A Strong Storm Arising
By Closet Meteorologist
Like many of you, at first glance I thought what a letdown and a waste the new Storm App is compared to the older version. Why would anyone put out a newer version that is inferior to their previous product?
The new Storm Radar is an excellent app once you learn to navigate the new system. Just pulling down on the temperature banner provides you with much more in-depth weather data, probably more than the average person cares to see. Wondering about the weather in another place? Just tap on the map and the weather banner for that location appears, no need to search the city name. Need more detail, just slide downward on the banner and get your information. Monitoring storm systems? Add Storm Tracker in the Radar layers section at the bottom of the page. This will provide you Storm tracking data and by tapping on the storm marker, you will be provided all of the storm detail utilized by the meteorologists! The radar layers at the bottom of the page allows you to customize the data and alerts that you wish to receive.
My daily job is heavily impacted by the weather and storms in general. Also, in my duties as a volunteer firefighter I monitor and depend upon accurate data for fire conditions and tracking storms. The Storm Radar tool is one of the top apps on my phone today. Load it and play with it to discover the many options available to monitor the weather the way you choose.
I really liked intellicast, Storm improved in some areas but not not in others. Storm Radar is two steps back in a couple of areas.
Design...It’s not has intuitive and more cumbersome. To get the details on a location, I need to swipe down on the summary, I don’t really like that but it is ok, but when I want to role it up again, i need to swipe up in just the right spot. It is easy to tap on the radar screen again, but this then changes the location of the forecast it is giving me in the summary....Annoying.
On the details page, it give a chart of the daily temperatures, what happened to the summary in words for the next couple days, I found that much more useful. The chart really is not easy to figure out that is going on without close analysis, I would rather read summaries, it was faster then some chart it tries to tell you that the likely hood of raid it going to spike by 40%, 5 days from now for a couple of hours in the afternoon, yeah right...
I recently took a road trip. I should be only giving you alerts for your favorite locations and current location. Instead, it was giving me alerts for locations I had been days previously. It is still giving me those alerts and I have cleared out the recently searched places (some which I never did search on) three times at least.
Bring back the design of storm, it was much more intuitive and more informative at a glance, which is very import. It actually gave you usefully info.
RADAR LOVE!! (Yes, I AM from the '80's!)
By Flying Thumbs
Love this app! The 1st and only app (after trying too many to count!) that ACTUALLY lives up to all the hype... or should I say: You know, it actually does the job it's SUPPOSED to do! (?) LOL
Seriously, you have three types of maps from which to choose, you can choose one of three rates of speed for the animation (slow, normal, or fast), AND as it plays, it has a small graphic in the lower left corner that has a cursor that moves at the same rate of speed & corresponds w/the time of day; you can also pause it at a certain time. I personally love this feature b/c it's MUCH easier for me to tell if will actually be raining or not at a certain time of day where I live; as a rural citizen who spends most of her daylight hours OUTSIDE, this can be a very big deal for me. When I'm able to stop the animation, I can actually see whether or not the rain "mass" is going to reach the 10-15 miles outside of the giant location dot placed on the main city. Also, there are lots of overlays that are very helpful, as well - some, admittedly, I may never actually NEED here in the southern part of the country; however, others may find them very useful, indeed! I personally adore the hurricane feature - WHICH I DO find very useful, unfortunately...
I hope this review, although lengthy, proves helpful!
Slightly worse than the original Storm
By Dylan Purner
As you can see, I gave this app a solid 3 stars for being so far, a fairly decent weather app. However, while this is the next app weather app they are moving onto, from Storm, I feel that some things are missing from the original one. I’m certainly not going to mention everything missing from the original Storm app, but some things include surface winds, current snow amounts on the ground, etc, etc. In turn for the loss of some of these pro features that currently no other weather app has, the new Storm Radar offers future snow accumulation and the ability to select any location to view weather quickly. This is one of the greatest features of the new app, that I have been hoping for, for years in WU Storm, but now it’s here, so that is great! Most of the people on here don’t realize this app does have great potential to be the very best weather app out there, but of course, and as the Weather Channel has suggested, it’s to make investments into this app to make it awesome. So overall, I’m ready for the change to this app, but I will be missing some of the features that I mentioned, but as I also mentioned, I’m sure they will return soon! Then I will update the rating to something higher, but for now, 3 stars is what I currently have rated this. Thank you though for improving to a more modern experience, and committing to creating a great weather app.
Upgrade not good
It is very difficult to navigate and looks horrible. In the original Storm app, you were able to clearly see the week's temperature forecast, and now you have to scroll for it and it is displayed in a fancy graphical format that is absolutely unnecessary. I have not been able to locate any text description of the day's weather. I never had a problem before with accuracy of the weather report using the original storm app, but today, the new app says to expect dry conditions over the next 6 hours, and I had gone outside and it was drizzling. I could not even see the rain radar in the vicinity of my area. I also wanted to mention that the earthquake data was one of my favorite features and in the past, earthquake information was clearly displayed, with different colored icons to distinguish between older or newer quakes, and different sizes of the icons to represent size of quake. If you click on it, you were able to get detailed info on location, time, date, size of quake. In the update, there are none of these types of distinctions (maybe color, but there is no explanation) and when you click on the quake for more info, it only tells you magnitude, time and date...no location. This app is almost unusable and I have to now find an alternative app. What a shame that an update would completely destroy an app that was once one of the best weather apps which I had often shared with my friends. My friends are also now looking for a new app after this upgrade.
Not what I had hoped for
This is not an upgrade from storm. I used storm (like many others) because it was very easy to understand and configure, along with being free in the App Store. Now having recently switched to storm radar, I’m unbelievably confused and fairly disappointed. The watches and warnings are completely different colors, and you don’t have access to many of the other features storm originally had (such as the storm fronts and future forecasts). Also, the new radar system is very finicky. It’s not nearly as smooth as it used to be and is very pixilated the farther out you zoom. I also dislike how lightning strikes show up based on the area you “tapped”, and I much rather prefer seeing the strikes within 100 miles of your location only. The radar also seems to be very demanding in processing power, as I’ve noticed my iPhone 6s has a hard time loading up and displaying the radar, much less play the animation or load in more of the radar after zooming out.
I don’t know what encouraged this upgrade, but it is not one for the better. I hope that since it is still fairly early after the release, there will be much room for improvement. But for now, I don’t see me using storm radar much in the future.
Another thing that I would like to see in the future is an added widget system with this app for iOS devices, since the original storm allowed you to do that.
Nothing on this app is intuitive. Upon opening, the radar map loads the most recent location that you were at. So, if you are like me, and check other location weather after viewing your home town, you'll always have to find a way back upon reopening the app. Not that this is intuitive: there is a home button which serves no function other than let cartographically challenged people know where they live. In order to view the weather/forecast in your hometown, there is a small magnifying glass in the upper right corner that brings up a list of “recent locations”. There ya go!
Mind you, this is one of a myriad of non-user friendly and poorly designed features. Good luck trying to find what the average high and low is for a particular area, i still havnt discovered that. You know how the NWS issues discussions on all briefings? Yeah, thats nowhere to be found either. Hourly forecasting? A bug wipes that out - unviewable.
I played around with this app for a few weeks after being forced to move from the vastly superior “storm” app, and at this point, its an easy delete for me now. I sent my discoveries of bugs and issues to the company after they requested my opinion. No response - no acknowedgment. Ever since wunderground was purchased by TWC, all products have disintegrated in quality. Once a constant visitor and contributor to Dr Masters’ website, i no longer go. Shame. There are so many other better products available out there.
By Justang Sally
This is my very first app review because I generally don’t complain but this app needs work. I used Storm exclusively as my weather app for years. I do some hobby storm chasing and watch the weather year round and felt that storm was the most accurate app out there by far. I liked everything about it. The 10 day forecast and the integrated map were always spot on i felt. One thing I really liked about the forecast was being able to click on a certain day and reading a description and a timeline that was suggested. With the new app, you cant do that. With the weather map itself i could click on a “favorite” location and get a forecast for that location as well. The layers added to the original map were much more customized IMO. Also having to have GPS on at all times is annoying and kills peoples data plans. All I wanted was the GPS to be active when Im using the app but the app wont give me updates and notifications without it being on all the time.
None of these things can be done on the new app. If I have missed something, I apologize to the developers but from what I have seen, the original Storm app should have mever been replaced.
I navigated through the new app that I am “forced” to download for about 2 hours and immediately decided I needed to find another app. It is a bad feeling for me because I loved how accurate the Original Storm app was and felt very comfortable knowing the correct information for that day.
It keeps getting better
By amature IT tech
I originally had the first storm app and loved every bit of it, storm tracks was a major important thing because if you’re in line ( your gps ) of a major storm, you’re fully aware because of its notification and it even tells you how many miles away and how much time you have. Yes I know now most apps have similar, but storm app, if you learn to play with it more, you become a weatherman practically I mean literally really. One time a major storm was heading to my in laws, I was watching it develop and you can read it’s data ( temp, storm elevation, hail size potential, it’s hot index ( the madness of the storm ) and here’s the best part, you can even draw on it, make your own directional mapping idea, and send that to your in laws, tell them to take cover, etc. and they did, as well protected their property from potential loss. Next time they saw you, treated you like a true weatherman, praising you, heck yeah although you’re humble about it and told them the app. Best app I’ve ever owned, and I’m a deaf guy, this app made my name.
Please do get the no-ad settings, must have for better viewing and less distraction. I had it on my old account but old email got locked out, darn hackers.
I downloaded this app awhile ago when it was first promoted on the Storm app, however I rarely used it as I did not like the way the storms/rain looked on the radar and it doesn’t seem to allow you to save cities/locations like the old app. The storms/rain on the app reminds me of old school graphics, not what I would expect with today’s technology. For the locations, I see it shows the most recent locations you have viewed, but would prefer the drop down city/location like the other app. I like the alerts and how it sends when the rain is expected to start, this seems pretty spot on most of the time.
I just realized, from reading someone else’s comment regarding the forecast that this app even had a forecast section. Clicking on the window dropped down more information... sorry not a fan of this. I wish The old app was still active, I liked seeing as soon as I open the app, the hour by hour list and the day by day forecast at the bottom of the screen. Not a fan of the day by day graph of the temps. Maybe an option can be added to allow users to determine how they would like to view this information. For the reasons I’ve mentioned, probably will not use this app much anymore unless some updates are made.
Others have mentioned the ads and rating the app constantly, so far that hasn’t been an issue for me when using the app.