Okay, I have to admit, sometimes I am a huge pain in the rear and I express it on my blog here. I am really a BIG pain in the rear when something I count on doesn't work because an owner does something that ruins it. Skippy Sky or SkippySky.com is or was a wonderful tool for getting astronomy forecasts for your region. In truth, it WAS my number one choice until today. Today I noticed a stat counter on the site and that stat counter refreshes itself every 30 seconds or so and when it does, I go from being in the NorthWest part of the North America map to being defaulted BACK to the starting point of the SouthEast part of North America. So that means I have to start my entire search over and be quick about it. Well, I don't need that so time for some alternatives. In the following video, you can see one alternative to this annoying situation, Clear Outside. I will also share another. Now if SkippySky wants to go with a different Stat Counter (I have nothing against Stat Counters, I use one but mine doesn't send you back to post one on my site), they can easily remain the top site in my book for astronomical weather. If not, then they will be irrelevant and not used by me and that would be a shame.
See, I guess I am like many others. I rant when I really like and care and use something and something is done that makes it nonfunctional. What is worse, as I show in the video, you can't even hit the contact SkippySky and have a window open up on how to do that! No way to share the information. I hope this reaches the owner(s) somehow so they can choose a stat counter that doesn't impact their clients. That is called good customer service and in the land of tech, it is ALWAYS a good idea to see how something you add or change alters the user ends experience. I don't think the change was made and the owner(s) examined how the stat counter altered their customers experience.
Here is the National Weather Service Website for Salt Lake City. They show an increase in clouds during the day but with strong winds Saturday night. I will probably try to observe tonight and then again on Sunday using this tool This is a GREAT replacement for Skippy Sky IF SkippySky doesn't update their Stat Counter. Okay, my rant is over. No more rant. I have to go pack up and get out to a site and claim it for the weekend so I hope it is clear wherever you are, and that you enjoy seeing the wonders of the sky above!