I have used FSS since 1962. They are still very polite folks, but it seems like all they can do is read stuff off of a computer screen. I can get more of an overview from the stupid newspaper.
I have tried the FAA computer sites, but they too are set up for METAR/TAF, whatever that is. I used to be able to get the big picture from the wad of sequences the dispatchers attached to the release, and dropping in to an FSS would give a wonderful overview, with that full color chalkboard they had and the weather savvy each briefer seemed to have.
What do you guys who do long Cub cross-countries use for extended weather guesstimation? Is a 496 the only answer now?