Weatherbirds is an awesome weather app that makes it easy to see hyperlocal weather reports and submit your own observations.
It’s a great lightweight app that’s sure to be a welcome addition to anyone’s weather app collection.
Concept and Functionality:
The first thing I noticed about Weatherbirds, by Istvan Sipos, was the interface. It seemed a little brighter than many popular weather apps available, and the layout is very organized.
Personally I really like the animations and I found that they add to the overall positive atmosphere of the app.
Weatherbirds gives you the option of being a passive or active user. What I mean by this is you can choose to use the app as your primary source of weather information as a consumer, but you can go a step further and submit your own observations to the community.
You’ll need to create an account to do this, but once you have one set up it’s very easy to submit a report.
Weatherbirds gives you the chance to be as detailed or as vague as you like and covers weather conditions such as cloudiness and precipitation, as well as the opportunity to add a description or photo to your report.
When it comes to weather accuracy, I found that Weatherbirds is pretty spot on with conditions. Weather data is sourced from openweathermap.org, which is a very reputable site.
Even with the implementation of crowdsourced weather reports, Weatherbirds has plenty of other great features for users to enjoy. This includes weather forecasts and a built-in weather handbook for depicting various weather conditions and reporting them accordingly.
One feature I found to be missing is the ability to incorporate the iPhone’s built-in barometer for weather reports.
Naturally this feature would be limited only to those iPhone’s with a barometer, but you really can tell quite a bit about the weather just by reading the barometer.
Weatherbirds is available to download from the App Store for free and is universally compatible with iPhone and iPad.
There are ads at the bottom of the screen which can be removed via in-app purchase for $1.99, which isn’t a terrible price. However, all features in Weatherbirds are free from the start and the pro upgrade only disables ads.
Overall, Weatherbirds is a great weather app that’s perfect for passive and active weather-minded people.
The bottom line is that Weatherbirds is lightweight, very easy to use, and it’ll be an even more awesome source of weather information if it gains popularity and a large user base.
Weatherbirds – the Weather Forecast Owls requires iOS 9.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
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