Named by Time.com's @Techland as one of the best weather apps for your iPhone and Apple Watch.
Severe weather alerts for your exact location. Storm Shield gives you storm-based alerts for tornado, hurricane, flood, thunderstorm, winter storms and other life-threatening weather events via voice and push notification.
Storm-based alerts help reduce false alarms by alerting you to severe weather based on your exact location within a county. County-based alerts can result in false alarms, warning you when your location in the county is not within the threatened area.
What people are saying:
• Storm Shield "alerted our family of the Broken Arrow, OK tornado, faster than the TV and tornado sirens." - Robyn
• "I was in Oklahoma City during the tornado... we were right in its path. Your app literally was a life saver." - dcalk12
• Get voice alerts just like a NOAA weather radio via push notification anywhere in the United States.
• With Apple Watch, get a tap on your wrist when alerts are issued for your locations.
• Add Storm Shield's widget to your Today screen to get quick access to active alerts for the first location in your app.
• Touch Storm Shield's app icon on your 3D-Touch enabled iPhone for quick widget access.
• Hi-Def radar map is your home screen so you can quickly see what's going on at your locations.
• Long-tap on the map to get current conditions, hourly and daily forecasts.
• Save additional locations to ensure family members stay safe.
• Closings for Baltimore, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Green Bay, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Lansing, Milwaukee, Nashville, Omaha, Tulsa.
View NOAA severe weather alerts on the map to see where dangerous weather is happening:
• Tap alerts to view info
• Flood watches & warnings
• Tornadoes & Thunderstorms
• Hurricane & Tropical Storm forecast tracks
• Winter storms
• Marine & Coastal alerts
• Radar & Clouds
• Wind Speed
• Snow Cover
• Water Temperatures
• Road Weather
• Premium Weather (purchase required)
• Lightning Alerts and notifications (purchase required)
Enhance your app with auto-renewing subscriptions:
Buy Premium Weather ($0.99/mo) to unlock these 3 features:
1) Future Radar: See radar into the future (6 hrs on Wi-Fi, 2 hrs on cellular)
2) Storm Tracks: See how fast storms are moving & where they're headed
3) Future Temperature Map: See future temperatures map (12 hrs on Wi-Fi, 5 hrs on cellular)
Buy Lightning ($0.99/mo) to unlock these 2 features:
1) Lightning strike push notifications up to 10 miles away.
2) See lightning on the map within 150 miles of a selected location.
• 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.
Storm Shield is made possible by The E.W. Scripps Company & KMGH Denver, WXYZ Detroit, WCPO Cincinnati, WEWS Cleveland, RTV6 Indianapolis, KSHB Kansas City, WTVF Nashville, KMTV Omaha, KJRH Tulsa, KTTS Springfield, KFDI Wichita, WFTS Tampa, WPTV West Palm Beach, WFTX Ft. Myers, WTMJ Milwaukee, WGBA Green Bay, WSYM Lansing-Jackson, WMAR Baltimore, WKBW Buffalo, KNXV Phoenix, KGUN Tucson, KTNV Las Vegas, KGTV San Diego, KERO Bakersfield, KIVI Boise.
Note: Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.
TURN SEVERE WEATHER ALERTS ON OR OFF BY LOCATION
• This was a popular user request! In Settings, tap Manage Locations, then swipe left on a location name to reveal this new option. Note: Storm Shield supports notifications for up to 25 total locations (for example: 1 Current Location plus 24 Saved Locations).
VOICE PLAYBACK OF AN ALERT'S FULL DETAIL TEXT
• In the app, when a user taps a location's active alert to read its full text, users can tap a new Play/Pause button at the top of the Alert Detail to have Siri read the complete alert text. This feature is also helpful with Accessibility needs for our visually impaired users.
MORE STORM DETAIL FOR HURRICANES AND TROPICAL STORMS
• With the Hurricane Tracks overlay enabled, Storm Shield now displays this storm detail: storm name; type of storm (i.e. 'Tropical Depression'); direction, speed, and wind speed; past date and time stamps (i.e. '8 hours ago'); and forecasted date and time stamps (i.e. 'in 2 days').
CUSTOMIZE WEATHER IMAGERY DISPLAY 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.
• For our visually-impaired users: when inside the app and you tap an active alert to read its full detail, you can now tap the new Play/Pause button at the top of the Alert Detail screen. This gives Voice Over users more control over the voice read-back of an active alert's full detail text.
• When the iOS Accessibility Voice Over ability was on, and there were multiple locations saved in Storm Shield, and those locations had multiple active alerts, a bug caused one location in the app to get its number of alerts confused with the number of active alerts for other locations in the app. This bug has now been squashed.
• When the iOS Accessibility Voice Over ability was on, and Local Media Provider content appeared in the Location Card Detail screen, a bug caused the 'Live Stream' and 'Full Story' buttons to not be tappable. This bug has now been squashed.
OTHER BUG FIXES:
• We squashed an annoying bug that was causing severe weather notifications to stop working for some users, while these notifications continued to work fine for the majority of users. If your device was affected by this, updating your app and opening this version 4.9 should correct that issue.
If, after installing and opening this version 4.9 update, you feel you're still not getting weather alert notifications, please submit a Support ticket from within your Storm Shield App, which provides us with additional diagnostic data, and we'll look into it.
• A bug was found in Storm Shield iOS version 4.8 (which was released on July 9, 2018), which caused in-app purchase subscriptions that expired to not actually become disabled correctly in the app for some users. The net result was, some users continued to get access to the premium features for free after the in-app purchase subscription expired. This bug has been corrected in Storm Shield iOS version 4.9.
• A bug was found in Storm Shield, which caused the purchase of an individual in-app subscription feature to inadvertently also unlock the other in-app subscription purchase feature. As an example: if you purchased the individual 'Lightning' feature, you inadvertently also got the separate 'Future Radar' feature for free. This bug has been corrected in Storm Shield iOS version 4.9.
• Additional bug fixes and performance improvements are included in this release.
Ratings and Reviews
I am very disappointed in this app and also the people who designed it. I do understand they do want to make money. I can respect that myself. Who cannot understand that because I’m sure there’s a lot of work that goes into designing these apps. I’m very disappointed with this company who designed it. I did purchased this app a few years ago and I sent an email I was wondering if they would add a few things? They were very nice. They did respond back to me. So I’m thinking this is a good app. They put some updates on this app and now they want to charge you extra for it. I think that’s wrong. Also AccuWeather has a much better weather app including the weather bug over this. It does follow your location and they give you more for your money. I recommend you do not purchase this app . It’s not really a good app for tracking the weather. Don’t waste your money in this app it’s garbage. I feel very strongly all they want to do is stick you and take your money. That develop response is very poor. There’s no way I should have to pay for any more updates when you purchased the app to begin with. There’s no excuse for their stupidity.. Now I regret purchasing it. There are a lot of other free apps out there that I’m much better than this crap. For them to give me a lousy response is sick. I shouldn’t have to pay for anything and neither should anyone else who already purchased the app.
Thank you for your comments and feedback. In the new version 4 app, just like you had in the old version 3 app, you can still: receive severe weather alerts for your locations; see past radar imagery; view alerts on the radar map; view details of active alerts; save multiple locations; view current conditions; view hourly and daily forecasts; view local TV station content (if a local media provider exists in your market). There are several NEW features you get for FREE that were not available in the old version 3 app: view Clouds and Radar together on the map; view Wind Speed map layer; view now Cover map layer; view Temperature map layer; view Water Temperature map layer; view Road Weather map layer; view Earthquakes map later; view multiple severe weather layers on the map at the same time (which version 3 could not do); add more than 5 saved locations (which version 3 could not do). Lastly, in the version 4 release, two NEW features, which are new additions to the app that did not exist in the version 3 app, are paid features which are subscription-based, and optional. These include: Premium Weather (which unlocks Future Radar, Storm Tracks, Future Temperature Map); and Lightning Strikes (which unlocks Lightning Notifications and Lightning strikes on the map).
Was a ‘5’ / Now a ‘2’ at best
Of course I have used this app for years and it has performed flawlessly (and I mean that), but never bothered to give it a rating. It is only now that it has become so slow and glitchy that I bother to finally rate it. 1) I launch the app in the middle of a thunderstorm and deluge and the display at the same location shows not cloud in the sky. 2) If and when there is thunderstorm display, random blocks or quadrants of the display are blank. 3) The ‘Play / Pause’ display function may or may not decide to comply though its icon says otherwise. 4) Should the ‘Play’ display function decide to actually comply, the time-stamped storm movement may just stop in its movement or most likely it will cycle ONCE and then STOP rather than repeating through the prior 30-45 minute time span as it once did. 5) After having purchased the purportedly full app in good faith, the now optional ‘Future’ function for an ongoing monthly fee belies the app’s public service quality because if the technology to provide the information is already existent (ie, available to and paid for by the issuer), then it should be incorporated into the app for its existing clientele. Bottom line: Just get it together or it will be money wasted as people move on to another, more reliable, better app. Thanks for reading...Velocitoro
To be clear, you are not being charged a monthly fee for features you had previously. In fact, NO features from the old version 3 app were moved to a monthly fee. In this version 4 release, two NEW features, Future Weather (which unlocks Future Radar, Storm Tracks, Future Temperature Map) and Lightning Strikes (which unlocks Lightning Notifications and Lightning strikes on the map), are NEW additions to the app, and are subscription-based and optional. These features did not exist in the old version 3 app. With your download of Storm Shield App version 4, the features that were in the previous version 3 app are still available at no additional charge. You can: get severe weather alerts, view alerts on the radar map, view details of active alerts, save multiple locations, view current conditions, view hourly and daily forecasts, view local TV station content (if a local media provider exists in your market). Also, there are several NEW features you get for FREE that were not available in the old version 3 app: view Clouds and Radar together on the map; Wind Speed; Snow Cover; Temperature Map; Water Temperature Map; Road Weather; Earthquakes; and the ability to view multiple severe weather layers on the map at the same time (which version 3 could not do). If you have other concerns or something isn't performing as you expect, please provide more detail by filing a Support ticket from within your Storm Shield App, which provides us with additional diagnostic data, and we’ll be happy to look into it.
Ok, so I was wrong
This is an update from my last review. If you know where to look, the features I liked about previous versions are still there. So I up-rated my review to 4 stars. The problem is that finding the forecast stuff isn’t straightforward in this version. In this version there is a fairly large button with the options “Current” and “Future”. Click on Future and basically what you get is a “Pay Up” message. To get the old forecast features, click on the little, tiny “More” in the bottom right, up comes a screen with current data plus sunrise/sunset. There is nothing to indicate that scrolling down will get you the forecast for the week that you were looking for. No slide bar shows until you actually start scrolling.
Original review - Title: Last update turned a winner into a loser
Great app but it’s really not free. With the last update it will only show you what’s happening right now. I can open the door for that. To get any forecast data (i.e., what’s going to happen), you have to buy a subscription. And it’s not clear that will even get you an ad free experience.
The features that were in the previous version of the app are still here at no additional charge, which include severe weather alerting for your current and saved locations, ability to view current conditions, daily and hourly forecasts for each of your locations, and view radar and alert polygons on the map.
In addition, there are several NEW features you get for FREE that were not available in the old app: view Clouds and Radar together on the map; Wind Speed; Snow Cover; Temperature Map; Water Temperature Map; Road Weather; Earthquakes; and the ability to view multiple severe weather layers on the map at the same time.
Also, two NEW optional paid features, Future Weather (which unlocks Future Radar, Storm Tracks, Future Temperature Map) and Lightning Strikes (which unlocks Lightning Notifications and Lightning strikes on the map), are NEW additions to the app. These are subscription-based and optional.
If you feel there is something missing that was in the previous version and is not free in this version, please let us know by filing a Support ticket from within your Storm Shield App and we’ll be happy to look into it.
- E.W. Scripps Company
- 66.7 MB
- Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- English, Spanish
- Age Rating
- Rated 12+ for the following:
- Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
- Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information
- This app may use your location even when it isn't open, which can decrease battery life.
- © The E.W. Scripps Company
- In-App Purchases
- 30-Day Limited Offer Upgrade $1.49
- Premium Weather $0.99
- Lightning Strikes $0.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.