June 11, 2012
When you live in the rainiest city in the US, you can never have too many weather apps. I have quite a collection, but when I saw HD 4cast², I had to try it. It’s beautiful, and it offers all the up to date information you could want when it comes to the weather that interests you.
The main screen offers a stunning graphic portraying the current weather, with your location, the temperature, and the general description beneath. In the upper left hand corner, you see the wind speed and direction, and in the upper right you get weather warnings. At the bottom you get the five day forecast, and a swipe to the left brings the forecast to ten days.
Tapping on the warning in the upper right opens up any warnings in effect for your area. In the above screenshot, you can see that we are having a flood warning. When you open the app, you get a chime, and voice notification that there is a warning waiting.
By tapping the second icon from the left at the very bottom, you get an hourly weather update. The weather here has proven to be extremely accurate.
You are not limited to a single location, and if you’d like to track the weather where you friends or family live, or your vacation destination, you can add other places, and just swipe the main screen left to see them.
The fourth icon to the left offers you detailed weather information: humidity, dewpoint, pressure, and more.
The center icon gives you a weather radar view. Tapping the “play” button at the bottom right puts the radar into motion and you can watch weather roll in…or out. As you can see in the above screenshot, the weather radar is brought to you by Bing.
Your settings screen allows you to add or remove locations, or change from English to Metric. You can add any city in the world – it’s not limited to the US.
This is a beautiful app that offers everything you need when it comes to the weather. Available in iTunes for only $.99, I highly recommend HD 4cast².