Google Thinks Queen Anne is in Las Vegas

I solved a mystery this week that has been puzzling me for a while.

Before heading outside, I would jump onto Google and type “weather 98109”. 98109 is the zip code for the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle. As the temperatures started dropping in Seattle, I noticed Google was returning higher temperatures than the other weather sites. At one point a few weeks ago, it was 45 F in my neighborhood, yet Google was saying it was 72 F. In order to get accurate weather, I started entering the Lake Union zip code (98102), which connects to the East.

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Then I accidentally entered my zip code of 98109 and clicked the Map link and what do I see? Las Vegas. All the surrounding zip codes work fine. I discovered a bug with Google.

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These two zip codes touch each other, yet Google thinks they are many miles apart.

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I’ve reported bugs to Google in the past regarding Blogger and never received a single reply.

If I were a business owner in the 98109 zip code, I’d report this immediately. You are probably losing business due to this bug.

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UPDATE (4/5/2009): Google FINALLY fixes this bug. Details in Leaving Las Vegas – Google Returns Queen Anne to Seattle.

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