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, has been reinvented! Wx displays current conditions, forecasts, warnings, 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.
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. These forecasts are backed up by a regional text forecast bulletin for additional information.
Wx also lets you bookmark and setup weather maps for quick reference. Choose from over 40 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. Other features of Wx include a display of weather conditions in the dock icon, seven day sun and moon phase information, and a high performance multi-threaded radar display with seven types of radar.
Wx is crafted with attention to detail by an award-winning 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 been reinvented from the ground up. Under the hood, Wx has all new download and processing engines, and is faster than ever. It's more reliable than ever too, offering multiple levels of redundancy to handle severe weather events that can strain NWS servers.
Wx is also available for iPhone and iPad. For more info, see hrtapps.com or look in the iTunes App Store.
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What's New in Version 6.2
* Added option to use Notification Center (Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion) to show new NWS weather alerts.
* Fixed issue with time zone offset handling differences between OS X 10.6, 10.7, and 10.8 that was sometimes causing incorrect day name labels in Pro Forecast graphs.
* Revised handling of alerts to only create notification when alert is new to the session.
* Revised NWS satellite map URLs (again) to deal with duplicate images coming from the NWS servers and overwriting each other. Please delete and recreate any affected maps.
Everyone in Florida needs more than one Weather source
I keep this app on all the time for a fast comprehensive weather update and have used it for years. I also have other weather apps and find that in Florida, where things happen quickly at times, we need to be able to get a concensus and sometimes even judge for ourselves which way the weather is going. In 45 minutes, hurricane Charley went from a cat 2 that was headed to Tampa, to a cat 4 hitting Ft Myers/Charlotte. The weathermen were divided right up to the last, but one got it right and we were able to get off the beach where we lived just in time. This app gives me a great option and includes the information on tornados, flash floods, extreme winds and special marine considerations.
Excellent and worth the price
Here are the reasons this app is worth the money:
1. Information rich for the weather fan, with useful information a-plenty.
2. No extraneous glitz and over imagery, but has the display look that really is up front and displays what you need.
3. Several options for more info to display.
4. Ability to add locations and display the list in whatever order you want or need.
5. Just the right amount of screen real estate.
6. Runs in my Snow Leopard very well, while supporting Mountain Lion as well.
Overall, after trying several weather apps that hogged memory and drive space, this one is just about perfect. The fee is nominal - go for it!
The high rating is extremely suspicious.
There are far better iOS weather apps. I really dislike that neither the maps nor the main program window can be resized. The maps are just too small to be useful. If I wanted to look at tiny maps I'd use a widget. It also needs better data sources. It's currently showing a temperature 10°F lower than the actual local temperature while my favorite iPhone app is only 3°F off.
It isn't as if I live in the middle of nowhere, I live in New Jersey, not far from NYC and three international airports. The data available for my area is excellent as evidenced by a number of excellent iOS apps.
I tried using the app for months and always switched to my iPhone or went to a weather website out of frustration. At $12 this app is a serious ripoff. I miss the days of shareware when a program could be tested before spending money.