‘Rainviewer’ 2.0 Update Gives You a Future Radar Map

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Weather app Rainviewer got a big 2.0 update today. New features include: Future radar map to plan your day ahead; Precipitation chart for the next hour for over 90 countries; Accurate rain forecast for the next 90 minutes; Weather forecast: temperature and weather conditions, 48-hour/14-day; Rain alerts to notify of upcoming rain; Multiple locations, rain notifications for each location. App Store: Free (Offers In-App Purchases)

‘Rainviewer’ 2.0 Update Gives You a Future Radar Map

Update to ‘ClimaCell’ Weather App Adds Hyperlocal Forecasting Features

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

I wrote about ClimaCell back in April as an alternative for developers when the Dark Sky API is shut down. But the company also has an app for consumers, and the latest update adds several helpful features, like hyperlocal forecasting. Here’s an example: “For fireworks, ClimaCell took into account humidity (the more humid it is outside, the air saturation will lessen the brightness of the fireworks. Yet too dry is a fire hazard), wind (might change the path of the fireworks if over 20mph) rain, visibility, sunset time and cloud coverage. For BBQ, we don’t want any rain! Wind gusts can be dangerous with the fire, humidity actually affects the flavor of the meat and we want ideal temperatures.” App Store: Free

Update to ‘ClimaCell’ Weather App Adds Hyperlocal Forecasting Features

ClimaCell Aims to Replace Dark Sky’s Weather API

· Andrew Orr · Link

Climacell logo

After Apple acquired Dark Sky, one announcement noted that its weather API would no longer be available. ClimaCell recently upgraded its API with new features and pricing, hoping to entice developers. The company has some impressive clients it works with, like the U.S. Air Force, Ford, United, Delta, and others. One new feature is a new data layer to track pollen.

With more than 50 million Americans allergic to some form of pollen, this proprietary index includes data on when airborne irritants are in season to inform people who suffer from pollen-related aggravations, such as asthmatics. API users can add this data layer into their app to offer users alerts when pollen levels are high.

Good news for developers. ClimaCell tells me they had been upgrading their weather API when the news of Dark Sky’s acquisition hit.

Apple Acquires Weather App ‘Dark Sky’

· Andrew Orr · News

Dark sky logo

On its blog today, Dark Sky announced that it has been purchased by Apple. The iOS app will continue to be available in the App Store.

iOS 12.2: What Does AQI in Apple Maps Mean?

· Andrew Orr · Quick Tip

Yesterday Andrew discovered something new in iOS: AQI in Apple Maps. It’s a new feature that came with iOS 12.2. Here’s what it means.

Dark Sky gets Apple Watch Series 4 Complications

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Dark Sky, my favorite local weather app on the iPhone, was updated on Thursday with new complications for Apple Watch Series 4. That means fans of the Infograph watch face get a slick complication that matches the new look Apple is pushing. It looks like the update also fixed a problem where the app defaulted to New York City for forecasts, which kind of defeated the purpose of hyper-local data. Dark Sky costs US$3.99 and is available on Apple’s App Store. The update is free for current users.

Dark Sky gets Apple Watch Series 4 Complications

Maps: How to See the Weather for Different Locations

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Maps has a nifty little built-in weather widget that’ll let you see the conditions of any place you’re zoomed in to—and this works on the Mac or your iPhone and iPad! Come on in and see what we’re talking about.

Here's Why I Love iStat Menus 6's Weather Forecast

· Bryan Chaffin · Quick Look Review

Weather Forecast Notification in iStat Menus 6

It’s a small thing, to be sure, but when Bryan Chaffin get up to work, he’s found himself immediately drawn to it, sitting all sweet and pretty in his Mac’s Notifications.

Everywhere From ozPDA: Fabulous iOS World Clock Done Right

· John Martellaro · Quick Look Review

Everywhere iOS app from ozPDA.

iOS World Clocks do require some attention to time zone fundamentals, but they mostly fall short in details. This iOS world clock from ozPDA, called Everywhere, fixes all that.

TMO Background Mode Interview with iOS & Android Indie Developer Graham Dawson

· John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

Graham Dawson on Background Mode.

Graham Dawson is an iOS and Android indie developer who specializes in meteorological and astronomical reference apps. He’s the founder and director of Ajnaware Pty, Ltd in Australia and publishes apps under the name ozPDA. Graham holds a B.Sc. in physics and meteorology, and a Ph.D. in oceanography. Graham told me about his early interest in weather thanks to extreme conditions, especially snow. That’s because, in his youth, he was skiing in Switzerland. Soon he had a weather observation station in his backyard, and he could think of nothing else as he entered his undergraduate years. Today, he publishes a wide range of apps related to the sun, moon, wind, weather and time. Some feature augmented reality. Thanks to his academic background, these apps have rock solid computational credentials. Graham told me how it all came to be.