Weather Underground, a internet weather data and analysis resource, has been sold to The Weather Channel Companies. After 17 years as an independent company, Jeff Masters, the founder of Weather Underground, announced on his blog that The Weather Channel bought Weather Underground, noting that The Weather Channel was committed to keeping the Weather Underground brand and the web site in its current form. While congratulations are in order for Jeff Masters, this is a widely used information source within the disaster response community, and many ask “what will change” and “will they start charging fees”. Let’s hope the answers are “not much” and “no”.
I just hope they don’t change the mobile version of their forecast site – its the only one that displays decently on my BlackBerry.