Weather.com has had an iPhone version of their site for quite a while now (Oct 07) but news is slowing just before the iPhone 3G launch so I thought I’d catch up on some old apps, in this case web apps, that got skipped. This will also allow new iPhone 3G owners to see things others may already know about. Finally, this will also add to our web apps category that isn’t very full right now. I haven’t been a big fan of web apps but there are some really great ones now and they are worth writing about.
Please send me links to your favorite web apps via our contact form on the about page and we’ll share them with everyone. Now, on to the Weather.com web app review:
The link for the iPhone is weather.com/iphone. Going to weather.com will still take you to the full site. The first thing you do is add your location. You can do this by tapping in your zip code or city’s name. You may add up to 5 locations.
There are three main choices at the bottom: Today, Maps, and Forecast. Today gives you all of today’s weather: temp, feels like temp, UV index, wind, humidity, pressure, dew point and visibility. It also gives you 4 more predictions for the next few hours. By tapping the “next” button in the top right corner you can view next 4 days of weather.
The Maps option gives you 3 map options and 4 weather overlays giving you a total of 12 different looks. Kinda like Google Maps, you get Road, Hybrid and Aerial. The weather overlay options are Radar, Clouds, Clouds/Radar and Loop. The loop gives you 5 frames.
Forecast option displays a 10 day forecast with a weather icon, high low temp and precipitation percentage for each day. You can tap on the column for more details of that day.
Another great feature is warnings scroll across in a red ticker. Tapping the details tab on the ticker gives you the full text description of the warning. Finally there is a tab in the bottom right corner titled “more weather” which takes you to a basic mobile page with more links. Looks like a page that would work on any mobile device. This page has links to video forecasts, pollen, almanac, ski reports, etc. Again, this all looks designed for any mobile device but still looks great on the iPhone.
A final note is that this website also looks great when the iPhone is rotated horizontally.