10 iPhone Apps for Tracking StormsNovember 6, 2012 | in Housekeeping
When bad weather strikes, what seems like a simple storm can escalate into a much more severe situation very quickly. Unfortunately, alerts and updates can be hard to come by when those same storms cause power failures and extended outages. If you don’t have access to a battery-powered weather radio, your iPhone can be the link you need to the outside world so that you can accurately track severe weather in order to take cover, should it become necessary.
- Weather Alert USA – One of the most simple interfaces and practical weather tracking applications in the app store, the $3.99 Weather Alert USA app provides thorough and immediate access to weather forecasts and alerts, without a host of complicated – and ultimately useless – features to confuse the process.
- iMap Weather Radio – Voice and push notifications are sent to your device when severe weather threatens if you have this $9.99 app installed. Recommended by CNET and CNN, among other major media outlets, iMap Weather Radio will provide alerts based upon your current location to ensure that you’re informed and prepared to take appropriate action.
- The Weather Channel® – The trusted information brought to you by The Weather Channel is now available to you when power failures render your television useless, thanks to this free app developed by the network. Everything from pollen alerts to storm warnings are available, with more than 200 meteorologists working to make sure that you’re informed and aware of any impending severe weather.
- WeatherAlerts – Watching a real-time radar feed isn’t always easy, especially if you’re not sure how to interpret it without the assistance of an on-air weather personality. For $3.99, WeatherAlerts will immediately notify you when winter storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods or fires threaten your area.
- CodeRED Mobile Alert – Stay ahead of the storm and as far out of harm’s way as possible with this free app, which sends an alert to any users who are within range of a weather advisory that’s been issued by safety officials in the area. Make sure that this app is supported by your local government system and officials before turning to it for any important information, because it isn’t yet universally subscribed to.
- NOAA Weather Radio – Listen to simple weather radio powered by the Weather Underground network with this $3.00 app, which streams NOAA broadcasts, sends push notification when storm systems become severe threats, and alerts subscribers when temperatures edge into dangerous territory.
- NOAA Radar US – If you’d rather watch a simple, real-time radar feed than listen to a blind weather radio broadcast, this $1.99 app might be for you. Choose your own color schemes and suppress false radar echoes to stay on top of a developing system, or simply access seven day forecasts in order to plan your week in accordance with the predicted weather conditions.
- AccuWeather – Voted “Best iPhone App” in the 2012 Mobie awards, this free app is a great way to check the local forecasts. You can also use the animated radar and satellite images to track any developing storm systems.
- CaneCast Hurricane Forecaster – If you live in an area that’s prone to hurricanes, the $0.99 CaneCast Hurricane Forecaster app is one of the best ways to stay on top of details as they become available and to track storm systems that threaten to become damaging, potentially-lethal hurricanes.
- RadarScope – Unless you’re a meteorologist or a well-informed weather enthusiast, you may have trouble decoding the information delivered by the powerful RadarScope application. If you are able to confidently read a powerful radar, however, this $9.99 app may be just what you’re looking for.
Your iPhone is a powerful device, and can help you access the information you need in order to keep your family safe during severe and potentially dangerous weather. Keep in mind, however, that the mobile device’s battery will eventually be depleted if you’re using it to constantly track storms during a power failure. Conserve the life of your battery by closing any apps that are running in the background that aren’t relevant to the weather, and make sure that you always have at least one fully-charged backup battery on hand.← 10 Fun Ways to Get Kids to Help Clean Up | 5 Ways to Use Cranberries in a Centerpiece for Your Thanksgiving Table →
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