We are in the midst of hurricane season. Florence already beat up the East Coast, while at this time Hurricane Michael is ready to take on the Gulf Coast.
The threat presented by a hurricane may not mean much to some of us, but it is certainly something others who are in the line of fire think about. Anyone who has ever experienced the devastation one can cause understands how terrifying they can be, and if not, the images we see on the news paint a pretty good picture.
As our sponsor BePrepared.com knows, when it comes to staying safe during a hurricane, the most important thing we can have is information. It must be accurate, too, and that can be tough to come by during the hysteria that often comes with a natural disaster like that.
Our phones are a great place to turn to for weather, but the basic functions won't provide enough data when it comes to hurricanes. If you want to track one's progress and get as much information as possible, you will want an app.
There are plenty to choose from, but which are the best? Some cost money, while others are free. Each brings different tools to the table, so it's a matter of deciding what features and look you prefer.
If you are looking to keep track of the hurricane, this may be the app for you. One of the most used and most comprehensive hurricane apps on the market, it is in no way short on features.
Like what, exactly?
Hurricane Tracker will send you push alerts by region when a new storm forms or threatens to make landfall. It has more than 65 maps and images, along with in-depth written discussions and analysis from their team.
You can also get audio tropical updates, storm video updates and custom graphics from their experts that give a good idea of what's going on in a given area. The app will provide detailed tropical wave/invest information and gets data from dozens of satellites.
Hurricane Tracker costs $3.99 and is available for both iOS and Android.
Hurricane: American Red Cross
Given that the app is from the Red Cross, you'd think it would be good. And it is.
The app helps you monitor conditions in your area or throughout the storm track. It will offer step-by-step instructions to let you know what to do before, during and after the storm even if there is no data connectivity.
The app will track the hurricane's path via an interactive storm tracker, showing where it has been as well as where it is expected to go. You will be able to monitor hurricane-, flood- and tornado-related weather conditions in your area or that of where your friends and family live, with various map layers and location-based notifications for the United States and its territories.
Along with that, the app will enable you to alert friends to how you are faring as well as find open Red Cross shelters in your area when help is needed.
This app is free and available for both iOS and Android.
NOAA SuperRes Radar US
If you are really into weather, NOAA is the app for you. It was designed by and for weather enthusiasts, which you can tell by the fact that it presents incredible high-resolution radar mosaics for the continental United States.
Its radar has four-times the resolution of typical radar weather products, meaning you will be able to view storm features that are not seen in standard radar apps. It will also give you three- and six-day precipitation and pressure forecasts from NOAA weather models, as well as temperature overlay and snow/mixed precipitation display.
The app provides seven-day forecasts as well as current weather conditions, and will give you severe weather warnings as long as the app is open. It will let you view multiple map styles such as terrain, satellite, map and hybrid, with the option to adjust the transparency of the radar.
The app costs $3.99 for iOS and $2.99 for Android.
If you need details about a storm, Storm Shield has got you covered. It will give you severe weather alerts for your exact location, along with storm-based alerts for hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, thunderstorms, winter storms and other life-threatening weather events via voice and push notifications.
It limits the chance for false alarm alerts by sending alerts only based on your exact location within a county, rather than basing it on the county itself. Storm Shield will show you NOAA severe weather alerts on the map so you can see where dangerous weather is happening.
The app will help you in all sorts of situations, with alerts for the previously mentioned types of events as well as data for marine and coastal alerts, radar and clouds, wind speed, snow cover, water temperatures and road weather.
You can get this app for free for both iOS and Android, though it offers in-app purchases that will grant you even more features.
No matter what kind of weather you are anticipating or fearing, Weather Live will keep you up to date on it all. Whether it is cloudy, raining, snowing or storming, you will get current conditions and an accurate forecast in your city as well as multiple locations around the world.
Weather Live lets you search for conditions by zip code, IP, airport code or city/town name, and it gives you lovely scenes that reflect the real-time weather conditions. It also has cloud, satellite and rain maps, with an animated weather radar to let you see what is coming your way.
Its hurricane tracker displays past and current positions of tropical storms along with their forecasted path, and it will give you bad weather warnings and alerts when something is coming to your area.
Weather Live costs $2.99 for iOS and $5.99 for Android.
For a great look at current conditions with informative weather data, Weather Underground is a good choice. It will keep you updated with things like temperature, "feels like," wind speed and direction as well as the day's rain accumulation, humidity, dew point, visibility and pressure.
You can swipe through hour-by-hour and 10-day forecasts, both of which will include precipitation and daily weather summaries. You will be able to compare a day's weather with local historical data as well as report local weather and hazards to help your community.
The app also monitors air quality, UV risk and local flu outbreaks with the Health tile, and its interactive weather map has improved layers that include weather stations, radar, satellite, heat map, rain accumulation, crowd reports and more.
This app is free for both iOS and Android, though it offers in-app purchases that will get you extra features.
You may already be familiar with Dark Sky, which is an app we have previously written about. When it comes to weather, it is about as good as it gets.
Dark Sky provides hyperlocal weather information, giving you down-to-the-minute forecasts that will tell you when the rain will start or stop wherever you are. It features pretty weather animations, with a perfectly smooth radar that allows you to see the actual path of the storm along with how it moved in the past and where it is heading in the future.
The app comes with advanced notification options that let you get notified of government severe weather alerts and gives you the option to create your own custom notifications.
Dark Sky costs $3.99 for iOS and is free for Android, with the latter offering in-app purchases to add features.
The Weather Channel
It makes sense that you could get great weather information from the Weather Channel, right? It has everything you could need, even providing you forecasts for up to 15 days in advance.
The app can help you plan up to two weeks in advance with hourly and daily forecasts as well as give you current conditions for where you are at a glance. It will help you stay safe with severe storm alerts and safety tips from the National Weather Service.
Be it a storm or flash flood or any other weather event, the app will send you live alerts and expert safety advice so that you are always prepared.
The app is free for both iOS and Android.
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