Google Adds Weather Forecasts

Maps and movie reviews weren't enough for the search giant; Google can now pull up instant weather forecasts, further consolidating a myriad of content into a single search. The new functionality comes as a result of Google's 20% program, which allows its employees to devote one-fifth of their time to a project of their choosing.

By typing "weather" before a city name or zip code, Google will display current conditions and a forecast above search resuts. "As a kid, I would stare for hours at repetitious weather reports on TV. Boring, you say? Not to me - I love weather," said Google software engineer Ben Sigelman. "And since I've worked here, I've wondered why Google doesn't do weather. It seemed like a perfect 20% project for me."


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