The all-new WRAL Weather App is a powerful, yet easy-to-use weather station for your phone. Get truly local forecasts from a team of six full-time meteorologists who know North Carolina’s weather inside and out.
The WRAL Weather team delivers weather updates around-the-clock from the WRAL WeatherCenter in Raleigh, direct to your phone or tablet. Get the latest video forecast, interactive radar with Futurecast, and customizable severe weather alerts for your exact location and the favorite cities you select.
Turn on push notification for the app and receive critical weather alerts, and use the interactive radar map to see where severe weather is headed next.
It’s weather Coverage You Can Count On.
• Squashed an iControl bug related to iOS 13+
Ratings and Reviews
A bit disappointing
Edit: Haven't looked at this review in a long while so hadn't seen the developer response that "it isn't the intent of WRAL to 'force' anyone to go online to do anything". Sad to say, that part has only gotten worse. The detailed video is what I'm talking about and now you can only get a brief video without going to the Live News and Weather and wait for the ads to play. In a severe weather event the app and WRAL seem to have improved the availability, otherwise I'm likely to miss the video weather - but I can always find it at ABC 11, so I'm good. (End of updated review, May 2019)
WRAL weather reporting is good because of the expertise of the the weather staff. This new app is disappointing because it's clear that it intentionally forces users to go to WRAL online to get in depth reporting, especially video reporting (join us at WRAL online for the details'). When you go to WRAL online you get 10 minutes of ads before you can see any report, weather or anything. That's really bad in a severe weather event. I know you have to pay for things, but it's so much that busy people will walk away.
Isn't that what a mobile weather app is all about? Busy people turning to a quick look at the weather? Too bad I too often have to miss the details and go to another source for them.
Developer Response ,
Are there any specific features that you are looking for in the WRAL Weather app? We can confidently say that it is not our intention to "force" you to go to WRAL.com when you are using any of our apps.
You can reach us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Liked the old version better
I miss the old layout of the 7 day forecast. The new version has WAY too many ads. I dislike the fixed portrait orientation and haven’t found a way to adjust it to landscape for my iPad.
I also can’t seem to get a good setting on the “special weather bulletin” alerts. I want to know if there is bad weather coming or maybe thick fog in the morning, but I don’t want to get alerts for every time the wind blows or all night long while I’m trying to sleep. I checked the other alerts I want to get, but if there is a special weather statement concerning, say, air quality, and I don’t have “air quality” checked, I still get the alert. The last round of storms we had roll through, I had to finally shut off the audible alerts because they were going off almost every 30 min for lightning advisory updates and flash flood advisories. I don’t need that at 3:00 in the morning, especially since the storm had already passed my area! It would be nice if there was a way to set a schedule for muting non-emergency audible alerts especially if one chooses the special bulletin alerts.
Developer Response ,
Thank you for your feedback, and thanks for checking out the new WRAL Weather app!
We are currently exploring a lanscape presentation for tablets. This was a feature we've intended to include from the beginning, but also knew if would come post-launch so we had ample time to make use of the additional screen real estate.
We are also looking at our current alert offering and discussing ways we can allow users to better fine-tune the alerts they receive without making the experience too busy or confusing.
New Version Needs Help
I don’t know how long the new version of the WRAL Weather App has been out, but it updated on my phone late last week. At this point, I’m not favorably impressed. Before on iControl radar, I could see all of my locations pinpointed. Now I see only my current location. I could live with that, but yesterday when I clicked on it, it would either show no precipitation (it was raining at the time), it would not “play” at all, or the precipitation was coming from east of me (it truly wasn’t). Last night during non-stop severe storm alerts I resorted to going to the menu and pulling up Doppler 5000 to see what was coming. Also, the Weather Feed is now on the open screen but to enlarge it to be able to read the graphics, you must go back to the menu and open Weather Feed. From there you can enlarge. Giving 3 stars only because I have confidence that WRAL will improve this product to the point it deserves having the WRAL name on it.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.