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PocketWeather app review: your pocket guide to the weather



How would you like to have your own personal weather guide on-hand whenever you need it? The PocketWeather app for your iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone acts as your pocket reference guide that is customizable, powerful, and most of all filled with information. This is an uncomplicated approach to weather for those who want the details without all the added fuss that some of the apps are known to feature. The weather information is gathered from METAR stations which are used to provide airline pilots with weather details, so you know you're getting the best of the best.

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The Basics Plus More

When you opt to get your weather details from the PocketWeather app you'll be accessing highly detailed and accurate information straight from METAR stations. You'll be able to enjoy short and long term forecasts through a variety of different views and sub-views. Choose from Forecast, Overview, Sun and Moon, and other sub-views. This is actually the tool that commercial airline pilots use, and you know they need a highly dependable and accurate tool. As far as the forecasts go there are hourly forecasts, in-depth details, and a table view of an overview.

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The app is free to use but there are additional features that require an in-app purchase of $1.99. Unfortunately the app only has 2.5 out of five stars from users who have encountered a number of problems with the app working. Obviously in order for this to be a dependable too it needs to be stable and without problems. It was last updated one year ago and it's clear that it's time for another update.

View basic weather details
View basic weather details

An Unstable Experience

The PocketWeather app has a number of features and tools going for it but because it is so unstable it overshadows all the positives. When it comes to the features there are such things as the graphs that show the historical weather information, hourly, and weekly, there are maps you can view from around the world, national level, regional, local, earthquake events, and more. One cool feature the app offers that is unique is the lightning stopwatch. This app allows you to measure the amount of time between lightning strikes and then thunder. Now if you happen to see a major weather event take place you can share it on Facebook and Twitter through the app. I will say the user interface isn't very modern or exciting; there could definitely be some improvements here.

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The weather radar maps are meant to shed more information
The weather radar maps are meant to shed more information

PocketWeather - #1 Weather App


Pros and Cons


  • Weather details are from METAR stations
  • There are a number of different map views
  • There are short and long term forecasts
  • There is a lighting stopwatch to measure the time between lighting and thunder


  • The app appears to be quite unstable
  • Not all features are included for free

Powerful weather forecast
Powerful weather forecast

Final Thoughts

The PocketWeather app for your iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone is meant to provide users with a quick way to access the weather but unfortunately this one is too unstable to be considered reliable.


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