While I generally do a really good job of keeping up with the weather conditions outside of my home, I can’t say that I have ever considered what the conditions inside my home might be like, beyond whether it was cool or hot enough for comfort, of course. That’s all changed since I’ve been testing the Netatmo Weather Station. Continue Reading
Checking the weather compulsively is not considered odd where I live, and when people talk about what the weather is doing, it’s not just to make idle chit-chat. It’s also common for locals to measure and record their rainfall to the hundredth of an inch, and many use sophisticated tools like the Oregon Scientific Ultra Precision Weather Station.
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Are you sick of winter yet? Have you been stuck inside for days? Does the sight of your snowshovel make you do a full body shudder? Cheer up with this hilarious video highlighting the dangers and pratfalls of all things wintry, snowy and icy! Hat tip to Severe NJ Weather for sharing this video instead of more bad snow news.
When I was a kid, the concept of ‘wind chill’ was new; the National Weather Service didn’t start reporting it until the 1970s, and it took a while longer to become popular with news viewers. Now it has evolved into ‘Real Feel’ or ‘Feels Like’ rather than just ‘Wind Chill’. Either way, Apple’s Weather app doesn’t have a clue.
Many times when we discuss Eton we refer to their excellent line of outdoor-focused emergency radios, with flashlights, phone chargers, and solar panels all built-in so you can be in touch no matter what is happening in the world. Eton doesn’t just want you to be on top of the weather when you are out in it, they want you to be able to track “climate events” from the safety of your own home. And while we all have smartphones and a ridiculous number of weather apps at our disposal, Eton offers the ZoneGuard Weather Alert Clock Radio, a stand-alone way to track the weather and important weather-related alerts. Is it worth having a dedicated radio/alert clock in the age of smartphones and tablets? Read on to find out! Continue Reading
Weather buffs and iPad users rejoice! AccuWeather has a new free weather app, you want it. Never be in the dark about your local weather conditions again with loads of detailed weather information enough to satisfy the budding meteorologist., and comes with a lot of bells and whistles and eye-candy. For iPad 3 owners, AccuWeather takes advantage of the iPad’s crisp Retina display. A cool new feature of the weather app is its user-configurable design schemes so that AccuWeather displays weather data the way
New features include:
- Complete iCloud synchronization of locations and settings between multiple iOS devices and the AccuWeather App for iPhone and iPod touch.
- Simplified interface providing an easy comparison of more weather information.
- Faster navigation and improved support for landscape and portrait orientations.
- Advanced hurricane center that lets you track the latest storms.
- Social media sharing through Facebook and Twitter.
- Customizable design themes with the water color painting and classic black backgrounds.
- Full support for the Retina display on the new iPad.
Continued core functionality includes:
- Accurate and local forecasts for 2.7 million locations worldwide. Updated every hour, forecasts have detailed hourly forecasts for the next 24 hours, plus day and night forecasts and information for the next 15 days.
- For worldwide locations, when AccuWeather forecasts snow, ice, rain, wind, or the probability of thunderstorms in the next three days, an orange exclamation point is displayed on the location’s 15-day forecast screen.
- Exclusive lifestyle forecasts that show how current conditions affect specific health risks or even your favorite outdoor activities.
- Current weather conditions constantly updated with the very latest humidity percentages, visibility, UV index, wind speed gusts and direction, times for sunrise and sunset, and RealFeel® – AccuWeather’s exclusive weather forecasting system that analyzes multiple conditions to determine how the local temperature actually feels, which may be warmer or colder than the temperature, depending on these conditions.
- Radar for all of North America and worldwide satellite overlaying interactive Google Maps™.
- Current news and weather videos, with many available in both English and Spanish.
- Multiple location storage.
- Choice between metric or imperial units, and either a 12-hour or 24-hour time display.
As I mentioned earlier, AccuWeather for iPad is free, and can be found at the App Store.
I admit it, I am a weather freak. Part of this is due to the fact that most of my job requires being outside and weather plays a huge factor in how my day or games will go. Another part is due to living in Kansas for a few years as a young kid. Basically, I was scared into learning and being interested in weather. Our county is currently in a drought worse than was experienced during the dust bowl and there does not seem to be any relief in the near future. Yesterday evening we were still at 100 degrees at 6:30 pm. Weather has been dominating our lives it seems lately. With that said, I am always looking for new ways to get weather updates. I even have a weather folder on the home page of my iPhone. I came across a free app called Weather Doodle that takes a unique approach to providing weather information.
Weather Doodle is weather as beautiful, animated art.
Suns rise. Clouds glide into view. Raindrops, snowflakes and hail fall from the sky. The wind blows. All in a gorgeous, whimsical art style. And when you’re ready to see something different? Just download new art from within the app and experience an entirely new look with new animations. It’s simple, beautiful, intuitive, and more fun than a weather app has a right to be.
Why stare at a boring list of temperatures when your weather can come to life as art? Weather doodle brings current weather and forecasts to your IOS device as a universal app presenting the information with animated artwork using three gorgeous themes. The art will reflect the current weather and time.
The default view is the current temperature along with the artistic rendition of the current conditions. As you can see, it is going to be a long day here in South Texas since it is almost 90 degrees before noon. There are five locations to save and view the weather and each can be seen by swiping the screen. The i button on the bottom right allows settings to be changed to your preferences. The Facebook button will share the current information through Facebook, Twitter or email. The other three buttons actually change what information you see.
The button on the bottom left of the screen toggles extra information. You can compare the two screenshots above and see that condition description, wind speed and humidity have been added to the screen by tapping the button. The same occurs for the forecast view which you will see below.
The forecast view displays a five day outlook for the weather beginning with the current day. Artwork to match the weather is also present along with high and low temperatures. Again, added information can easily be toggled on and off.
Looks like the air conditioners will be running overtime this week down here! The app is simple and gorgeous and works the same regardless of the art theme chosen. The theme you see above is called Paperscape and comes standard with the free application. Two other themes are currently available, each costing $.99.
See the weather come alive as a world of layered paper collages! Translucent paper clouds flow in front of a paper moon. Paper lightning strikes. Paper hail falls and bounces off paper hillsides.
The Eurocarta theme is inspired by the ancient art of cartography. Explore your App in a whole new way as you watch the beautiful engravings bring the weather to life.
See the weather emerge as colored block prints on a rich wooden surface. It’s like combining a stamp set, cans of paint and a time-lapse camera.
Weather Doodle is fun for anyone wanting to add some style and art to their daily weather information. It is simple to use and the graphics are beautiful. The developers have three art styles available but promise more to come in the near future. Get current temperatures with or without conditions and forecast quickly and easily. The app connects to the nearest weather station with the ability to save five locations. Us the app on any IOS devise since it is a universal app. It looks stunning on the iPad by the way. Go check out Weather Doodle here in the app store. Get the Paperscape theme for free and buy new themes for $.99.
What I like: Unique way to display the weather in fun and animated artistic themes. It is fun.
What could be improved: I would rather see a pack of themes or $.99 rather than each one at that cost.
As much as I love living in the rural countryside, there are certain products and services which I would like to use – but simply can’t. One of them is the new, which not only tells the time with dual alarms, it also wakes you to an animated weather forecast for that day and the next.
• Intuitive “Pop-Up” alarm buttons are visual status indicators, easy to set and use.
• Network connected clock is always accurate and never needs setting.
• Integrated 2-Day weather forecast provided by AccuWeather.com for 150 U.S. locations.
• 25 character text display provides additional weather information and details.
• No PC, WIFI, or Internet connection necessary, automatically receives data from the FREE Ambient wireless network.
If you are curious about whether the Flurry will work where you live, you can check forecast locations here. If you’re good to go, then you can get yours at now, for a suggested retail price of $129.99., and check to see if you’ll have signal coverage
I have a number of weather apps on my iPhone. Overall, they are OK, but I’ve generally had two complaints: 1) They never seem to be as accurate as the information I find at the Weather Underground, and 2) They always seem to want to display the temperature in Fahrenheit OR Celsius, but never both at the same time! I grew up in Detroit where they often broadcast both (because Detroit is on the Canadian border). Additionally, I have friends all over the world. It’s nice to be able to talk about today’s weather without having to reset all the setting on my weather app!
Enter All Weather. This application, from Steve Parker, is actually endorsed by the people at Weather Underground. Better than that – it displays the current temperature (as well as wind chills/heat indexes) in both Fahrenheit and Celsius. Let’s take a look at how it does in general.
It’s inevitable…you’re sitting on your couch, relaxing with your tivo and your xbox…when you realize you need to <gasp> go outside! But what is the weather like? How will you know whether to wear your crocs or your docs? You could get up and go outside, but that takes effort. Luckily for you, Epocware has the excellent utility Handy Weather so you can check the weather from your Symbian phone before you have to leave the couch. Continue Reading
Description from the developer:
Leave it to The Weather Channel, the most trusted brand in weather, to deliver the perfect weather application for your active lifestyle! This highly customizable application has everything you need to stay warm, safe and dry whether you’re heading across the country, across town or across campus.
• Location-based conditions and forecasts
• Fully customizable weather maps
• Local, National and International video forecasts
• Local and national severe weather alerts
• Share Alerts and Forecasts via email
• Store and nickname your favorite locations
When outside or planning to go outside, checking the current weather conditions is usually the first thing I do. With WeatherBug for Android , it’s a simple swipe and a tap to find out what is going on outside.
The WeatherBug app is a lot like the desktop counterpart. It has the current temperature in the notification area and it will optionally use the integrated GPS to change it’s location automatically. That is a fantastic idea and one I use a lot when traveling through the greater Columbus area. Continue Reading
Every summer, outdoor chefs in neighborhoods are firing up their charcoal, propane, or natural gas outdoor grill. Roll down the car window on any weekend evening in towns across America and most likely the smell of hamburgers, steaks or BBQ ribs will arouse the saliva glands.
Whether you are having a neighborhood get-together, summer party or cooking outdoors to avoid heating up the kitchen, undercooked or overcooked food is always a grill master’s challenge. If you cut the meat, the flavor of the juices run out; raising the lid on the grill loses the temperature, and worse, serving undercooked meat is not good for one’s belly or reputation.
The key to good grilling is to monitor the temperature for perfection. If you like to cook (and eat) like me, the Oregon Scientific AW131 Grill-Right Wireless Talking BBQ/Oven Thermometer is a must.
Pull up a chair, grab a drink and let’s take a look…