The venerable U.S. weather app Wx, named a Mac Gem by Macworld magazine, is now available for iPad! Wx displays current conditions, forecasts, alerts, and radar for U.S. locations using high fidelity XML data from the U.S. National Weather Service. The app is designed for two specific types of customers: serious weather watchers who want detailed information and facts with no fuss, and casual users who want a fast, clean, and functional weather app that has low memory overhead and low CPU/battery usage.
Wx lets you choose your location on an embedded map, and uses that to setup custom forecasts based on the latitude and longitude of the location. Forecasts include a 7-day summary "point" forecast, and a 7-day “pro” forecast that graphs temperature (actual and apparent), dew point, relative humidity, cloud cover, wind speed, wind direction, gust speed, 12-hour probability of precipitation, 6-hour liquid precipitation amount, and 6-hour snow amount. These forecasts are about as good as it gets if you need to plan work, sports, hobbies, and outdoor activities based on upcoming weather. With their high spatial resolution, the point and pro forecasts are especially useful in coastal and mountainous regions, where typical zone forecasts can be inaccurate.
Wx also lets you receive current conditions data from nearby NWS observation sites (over 1700 available in the U.S. and its territories), get radar data from nearby NEXRAD radar sites, and receive warnings from nearby city- and county-based alert zones.
Wx lets you bookmark and setup weather maps for quick reference. Choose from many default NWS maps and images, or provide the URL for any map of your choice and load it right in the app! If you have preferred weather providers, you can load your favorite maps and images right in Wx and keep them handy.
Wx is crafted with attention to detail by a professional software developer with 29 years of experience, 15 years focused on developing weather software for OS X and 12 years writing apps for iOS devices. Wx has multiple levels of redundancy to handle severe weather events that can strain NWS servers, and even offers network settings for both Wi-Fi and cellular operation so that you can fine tune the app’s performance and bandwidth needs.
Mac users, be sure to check out Wx for OS X on the Mac App Store. iPhone users, check out Wx for iPhone here on iTunes.
***NOTE*** If you need support or help, or have feedback, suggestions, or feature requests, please contact us via the support link (above) or on our website at hrtapps.com.
Wx for iPad 3.1.3 restores radar functionality after the NWS changed their radar framework in late December 2020 and broke the previous implementation. In addition, the NWS has discontinued some of the previously available radar mosaic maps, so those have been removed from the app (users should manually delete old maps from their list). New mosaics are available for CONUS, Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, and the Caribbean, and can be added using the "Add Map..." button at the bottom of your location/map list.
Ratings and Reviews
OK, but not enough to it
What I look for in a weather app is a more in-depth understanding of what's going on. Wx does not provide that. It gives thorough forecasts and cool-looking gauges for displaying current conditions, and a nice set of maps. It's interface is clean. The "Pro Forecast", a line chart of predicted upcoming temperatures, is nifty. But that's it. The app includes a list of predefined NWS maps, but could go much further in that direction. If it did, I would rate it more highly. How about a link to a map that shows a radar-enhanced or weather map-enhanced satellite loop? I actually prefer the AccuWeather pro app for iPad, even though it has unsophisticated maps.
Unable to link to sites, only to images
VERY disappointed in this app. I was hoping to link to sites such as HRRR, model sites, SKEW-T or even GOES 16 sites.
You are better off just creating shortcuts in your web browser or short cuts to your desktop to get sites requiring interactive input to work.
If the site link does not end in a picture format such as .jpg, you get a download error on right side of screen. In safari, I get the looping graphic image perfectly.
Also, once you do create a link, you can’t edit the link. You have to delete the link and start all over again rather than just updating a link within an existing menu option you just created.
Thanks for updating the iPad version
Thanks for updating the iPad version so that it can be viewed in landscape mode and be zoomable.
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- Craig Hunter
- 5.3 MB
- Requires iPadOS 11.4 or later.
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