The WeatherBug application is a service that provides real-time weather information to smart phone users. The service runs a continuous monitor on the weather throughout the world, you can easily view weather data from nearly anywhere in the country.
The best feature of the app is the notification service. Once a location is set (either by the user current position or manually choosing), the current temperature is displayed in the notification bar. If you drag down the notification bar the current temperature and forecast are both displayed. There is no need to open the app; the data refreshes periodically. Best of all, there was no noticeable hit on battery life from this service. This feature sets a new standard for weather apps because it just makes sense.
WeatherBug also offers a plethora of other features.
- Saving Multiple Location Preferences
- Weekly, Daily, and Hourly Forecasts
- Google Maps with Satellite, Radar, Temperature Overlay
- Live Webcam Feeds and WeatherBug Video Forecasts
- Weather Alerts
WeatherBug was one of the best first mobile apps to hit the online. WeatherBug is sophisticated in that it adjusts to the user. It offers the basic information you want, but its easy use will entice you to discover the deeper features. Simply put, it has become the sole weather app.
WeatherBug- Android App
WeatherBug for Android uses real-time neighborhood-level weather information to create better forecasts and provide the fastest and most targeted mobile warnings for where people live and work. Powered by Earth Networks, the operator of the largest weather monitoring and lightning detection networks, WeatherBug for Android lets users Know Before with live weather data – in addition to hourly and extended forecast information for favorite locations and plenty of customized weather tools to keep mobile users informed and alerted.
WeatherBug makes full use of Android, interacting with other applications seamlessly. At any point you can take a screenshot of what you are seeing and send it via Gmail, Picasa, MMS, or android. All methods work as expected.The UI is well executed. Smooth animations, icons, and readable text make navigating simple and fluid. The maps section has an overlay displaying radar, temperature, or satellite imagery that is impressive, even letting the user specify the opacity of the layer in real-time. Screen space is well utilized (except the banner link to their webpage at the top).
What I Like About This App? WeatherBug is chocked full of information. Being that there is so much of it, the interface is very organized. Lesser apps would make you feel overwhelmed by the amount of data at your fingertips, but WeatherBug on android makes you feel like you’ve been using it for years.
WeatherBug for Android (ad supported) is available at no cost on Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.aws.android. WeatherBug Elite for Android (without ads) is available for $1.99 on Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.aws.android.elite. Learn more about the WeatherBug app family at http://weather.weatherbug.com/about-us.html.
WeatherBug- iPhone App
There are any number of weather programs available on the App Store (I count eight as of this writing), but WeatherBug is arguably the most prominent (as well as one of the cheapest). Long popular as a Windows desktop app, WeatherBug also makes an OS X Dashboard widget and menu bar application. Last year, the company created a Web application aimed at iPhone users. So it’s little surprise that they’ve decided to jump on the native application bandwagon.
The iPhone version of WeatherBug allows you to track weather in three different locations around the world, which you can enter via ZIP code, city and state, or city and country. WeatherBug can also take advantage of the iPhone’s location services to add your current location. For most locations, WeatherBug will give you a list of weather stations it knows about in the vicinity, along with information about how close they are to the target you specified.Once you’ve picked your locations, WeatherBug provides detailed reports on current conditions at the weather station, including temperature (only in Fahrenheit; there’s no option for Celsius), highs and lows, precipitation, wind speed, heat index, humidity, and dew point. There’s also a three-day forecast with highs and lows and an icon representing general weather (sunny, cloudy, rainy). Tapping on any of the days will display a written mini-forecast for that day, along with arrows that let you view consecutive days. Though the main screen displays only the next three days, using those arrows allows you to go up to a week in the future—but that feature isn’t immediately obvious; I found it by chance.
WeatherBug for iPhone is a great way to see what the weather is doing at a glance, and it appears that most locations have at least two or three different camera angles. The forecast video is also well done and typical of something you would see on a national weather show.
As much as people make fun of me for turning to my iPhone for the weather, it’s helped me avoid any number of climate-related mishaps. Wearing jeans in 95° heat, for example. Or remembering to bring a raincoat to the baseball game.
WeatherBug for iPhone and mac is available at no cost on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/weatherbug-local-weather-radar/id281940292?mt=8. Learn more about the WeatherBug app family at http://weather.weatherbug.com/about-us.html.