The Ambient Weather App requires that you must own a weather station that reports data to AmbientWeather.net. You can stream live, real-time, data from your weather station to the internet as well as view charts and graphs of historical data. You can view information like temperature, humidity, rainfall, ultraviolet radiation, and more, directly from your device.
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Ratings and Reviews
Older ObserverIP version requirement
If you do not see data from your weather station, check that your ObserverIP firmware version is at least 4.0. No data was shown for mine for over an hour until I tracked down that my ObserverIP receiver firmware version was at v3.0.3. After updating to the latest, data was available immediately. It is nice to have this app option for viewing data in addition to Weather Underground.
It’s a web browser.
This app is basically a custom web browser that does nothing but show the AmbientWeather web site.
The app shows exactly the same view as the website, and I do mean exactly, right down to the rendering bugs. There’s no additional functionality provided. You don’t get an iOS look-and-feel. You don’t get an Apple Watch complication. You don’t get Siri Shortcuts. You don’t get anything that the web page doesn’t give you.
That extends to usability. For example, on a computer, you can use the mouse to select part of the weather graph to see numerical data for that date and time. It doesn’t really work for touch screens; it’s mouse-centric. You can tap, but you can’t drag to find the data point you want; doing so starts a text selection. The iOS app behaves the same way. It’s clear that this app is a wrapper around a web view.
Other problems with the website also extend to the app: slow loading of graph data, graph data not loading, seeing the login screen every time it loads even when you’ve set the site to remember-me mode...
I appreciate that AmbientWeather wants to provide an app. But this is literally the least effort possible in an app. I suspect that it was developed using a cross-platform “easy app development via HTML” toolkit. The only reason to use it is to avoid opening a new Safari tab.
Previous versions forced a log in every time the app was launched and sometimes, the login would fail. So far, this new version logs in consistently and updates weather info automatically. I was about to give up on this app but, now, I find it very useful. Keep it up Ambient Weather!
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.