If you’re in the mid-Atlantic or northeastern US or have friends or family in these areas, you’re probably keeping tabs on the progress of Hurricane Sandy. As you’d expect, there are several apps to help you stay on top of the weather on your iPhone while you’re working on staying out of Sandy’s way or hunkering down to wait her out.
First up is a free offering from the Red Cross. Hurricane provides you with a plethora of information from steps to take to prepare for a hurricane and other useful tips to location-based alerts from the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), Red Cross shelter locations, and the ability to send out notifications via email, text message, and social networks to your friends and family to let them know you’re safe.
If you want to actually watch the progress of Sandy or any other storm in excruciating detail, check out Base Velocity’s RadarScope. At $9.99, it’s a bit more expensive than other weather apps but it offers so much radar information it’ll make your head spin.
If you’d rather listen to relevant weather updates, most internet radio apps should let you access the NOAA radio stations but you can find them all in a single app if you’d rather not mess around. Christopher Coudriet’s NOAA Weather Radio puts more than 200 NOAA stations and broadcasts at your fingertips and offers push notifications of weather alerts plus forecast information and links to other online weather news sources.
If you just want a general all-around weather app that can also give you alerts for severe storms, Vimov’s Weather HD is a good choice. Weather HD gives you forecast current conditions and forecast information in a pretty, animated interface that’s worthy of constant display when you have your iPhone docked on your desk. You can also opt to receive push notification alerts from the NOAA for severe weather issues in your area.
Weather HD is also on sale in celebration of Halloween, so it’s a good time to snap it up.
Sandy’s wind and rain have been rattling the windows for most of the day but the electricity is still going strong in the part of Boston where I live but I’m fully expecting it to bite the dust shortly. If you’re in the path of Sandy, stay safe!