Today we’re having another winter storm here in New England. I was getting tired of all the advertising (and third-party tracking cookies) at the Weather Channel web site, weather.com. It finally occurred to me that all the weather alerts weather.com was sending to my cell phone come from the U.S. National Weather Service, and the National Weather Service has its own web site: weather.gov.

You can get all the same up-to-date weather information there, without the glitz and flummery of the Weather.com Web site, and without the advertising and tracking. Somehow it took me years to realize this, so I thought I would share.