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NOAA Weather Alerts app for iPhone and iPad


4.6 ( 3376 ratings )
Weather Travel
Developer: WeatherSphere
1.99 USD
Current version: 5.3, last update: 5 months ago
First release : 12 Feb 2011
App size: 59.79 Mb

A simple yet powerful app that combines science with simplicity so you can be notified of real-time severe weather warnings that affect your locations.

NOAA Weather Alerts has been updated for iOS 10 and beyond. With this major update comes a sleek new design, new alerts, and new weather radar.

NOAA Weather Alerts sends you storm-based (or polygon) alerts via push notification so you can be notified of real-time severe weather warnings that affect your locations.

Storm-based (or polygon) alerts help reduce false alarms from county-based alerts by alerting you to severe weather based on your exact location within a county. Why is that important? Because county-based alerts warn you even if your location in the county is not within the threatened area, effectively giving you a false alarm.


Receive storm-based push notifications for 45 different types that focus on the most Severe Weather Warnings. View alerts on the weather map to see severe weather warning boxes where dangerous weather is happening. Tap the alert to view its info.
• Tornadoes and Thunderstorm watches and warnings
• Flood watches and warnings
• Hurricane and Tropical Storm forecast tracks
• Hurricane and Tropical Storm watches and warnings
• Storm Tracks with detailed storm information (requires Future Weather in-app subscription)
• Winter storm watches and warnings
• Marine and coastal alerts


New Layers on the weather map let you see recent weather activity from the last 6 to 12 hours.
• Radar
• Clouds
• Clouds & Radar together
• Wind Speed
• Snow Cover
• Temperatures
• Water Temperatures
• Road Weather
• Earthquakes
• Future Weather (in-app purchase subscription required)
• Lightning Alerts and notifications (in-app purchase subscription required)


Enhance your app with a Future Weather auto-renewing subscription for purchase within the app for $0.99/month. Future Weather lets you see:
• Radar up to 6 hours in the future
• Storm Tracks, that let you see how fast storms are moving and where theyre headed
• Temperature Forecast map up to 12 hours in the future


Enhance your app with a Lightning Strikes auto-renewing subscription for purchase within the app for $0.99/month. Lightning lets you:
• See lightning strikes on the map within 150 miles of a selected location
• Receive lightning strike push notifications for your locations


Please note the following about Future Weathers and Lightnings auto-renewing subscriptions:
• Payment will be charged to iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase
• Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period
• Account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period, and identify the cost of the renewal
• Subscriptions may be managed by the user and auto-renewal may be turned off by going to the users Account Settings after purchase
• No cancellation of the current subscription is allowed during active subscription period
• Privacy Policy: http://www.weathersphere.com/privacy/
• Terms of Use: http://www.weathersphere.com/terms/
• Any unused portion of a free trial period, if offered, will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription to that publication, where applicable


Additional features include:
• Install and go, no complex setup.
• Select opacity of radar images for your preference.
• Near real-time, shows the latest radar images within minutes of being gathered.
• Sharp radar images even on retina displays that show the latest radar images within minutes.
• Get detailed and trustworthy forecasts for all your locations.
• Check the current weather and forecast for any point on the map.
• Bookmark multiple locations easy access to your favorite places.
• Current conditions, hourly and five-day forecasts alongside detailed weather information, including pressure readings for all your locations.

Note: Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.

Pros and cons of NOAA Weather Alerts app for iPhone and iPad

NOAA Weather Alerts app good for

Nice interface, but sometimes alerts dont work. There was a tornado warning in my area and this app never knew anything about it
I am the emergency manager for a large healthcare system that spans multiple counties across northern Indiana. Aug 24 2016 we experienced a historic widespread tornadic event with 35 reported tornados. I have several severe weather notification apps. By far this app provided the earliest and most accurate warnings yesterday . Allows for multiple county tracking and provides audible ( alert specific sounds such as tornado siren or gurgling for flooding ) in addition to written warning. You can also view specific NWS issued warnings, and scan radar on a great map. Excellent, worth the investment.

Some bad moments

This used to be a great app but as you can tell it has not been updated since 2014. Such a shame.
Sorry but this was a reliable app years ago but now its very unreliable
CRAPP! Weather Bug beats this hands down. No support! Every day for a week it has said thunderstorms all day and night, so far not a drop of rain! This is giving the weather report for 23 miles away, not my address, and even then its incorrect! Often times when I put current location, it will give me the weather for another town in another state. I have no idea how they got such a good rating? Something is fishy here!
Simply doesnt work. No other way to put it. I maxed the settings to give alerts for anywhere and made sure all notifications were on as advised in tutorial and instructions. Weather bug, weather channel, and NOAAs apps are sending me alerts all day long but yet this one is radio silent. Worst part of all... It costs me $3 to get an app that doesnt do the one sole and only thing it claims it will. Unreal.
This app does not allow you to select a county, so youre constantly flooded with useless information thats based on a radius.
Ive been using this app since iOS 8. Its super configurable and is very detailed. Unfortunately, support never responded to any of my inquiries. This was fine, because the app continued to work. However, with the iOS 10 upgrade the software hasnt been nearly as reliable. With no support and the last update being from 2014, its hard to recommend this any more.

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