Update: Keeping Tabs on the Weather With the iPad

On June 6, 2010 I wrote a post about how I use the iPad to keep tabs on the weather.  In the three months since that article I have found two other applications that I think are worth mentioning.RadarScopeRadarScope displays images from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) NEXRAD radar system comprised of over 140 sites.  NOAA makes weather data available every five to 10 minutes depending on what type of weather is in the coverage area of the radar.  Besides a wonderful display you can view watches and warnings, view radar loops, and use standard gestures to zoom in (stretch), zoom out (pinch), and scroll (drag) to get the view you want.  Besides being able to view warning polygons on the map and select various radar products, you can also see storm spotters in the vicinity.StormSpotter

StormSpotter also displays weather data from NEXRAD radar sites, allows you to view warning polygons and warnings, use standard gestures to customize your view, and select various radar products.  While it does not offer storm spotter location access or reporting, it does use Google maps as its maps, so you have access to the three map types.  The application pulls updates every three minutes and allows you to pull data for multiple radars plus the warnings.

While the applications stack up quite comparatively in terms of features, they provide slightly different views of the weather picture.  There are some storm elements that I find easier to view on the RadarScope map since it has a black background, while the StormSpotter map is nice to have to see how the storm relates to a specific intersection on a map.  I also find that, depending on the storm and how busy their data feeds are, one application may update prior to the other one, which can be beneficial if you are looking for up to the minute data.

Check out these applications, and check back soon for a similar review of Android weather applications.

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September 28, 2010  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: Technology