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Rain or shine? Get it online

Mon, 01/15/2001 - 7:00pm
Karen Kessler-Tanaka

Are you losing faith in the ancient weatherman your local station has kept around since you were watching Captain Kangaroo? Get online instead. Intellicast.com and Time Warner Cable have launched Broadband Weather, a new online service that delivers sophisticated weather information especially suited for high-speed Internet access because of the types of graphics and images the service offers. Intellicast.com is an online weather site for outdoor recreation enthusiasts.

Time Warner's Portland, Maine, system is the first to get the new service because it has the highest percentage of cable modem users within its service area of any Time Warner Cable system. Time Warner expects to offer this service to more of its systems.

Maine weather watchers can see comprehensive atmospheric modeling services for complete and up-to-date local weather information based on data using Intellicast.com's Predictor. Along with hourly forecasts showing variations based on localities, users will be able to view on demand video forecasts delivered by a weather presenter of local as well as national forecasts.

``It combines the best features of the Web and television. Users will be able to get highly local, television-quality graphics and video, all on demand, 24 hours a day, seven days a week,'' said Ken Kaulbach, general manager of Intellicast.com, in a statement. ``Our precise Predictor forecasts will enable them to determine when the sky will clear, what time the rain will change to snow, when the winds will shift direction — all for their locality.''

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