A fabulous iPhone weather app….

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20130418-210538.jpgI love my iPhone apps – especially my weather apps, it probably has something to do with being British and our obsession with the weather.

I have one particular app that I rely on – WeatherPro – it is pretty accurate and has lots of useful data (well I think it’s useful). The data provider is also European based, so this helps greatly with it’s accuracy. The downside? It’s rather monotone in design (very blue and yellow) so is not particularly pretty to look at!

20130418-210646.jpgBut, every so often an app appears in the app store that moves things along and is amazing. When it does it has to be added to my iPhone – Flipboard was a classic example, it is lovely to use and look at, but up until now there hasn’t been a weather app of the same calibre.

Until now that is – Yahoo have just released their new weather app, and it is just lovely, pure eye candy, and it has lots of data all presented in a gorgeous way. The opening screen presents a simple set of data (current temperature, description of the current weather etc) over a photo of the weather location.

20130418-211019.jpgScrolling down provides an hourly scrollable forecast, a five day forecast, wind speeds (shown by animated revolving windmills), plus a radar map of the area to show rainfall etc.

But my favourite bit is at the bottom of the page – an animated graphic that shows the time from sunrise to sunset, and the current position of the sun in its arc across the sky!

The app also uses photos from Flicker which relate to the location you are looking at (randomly chosen as far as I can tell) – it is amazing and makes the Apple weather app – which I haven’t used for years as it is so bad – look even more rubbish!

It is worth downloading – do it!


The weather – an obsession?

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I am a self-confessed ‘follower’ of the weather. I love my weather apps and have been using them for years (well before the current app growth). Over the period I have used various programmes (as they were known before they became apps).


My old favourite was Pocket Weather which I used for years on my pocket pc devices, it was able to draw down various weather feeds such as the BBC (always a good source?) and more importantly got the current weather via the METAR system, this provides hourly readings from weather stations (normally airfields, and is very accurate) .

When I moved to iPhone I lost pocket weather and had to find an alternative that was nice to use but also accurate. This was not as easy as it might sound as many of the weather apps (the apple one being an example) take their weather from US feeds which are unbelievable inaccurate on UK weather.

So after trying a number I settled upon Weatherpro which is accurate and easy to use – or has been to date!

Subsequently my old favourite Pocket Weather has come to iPhone and iPad so I use that as well (and I am involved with beta testing it again which is fun).

that's more like it!

However, when a weather app gives me an ‘unusual’ weather result I find it strangely un-settling, and this happened yesterday morning! It is currently very cold so when I looked at Weatherpro in the morning to see it say it was 2C was a surprise to say the least! I checked on Pocket Weather and it was much better minus 2C! And it is not just a matter of the minus being missed, it was 4C the evening before (but was actually below freezing)

My faith in Weatherpro has been shaken! This also has brought home to me what a sad person I must be when it comes to the weather (although I believe this is a ‘national trait’?) Is it normal to check the weather on your phone as soon as you wake up in the morning and before you draw the curtains?