I don’t think it’s odd at all that I have multiple weather apps on my phone or that one of my favorite gifts ever was an indoor/outdoor thermometer. I’m a total weather junkie. I track rainfall amounts and brag to our relatives in Phoenix when our daily amount of precipitation exceeds their annual rainfall!
When I learned about a new severe weather app, I figured it was a sign from heaven and I downloaded it immediately. Storm by Weather Underground is the ultimate weather app and lives up to its claim, “The best app for the worst weather.”
Storm came in handy yesterday when my 14 year old son was set to go kayaking with his buddy. He was ready with extra water, sunblock, a snack, and a hat – and then Mom checked her Storm app. What I saw on the high resolution radar was pretty ugly. Splotches of pink, red, and orange indicated that a line of severe weather was headed our way and approaching quickly. I could tell from the high resolution radar that my son would be well out on the river when the storm hit and far from help.
I had to break the news to him that I was putting the kibosh on the kayak trip and just a short time later, when the massive storm hit, he and his friend were ensconced in our family room with hot pizza. Storm’s advance storm tracking saved the day.
In our neck of the woods, we take weather pretty seriously. Just this year, rainfall in Texas has hit record amounts in many areas. Homes have been flooded, businesses permanently destroyed, and as much as I enjoy my life as an amateur meteorologist, weather can get pretty serious, quickly. It’s important to stay ahead of the storm so you can prepare for it.
The Storm app has a number of features you’ll be impressed with. It’s designed to track extreme weather, in particular, so if you live in tornado or hurricane country or have to deal with any type of storms, you’ll appreciate these:
- Global Radar, which accesses data from the national network of NEXRAD radar sites.
- Lightning View, which tracks lightning strikes within 100 miles around (Continental U.S. only)
- A detailed analysis of impending storms – you know where they’re coming from and where they’re headed.
- A customizable map screen with highest resolution radar
- “Information galore,” according to my husband.
Storm provides weather information and data at levels suitable for everyone. If all you really want to know is, “Should I wear a jacket or take an umbrella today?” Storm has you covered with daily and hourly forecasts. But if you’re a weather junkie like me, you can delve deeply into extensive charts that detail things like cloud cover, dewpoint, and “feels like” temperatures.
With the occasional tornado warning, I’ll be able to get storm tracks, radar, and up to the minute watches and warnings.
This is the most detailed weather app I’ve ever used.
I have it downloaded on my Android phone as well as on my mini iPad. I love having massive amounts of weather info handy on my smartphone, but I have to admit, the experience on my larger mini iPad is glorious. Check out this screenshot:
Weather junkies, rejoice! And now go download Storm!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Weather Underground. The opinions and text are all mine.
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