snow is gone, but now folks are on alert for other kinds
of nasty weather. Already, itís been everything from
torrential rain and hail to high winds and reports of
an umbrella might by the most useful accessory, a
smartphone is also helpful to keep up on whatever Mother
Nature decides to throw our way.
Weather Channel app might be the most obvious choice.
But the free Yahoo Weather app (available for Android
and iOS) has scored stellar reviews for being
straightforward and attractive.
the emergency preparedness category, the American Red
Cross this spring launched a Flood App (Android and iOS).
It has one-touch "Iím safe" messaging to
alert family and friends, plus information about what to
do during a flood.
Flood App joins an already robust stable of emergency
preparedness apps from the Red Cross that provide tips
for coping with natural disasters: tornadoes,
hurricanes, wildfires and more. The Red Cross says its
apps have been downloaded on nearly 4 million mobile
those who want to help boost the accuracy of forecasts,
the National Weather Service offers the mPING app. It
collects crowd-sourced weather conditions on the ground,
giving meteorologists a glimpse below the radar.
thereís always Weather Puppy, which gives you the
forecast along with a picture of a puppy appropriate for
the daily conditions. A dreary forecast is easier to
take with a dose of cuteness.