Weather Radio by WDT

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017
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Description of App

Weather Radio (from the same company that brought your RadarScope) enables you to receive critical alerts via voice and push notification regarding life-threatening weather events. Your iPhone will “wake up” with alerts and also track your location to warn you wherever you go. Listen to local weather forecasts while you are on the move. Enjoy the power of a NOAA Weather Radio, with all the convenience and precision of a smart phone. Weather Radio is an entirely revamped app, formerly known as iMap Weather Radio. WDT has made significant improvements to the app based on your reviews, feedback, and support inquiries. We appreciate your involvement! ***GENERAL FEATURES*** •Patented Alerting Engine: Weather Radio provides more accurate alerts than those offered by typical consumer alerting services. Most of these services will alert you to severe weather if you are in a county only partially covered by a watch or warning, even if you are not actually directly within the watch/warning. Weather Radio ensures you receive an alert only if your device or saved locations fall inside a watch/warning polygon. This means you are not disturbed by alarms irrelevant to your location. •Complete Control: You control what types of alerts you receive through the app. From our extensive weather product list, choose only the type of alerts you want. For example, select only tornado warnings or just winter weather warnings for specific locations. •Follow Me: Follow me is a critical feature if you are on the go. Imagine you are driving through an area of adverse weather. This app will alert you if you are in an area when a watch/warning is issued, without you having to do anything. •Friends & Family: Weather Radio can also save up to five fixed locations in addition to your current position. This means you can ensure friends and family at school, out of state, at a ballgame, etc., are safe. •Audio: Weather Radio provides audio alerts in the form of beeps followed by a brief description of the alert type. The audio could wake you in the middle of the night, or give you information you need when you can’t stop to look at the phone. Furthermore, you can listen to the alerts and forecasts for your area at any time. •Radar: Quickly reference where you are in relation to adverse weather utilizing the in-app radar system that features watch and warning overlay. •Quick Forecast: Weather Radio is the only weather app you need. Quickly access current and forecast weather information for remote locations. Forecast features hourly data for up to three days in advance and daily information out to seven days. •Voice Over: We have optimized this app to work with Apple’s Voice Over technology ensuring our life-saving app is welcoming for the visually impaired. •Video: In markets where local media partners participate, you can view streaming video of severe weather coverage for up-to-the-minute information. ***IN APP PURCHASES*** $4.99 – Lightning Alerting – WDT has harnessed the power of the ENTLN lightning network and combined it with our patented alerting engine. Lightning alerts are sent when a lightning strike is first detected within 6 miles of your location and an all clear is sent when no lightning is detected within that range for 30 minutes. These are the rules recommended by lightning experts to ensure safety while outdoors. In addition to alerts, view real-time lightning strikes on the map. ***ABOUT WDT*** Weather Decision Technologies, Inc. is a weather content and technology partner for many major weather brands in the U.S. Weather is our business and weather safety is our passion. ***COMMUNITY*** Learn more about Weather Radio and receive update notifications and information. facebook.com/iMapWeatherRadio twitter.com/Weather_Radio ***SUPPORT*** Visit our support page for FAQs and questions. http://support.wdtinc.com/mobile/Weather-Radio.html

Version

3.0.3

Free or Paid

Paid

Apple Watch Support

Not Known

Device(s) App Was Tested On

iPhone

Accessibility Comments

This app is completely accessible with VoiceOver.

iOS Version

8.3

VoiceOver Performance

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling

All buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability

The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.

Other Comments

Weather Radio by WDT is becoming an increasingly good weather app. As a blind person, I particularly like the subscription lightning proximity alerts feature, as lightning can sometimes be seen long before thunder is heard. I wish the forecasts in the app came directly from the National Weather Service, but that's just a personal preference. If you're looking for an accessible weather app to alert you to just about every type of weather hazard (severe weather risks from the SPC are not supported, unfortunately), this is the app for you.

Developer's Twitter Username

@Weather_Radio

Recommendations

5 people have recommended this app

Most recently recommended by Laura Ann 3 years ago

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Comments

Submitted by Troy B on Saturday, July 15, 2017

I bought weather radio by wdt a couple of weeks ago and I just opened up the app to see what was in it. When it opened up it showed conditions for the nearest large town that's close to me but that's 5 or 10 miles away from me and I live in a smaller town. I typed in the name of my small town and it was found, but from there I clicked on something else and it started showing me street names in my town. It didn't show my street though, and I didn't hit the save button on anything but I'm just wondering if I'm going to get the alerts I want which are severe thunderstorm or tornado warnings for my general location.

As I say I live in a small town, but it's big enough where it's entirely possible that a thunderstorm or tornado could be on the other side of town, more than 6 miles away which from the podcast I listened to is how large the polygon is supposed to be where I'd get warnings, and in that case I wouldn't necessarily need to be notified of that particular storm since it would be outside of the polygon.

Btw I have my street address entered in the contacts on my phone, so am I concerned over nothing and I'll still get only the warnings I want or do I need to do something extra within the weather radio app itself?

Thanks.

Submitted by dvdmth on Saturday, July 15, 2017

In reply to by Troy B

As long as you gave the app permission to track your location, it will give alerts for warnings that include your specific location, down to the neighborhood.

The conditions you see within the app are for the nearest weather station, which can often be a few miles away. That does not in any way indicate the location for which you will receive alerts.

You could search for a location for which you want to receive alerts, in which case you will always get alerts affecting that particular location, regardless of where you are currently located. A map does appear on the screen showing where the app will provide alerts for, but the VoiceOver behavior isn’t good enough to tell exactly where the app is pointing to, so I wouldn’t worry if you see a bunch of streets or other locations that are close to, but not quite, where you’re interested in.

Note that if you ask for alerts for a location, and you are currently located at that spot yourself, then alerts will be sent to your device twice in rapid succession for the same watch or warning. I did not like this behavior, so I chose not to use any saved locations and to just get alerts for my current position.

Submitted by Aaron John on Thursday, November 2, 2017

I have just purchased my new iPhone and installed the weather radio app. I tried to experiment and the weather alarming alerts are working perfectly. I have one question how to update the latest version? and what is the pros and cons of the latest version?

Submitted by sockhopsinger on Thursday, November 2, 2017

If you just installed the app then you should have the current version. If not, go to the app store and see if there is an update available. Of course, if you have automatic updates turned on, you'll get the latest updates automatically.

Submitted by charles on Thursday, November 2, 2017

In reply to by sockhopsinger

In my opinion, my subject line says it all. The reasoning? If you hear that there is an update to, let's say, Skype, but people are saying not to get it because changes were made that make it difficult to use, and that it is not as Voice-Over friendly as the older version, and you have your phone set to update apps automatically, you got the buggy update whether you wanted it or not, and now, you're screwed. I suggest checking the app store manually, and getting desired, and only desired, updates manually. Some people say that automatic updates are easier, but I'd rather be safe than sorry.

Submitted by sockhopsinger on Thursday, November 2, 2017

@Charles I couldn't agree with you more. I remember almost panicking when automatic updates became an option however many iOS versions ago. I avoid them like the plague.

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