Featured Play Store Review: eRadar HD: Real-Time and Alerts [Weather]

Elecont Software is one of the top developers for weather related apps, so I figured I would let you know about eRadar HD: Real-Time and Alerts. Over the last few days, the weather is one of the hottest topics due to Hurricane Sandy, but lets face it, the weather is always a major focal point with everyday life. There isn’t a day that goes by where someone doesn’t ask me if it’s going to rain or snow. With eRadar HD, you will always have that information in your pocket because it tracks radar in real time.

Now there are a lot of apps like this, but eRadar is has some pretty special things going for it that I haven’t seen in any other radar app. First, eRadar gives you more up to date information as it’s pretty much real time. Who wants data that is 20 minutes old? You will get real time detailed HD images on top of Google Maps for not only rain and snow, but also tornados and hail. They even have their own color codes. Not only that, you will see all watches, warnings, and advisories issued by the National Weather Service. They cover just about anything you can think of including, air quality, avalanches, blizzards, floods, earthquakes, high winds, hurricanes, thunderstorms and so much more. There are so many that I don’t feel like counting them, but you can see the full list below. You will see these warnings color coded in the affected areas on the map. If you move the marker over it, you will get a summarized version of the advisory or warning, and you can tap it for more detailed information. If you so wish, you can even email the alert to someone else. Here are some example images from the weekend and as recent as few hours ago dealing with Hurricane Sandy.

 

This is on Saturday when my location was in Massachusetts

This is more current with my location in upstate New York

 

I’m still not done because they offer something else that I find very convenient. As you move away from your locale, there is another pointer that shows how far something is away from you. For example, when opening the app you will see a dot for where you are based on the GPS. That’s obviously normal for apps such as this, but there is another dot that acts as the distance indicator so you can move it to nearby radar and it will tell you exactly how far away that radar is from you. You can see this in the above images for the warnings listed. It’s really cool. You also get the expected stuff like being able to easily zoom in and out to get the right look.

Now I don’t have to tell you how awesome an app like this is for Hurricane Sandy, but like I mentioned before, weather is always a focal point. I have a 4 year old son who loves to play outside. I can always tell when it’s going to rain almost to the minute. My friends laugh at me and call me Meteorologist Rob. Now I don’t claim to be, nor do I plan on taking anyone’s place at the Weather Channel, but you might be shocked at just how much information and knowledge you will get from having an instant glimpse to what’s going on at the present time. As you get used to it, you will be able to pinpoint when rain will arrive. As everyone knows, the weather isn’t finite and it can change. With eRadar you will see those changes quicker than waiting for someone to announce it on the radio or the TV.

There are a couple of limitations with eRadar and one is that it doesn’t seem to show you much radar for very light rain, which is below 16dBZ. I guess you can consider this positive or negative depending on how you look at it. When it comes to light rain, there is a lot of inconsistencies with that radar so why get caught up with stuff that probably wouldn’t mess up your day anyway? On the flip side, it would be nice to see everything even it’s barely a drizzle. The final two limitations is that there isn’t a widget or status bar notifications. It’s not all bad news though because if it’s something you crave, you can check out their main app, called eWeather HD, Radar HD, Alerts. This app will not only give you the radar portion from eRadar HD, but so much more. eRadar HD: Real-Time Alerts costs $1.99 and eWeather HD, Radar HD, Alerts costs just $3.99. Although this post is about eRadar HD, I included links to eWeather as well so you can decide which one to grab. If you’re serious about your weather apps, you might want to just jump right in with eWeather, but if you’re a casual user looking for real-time information for possible threats of rain, snow, or if a hurricane is heading in your direction, definitely grab eRadar for only $1.99. After your scroll through the humongous list of features, you will see a quick informational video from the developer followed by download links. As always, let me know what you think and most importantly, stay dry.

Features:

  • Radar on Google Maps;
  • Watches, Warnings and Advisories on Google Maps;
  • Hi-Def resolution;
  • Animation;
  • Real-Time;
  • Distance measurement tool;
  • Snow and ice is shown as a different color than rain.

eRadar HD shows next Watches, Warnings and Advisories:

  •  911 Telephone Outage Emergency
  •  Administrative Message
  •  Air Quality Alert
  •  Air Stagnation Advisory
  •  Ashfall Advisory
  •  Ashfall Warning
  •  Avalanche Warning
  •  Avalanche Watch
  •  Blizzard Warning
  •  Blizzard Watch
  •  Blowing Dust Advisory
  •  Blowing Snow Advisory
  •  Brisk Wind Advisory
  •  Child Abduction Emergency
  •  Civil Danger Warning
  •  Civil Emergency Message
  •  Coastal Flood Advisory
  •  Coastal Flood Statement
  •  Coastal Flood Warning
  •  Coastal Flood Watch
  •  Dense Fog Advisory
  •  Dense Smoke Advisory
  •  Dust Storm Warning
  •  Earthquake Warning
  •  Evacuation Immediate
  •  Excessive Heat Warning
  •  Excessive Heat Watch
  •  Extreme Cold Warning
  •  Extreme Cold Watch
  •  Extreme Fire Danger
  •  Extreme Wind Warning
  •  Fire Warning
  •  Fire Weather Watch
  •  Flash Flood Statement
  •  Flash Flood Warning
  •  Flash Flood Watch
  •  Flood Advisory
  •  Flood Statement
  •  Flood Warning
  •  Flood Watch
  •  Freeze Warning
  •  Freeze Watch
  •  Freezing Drizzle Advisory
  •  Freezing Fog Advisory
  •  Freezing Rain Advisory
  •  Freezing Spray Advisory
  •  Frost Advisory
  •  Gale Warning
  •  Gale Watch
  •  Hard Freeze Warning
  •  Hard Freeze Watch
  •  Hazardous Materials Warning
  •  Hazardous Seas Warning
  •  Hazardous Seas Watch
  •  Hazardous Weather Outlook
  •  Heat Advisory
  •  Heavy Freezing Spray Warning
  •  Heavy Freezing Spray Watch
  •  Heavy Snow Warning
  •  High Surf Advisory
  •  High Surf Warning
  •  High Wind Warning
  •  High Wind Watch
  •  Hurricane Force Wind Warning
  •  Hurricane Force Wind Watch
  •  Hurricane Statement
  •  Hurricane Warning
  •  Hurricane Watch
  •  Hurricane Wind Warning
  •  Hurricane Wind Watch
  •  Hydrologic Advisory
  •  Hydrologic Outlook
  •  Ice Storm Warning
  •  Lake Effect Snow Advisory
  •  Lake Effect Snow Warning
  •  Lake Effect Snow Watch
  •  Lake Effect Snow and Blowing Snow Advisory
  •  Lake Wind Advisory
  •  Lakeshore Flood Advisory
  •  Lakeshore Flood Statement
  •  Lakeshore Flood Warning
  •  Lakeshore Flood Watch
  •  Law Enforcement Warning
  •  Local Area Emergency
  •  Low Water Advisory
  •  Marine Weather Statement
  •  Nuclear Power Plant Warning
  •  Radiological Hazard Warning
  •  Red Flag Warning
  •  Rip Current Statement
  •  Severe Thunderstorm Warning
  •  Severe Thunderstorm Watch
  •  Severe Weather Statement
  •  Shelter In Place Warning
  •  Short Term Forecast
  •  Sleet Advisory
  •  Sleet Warning
  •  Small Craft Advisory
  •  Snow and Blowing Snow Advisory
  •  Special Marine Warning
  •  Special Weather Statement
  •  Storm Warning
  •  Storm Watch
  •  Tornado Warning
  •  Tornado Watch
  •  Tropical Storm Warning
  •  Tropical Storm Watch
  •  Tropical Storm Wind Warning
  •  Tropical Storm Wind Watch
  •  Tsunami Advisory
  •  Tsunami Warning
  •  Typhoon Statement
  •  Typhoon Warning
  •  Typhoon Watch
  •  Volcano Warning
  •  Wind Advisory
  •  Wind Chill Advisory
  •  Wind Chill Warning
  •  Wind Chill Watch
  •  Winter Storm Warning
  •  Winter Storm Watch
  •  Winter Weather Advisory

 

 

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