Forecast

I’m inclined to yawn at the prospect of yet another weather service/app, but Forecast is making me giddy. It’s a new offering from The Dark Sky Company, makers of the eponymous app that I rely upon to get ‘hyperlocal’ weather (i.e. to-the-minute notifications that it’s about to rain over my house).

Like the Dark Sky app, Forecast is smooth, attractive, and a pleasure to use. It differs in that it builds and expands upon Dark Sky in profound ways: it promises seven-day global forecasts; offers historical weather conditions; delivers even slicker fluid animations; and adds multiple layers of weather information. There’s also an API for developers. You have to check it out for yourself.

Forecast demonstrates just how polished and pleasant a web app can be. Add it to your home screen on your iOS device, and you’ll swear it’s a native app that you downloaded from the App Store.

I currently use Dark Sky and Garmin’s My-Cast to get my weather on my iOS devices. On the Mac, I often geek out with WeatherSpark (which offers an amazing depth of information, but is lamentably Flash-based). Forecast may displace all of these services.

2012 U.S. Proposed Budget, Visualized

New York Times. It’s much more practical to visually peruse the proposed national budget, although it’s hard to find some of the smaller monetary allotments by sight. You’ll need to search for them. It took me a few minutes to find my employer, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. Relatively, it’s miniscule.