Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Android Apps for Weather

OK, I admit it, I am a gadget freak. I should attend the nearest Gadge-a-holics anonymous meeting room. I just love technology and I am always looking for ways to use information gathered from gadgets to apply to our boating adventures. 

In a previous posting we looked at pointing the TV antenna for best performance for digital reception depending on your geographical location. Click Here to view.

In the last Android apps posting I did a bit on coastal tides and their effect upon rivers. Click Here to view.  When dealing with rivers, it also pays to consider the weather and the amount of water flowing down stream.

Today its the turn of the weather. If only I had an android app to control the weather. My birthday celebration and the queens jubilee might not have been such a washout.  Maybe one day! Most android phones come with a weather application as standard. In the main such applications work quite well. But the one thing I have noticed is that their accuracy is only good for 24 to 36 hours ahead.

You can of course get your forecasts on the move with the official Met Office Weather application for android.  The met Office is the UK’s national meteorological service. As you might expect the Met Office should provide the most accurate and reliable weather forecasts.

The features of the Met Office Android application include:

• 5-day UK forecasts.
• National severe weather warnings.
• Daily weather maps.
• Save your favourite locations.
• Three-hourly forecasts out to five days ahead.
• Probability of precipitation.
• UV forecast maps.
• Feels like temperature.
• Interactive weather maps.
• More detailed weather warning information.

All we need now is an Android application for the The Environment Agency!

The The Environment Agency provides a flood warning service throughout England and Wales in areas at risk of flooding from rivers or the sea. Using the latest available technology, the Environment Agency monitor rainfall, river levels and sea conditions 24 hours a day and use this information to forecast the possibility of flooding.  

I have created a poll that will run between now and the 1st of January 2013. It's not very scientific. Its a simple question "Will CART Succeed". You have three choices Yes, Unsure and No. Now you can vote for one of the three choices. If you change your mind before the poll closing date. You can come back and change your vote. (I wish we could do that for politicians) You will find the poll option on the right hand side just below the members pictures.


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