Some mobile weather apps show that simplicity, well done, can be immensely satisfying. The Weather Channel's proprietary app is practically ubiquitous, and rightly so: It's available for just about every mobile gadget with cell service or an Internet connection. It may not be as fast as some of the previously mentioned apps, and the feature list is less fancy. But it's free, easy to use, intuitive and quickly comfortable.
Features vary slightly, from Android to Apple to BlackBerry formats, but the basics remain the same. And, yes, these features are pretty basic. Users can see stats such as current temperatures, precipitation, wind, UV index, sunrise and sunset, all tailored to current and preferred locations. Radar maps are updated regularly; weather alerts are provided for saved areas. All are set upon the soothing bright blue that'll be instantly familiar to anyone who's ever seen The Weather Channel on TV, anytime, ever. True, this mobile weather app probably won't satisfy the storm hobbyists -- it's not quite as quick, the data sets aren't specific enough -- but like on television, The Weather Channel's app meets the needs of the masses. When you're deciding what to wear to work, or growing wary of that rapidly darkening sky, the Weather Channel app can quickly provide the information you need.
For more information about mobile weather apps and other related topics, follow the links below.
- Android Market. "Blue Skies Live Wallpaper." 2011. (Aug. 7, 2011) https://market.android.com/details?id=fishnoodle.clouds_free&feature=more_from_developer
- Android Market. "Snowfall Live Wallpaper." 2011. (Aug. 7, 2011) https://market.android.com/details?id=fishnoodle.snowfall_free&feature=more_from_developer
- Android Market. "Storm Chase Buddy." 2011. (Aug. 7, 2011) https://market.android.com/details?id=sites.google.com.martinmafiaorg.spchelper&feature=search_result
- Android Market. "The Weather Channel." 2011. (Aug. 7, 2011) https://market.android.com/details?id=com.weather.Weather&feature=search_result
- Android Market. "Thunderstorm Live Wallpaper." 2011. (Aug. 7, 2011) https://market.android.com/details?id=fishnoodle.storm_free&feature=search_result
- Apple App Store. "RadarScope." 2011. (Aug. 7, 2011) https://market.android.com/search?q=RadarScope&so=1&c=apps
- Base Velocity. "RadarScope." 2011. (Aug. 7, 2011) http://www.basevelocity.com/RadarScope/support_mac/index.php#content/faq.html
- BlackBerry App World. "BeWeather." 2011. (Aug. 7, 2011) http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/1062
- iTunes App Store. "The Weather Channel for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store." 2011. (Aug. 7, 2011) http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-weather-channel/id295646461?mt=8
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