You might have noticed that Facebook sometimes provides you with quick weather summaries. Now the company is doubling down with what is practically a full-fledged weather app built into both the desktop and mobile versions of the social network.
This week the company is rolling out a few updates to help make sure you don’t get caught in the rain. Firstly Facebook will show greater detail in its local weather cards – which show up atop your News Feed – including five day forecasts. More interestingly, perhaps, is the ability to set notifications for these weather alerts so you don’t forget to bring your umbrella on the way out.
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And as my colleague Matt Navarra spotted a week ago, Facebook has been rolling out a dedicated weather section on iOS app, and I’ve recently seen it pop up on Android as well. Facebook tells me a desktop analog is planned for sometime in March.
Facebook has added a new Weather report tool on iOS pic.twitter.com/KNoxyWl4id
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But I’d actually like to see the company take things a step further and leverage its vast collection of users for up-to-the-minute weather reports, and warnings of immediately imminent rain, a la Dark Sky.
Still, given checking Facebook is one of the first things many of us do with our day, I think it’s a welcome update. I don’t always remember to check the weather, so having it built into one of my most commonly used apps feels like a no-brainer.