Weather applications are as popular as sound board and Sudoku programs in the App Store. Is there room for yet another weather app? AppThat, the creator of Shine - Weather At A Glance, thinks so. Read on to find out what I think.
Shine delivers exactly what the name of the application says it does. Rather than overload users with screens filled with radar maps, bar charts, histories, videos and dancing icons, Shine is as easy and almost as fast as the native iPhone Weather application. However, unlike the Apple-bundled Weather program, Shine offers 36-hour weather forecasts so you know exactly how to plan your day.
Back when I was a weather geek during the early Mesozoic, we used to hand analyze these charts and hang them on the wall. Now you can get them on your iPhone and loop them (WeatherGeek Pro is available in App store here). Of course, you don't need to spend $4.99 to check out these freely available NWS computer-generated products. They have been available here for years (the site is moving to a newer flash-based version here that likely won't work with iPhone).
We are almost to the end of another hurricane season and so far, it hasn't been all that terrible. Full disclosure here, I am writing this from Vermont and hurricane season is never terrible here, but I still watch with great interest.
The apps in this section fall into two main subcategories. The "general" weather apps have current weather conditions, short term forecasts, and a ten-day forecast. Many of these also include weather radar to help you visualize what's coming your way. Some even let you download photos and stream video, but this can be a big drain on your data allotment. Most use GPS to pinpoint your exact location and display the appropriate weather information. This section also has "specialized" weather apps oriented for activities like surfing, sailing, skiing, and even storm chasing.
There's a lot to like about Seasonality Go ($9.99), a weather app for the iPad. And others must agree, because it's among the top 10 highest-grossing apps (including a stint at number 1). One of the things that sets it apart is all the different ways you can configure it. The app comes with a default interface that is itself quite effective. But you can also add additional screens, choosing from the 7 that they offer. In addition, you can create your own screens, selecting the elements that you'd like to have in your interface.
The built-in Yahoo weather in iOS is okay, but if you are looking for something more robust--an app featuring satellite and radar map looping, METAR, trends, and more--you will want to check out Pocket Weather from SBSH Software.