As global warming dumps more and more energy into our atmosphere it’s changing our weather from something that used to spoil the family picnic to something that relocate your home on surprisingly short notice.
While you may not be able to do anything about the severity of storms, tornadoes and hurricanes but at least you can get a heads up about threatening weather wherever you happen to be. So while pictures of the devastation in Oklahoma play out on television, maybe this is a good time to take a minute to review some of the top weather apps out there for your mobile life.
You would expect people who make weather their business to have one of the top apps and the Weather Channel does not disappoint. You don’t have to guess when you’ll run into weather problems when you get messages like “Expect rain to start at 3:15.” Track multiple locations, get forecasts, updates and all that in a very attractive mobile application. Also available for iOS.
Get push notifications of weather data, even on tablets with the highly rated AccuWeather app available for both Android and iOS. Find out where extreme weather is happening, anywhere on the planet and get specific forecasts for people with physical limitations such as asthma, allergies, or respiratory illness. Get radar from around the globe and satellite overlays with Google Maps. Dewpoints are another great feature for storm chasers.
LifeHacker called it one of the most attractive and feature packed apps out there and one look and I’m sure you’ll agree. Consistently one of the highest rated weather apps available on Google Play, 1 Weather is loaded with compelling features. Not only can you track multiple locations, 1 Weather will track where you are and bring the weather data for your current location. Live animated radar and extreme weather warnings. Sorry iPhone users, currently only available for Android.
Weather Bug Elite ($2.99)
I wouldn’t suggest a paid app unless you were getting some really cool features in exchange. Probably one of the neatest is Spark Alert that turns your smartphone into a lightning detector and gives you up to the minute information on lightning strikes in the vicinity. A must have app for anyone who works outside or on elevated structures. Also available on iOS.
Weather Pro ($2.99)
There’s also a free version but spring for the $3 to get rid of the ads. Weather Pro is for detail people wanting the specifics of wind speed, direction, relative humidity and barometric pressure. Automatically shows your current location and gives you pan and zoom capability. Graphical forecasts and many other features make this a another great choice for monitoring the weather.
We may not be able to stop global warming but at least those punishing storms but at least they don’t have to be a surprise.