Weather Underground

| December 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Weather UndergroundSure, your phone comes with a weather app, but that didn’t stop The Weather Channel from coming out with The Weather Underground app for iPhone. The key to understanding this app is to realize that The Weather Channel made the app and they also have their own self-titled app in addition to this. So, you might ask, why would one company who reports the weather have two distinct apps? For a large part, the “underground” designation is what makes this app stand apart from the rest of the weather tools available.

Unlike the regular app from the same parent company, Weather Underground is robust, detailed and packed with features which are designed to get users engaging with their own local weather.

What really sets this weather app apart from the others is the real-time weather data collection sourced from app users in your local community — thus employing a very popular and modern type of gathering resources, known as crowdsourcing. You’ll notice a checkmark and an “x” next to the cloud coverage indicator on the main screen. If you disagree with the shown reading in your specific area, you can simply hit the “x” button and tell the app what the real weather is at that moment. Thanks to the input the app gets from users, it is able to constantly improve weather forecasting without relying solely upon fixed weather measurement stations. Now you and your friends can become weather reporters, at least, to some meaningful degree.

When you open Weather Underground for the first time, you are immediately feasted to a wealth of weather data. You see your current location, temperature, wind speed and direction. You also get a cloud-coverage indication as well as information about precipitation. The Weather Underground app is seemingly trying to give you information more than it is trying to entertain you with pretty pictures.

Fortunately, there is something for everyone in the app, now that they’ve added the video tab. You can actually see live weather reports from Weather Underground TV right within the app in case piecing the data together on your own isn’t quite your thing.

One remarkable feature is the “weather quickie”, which can be found simply by tapping the blue circle on the main screen containing the current temperature. You’ll get a short update like, “Watch out for ice tonight,” or “tomorrow should be warmer than today.” This is great since the weather quickie really tends to tell you the one thing you’re wondering. That is to say, it is able to provide contextual information regarding the time and greater weather conditions at play for any given location.

While it’s not quite as visually appealing as the regular Weather Channel app or the default app that comes with your iPhone, it was never intended to be pretty. This is a weather app for geeks who care about barometric pressure, dew points and knowing which weather station is reporting hail and which station is reporting rain, during a given storm.

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