Computerized Investing > May 26, 2012

Weather Channel iOS App

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by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

Keeping on top of the weather in Chicago has made me the unofficial AAII meteorologist. A look at my iPhone shows that I have a slight obsession with the weather, as I have five weather-related apps installed that I use regularly. These range from free to paid apps and offer everything from general forecasts to specialty radar maps. The reason I have so many weather apps installed is that each does one thing slightly better than the others and none offers everything I am looking for in a single app. Probably the closest I have come is the free Weather Channel app, sponsored by the cable channel of the same name. This app recently went through its first redesign since it was launched in 2008.

The app is divided into multiple tabs: Map, Video, Weather, Social and In Season. The Weather tab, which is the app’s home screen, holds the meat of the app, providing current weather conditions, such as actual and “feels like” temperatures. You can also toggle a drop-down box with additional information such as wind speed and direction, visibility, humidity, UV index and sunrise and sunset times. The wallpaper reflects the current conditions (blue skies, rain and snow, etc.), or you can upload your own image from your photo library. On this tab you will also find sub-tabs for hourly, 36-hour and 10-day forecasts. If there are weather alerts for the location you are viewing, there will be either a red or yellow exclamation point that you can tap. Currently, for Chicago, there is a yellow exclamation point that, when I tap on it, tells me there is a wind advisory, as well as a fire weather warning, for Cook County.

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