WEATHER & DISASTER APPS


Accuweather

What: The Accuweather app is an accurate source of weather information. The latest weather news and information are featured providing unique forecasts in more than 100 languages and dialects.

Key functions:

  • AccuWeather MinuteCast (minute to minute precipitation forecast for the next 2 hrs).
  • Current weather observations
  • Forecast summary and details
  • Local/ Short term outlook forecast
  • Animated radar and satellite imagery

Location: Australia
Platform: iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch), android
Cost: Free
Available offline/without reception: No
Where do I get it?  Accuweather      iTunes        GooglePlay
Reviews: iTunes        GooglePlay


AUS Rain Radar

What: The AUS Rain Radar app uses BoM radar with local weather forecast for Australia to give you accurate information in a beautifully designed, simple to use app.

Key functions:

  • Quick access to rain radar and weather.
  • Stylish layout, easy to determine current rain and weather forecasts.
  • Your GPS location on radar is located.

Location: Australia
Platform: iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch)
Cost: Free
Available offline/without reception: No
Where do I get it?  iTunes
Reviews: iTunes


Australian CliMate

What: CliMate is a suite of climate analysis tools delivered on the Web, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices. The App allows you to interrogate climate records (over the last 60 yrs) to ask a number of questions relating to rainfall, temperature, radiation, as well as derived variables such as heat sums, soil water and soil nitrate. 

Key functions:

Helps you to answer the following questions:

  • How often? What is the chance of a rainfall event based on 'x' amount of rainfall over 'y' days? How often is a heat sum achieved in a set period of time? What is the probability of temperature being above or below a critical level? E.g. for germination or flowering
  •  How hot-cold? When planning for an optimum temperature regime, when are heat and cold stresses lowest? e.g. crop flowering?
  • Season's progress? When adjusting inputs during a crop or pasture season, how does the current season compare with previous conditions in terms of rainfall, temperature, heat sum or radiation? 
  • How wet? N? How much water and nitrate have I stored over the fallow? This may help me adjust inputs to better match yield expectations.
  • How likely? Based on current ENSO conditions, what is the probability that rainfall or temperature is greater than or less than key thresholds (e.g. terciles, median) and how reliable have these forecasts been in the past? 
  • How's El Nino? What is the current ENSO status based on key atmospheric and oceanic indicators? What is the Australian Bureau of Meteorology's interpretation of this? 
  • How's the Past? Presents graphical views of monthly and annual rainfall, temperature and radiation to explore historic patterns.

Location: Australia
Platform: iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch)
Cost: Free
Available offline/without reception: No
Where do I get it?  iTunes
Reviews: iTunes


AUS Weather

What: The Aus Weather app gets information from the BoM and provides accurate weather information.

Key functions:

  • BoM radar map
  • GPS location finder to get the weather nearest to you automatically.
  • Forecasts ( 3rd hourly, 24 hours, 7 day) and Fire danger.
  • Customise the app with plenty of designs to choose from.

Location: Australia
Platform: iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch)
Cost: Free
Available offline/without reception: No
Where do I get it?  iTunes
Reviews: iTunes


CFA FireReady

What: The CFA FireReady app provides users with bushfire warnings and information in Victoria.

Key functions:

  • Live incident map showing current official warnings, planned burns and other incidents in Victoria.
  • Simple to use Watch Zones, ensuring you get official warnings for your local area.
  • GPS integrated to determine your location

Location: Australia
Platform: iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPad touch), android
Cost: Free
Available offline/without reception: No
Where do I get it?  CFA- FireReady         iTunes       GooglePlay
Reviews: iTunes           GooglePlay


DAFWA Weather Stations

What: The DAFWA weather stations app captures live data from approx. 130 Western Australian weather stations.

Key functions:

  • Temperature, humidity, wind speed and direction, solar radiation and soil temperature forecasts are provided.
  • Uses GPS to show the user stations nearby.

Location: Australia
Platform: iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch), android
Cost: Free
Available offline/without reception: No
Where do I get it?  DAFWA              iTunes             GooglePlay


Elders Weather

What: The Elders Weather App includes over 2,000 Australia locations with unique features relevant for agricultural businesses. Produced by Weatherzone based on data from BOM.

Key functions: 

  • Ability to add up to 10 favourite locations
  • Delta T
  • 7 Day forecast
  • 12 month rainfall
  • Nino 3.4 Index
  • Local radar with play/pause functionality

Location: Australia
Platform: iPhone
Cost: $2.49
Available offline/without reception: No
Where do I get it?   iTunes     


Emergency AUS

What: The Emergency AUS app delivers warnings and incident information issued by official agencies across Australia.

Key functions:

  • Sort lists by distance from current location.
  • Multi hazard/ multi risk incidents and warning.
  • Sensory Obervations- capture, record and share information abut emergency conditions.
  • The app also provides Watch areas and Proximity alerts.

Location: Australia
Platform: iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPad touch), android
Cost: Free
Available offline/without reception: No
Where do I get it?  Emergency AUS            iTunes    GooglePlay
Reviews: iTunes         GooglePlay


Fires Near Me

What: The Fires Near Me app provides users with bushfire information in Australia and New Zealand. Incidents, total fire bans and information about the incident are given.

Key functions:

  • Finds your current location on GPS and notification if there is a fire within 50km of you location.
  • Displays fires within a 10km radius of your location.
  • List of bushfires in NSW (sorted by proximity to your location)
  • Tap on the fire and find out information about it.

Location: Australia
Platform: iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPad touch), android
Cost: Free
Available offline/without reception: No
Where do I get it?  NSW RFS          iTunes             GooglePlay
Reviews: iTunes            GooglePlay


Fires Near Me NSW

What: The Fires Near Me NSW app provides information on current incidents across NSW attended by the Rural Fir Service and provides information on total fire bans.

Key functions:

  • Finds your current location on GPS and notification if there is a fire within 50km of you location.
  • Displays fires within a 10km radius of your location.
  • List of bushfires in NSW (sorted by proximity to your location)
  • Tap on the fire and find out information about it.

Location: Australia
Platform: iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPad touch), android
Cost: Free
Available offline/without reception: Unknown
Where do I get it?  NSW RFS          iTunes            GooglePlay
Reviews: iTunes             GooglePlay



Landmark

What: The Landmark app provides users with a variety of features producers need at the click of a button. Locate your nearest Landmark store, check out what the weather is doing or look at tools.

Key functions:

  • Weather
  • Find your nearest landmark store (GPS guided)
  • Read the Landmark Property magazine
  • Tools and calculators

Location: Australia
Platform: iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch)
Cost: Free
Available offline/without reception: yes
Where do I get it?  iTunes
Reviews: No current reviews


Pocket Weather Australia

What: Showcases live weather data from the BOM.

Key functions: 

  • Information for every suburb in Australia
  • Hourly temperature predictions 7 days into the future
  • BOM rain radars

Location: Australia
Platform: iOS (iPhone, iPad, Apple watch), android.
Cost: $2.99 (iTunes), $1.99 (Google Play)
Available offline/without reception: yes
Where do I get it?  iTunes          Google Play
Reviews:  iTunes     Google Play


RainLog

What: Record rainfall and snow events on your device.

Key functions:

  • Data can be recorded in either mm or inches
  • Bar graph shows monthly totals for rainfall or snow
  • Current monthly totals and averages for Past 2 years and Past 5 years are displayed clearly in columns
  • compare current year and previous years Month To Date (MTD) totals and Year To Date (YTD) total
  • Backup files in CSV format (can import data into excel spreadsheet)
  • iCloud enabled

Location: Australia
Platform: iOS (iPhone, iPad)
Cost: $2.99
Available offline/without reception: No
Where do I get it?     iTunes
Reviews:  iTunes


Rain Recorder

What: Chart and log daily rainfall.

Key functions:

  • Data can be recorded in either mm or inches
  • Generate graphical vies of rainfall data.
  • Backup files in CSV format (can import/export data into excel spreadsheet.

Location: Australia
Platform: Android
Cost: $2.99 (iOS), Google Play ($0.99)
Available offline/without reception: Yes
Where do I get it?      Google Play
Reviews:     Google Play


RainRadarAU

What: The RainRadarAU app displays a sequence of real time radar images sourced from the BoM. Direction and intensity of rain a you selected radar are shown.

Key functions:

  • Weather observations, national radar and satellite map.
  • Zoom in on the radar map.
  • Your current GPS location is shown on the map.

Location: Australia
Platform: iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch)
Cost: $1.49
Available offline/without reception: No
Where do I get it?  RainRadarAU     iTunes
Reviews:  iTunes


Sky News Weather

What: The Sky News Weather app gets its information from Foxtel channel 603, Australia’s only 24hr weather channel. Forecasts, observations, maps, radar and weather warnings are covered.

Key functions:  

  • Current observations and extended forecast
  • Weather warnings direct form BoM.
  • Includes every weather radar in the country.
  • 5 day rain forcast maps

Location: Australia
Platform: iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch), android
Cost: Free
Available offline/without reception: No
Where do I get it?  Sky News Weather        iTunes             GooglePlay
Reviews: iTunes                    GooglePlay


The Weather Channel

What: The Weather Channel app is based on accurate, precise weather forecasts which includes loads of features.

Key functions:

  • Forecasts- Hourly, 15day and weekend
  • Detailed current conditions. Get ‘feels like’ weather, humidity, wind speed and more.
  • Weather maps are fast loading with past and future radar.

Location: America
Platform: iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch), android
Cost: Free
Available offline/without reception: No
Where do I get it?  iTunes     GooglePlay
Reviews: iTunes        GooglePlay


Weatherzone

What: The Weatherzone app uses a combination of Bureau of Meteorology and Weather Zone meteorologists to produce accurate forecasts, hence why Weatherzone is the most popular weather app.

Key functions:

  • Up to date local weather using a GPS location
  • Real time obervations for temperature, wind speed, gusts, direction, dew point, relative humidity, rainfall, pressure and rain since 9am.
  • Past 14hr, Month to date charts and almanac.
  • Warnings and Fir Danger Ratings.
  • Sunrise and sunset times and so much more.

Location: Australia
Platform: iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch), android
Cost: Free
Available offline/without reception: No
Where do I get it?  Weatherzone        iTunes GooglePlay
Reviews: iTunes        GooglePlay


WillyWeather

What: The WillyWeather app features BoM radar and satellite information ensuring accurate wind, tide, swell and UV forecasts, moon phases and sunrise/ sunset. 7 day forecasts, Radar, and Satellite are a few features.

Key functions:

  • Interactive rainfall radar and satellite
  • Interactive tide, swell and wind forecast graphs.
  • Organise interface providing weather data important to you, easily.

Location: Australia
Platform: iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch), android
Cost: Free
Available offline/without reception: No
Where do I get it?  WillyWeather      iTunes             GooglePlay
Reviews: iTunes            GooglePlay


YR

What: Yr is a service from the Norwegian Meterological Institute and NRK that many Australians have turned to for its reliability and accuracy in predicting weather in Australia.

Key functions:

  • weather forecasts
  • textual forecasts
  • meteograms
  • extreme weather warnings.

Location: Norway
Platform: iOS (iPhone, iPad), android
Cost: Free
Available offline/without reception: No
Where do I get it?  iTunes             GooglePlay
Reviews: iTunes            GooglePlay



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