it (I didn't).
I think something must have changed at Accuweather. I had tried this on several occasions with "Longueuil" previously and come up with nothing. But now, I get three hits (all in Quebec! WTF?). Well, at least I can get the weather for my city now, though the current temp and conditions show up as "NaN", whatever that is.

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NaN = Not a Number

in other words, a badly written javascript parser
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