Weather tracking technology has become increasingly sophisticated in recent years. Thanks to advanced technology, companies such as Map Forensics can help you track storms and hail swathes, which is useful if you are in the business of repairing storm damage.
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The same technology can also help us in other ways. For example, if you have a BBQ planned, good weather is essential. Catching the weather forecast in the evening will give you a good indication of what is in store for the following day, but apps are better if you need up to the minute information while you are out and about. Here are some of the best weather apps for smartphones and tablets, so be sure to download at least one of them.
The hurricane forecaster app is a simple – and free – hurricane-tracking app. The app pulls data from the US National Hurricane Center and predicts how likely you are to experience hurricane force winds in your current location. The app also has push notifications, so if you need to know whether a major storm is brewing, the app will put an alert on your device.
If you are visiting the UK, you should definitely download the Met Office app. The UK Met Office issues all weather forecasts in the UK, so it is the best place to go if you need up-to-the-minute weather forecasts. The Met Office app is easy to use. You can select a location to track, or check out the latest national weather forecasts. The app also includes weather warnings and other useful data.
AccuWeather for iOS
The AccuWeather app for iOS is a great all-round weather-tracking app. The app provides detailed weather forecasts based on your current location. There is also a 15-day tracking feature, so if you need detailed information for the next two weeks, you can add forecasts to your device calendar. Like the Met Office app, the AccuWeather app also features weather warnings, including tornado alerts.
The Weather Underground app works on iOS and Android. This app uses data from the NEXRAD radar network, plus information from more than 200,000 weather stations all over the world. The data is combined to create detailed forecasts that are accurate and trustworthy.
The RainAware app is ideal if you need a short-term forecast for your local area. So, if you want to know whether it’s going to rain in the next few hours, this is a great app to try. The app uses radar imagery to track storms and weather systems, so it’s pretty accurate – or as accurate as any weather forecast ever is!
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) app isn’t free, but if you need detailed information pertaining to the weather, it’s definitely worth stumping up a few dollars for this app. This app gives you detailed satellite imagery and plenty of customizable options. For weather buffs or outdoor pursuit’s fanatics, this is a smart app to have.
No weather forecast is ever 100% accurate, all of the time, so don’t rely too heavily on your weather tracking apps.