Severe weather has arrived early this year, as predicted. Several locations saw their first tornadoes as early as March. Now is the time to start thinking ahead and preparing for spring storms. With our commuter lifestyle, you will not always be near your Weather Radio to receive alerts. Luckily, there are many great severe weather apps for smart devices that will ensure you are always connected and well-informed.
RadarNow! is a free Android app that provides users with immediate access to National Weather Service radar images. Images are only downloaded when the app is launched, ensuring that you are receiving the most up-to-date information. This app uses your location to pull images from the nearest radar site.
The Red Cross offers several smartphone apps that you should not be without during severe weather season. Depending on your location, you may choose the Tornado App, Hurricane App, Earthquake App or Wildfire App. These apps will not only send an audible alerts when it is time to take cover, they will also provide step-by-step directions on what to do next. These are heavy-duty apps with a lot of features and educational extras. In addition to weather, you should also consider downloading their First Aid and Shelter Finder apps for extra precaution.
Weather Bug has long been a trusted desktop download, but they also offer an app for smart devices that will allow you to check forecasts and receive severe weather alerts. This one is available for Android, iOS devices and more.
AccuWeather recently added push notifications to their already popular mobile app. In addition to receiving alerts, you can also check the weather in locations worldwide and set personalized “lifestyle forecasts” to accommodate outdoor activity preferences and health concerns.
The Weather Channel also has apps available for several smart devices or you can sign up to receive text message alerts for severe weather and “beauty forecasts.”
Most apps’ basic services are free though there may be upgrades available. In addition to these nationwide downloads, there is also a pretty good chance your local news stations have their own smart device apps available as well. These may be available for a very low annual fee or at no charge. Choose an option that works best for you and your travel routine.
What is your favorite severe weather app?