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    Weather Apps and severe weather alerts for smart phones

    I had an app that could be programmed to sound loud alarm when a warning happens in the area. It could be set to only go off if there was a tornado warning in Forrest County, or it could be set to alert you to flood warnings and a bunch of other events that are less likely to happen here, like avalanches, etc. Anyway I can't remember what it was called now and I guess I took it off the phone. This morning at 6 my phone woke me up with a tornado warning. I assumed it was that app because I didn't remember taking it off my phone. Now I'm thinking it was the government alert, but my husband's iPhone didn't go off, so I don't know... Did everyone get a loud alarm at 6 a.m. about a tornado warning? It just said "Tornado warning in this area." I was half asleep and very annoyed, so I closed it without paying attention to what app it was, then I checked the weather online. Once I woke up and realized what was going on, I was glad the thing woke me up. I get nervous when there is severe weather overnight because I know it wouldn't wake me up until the roof was being pulled off.

    Also, does anyone know of a radar app that would show more detail than the sucky WDAM radar app? I checked it this morning and it was useless. Couldn't tell what was where, and there was no way to zoom out or in or move it around. It was just a red blotch on the screen. I'd like a weather app that will show the most recent radar and some detail of where rotation is suspected to be and where things are heading.


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    Re: Weather Apps and severe weather alerts for smart phones

    Yes. All four iphones in this house went off with the Tornado warning this morning.

    You can turn the feature off.... It's in the settings, somewhere.
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    My phone alerted me at 5:45 (right before the loud as crap siren went off) this morning thru the wdam app and the wunderground app. On WDAM's app, I could clearly see a red rectangle showing the suspected tornado in purvis and it's projected direction. It WAS a more defined red rectangle in a sea of red, but I could see it. As far as radar, I've used wunderground, weather channel app and wdam. They all seem to perform about the same as far as radar.
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    Okay. Yeah I saw the red in a sea of red, but couldn't tell where it was or where it was going. Of course this was super early and I was half asleep, so maybe my eyes just weren't seeing it, but I messed with it for a minute or two trying to see if I could zoom out or see some other features or something before I gave up and checked elsewhere.


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    I didn't realize that there were such apps. I've really got to get more savvy about such things.
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    I've honestly found Facebook to be WAY more informative of where tornados are and where they're headed than any app. When my phone goes off with an alert, I go straight to fb; generally the various local news channels have posted a warning and a radar image that's MUCH clearer than any of the apps.
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    Re: Weather Apps and severe weather alerts for smart phones

    I use iAlert, but I also got the local government warning.
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    Re: Weather Apps and severe weather alerts for smart phones

    Weather bug has a good radar and on iPhone, you can turn the emergency alerts on or off under notifications at the bottom.
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    Yeah, Weatherbug.

    I thought the alarm was a CSpire thing, but I could be wrong.
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    I got the alarm this morning..........I thought it may be WDAM........
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    I did have weather bug, but deleted it. I just have the weather channel now. I thought the alert was a cspire thing too, but I guess not cause mine didn't go off this morning. Thank Goodness since I got in bed after 4.


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    Re: Weather Apps and severe weather alerts for smart phones

    A friend and I both have iPhone 5/5s. I'm with ATT and he's with CSpire. CSpire is good with sending the alerts out, ATT not so much, as we live in the same neighborhood. Weatherbug is good and so is WLOX.
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    Weather Apps and severe weather alerts for smart phones

    RadarScope app for iPhone. A bit pricey at $10 a few years back, but for weather radar it's hard to beat. I woke up with the weather radio alarm and was able to see the tornado comma shaped clouds on the radar and know it was on a track to miss us.

    It's a little complex to use, you have to learn about different radar products, but once you do you can see quite a bit.

    For example, composite reflectivity shows how much moisture is in the air, so is a good rough gauge of where the heaviest rain is. Relative velocity shows how fast the moisture is moving towards or away from the radar. Good for seeing areas of high winds, or areas where two opposing wind directions are curving around a common center, indicating the kind of rotation that could be a tornado.

    It shows watches and warnings, storm cell predicted tracks with time marks on them, and lets you quickly measure a radius from a point so you can see how far away a cell is.
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    Re: Weather Apps and severe weather alerts for smart phones

    Oddly enough, I don't recall ever signing up for any alert system, and yet I get a text alarm when the tornado sirens go off. It's kind of disturbing actually.

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