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The Most beautiful iPad Weather App.
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Apr 16, 2011, 02:02 PM
 
Open iTunes, search for 'Have a Camper Day'. Download and play with it. Be advised you are gonna to contract the two major smiling muscles, the risorius and the zygomatic major, a lot of times.

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Apr 17, 2011, 02:49 PM
 
Why is this necessary? My preferred weather app (Weather Alert USA) looks just good enough, provides a ton of weather alert customizations, and a few ways to show the weather. The focus is weather, not eye candy and BS backgrounds. This app will appeal to a few but it's a photo app that just so happens to have the weather in a small area of the bottom of the display.
     
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Apr 18, 2011, 01:08 AM
 
It's free. Jeez.

I'm a fan of WeatherBug:



It has data. Lots and lots of data. I like data.

Full disclosure: I live mere blocks away from a well maintained WeatherBug station, so I get really accurate local data. As in the most accurate I've ever had in my life. Others may not be so lucky.
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Apr 18, 2011, 09:12 PM
 
Agreed on WeatherBug - great app with lots of useful data. I use the iPhone version too.
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Apr 19, 2011, 07:37 AM
 
I do as well. Even paid two crisp and clean Washingtons for it.

However, WRT the point of the thread, I very much wish it was prettier.
     
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Apr 19, 2011, 09:18 PM
 
Reminds me of Kirby's Epic Yarn.
     
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Apr 21, 2011, 03:33 PM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
It's free. Jeez.
I'm a fan of WeatherBug:
So am I. It's a great app but they really need to update the icon and graphics for the Retina display. They look like crap on my iPhone 4.

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Apr 29, 2011, 04:56 PM
 
Holy crap. WeatherBug got their icon act together!
     
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Apr 29, 2011, 05:33 PM
 
Sweet!

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Apr 29, 2011, 07:10 PM
 
I decided to check out My-Cast Weather Radar after a pimping by Gruber.

It's definitely prettier than WeatherBug (which isn't saying much). It has graphs. I like visualized data too, so that's nice.

WeatherBug is creaming it in the accuracy department though. I live right near Lake Michigan, and the app is getting weather data from four or five miles inland (at the airports). Today, that meant My-Cast tried to trick me into believing it was a whole 10 degrees warmer than it really was.

I'm tellin' ya, if you live near a station, WB is killer.
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May 1, 2011, 08:21 AM
 
I played around with My-Cast some more, and it was giving different readings for my position near the lake vs. the airports, so I withdraw my previous statement that My-Cast is cribbing temps from inland.

Still gave warmer readings than I thought it should be. I should get a thermometer and test.

Anyone know of a super-accurate thermometer? I assume analog is the way to go for the best price to accuracy ratio.
     
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May 4, 2011, 07:23 PM
 
I feel as if weather is just weather.
The best feature to have for a weather app would be its ease and convenience.
     
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May 4, 2011, 09:30 PM
 
Originally Posted by AccessoryGeeks View Post
I feel as if weather is just weather.
The best feature to have for a weather app would be its ease and convenience.
Finally...good to know I'm not the only one who thinks this...I'll add it should look nice but looks are not the #1 priority. This app looks sloppy which distracts from the weather forecast.
     
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May 5, 2011, 03:25 PM
 
I imagine a world where one day all free weather apps are accepted, regardless of their creed, shoelaces, or yarn.
     
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May 19, 2011, 07:41 PM
 
I love this app, but it doesn't always load quickly for me.
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May 20, 2011, 01:23 PM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
I played around with My-Cast some more, and it was giving different readings for my position near the lake vs. the airports, so I withdraw my previous statement that My-Cast is cribbing temps from inland.

Still gave warmer readings than I thought it should be. I should get a thermometer and test.

Anyone know of a super-accurate thermometer? I assume analog is the way to go for the best price to accuracy ratio.
Right now, WB says it's 54, and MyCast says it's 69.

Seeing as it's cold out, I say **** you MyCast.
     
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May 24, 2011, 11:04 AM
 
Aelios has a very interesting UI. I haven't downloaded it yet, but the videos on the website are very interesting.

     
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May 24, 2011, 02:28 PM
 
Purty!

In the continuing WB vs. MyCast saga, it's either 48 degrees (WB) or 62 degrees (MC).

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May 26, 2011, 11:44 PM
 
I have to agree with the post up above. Aelios is pretty darn sexy - It's really one of the nicest looking weather apps that I have laid eyes on.
     
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Oct 3, 2011, 12:19 AM
 
I have settled on WeatherPro for both the iPhone and iPad. Simply the best out of the 30 or so that I own.

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Oct 3, 2011, 11:44 AM
 
I've been having issues with my city not showing up in WeatherAlert USA so I bought eWeather Pro which is beautiful and functional.
     
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Jul 24, 2012, 09:02 PM
 
Yes, Aelios is classic. Simple yet stylish. As for me, I prefer weather apps that are simple and plain. The maps and some other details are a bit more complicated already, especially if viewing it on a smaller screen so I prefer plainer weather apps. Just a personal choice, though others are really cool ones!
     
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Jul 25, 2012, 11:04 AM
 
Aelios makes Weatherbug look like a frumpy mishmash.
     
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Aug 12, 2012, 12:37 PM
 
You’re indeed right. Lol. The very big difference between them is just so obvious!
     
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Mar 12, 2013, 09:16 AM
 
Aelios broke with the iOS 6 update, and they haven't managed to make it work with the new APIs yet (nor, apparently, Google's Maps SDK).

Sad.

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Mar 12, 2013, 01:03 PM
 
I'm still looking for something which comes even close to Weatherbug for accuracy.
     
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May 6, 2013, 02:14 PM
 
The stock Apple Yahoo weather is really starting to piss me off again. It's high by at least 10°, and 50° to 60° feels way different.

It matches the downtown WeatherBug better.

Hmm... I wonder if 1,000 cars and 30,000 people crammed into a square mile raises the ambient temperature at all.
     
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May 7, 2013, 05:59 PM
 
You know how there's different regional versions of ells and pounds and things like that?

Blame the non-metric measurement units.

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May 7, 2013, 07:35 PM
 
Seems more like a poorly placed sensor coupled with lousy coverage.
     
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May 7, 2013, 10:42 PM
 
I think the Apple weather app uses the local "official" temperature, which is typically at an airport - yes, surrounded by pavement and jet exhaust... The WeatherBug app uses much more localized data sources. I can go with a Sea World location, which is close to my house, or "The Winston School" which is near my work, or probably a dozen other San Antonio weather observation sites with Weather Bug. That is almost certainly the difference you're seeing in the two apps' numbers: different observation sites which report different, local, observations.

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