September 27, 2013
By Benét J. Wilson
With the advent of fall, I felt the change of seasons deserved another review of five more weather apps. Past reviews of weather apps were done on Nov. 1, 2012; Feb. 19; and June 18. These are not endorsements of any app.
DTC DUAT (free in iTunes and Google Play)—This smartphone/tablet app gives users quick and easy access to the DUAT system to file flight plans, get a weather briefing, check weather graphics, and more. The data covers information for the contiguous United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean.
Flight Weather ($1.57 in Google Play)—Users of this smartphone app have access to information on 4,770 airports in 193 countries. The app is searchable by name or ICAO code, and users can create a list of favorites or view the airport in Google Maps. Users can also retrieve and decode METAR observations and terminal aerodrome forecast (short and long) reports.
Storm Shield Weather Radio ($4.99 in iTunes and Google Play)—This app allows users to turn their smartphones into a NOAA emergency weather radio. You can then get storm-based alerts for tornado, hurricane, flood, thunderstorm, winter storm seasons, and other life-threatening weather events via voice and push notification.
AirReport Pro-METAR & TAF ($2.95 in Google Play)—Here's a smartphone app that lets users view up-to-date METAR and TAF reports via a user-friendly dashboard. The information, which comes from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration website, can be viewed raw or decoded. Airport weather stations can be searched by ICAO, IATA, or name.
Raindar (free on Google Play)—This smartphone/tablet app shows animated Doppler radar on Google Maps for the United States. The app is color coded, with green, yellow, or red for rain and blue or white for snow.
You may have noticed an increased number of Google Play apps reviewed this week. Thanks to you all for sending them in. I want to continue to highlight apps on the Android (and iTunes too), so please send them to me here. You can see the complete list of apps I’ve already reviewed here.
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