December 19, 2011 in Weather (E)
[prMac.com] Ohope, New Zealand - Snow - you either love it or hate it! At this time of year Snow and freezing weather often causes travel chaos with roads, railways and airports struggling to cope with millions of travellers heading off on the big Christmas getaway. For some it's just too cold. Then there are the children (both big and small) who can't get enough of it and love nothing better than frolicking in the snow, building snowmen and throwing snowballs.
Whether you're a lover or a hater there is a new app for you. Dedicated to letting you know where it's snowing, where it's going to snow in the near future and when.
Snow Forecast - White Christmas, available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch on the iTunes app store (at the time of writing an Android version is expected to be available shortly). The app has been developed by Andrew Morgan, a British expat, now living in New Zealand. Andrew says he developed the app because he misses the Christmas Winter weather:
"It's the one time of the year when we really miss the UK. Christmas in the sunshine just doesn't feel right! I saw Ben Marsh's excellent UK Snow Map Website and was spellbound watching where it was snowing and what I was missing. That's when the idea for an app dedicated to this one type of weather was born."
The app offers a 3 day forecast providing the percentage probability of snow each day. Selecting an individual day breaks it down into 3-hourly forecasts so you know when you might expect snow fall. The forecasts are set to use your devices location or can be tailored to show a location of your choice from over 2 million cities and towns worldwide.
#uksnow has been trending on Twitter recently and to help you keep updated of where Twitter users are reporting snow fall the app includes a version of the UK snow map which regularly updates and plots tweets on a map. Maps are offered for the Uk (#uksnow), the USA (#usasnow) and worldwide (#snow, #uksnow and #usasnow). The app also makes adding reports super simple by connecting directly to the twitter app and pre-filling the tweet with the relevant hashtag and your location, just edit the snow fall rating out of 10.
Of course, the biggest question on everyone's minds is whether we will see snow on Christmas Day. Don't worry; the app also attempts to help answer this question with a snow probability forecast dedicated to that one special day. Again this uses your current location but users can also search other towns and cities.
So snow lovers and haters, make sure you stay fully up to date and are prepared for whatever this Christmas and the winter weather may throw at you, good or bad!
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 3.0 or later
* 3.6 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Snow Forecast - White Christmas 1.4 is only $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Weather category.
AP Morgan is an independent app developer based in New Zealand. Copyright (C) 2011 AP Morgan. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.