The complete guide to weather alerts on the iPhone

The complete guide to weather alerts on the iPhone

In the Northern Hemisphere we are in the depths of Winter and Spring will soon follow. At this time of the year, there are often severe thunderstorms and the possibility of tornadoes across the southern states or blizzards in the north. You can use your iPhone to gain advance warning and perhaps even life-saving information.

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The iPhone Weather app - A deceptively simple and beautiful application

The iPhone Weather app - A deceptively simple and beautiful application

The preinstalled Weather app on the iPhone is one of the most beautiful apps around. When you open it to look at the weather, it displays animated representations of weather conditions behind the text. If an area has rain, the graphic shows rainfall; with a thunderstorm, there are thick clouds and periodic lightning strikes that are quite bright. If it is a clear night, there is a beautiful star background with occasional meteors. There are numerous graphics to match current conditions.

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Weather made simple with the iPhone-compatible BloomSky SKY1

Weather made simple with the iPhone-compatible BloomSky SKY1

Two of the biggest barriers to having a personal weather station in your backyard have just disappeared. BloomSky's SKY1 ($249.00 for the solar powered kit, soon to be supplanted by the SKY2 being funded by a Kickstarter campaign) is a remarkably fun and useful app-attached weather station that's not only inexpensive, but easy to set up as well. In this review, I'll take a look at this spherical weather station/webcam and its capabilities, and where its successor (SKY2 with STORM) may make up for a few inadequacies.

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BloomSky SKY2 and STORM Weather Station and Camera launch on Kickstarter

BloomSky SKY2 and STORM Weather Station and Camera launch on Kickstarter

Apple World Today fans are probably aware of my addiction to weather. I have my own weather station collecting real-time weather data 24/7/365, and I probably have more weather apps on my iPhone and iPad than any other type. A new, inexpensive, and very innovative weather station and weather camera launched on Kickstarter today from BloomSky. The product is actually two units; the SKY2 -- a newer version of the existing SKY1 weather station and camera, and the STORM, a new unit that works hand in hand with the SKY2 providing wind, UV and rainfall data.

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Storm Apple Watch companion app: A great reason to set up your own weather station

Storm Apple Watch companion app: A great reason to set up your own weather station

Weather nerds unite! There's now a compelling reason to have not only your own weather station (you do have one, don't you?), but an Apple Watch as well. Weather Underground's Storm app now has an Apple Watch companion you can use to see conditions at your station or one nearby with a few taps.

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Weather Underground's Storm app packs maximum data into a simple UI

Weather Underground's Storm app packs maximum data into a simple UI

I've been a fan of the Weather Underground website since almost the first day it was available, so it's not surprising that I've become an even bigger fan of the apps that the company has created. Whether it's the self-named Weather Underground app, Wundermap (both free with in-app purchases) or my favorite on the iPad -- WunderStation (free) -- I find myself passing over most other weather applications and focusing on those from WU. Today, the company released a new universal iOS app called Storm (free with in-app purchases), so let's take a look at the offering in a short video:

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