Information is the key life saver in any major storm. Now apps are giving you a heads-up to dangerous weather as it approaches. Here are my top extreme weather apps that could save your life one day. Also, here are some accessories which you may wish to get to help with the applications.
Tornado by American Red Cross
Free in IOS and Android
Tornado app once installed will monitor your location for the danger of a tornado. The warning alarm activates automatically with audible female voice, “Tornado warning.” and a take shelter siren roars. The app also helps get you educated on how to prepare before a big storm and what to do immediately following a tornado disaster.
(free version and pro version from $1.99)
One of the best live HD radar maps with movement. Also has the ability to live stream video from storm chasers when they are actively shooting a tornado or major weather event.
I use this app when I fly to see where turbulence will cause your flight to get bumpy. You can also turn on photos within the app to see storm photos uploaded nearby.
Weather Radio app ($4.99)
Receive critical alerts via voice and push notification for life-threatening weather events. Your phone will “wake up” with alerts and track your location to warn you wherever you go.
The patented alert engine provides more accurate alerts according to the developer WDT and avoids false alarms and warnings. In addition to the app following your location, you can save other locations such as locations important to family like schools.
Storm from WeatherUnderground
Lightning warnings are amongst my favorite features on Storm app. The high-def radar animations show the past, present and future storm activity. This free download will cost you $1.99 to get the annoying ads to disappear.
DarkSky app (iOS $3.99)
This is my favorite general go to weather app for its predictive forecasting. It’s got a simple and intuitive way of being just perfectly spot on. My favorite thing is how it tells you when it’s about to rain with good accuracy.
Tornado Simulation app (free)
One of the biggest challenges in getting people to take storm warnings seriously is to share the enormous strength that can come from an F-12 tornado. Originally designed as a game, this Tornado Simulation app puts you in the storm. Take a ride through a virtual tornado to understand the power of a devastating twister that can make trucks and farm animals shoot into the air.