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Offline bbarrettx

Weather apps
« on: April 24, 2018, 03:07:00 pm »
I'm looking for a good weather app for touring. I'm using something called Weather Live now and also have the NOAA app. These work fine but just checking to see if there's an app that I'm not aware that checks all the boxes for bike touring. Thanks in advance for any insights.

Offline PeanutButterShammyCream

Re: Weather apps
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2018, 06:26:27 pm »
Weather Underground works great for me.

Offline Nyimbo

Re: Weather apps
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2018, 06:59:26 pm »
I actually played with a bunch of apps just because I was enjoying looking for the right one, like you I guess.


The app I found the most useful for local weather is called "Dark Sky". Very simple to use with a swipe to the left and the radar map and a swipe to the left give you a few days out.


It was not the best app for looking at the longer view, as in, what it will be like at each of the towns I'll travel through that week.  I found most of the other that all seemed about equal to me for inputing various towns along the way. Just find the one you are comfortable with.   


...But for the best app that tells you your current weather where you are currently sitting at any specific time I really liked the Dark Sky app.


[additional comment]. I just use the app and realized a couple points that I will add here because I used them daily and sometimes hourly and found helpful.
on the main screen with the hourly temp chart-you can also tap to see hourly wind speed and direction, hourly precipitation UV index and at the top of the page is a graph with miles to the nearest precipitation.  Its all right there and really laid out and nicely and simply.
« Last Edit: April 25, 2018, 01:55:59 am by Nyimbo »

Offline jwrushman

Re: Weather apps
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2018, 08:35:37 pm »
I've been using MyRadar, an Android app, when touring.  I use it for the in-motion radar maps to see if the rain I'm heading into is a brief thunderstorm or an all-day soaker. 

Offline bbarrettx

Re: Weather apps
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2018, 04:05:16 pm »
Thanks for all of your input. I'll give these 3 a look.

Offline canalligators

Re: Weather apps
« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2018, 11:05:42 pm »
The ONLY weather info source I use is the NOAA hourly graph.  It gives the actual info from their forecasting models, in an easy-to-understand set of graphs.  I dare you to use it twice and not be in love.

Offline JHamelman

Re: Weather apps
« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2018, 08:59:06 am »
The ONLY weather info source I use is the NOAA hourly graph.  It gives the actual info from their forecasting models, in an easy-to-understand set of graphs.  I dare you to use it twice and not be in love.

Would you share a link to the specific app you are referring to? I see several options when I search the iOS App Store. Many use NOAA data but it's not clear that any of them are produced by NOAA.

Thanks!

Jennifer
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Offline canalligators

Re: Weather apps
« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2018, 07:43:09 am »
Sure, sorry for not including it.  With a browser, go to
1. https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=44.64196&lon=-124.04110#.WuRcToopCf0
2. In the box near the upper left, enter a location and hit Go.
3. Scroll down and hit the graphic for "Hourly Weather Forecast".

You can use it as-is, just bookmark it.  Or deselect Weather Elements then bookmark.  For example, if you don't need to see Relative Humidity, uncheck it.

The following example shows just the top part, there are more boxes.
« Last Edit: April 28, 2018, 07:44:46 am by canalligators »

Offline JHamelman

Re: Weather apps
« Reply #8 on: April 28, 2018, 09:38:34 am »
Ah, that helps. It's not an app but rather the website. I like that one, too!

Jennifer
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Jennifer Hamelman

Adventure Cycling Association
Inspiring and empowering people to travel by bicycle.
800/755-2453, 406/721-1776 x205
www.adventurecycling.org

Follow Routes & Mapping on Twitter: @acaroutes