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Poncho
She shoulda checked with Poncho.

File this under “non-annoying things in your inbox”: a friendly cartoon cat who tells you whether or not you need to wear a jacket today.

Our East Coast friends said we’d love Poncho the weather cat, and they were right. Since the recent Chicago launch of the online personalized-forecast service, we’ve been giggling at his sassy--but useful--everyday tips.

Sign up for an account here and tell Poncho what he needs to know about your life: where you live, whether or not you have a pet that needs to go out, your pollen allergies, how you commute and more.

You can opt to get alerts via email, text or both. When they come, here’s what to expect: funny subject lines, reliable info about temps and precipitation in your area, hilarious gifs, cute kitty emojis and up-to-the-minute reminders to grab your sunglasses or raincoat.

Basically, it’s like the Weather Channel but with a sense of humor, which we’ll definitely need if this year is another blizzaster.

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