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App Review: WeatherBug Elite Brings Weather to Your Fingertips

by Dorothy   on April 27, 2009
Filed under Daily App Reviews, Staff Favorites, Utility

weatherbug1 150x149 App Review: WeatherBug Elite Brings Weather to Your FingertipsWeatherBug Elite by AWS Convergence Technologies is an amazing weather app.  By using your current location (or another location that you choose), it can give you just about anything you want to know about the current or upcoming weather.  Like many of the other weather or time apps, you can input several different cities in which you wish to track the weather.  Each city that you input will bring up a list of weather stations that you can choose to use to track the weather.  Most of these stations are at local schools or airports.  Once you choose a weather station, the app will display current weather information such as temperature, daily highs and lows, humidity, dew point, wind speed and direction, and wind chill.  It will also let you know if there are currently any weather alerts for that area.

At the bottom of the screen there are 5 different icons that take you to different information.  The Conditions page is the first page that you see on any location and gives you the current conditions as described above.  The second icon takes you to the Forecast page where you can view an hourly or 7-day forecast.  The third icon is the Maps icon.  This icon pulls up current radar maps of the area you have pulled up.  You can zoom in on the map, change the opacity of the precipitation shown on the map, and even overlay the map with new types of information.  The app can overlay on the map things such as temperature, pressure, and wind speed among other things.  The Video icon takes you to the WeatherBug video entitled Rachel’s WeatherCast.  This video is a short two minutes and gives the weather highlights for the US, including weather news stories and an overview of the forecast.  The final icon links you to pictures from weather stations in the area.  You can view them either as still shots of the current conditions or as a series of shots taken throughout the day played back as a slide show.

In using WeatherBug Elite, I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of information that I was able to obtain very quickly about the weather in any area of the country.  The user interface is very simple and the information is well-organized and easy to find.  WeatherBug Elite is a very useful app for anyone.

WeatherBug Elite is $0.99 in the iTunes App Store.

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