Wx for iPad
By Hunter Research and Technology, LLC
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The venerable U.S. weather app Wx, named a 2009 Mac Gem by Macworld magazine, is now available for iPad! Wx displays current conditions, forecasts, alerts, and radar for U.S. locations using high fidelity XML data from the U.S. National Weather Service. The app is designed for two specific types of customers: serious weather watchers who want detailed information and facts with no fuss, and casual users who want a fast, clean, and functional weather app that has low memory overhead and low CPU/battery usage.
Wx lets you set up locations on an embedded map, guiding you to choose nearby NWS observation sites (over 1700 available in the U.S. and its territories), nearby NEXRAD radar sites, and nearby city- and county-based alert zones. The app sets up a 7-day summary "point" forecast customized for the specific latitude and longitude of the location, and a 7-day “pro” forecast that graphs temperature (actual and apparent), dew point, relative humidity, cloud cover, wind speed, wind direction, gust speed, 12-hour probability of precipitation, 6-hour liquid precipitation amount, and 6-hour snow amount. Wx’s pro forecast is also latitude/longitude based, and is about as good as it gets if you need to plan work, sports, hobbies, and outdoor activities based on upcoming weather. With their high spatial resolution, the point and pro forecasts are especially useful in coastal and mountainous regions, where typical zone forecasts can be inaccurate.
Wx also lets you bookmark and setup weather maps for quick reference. Choose from 18 default NWS maps and images, or provide the URL for any map of your choice and load it right in the app! If you have preferred weather providers, you can load your favorite maps and images right in Wx and keep them handy.
Wx is crafted with attention to detail by a professional software developer with 20 years of experience, 6 years focused on developing weather software for Mac OS X and 3 years writing apps for iOS devices. Wx has multiple levels of redundancy to handle severe weather events that can strain NWS servers, and even offers network settings for both Wi-Fi and 3G operation so that you can fine tune the app’s performance and bandwidth needs. Wx operates in portrait and landscape orientations, and offers an efficient user interface design for each mode.
Mac users, be sure to check out Wx for Mac OS X at http://www.hrtapps.com/wx
What's New in Version 1.4.5
Fix to handle unannounced changes in NWS satellite map URLs. After updating to the new version, please delete and recreate any NWS satellite maps that are showing download errors.
Sleeps on the dock and no current time
My iPad mini seems to go to sleep on the dock and the app does not include the current time. I need an app for a nightstand weather station so I know what I'm up against when I get up before dawn to exercise. If you don't need to know what time it is and having to wake your iPad up to see the current conditions is not a deal breaker then this may be the app for you. One minor third issue that would be nice would be a red display option. Blue light messes with ones ability to sleep.
Needs refresh button
The only way to manually refresh is to kill the app then reopen. This would be a five star but to have to do this just to refresh is nuts. Need a refresh button on the iPhone and iPad versions just like the desktop version. I would have held off if I knew this before my purchase of the iPhone and iPad versions. Wait for an update on this before you spend the money.
A great app
A very good app. Does what it says it will do. Lots of information, no problems.