App Review: Hurricane Tracking for the iPhone

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(Hurricane for iPhone Forum Review by cjvitek For more Forum Reviews, see the TiPb iPhone App Store Forum Review Index!)

Hurricane [$3.99 - iTunes link] is a hurricane tracking app for the iPhone and iPod touch.

Back when I lived in Florida, hurricanes were a yearly concern. Now that I am in Texas, they don’t play such a prominent role but they are still something to think about. Hurricane is an app designed to try to take away some of that concern.

I have actually had this app for well over 4 months, but I wanted to wait till the middle of hurricane season so I could see it in action. And let me say, the app generally performs very well. The app starts off with a screen where you can select Atlantic or Pacific hurricanes, and then gives you a list of the active storms as well as completed storms. When you click on a storm, you can look at the radar loop, projected path, tracking map, satellite images, and bulletins. All of this allows you to try to keep on top of these potentially devastating storms.

In addition, you can look a historical storms (from last year going back to 1851) and specific data feeds (like satellite images) from a variety of sources. For people with little hurricane experience, you can also see how hurricanes are rated on the Saffir-Simpson scale. While it certainly isn’t necessary, it would be nice to have some sort of hurricane checklist included (what to do, or not do, when one hits, for example).

Unfortunately, the app doesn’t provide any customization options. You can specify your location and only look at storms that may hit you. You can’t mark a storm as a “favorite” to keep close tabs on it. You don’t get push notifications when a storm status changes (or a new alert is released). These are all kinds of features that would put this app into an elite category. In addition, there is no ability to sort or search the historical data. I can’t look for all historical Cat 5 storms that have him Florida, for example. If I am curious about how frequently a specific area has been hit, I can’t only include storm that hit Texas. The historical data is nice, but in the present form it is a little unwieldy unless you know exactly what you are looking for.

Conclusion

As hurricane tracking apps go, this is a nicely designed app, giving you a lot of the pertinent and critical information. If you live in a hurricane prone area, it could certainly be worth the $3.99 price. However, the app is missing some features that would move it into a premium app category (which, I should note, I haven’t seen in other hurricane apps as well).

(In the interest of full disclosure, I received a promo code for this app.)

Pros

  • Up to date hurricane tracking and projections
  • Detailed data regarding hurricanes
  • Historical data included

Cons

  • No to choose “favorites”
  • No push notifications
  • No location based data
  • No search or sort feature for historical data

TiPb Review Rating

TiPb Forums Review: 4 Star App

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There are 9 comments. Add yours.

neil brimelow says:

Just bookmark The Weather Underground, problem solved.

Dexter says:

Who the hell would pay $4 for an app that tracks f*ckin' hurricanes!?! Absolutely amazing!

Kris says:

Or follow something like @atlhurricane on twitter...

Chris Vitek says:

As someone who used to live in Hurricane Central (Florida) and still lives in an at-risk area, I know that the ability to quickly track hurricanes is something that I find very useful. It would be much nicer if it had push notifications for when the status of a hurricane has changed (or the path), or if you could mark a favorite zone to be warned when a hurricane is predicted to enter. But it is still a nice app.

miked says:

Agree with Dexter. Why would anyone want to pay for a hurricane tracker when you can go to any weather site on safari. Total waste of money.

Steve says:

Dexter--because I grow things on like 7000 Acres that can get really messed up and I am often in other areas of the world where our hurricanes are not really news until it becomes a disaster.

JF7FSU says:

Excellent app. As a SOuth Floridian I dont want to surf to weather sites and navigate. I want Hurricane info period with tracking. Those who have never been hit may think its silly but its a necessity on the southeast coast. GREAT APP!

Blair says:

I just purchased this app and all it does is show the splash screen then back to my menu. I don't know how to fix it

Dexter is a Dueshe says:

Dexter, your a dueshe dude. Anyone in the path would pay $4 to keep tabs on the hurricane. Dueshe!