Tuesday, February 21, 2012
If you spend anytime on the water you become very aware of the weather. I am always looking for tools to help me keep safe while on the water. Weather4D Pro will help even the novice become a professional weatherman. This app brings all the weather you will ever want into one app and allows you to display and analyze weather patterns and systems all over the world. The app's intuitive interface will make it easy to get the latest weather for your area and see predictions up to 8 days out.
Olivier Bouyssou is the mastermind and developer of the Weather4D PRO app. He has recently updated it to a Pro model. Version 1.1.1 just came out February 5th and is jam packed with tons of new features and upgrades your going to love.
I previously reviewed the Weather4D app last April and have used it some over the summer. This version seems to be more targeted towards the nautical user who wants to do weather routing on longer passages across the worlds oceans. The integration and importing of GPS routes into the display allows this. If you don't need these routing features purchase Weather4D. Additional GRIB file options of importing, copying, saving and opening in other programs gives you more flexibility to use the weather files. You can also retrieve GRIB files via the Iridium AxcessPoint app with a satellite phone.
Weather Data Features:
CAPE (Convective Available Potential Energy)
Wind direction and speed (10 meters above ground)
Temperature (2 meters above ground)
Waves, height, direction and period
Forecast Models Features:
Up to 8 day forecast
Data intervals 3, 12, 24hr
Resolution .5, 1 and 2 degrees
Data updated every 6 hours
GRIB file import in .rgb,grb.gz, Grb.bz2
Share GRIB files through the Open In" feature
Temperature color transparency overlays
Isobar transparency overlays
Wind color and transparency overlays
Precipitation amount overlay
Adjustable cloud cover transparency
Wave transparency overlays
Download GRIB files through Iridium phones
Prediction passage of Iridium satellites
Request GRIB files with SailDocs by mail
Import of KML route files from iNavX for display on the forecasts
I ran the app on my iPad and I have to say the bigger screen makes it easier to see all the great features. The main displays is rich is color and detail and it provides the user a wealth of information.
The Main screen displays the map showing you the weather zone and data you want to display. The Settings Menu is the second button from the right and allows you to customize the various Wind, Pressure, Temperature, Precipitation, Cloud Cover, Pictograms, CAPE and Wave data.
The various settings can be changed to read both English and metric settings.
To navigate around the maps select the Orbit mode icon in the lower left side of the screen. This lets you manually move the map around the world to view the area you would like. Use one finger to pan left or right, and up or down to change the inclination. Multi-touch features are used for navigation around the maps. Pinch to zoom, or spread your fingers to zoom out.
The Time mode clock icon in the lower right side of the screen allows you to step through time and watch the weather forecasts change. Use your finger to swipe left or right to go back or forward in time respectively.
Zones can be selected to show different parts of the world. Zones are set using the Zones button on the upper left side of the display.
Six zones are set up covering the main continents of the world. Additional zones can be added by defining custom areas. Here I have added a Midwest and Florida Gulf zone.
The Green radio indication to the right of the zone shows that it has current data. To update the data tap the recycle icon to the left of the zone.
GRIB weather files can be imported or downloaded for display in your zone. To manually download, select the reload button next to the Zone to update the GRIB weather data. The radio button will turn Green when the data is done downloading.
Weather4D Pro also allows you the options to Open the GRIB. Open In lets you import the GRIB file into popular programs like iNavX so you can display them on your navigational charts.
Additional options let you Send the GRIB files by email, Rename and Copy.
Posted by Mark Messerli at 10:05 PM