John McLaughlin's Storm Hunter Weather

Developed in partnership with former KCCI-TV (Des Moines, IA) meteorologist
John McLaughlin to provide a simplified display of advanced radar data and Safety Net alerting to multiple locations with user-definable thresholds. McLaughlin pioneered the use of Doppler radar for severe storm tracking on Iowa television, working with Bob Baron of Baron Weather to develop and install the nation's first High Definition Doppler radar (VHDD) in 1995.Storm Hunter allows you the option to select notification as storms begin to produce lighting, hail, or rotation so you can be alerted even before official warnings are issued. Up to eight locations can be specified so you can make sure your loved ones know when dangerous weather approaches.

Storm Hunter includes five high resolution NWS radars covering Iowa. Select from radar intensity and velocity, plus one click threat delineation with the "Baron Button" breaking down storm cells into rain, hail and wind threats.
Storm Hunter's Future Scan product extrapolates storm cells from their current radar locations out to one hour including predicted decay or growth.

Detailed national radar will cover you across the United States, plus our "U.S. Severe Wind" product shows the areas of greatest wind shear as detected across the network of National Weather Service Doppler Radars. This tool is useful for quickly identifying rotation and damaging wind areas.

In addition to custom alerts, you can save multiple location for specific computer generated weather forecasts from the national weather prediction models.
Forecast radar and rain/snow accumulations out to 24 hours and radar estimated rain totals are great features in the Storm Hunter app.

The Storm Hunter app is linked to the Iowa Storm Chasing Network for live streaming of severe weather events from the Storm Hunter Ford Escape chase vehicle and live radar analysis for significant tornado days.

Storm Hunter Weather is sponsored by the McLaughlin Family companies in Iowa, Including New Way Ford, New Way Auto Group, McLaughlin Imprint and Apparel and Hurricane Motorsports. Advertisement links include exclusive discounts on new and used automobiles and apparel for Storm Hunter users.

Meteorologist John McLaughlin says "The Storm Hunter app is a way for me to continue to share my passion for weather, even after my 31 year career on Iowa television ended due to a medical condition. Best of all, thanks to my family members financial support, the app is free to download and use. For that I am very grateful."

What’s New

Version 5.0.0

• Locations for forecast data/map data and Safety Net alerts are now all handled in a centralized location.
• The user’s selected locations are now consistent across forecasts and alerts, and don’t need to be managed independently.
• Safety Net alerts are now toggled on for the user’s location upon app install. New locations added also have Safety Net alerts automatically turned on.
• Users can now choose whether to receive alerts from each separate location.
• When a user clicks an alert notification, they are now taken to the map page showing the last viewed data product for that alert location.
• A new 7-day forecast includes a written forecast for both day and night time.

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
40 Ratings

40 Ratings

Hannsg1993 ,

My go-to weather app

This is a great free app and provides way more info than the weather channel one that’s standard on iPhones. I love how you can click on the storm and view the height, speed, hail, etc. I live SW of Marshalltown and this app sent me tornado alerts prior to the emergency alert from the NWS.

Edited to add my biggest complaint, which may not be a big deal for some: the forecasts are very liberal with the rain forecasting. My other apps will say a slight chance and this app will say like 80% all day, and it doesn’t rain. I just check my other apps to compare.

I hope in the future John makes some tutorials or maybe a paid version for those wanting to get into hobby meteorology, for lack of a better term. Most weather companies/apps explain things in a very watered down way, so I would definitely be interested in something like that!

Angry in Alaska ,

Found a tornado

This app is awesome. The feature that shows mesocyclone data is so useful. Last June, I spotted a supercell on the map that was just 10 miles north of my house. Drove up the road and the app showed s tornado vortex signature and sure enough 5 minutes later it dropped a beautiful low precip EF3 that sat on the ground for an hour. No injuries too! I was there before the storm was even tornado warned thanks to the app. Also, tornado-genesis is amazing.

Nutty4gymn ,

GREAT APP and loaded with features

John and his partners have put together an incredible app that not only tells the temp and shows you a radar but it also does so much more. And no more guessing on how things work because John has put together some wonderful training videos that are concise as well as instructional. A+++++


McLaughlin Motors LLC
85.6 MB

Requires iOS 9.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 4+
This app may use your location even when it isn't open, which can decrease battery life.
© Copyright 2018 McLaughlin Family Companies, LLC


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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