I am sure I am not alone in the fascination I have with watching the weather. While storms can be dangerous and damaging I still must confess that I love watching a good one.
I live in an area that gets frequent late-day thunderstorms in summer along with the occasional tropical storm in late summer and fall. During these severe weather events I can frequently be found sitting on my porch watching all of the action. Honestly, I probably should have been a storm chaser.
That is why I love weather apps -- both in my browser, on my phone and even on my desktop. There is no shortage of options for all of those solutions.
However, recently I have been testing a desktop app, Weather Watcher Live, that I have to say I like very much. There is a drawback, but there are also a number of positives, so let's look at both.
On the positive
The app pulls data from a number of sources, as opposed to just one as most dedicated apps do. It also has a number of different views, like Refresh, Now, Hourly, Daily, Monthly, Local, Alerts, Maps and Settings. In addition, it shows advisories for severe weather in a red bar just beneath the tabs, as well put popping up a box in your system tray.
On the negative
Price. Plain and simple. The app comes with a 30-day free trial, no credit card required to sign up. However, it will stop working after those thirty days unless your subscribe. Plans begin at $19 per year -- there are longer plans available, but alas, there is no discount for taking one of them.
There are free alternatives, although they pack a few less features and do not collate date from multiples sources. However, if you are feeling thrifty then both the Weather Channel app and Weather Bug will work just fine for you and provide much of the same functionality. In the end, it comes down to what you want what you are willing to spend to get it. For me, the jury is still out, but I will likely go back to the Weather Channel app when my trial is up. But, this tempting.
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