Which Weather Apps?

Jul 12, 2006
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I'm curious as to everyone's go-to weather app for the phone/tablet. While I know nothing about the weather, how it's predicted or forecasted, I find myself obsessed with having so many weather apps installed on my phone, none of which ever seeming to agree on current conditions or the forecast.
 

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For what it's worth to your decision, I always use the TV broadcasts in the morning to see what the weather is for the day. It's very reliable. When I'm in the field, I don't care 'except' when there is heavy weather on the horizon. For that, I use the $10 (one time pay) App that Boyd told me about: RadarScope. It's quick to just flip it on to see if storms are on the horizon.
 

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Boyd

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I have the weather underground app on my phone, but rarely use it. I check the weather a couple times a day on the National Weather Service website on my computer at home. Like Bob, Radarscope is pretty much the only weather-related app that I use on my phone.

FWIW, the boydsmaps app has a feature that fetches the 5-day forecast for your location on the map from the NWS servers. It also downloads a current radar image from the nearest NEXRAD site (typically KDIX or KDOX in the pines). But the NWS servers are pretty busy and you sometimes need to try a few times to get the forecast. There have also been some issues fetching the radar image, although it's been more reliable recently. Use the button that looks like a sun on the toolbar in the desktop version or main menu on the mobile version.

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For what it's worth to your decision, I always use the TV broadcasts in the morning to see what the weather is for the day. It's very reliable. When I'm in the field, I don't care 'except' when there is heavy weather on the horizon. For that, I use the $10 (one time pay) App that Boyd told me about: RadarScope. It's quick to just flip it on to see if storms are on the horizon.
Been using RS for several years, as a Tier-1 subscriber @ $9.99 a year or something like that. Great for radar, but does nothing for forecasting or current weather conditions.
 
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I have the weather underground app on my phone, but rarely use it. I check the weather a couple times a day on the National Weather Service website on my computer at home. Like Bob, Radarscope is pretty much the only weather-related app that I use on my phone.

FWIW, the boydsmaps app has a feature that fetches the 5-day forecast for your location on the map from the NWS servers. It also downloads a current radar image from the nearest NEXRAD site (typically KDIX or KDOX in the pines). But the NWS servers are pretty busy and you sometimes need to try a few times to get the forecast. There have also been some issues fetching the radar image, although it's been more reliable recently. Use the button that looks like a sun on the toolbar in the desktop version or main menu on the mobile version.

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WU was great, prior to being purchased by TWC sometime back.
 
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These are the current ones I've been dabbling with. I find myself using the built-in Android weather app, along with RS and RadarNow for the most part.

More recently, I've found myself focusing on directly interacting with the NOAA website.
 

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WU was great, prior to being purchased by TWC sometime back.

I don't much care for them anymore either. I used them from just about the beginning, in the 1990's when you would use the unix telnet program to connect to a special address that would spit a text weather forecast back at you (this was before they had a website). We thought that was pretty cool back then. I put an icon on my wife's Mac that would open a terminal window, connect to their telnet server and show the weather. Years later, after we had separated, I set her up on a new laptop. Checked back to see if everything was OK and she said I forgot her "weather icon".

I had no idea what she meant at first, since everybody was using the website by then. When I realized what she meant I chuckled and told her to use the website, but she still wanted her "weather icon"! :D

Weather Underground has an interesting history, they were eventually acquired by IBM.

 
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They probably have an app but I use accuweather off web for Doppler radar. Plays past few hours and guestimates the next few. Use it because it seems to load faster than others.
 
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