27 JUN

‘Weathertron’ for iPhone Gives Minute-by-Minute Weather Information

by Marianne Schultz

I feel like I’ve tried about a hundred different weather apps since the App Store opened in 2008. For whatever reason, I haven’t come across an app that meets all of my weather information needs. I don’t think my forecast needs are complex but always I keep an eye on the Weather app category, hoping to find The One.

Today a new app caught my eye. Weathertron by Keming Labs just debuted in the App Store and it lets you easily find out the predicted conditions for a specific time of the day using weather data from 16 different sources.

The main view in Weathertron is broken into three sections. The top section shows the current temperature, time, and a general weather description (tapping on this section toggles to display sunrise and sunset times). The next section shows you the predicted precipitation in the form of a bar graph. The bottom section shows the temperature in a line graph. Sliding your finger left and right will scroll through the time so you can peek ahead a few hours or all the way to tomorrow to see what the predicted precipitation and temperature will be at a specific time.

Say you’re planning to take the dog for a walk in the evening and want to know what the weather will be like around 6:30 when you’re planning on going. You can easily slide to that time and get an exact snapshot of the forecast to find out if you’ll need an umbrella or sunscreen.

A virtual button that looks like a bar chart in the bottom right corner reveals the forecast for the next week. Tapping on the virtual button in the left bottom corner takes you to the settings where you can change the temperature scale and clock format.

Here’s a demo video showing Weathertron in action:

Weathertron is all about local and immediate weather information so it doesn’t offer quick access to weather in multiple cities like with the built-in Weather app or Clear Day or Yahoo! Weather. Also, it doesn’t offer any radar views so if you like to see live views of cloud and storm coverage, you’ll need to look elsewhere. Weathertron is a universal app so it will work on both the iPhone and iPad if you like to keep track of the weather on multiple devices.

I’m going to give Weathertron a shot as my primary weather app for a little while, bumping Today Weather to another screen in the meantime. Right off the bat, I do wish Weathertron could show me the current local temperature via a push notification badge and alert me when it’s going to rain soon like Dark Sky (my review). But I think it will still serve me well to plan daily outings with the dog and find the best times to work on my tan in the temperamental New England summer weather.

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12 Comments

  1. Matt

    Weathertron actually gets its information from forecast.io, the makers of Dark Sky.

  2. Adam

    Dark Sky does radar and rain prediction up to an hour ahead of time and can alert you when it is going to rain soon. I have been using it for months now and love it. It comes in handy at work to know to leave a few minutes early to avoid the rain or to know if it will rain in the next hour. Does this program have similar features?

  3. Dell

    I believe everyone should try NOAA Hi-Def Radar app.
    Has everything you need in knowing what is going on in the world
    of weather.

  4. Chris

    Thanks for the NOAA Hi-Def Radar app tip, Dell! Notwithstanding the simple user interface, Weathertron limits you to one location and has also failed to update the weather at my location since I first opened the app! Just downloaded NOAA Radar Cast Pro app, and it not only shows you a weather map and tells you when it’s expected to rain, but it can send you push notifications with this information so you don’t have to constantly keep looking at the app. I’ll be seeking a refund for Weathertron.

  5. Dell

    Your welcome Chris, I discovered it when those tornado’s were hitting Oklahoma and was amazed how you can zoom to that exact spot and follow that weather and zoom anywhere else for that matter (USA)

  6. Charley

    Thanks for the tip Dell =)

  7. David

    I have used just about every app as well – on the iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. My hands down favorite for all these platforms is eWeather HD, by Elecont. You can up to the minute simple stats on as many places as you want, or, drill down as deeply as you like into more esoteric information. It is updated only when needed, extremely accurate, and beautiful to look at.

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