A simple yet powerful weather app that combines science with simplicity for viewing real-time animated weather radar images in vivid color on a highly responsive interactive map.
NOAA Hi-Def Radar Pro has been updated for iOS 10 and beyond. With this major update comes a sleek new design, new radar, and new weather map options.
New hi-definition radar provides stunning precipitation detail. See freezing rain (pink) areas of radar so you know where hazardous road conditions are likely.
• Install and go, no complex setup.
• Select transparency of radar imagery for your preference.
• Sharp radar imagery even on retina displays that show the latest radar images within minutes.
• Show the weather map full-screen on your device and hide the app buttons for a fantastic full-screen map view of radar activity. Looks especially great on iPad!
• Tap and hold anywhere on the map to check current weather and forecasts.
• Show your GPS position, direction of travel and elevation on the map when enabled.
• Bookmark multiple locations for fast and easy access to your favorite places.
• Current conditions, hourly and five-day forecasts alongside detailed weather information for all your locations, including pressure readings for all your locations.
Show Weather Layers on the map: New layers on the weather map let you see recent weather activity from the last 6 to 12 hours:
• Clouds & Radar together
• Wind Speed
• Snow Cover
• Water Temperatures
• Road Weather
Show Severe Weather Overlays on the map: Alerts on the weather map let you see severe weather warning boxes where dangerous weather is happening:
• Tap alert boxes on the map to view info
• Tornadoes and Thunderstorm watches and warnings
• Flood watches and warnings
• Hurricane and Tropical Storm forecast tracks
• Hurricane and Tropical Storm watches and warnings
• Storm Tracks showing direction of storm in the next few minutes
• Winter storm watches and warnings
• Marine and coastal alerts
• Earthquakes over the last 48 hours
• View Lightning strikes on the map (no additional purchase necessary)
Enhance your app with auto-renewing subscriptions:
• Buy Future Weather ($0.99/month) to unlock these 2 features:
1) Future Radar: See radar into the future (6 hrs on Wi-Fi, 2 hrs on cellular)
2) Future Temperature Map: See future temperatures map (12 hrs on Wi-Fi, 5 hrs on cellular)
• Buy Lightning Notifications ($0.99/month) to unlock this 1 feature:
1) Be notified when lightning strikes nearby. Get a push notification whenever lightning strikes near your Saved Locations up to 10 miles away. (At this time, Current Location is not supported by Lightning Notifications.)
• Payment will be charged to your iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase.
• Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period.
• Account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period, and identify the cost of the renewal.
• Subscriptions may be managed by the user and auto-renewal may be turned off by going to the user's Account Settings after purchase.
• No cancellation of the current subscription is allowed during active subscription period.
• Any unused portion of a free trial period, if offered, will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription to that publication, where applicable.
Note: Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.
• NEW! LIGHTNING NOTIFICATIONS:
Be notified when lightning strikes nearby. Get a push notification whenever lightning strikes near your Saved Locations up to 10 miles away. Tap the 'Layers' icon in the bottom navigation menu, then tap the new 'Alerts' button at the top-left of the screen.
• At this time, Current Location is not supported by Lightning Notifications.
• An in-app purchase of $0.99/month is required for Lightning Notifications.
• You can still view Lightning strikes on the map without having to buy the Lightning Notifications subscription. To do so, tap the 'Layers' icon in the bottom navigation menu, then under the 'Layers' button at the top, scroll down to the 'Severe Weather Overlays' section where you can turn on or off the Lightning overlay on the map.
• NEW! LONG-TAP ON THE MAP:
You can now long-tap on the map to get current conditions and weather forecasts for any location in the United States. You can also choose to save this location right from the long-tap results display just by tapping the '+' icon. Long-tap makes it quick and easy to check a location's weather and add a new location to your Saved Locations just by tapping the map.
• NEW! CUSTOMIZE WEATHER LAYERS FOR SLOW CELLULAR CONNECTIONS:
A new Advanced setting lets you set the number of looping imagery frames to display for weather layers (such as radar) if you are on a slow cellular connection. Using less frames will help looping layers like radar display faster, but you won’t see as much imagery.
• Three map legends were corrected for the Temperature weather layer, Water Temp weather layer, and Snow Cover weather layer. These three legends had some misaligned numbers relative to their color bar chart. These misaligned numbers caused confusion when interpreting the map legends according to what the associated weather layer was displaying on the map.
• Additional bug fixes and performance improvements are included in this release to resolve some minor and annoying app crash issues.
Ratings and Reviews
Good radar app
The only reason I bought this app was that I wanted to quickly look at precipitation/clouds covering and see where it was moving. It used to be perfect in his regard - I could use the little slider at the bottom to move time forth and back and get the idea very quickly. With the new version the slider is gone and it is only possible to start plying the time loop automatically. I miss the slider a lot!
On my iPhone 7 Plus the app itself seems to be working reasonably fast. I like the new layer settings - it's much nicer than it used to be. Plus, I like that now it is possible to select the combination of precipitation and clouds! As far as I remember, you could have one or the other before. However, this combination has a problem with animation - when I hit the play button it takes the whole loop to show the clouds/precipitation that move. The other layers work fine in this regard so it is only this combination that has the problem.
Thank you for your comments.
Starting with version 3.5 (released on 6/12/18), a new feature has been added that gives you more control over how much radar imagery gets displayed in the app when on a slow cellular connection.
Tap Settings > Advanced > and scroll down to the new 'Weather Layer Imagery Loops' section. We hope this Advanced feature helps improves the app experience for you.
PS: We also miss the Slider! The reason this was removed in version 3.x is because the weather provider and data that powered the old version was set to be (and has since been) discontinued at the end of 2017. As a result of that change, NOAA Hi-Def Radar for iOS had to either be rebuilt completely or discontinued as a product.
We made the decision to continue the product, and at the same time bring it up to modern iOS standards as the app had not been updated in quite a few years, which caused some technology challenges for both our users as mobile devices evolved and our own development teams having to maintain outdated technology. Unfortunately, some features of the old app, like the Slider, were not available from the new weather provider due to the technology and data source changes mentioned.
Loved the older version
I like it except for the fact : every time they do a updated..it gets a little more simplistic for example: when I first downloaded this app able to login in and on the app post photos of weather for my location💕 now that’s not isn’t available anymore. There was also graphs that showed you the cloud depth to see how far the clouds reached up in the atmosphere and show you kind of lightning whether it was positive or negative.I’m a huge whether!!! this app keeps getting dumber and dumber!!!! I might try noaa app (the United States weather advisory) its the same app used by most meteorologist but you have to pay the 4.99 too the owner of this app: Go back to what you it was like a year and a half ago ....that’s what people would pay for!
Thank you for letting us know what you found helpful in the old app. The reason some features had to be removed in version 3.x is because the weather provider and data that powered the old version was set to be (and has since been) discontinued at the end of 2017. As a result of that change, NOAA Hi-Def Radar for iOS had to either be rebuilt completely or discontinued as a product.
We made the decision to continue the product, and at the same time bring it up to modern iOS standards as the app had not been updated in quite a few years, which caused some technology challenges for both our users as mobile devices evolved and our own development teams having to maintain outdated technology. Unfortunately, some features of the old app were not available from the new weather provider due to the technology and data source changes mentioned.
Already purchased the app once. It was great. Now a bunch of features were removed and they're looking for more money to bring them back. Not happening.
Came back to see how this app was doing. It’s still awful. Also found out they were doing so bad on the reviews since the rebuild they actually had to restore all the reviews from the golden age of the app to make it appear good. About 300 reviews averaging 1.3 stars in a year to 8,000+ at 4.6 in less than a month. Absolutely pathetic. I would give this app -5 stars if I could. Bait and switch. Deception. Zero functionally. Too bad Apple can’t just delete this app from the App Store. It’s a flaming dumpster fire.
Hello! We did not remove features in order to try and bring them back requiring additional payment. To help answer you question of why the changes...
The weather provider and data that powered the old version was set to be (and has since been) discontinued at the end of 2017. As a result of that change, NOAA Hi-Def Radar for iOS had to either be rebuilt completely or discontinued as a product. We made the decision to continue the product, and at the same time bring it up to modern iOS standards as the app had not been updated in quite a few years, which caused some technology challenges for both our users as mobile devices evolved and our own development teams having to maintain outdated technology. You are correct that some features of the old app are no longer in the new app due to the technology and data source changes mentioned.
The only optional features in the new version 3.x app that require a paid subscription are: 1) The 'Future Weather' option. This paid option unlocks 2 NEW features: the 'Future Radar' map layer (which displays forecasted radar imagery for the next few hours), and the 'Future Temperature’ map layer, both of which never existed in the old version 2.x of the app. 2) The NEW 'Lightning Alert Notifications' option starting with version 3.5 (released on 6/12/18). This paid option allows you to receive push notifications for saved locations when lightning strikes nearby. Lightning Alert Notifications never existed in the old version 2.x of the app.
Conversely, the feature to display lightning strikes on the weather map did exist in the old version 2.x app, and still does exist in the new version 3.x app - there is no extra fee required to display lightning on the map.
All other features in the new app which were in the old app do not require any additional payment. These include: displaying past radar imagery, current conditions, hourly/daily forecasts, lightning strikes on the map, storm tracks on the map, adding multiple saved locations, displaying current location (if user allows it), and displaying multiple severe weather alert layer types on the map.
We hope this answers some of your concerns, and helps clarify the business and technology reasons why changes were made to the product, in order to keep the app alive. While we are aware there are differences in the new app, we are working to improve the app based on user feedback. We encourage you to reach out to our Customer Support team with any additional feedback, questions or problems with the app. They can be reached by sending a Support request from within the NOAA Hi-Def Radar app.
- 38.4 MB
- Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- English, Spanish
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2017 WeatherSphere
- In-App Purchases
- Future Weather $0.99
- Lightning Alerts $0.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.