With lots of weather apps and services around, there must be something special about the one of choice. It doesn’t have to be some killing feature; an overall impression better than others offer will do too. WeatherBug by GroundTruth has a somehow provocative name; luckily, the only bug in it is found on its icon.
Its home screen called Now is very informative, showing maximum data for this very moment it can collect. As you run the app, you can immediately see the actual current temperature and its feel, weather condition, humidity, dew point, press, wind strength and direction, nearest fire center and lightning, sunrise and sunset time.
By selecting other tabs you can see the hourly forecast for the next week (the closer, the more precise), 10-day forecast, and maps with various weather conditions presented as layers, so you can select what you’re interested in.
The interface is basically the same on iPhone and iPad, with Apple Watch support. The watch app shows only the most essential info on current conditions, like temperature, condition, wind, and UV level. There’s no special face by WeatherBug, though the app is easy to launch and find.
Another feature worth highlighting is alerts. If you select what conditions you should be informed about, the app will forecast when it will rain and notify you beforehand. You can configure alerts in Settings. The app can alert you about dangerous thunderstorm areas you may enter, if chances are you will be caught in a thunderstorm there, so you have some time to change your plans. You can also set up lightning alerts that notify you when lightning strikes within 30 miles of your current location. This is considered high risk. You can see more details on the map, reading the color scheme rating the lightning probability.
Hurricane Center and fire alerts contribute too. There are special modes for winter weather to know when you should take special care of your health. The allergic ones will appreciate built-in pollen maps that help them to predict troubles.
The app works correctly all over the world (at least, in locations covered by Internet and forecast provider). As WeatherBug’s developer, GroundTruth, is a big data provider, there’s no doubt about its coverage and analysis or the data collected.
The free version of WeatherBug is ad-supported. Not that these ads make the app unusable, but they can be removed for $2.99 a year. One subscription covers all Apple devices sharing the same iCloud, so if you have the app across all your devices, you’ll only be charged once.
WeatherBug is quite a good weather app, especially if you own an Apple Watch. It provides all the necessary data worldwide and displays it the right way. Its alert system may save lives (though we rarely know of the saved ones, unlike those not so lucky).
- Worldwide coverage;
- Hourly forecast for the next week;
- Alerts about dangerous conditions (lightning, thunderstorms, fires and so on);
- Map integrated;
- Apple Watch support.
- You don’t need it if the default one covers your demands.