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Satellite service DirecTV has dropped The Weather Channel over a fee dispute, affecting about 20 million customers nationwide. Wondering how you'll know whether to take an umbrella on your way to work? USA TODAY Network offers some alternatives for getting your weather forecast.

1) National Weather Service

The government agency provides forecasts and warnings, as well as water and climate data, on its website: www.weather.gov.

2) WeatherNation TV

This 24/7 weather network is available to DirecTV customers. Like The Weather Channel, it offers local, regional and national weather forecasts. The network also offers a live streaming service on Facebook.

3) AccuWeather

The local weather site is getting a 24/7 weather channel in the third quarter of 2014, according to a Jan. 13 company release. AccuWeather said it hadn't planned to make the announcement so soon but decided to push up the announcement in light of the DirecTV and Weather Channel "controversy."

4) Weather Channel apps

Just because you can't watch The Weather Channel, doesn't mean you can't still access its forecasts on your mobile device. Download the network's apps for iPhone, Android or tablet to get the channel's latest weather news.

5) Weather Underground

The site is actually owned by Weather Channel's parent company, which also owns weather sites WSI.com and Intellicast.com. Weather Underground is a well-known source for real-time weather updates.

6) Your local news

Tune in to your local network affiliate to hear from their meteorologists on the forecast.

7) FCC alerts

The Federal Communications Communication's alert system includes severe weather warnings.

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