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4 apps to prepare for spring weather

4 apps to prepare for spring weather

5/2/2014

In many areas of the globe, it seems that the only thing certain about spring weather is its unpredictability. A beautiful, sunny, warm day could become cold and rainy without any warning. Fortunately, mobile technology has helped individuals to be prepared for the worst at all times. Smartphone owners can use weather apps to check hourly forecasts, so they'll know to keep an umbrella handy, even if there's not a cloud in the sky that morning.

Here are four apps to help mobile users prepare for April showers or whatever weather conditions spring has in store:

1) Weatherbug
​This free app, available for Android and iOS devices, provides users with real-time weather data and a variety of unique features. Lifestyle Forecasts, for instance, identifies specific weather parameters and offers advice on how to stay comfortable throughout the day. Meanwhile, the Spark Alerts feature gives individuals by-the-minute, location-specific lightning monitoring capabilities. Weatherbug also provides push notifications, so users can stay in the know about severe weather warnings.

2) The Weather Channel
Frequent viewers of The Weather Channel will be happy to know that its coverage extends to a free mobile app. Users have access to TruPoint 15-minute forecasting technology, severe weather push alerts and ultra-local maps with past and future radar data. The app offers details on a variety of weather conditions - sunrise and sunset times, humidity, dew point, UV index and visibility, for example. If users are wondering how weather will impact their commutes, they can check updates on different routes using the app's Travel Watch feature.

3) AccuWeather
With AccuWeather, individuals can receive minute-by-minute weather forecasts that are tailored to their exact street addresses. When a storm is approaching, the MinuteCast feature provides precise data, such as precipitation type, intensity and start and end times. Users can view a storm's path on the app's animated weather radar and check GPS-based forecasts for nearly 3 million locations around the world. 

4) Yahoo! Weather
Yahoo! Weather gives individuals a visual weather experience, displaying Flickr photos that match one's location, time of day and current conditions. The latest version of the app is updated with wind chill details and animations of moon phases.

If April showers catch you off guard and your device gets soaked, you could be disappointed to find out that liquid damage is not covered by your iPhone warranty. ProtectCELL's device protection program offers a more comprehensive solution. In addition to water damage, ProtectCELL covers screen cracks, power surges, meltdowns and anything else that might impact your phone or tablet.

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