For USA Weather only:
wXL23 is a free, no-ads, and open-source ( GNU GPLv3 / APL2.0 ) advanced weather application that is geared towards storm chasers, meteorologists, and weather enthusiasts. NWS ( National Weather Service ) data is optimized for mobile format and provided for divisions not normally covered together in the mobile space: SPC, WPC, NHC, OPC, etc. Level 3 and Level 2 Nexrad radar ( single, dual, quad pane ) are provided and displayed using the mobile variant of OpenGL. This weather app is not affiliated with NOAA or the National Weather Service.
If you *only* need current conditions and your local 7 day forecast then this app is probably more then you need although it will easily provide those 2 things as well. If you are looking for wasted screen real estate or fancy graphics this app is not for you. Given the depth of information covered there is a steep learning curve if you seek to use the program in it's entirety, help information is available and touched on below. Common weather acronyms are used throughout so you should be familiar with those as well. Currently United States locations are supported.
HELP is available from the main menu and by tapping on any text in the settings activities.
- Current forecast, 7 day conditions, sounding data for an unlimited number of locations from NWS.
- Customizable home screen
- Metal based Nexrad radar interface with numerous options. Level 2 in the lowest tilt for base reflectivity/velocity is also available. 2 pane and 4 pane version also available in MISC tab.
- Optimized text product viewer for easy access to AFD,HWO and others from any NWS WFO.
- Vis/IR/WV/Radar mosaic viewer ( with animations ).
- SPC products ( such as Watches/MCDs/Convective Outlooks/Mesoanalysis )
- WPC products
- Weather models
- NHC products
Add Central Pacific in NHC screen (3 images, 1 text product)
Updates to NCEP models in response to website change.
- Add new models: HRW-ARW2, HREF, NBM
- SREF/GEFS-MEAN-SPRD adad precip_ptot Total Accumulated Precipitation of Period
- HRRR add 300_wnd, fix to 250_wnd,
- RAP add 200_wnd_ht
- HRRR add 850_temp_mslp_precip
- NAM-HIRES add ceiling
- Rename the following areas:
ATLPAC -> ATL-PAC
NPAC -> NORTH-PAC
EPAC -> EAST-PAC
SPAC -> SOUTH-PAC
WNATL -> WN-ATL
WGOA -> WEST-GOA
EGOA -> EAST-GOA
SCAL -> SOUTH-CAL
SREF: Change prob_precip_25 to prob_precip_0.25in
- Remove sim_radar_comp from the following models
- Remove sim_radar_max from the following models
Ratings and Reviews
So. Much. Weather!
I’ve barely scratched the surface of this app, and I’m already blown away by just how much weather data is readily available, all open-source, and without cost, ads, or fluff. Sure, you can find a lot of it via official NOAA/NWS channels, but not all in one place, and not in a mobile-friendly format.
With bloated commercial weather apps and companies big and small trying to sell us the weather data we’ve already paid for with our tax dollars, while sneakily selling their users’ metrics to ad companies (and whoever else), this is a breath of fresh air.
Thanks to the dev for bringing this no-nonsense power-user weather app to iOS at last! Outstanding!
This app is a great one stop shop of weather products! Just beginning to dig deeper into the many options, and so far only suggestions are to add cities and highways to the radar display and also NOT limit the size of the satellite images! Plenty of WiFi and unlimited data plans now and with high resolution displays, no need to worry about this anymore. Otherwise nicely done!
UPDATE: found the map options to add highways...this app is now my daily weather briefing!
Developer Response ,
Thank-you for your feedback. In the next release due out later this week, please find a new option in settings -> UI (that you need to toggle "on") to use full resolution GOES images. --Josh
For those serious about study of weather!
I came to this app from a down event in the RadarScope app one day. I am blown away by the sheer quantity of weather info available here! Sure it may lack the polish of RS but makes up for it in providing tons of data that is completely useful and yet absent from RS. If you're serious about tracking storms and want the data behind it, this app is second to none! Well done!
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.