Weather app breakdown: Which can you trust? - WKRN News 2

Weather app breakdown: Which can you trust?


Your Smartphone can be one of the best ways to keep track of approaching storms when the weather turns severe.

"I think the best app that's out there, it costs a little bit to get this app, [but] it's called Weather Radio," Nashville's News 2 meteorologist Allison Chinchar explained.  "You can take it with you when you travel and it'll give you all the watches, warnings advisories down to the minute for wherever you're located at that time."

iMap Weather Radio costs $10 in Apple's App Store.  There is currently no Android version.

Nashville's News 2 meteorologist Justin Bruce recommends Radar Scope.

For $10 in the iPhone and Android stores, the advanced app is for users who want details about impending storms.

"I can actually look at my phone and zoom in and find out where the hail cores are in a storm," Bruce said, adding, "So instead of just seeing where it's raining, and where it's raining heavily, the radar can actually guesstimate where there's hail in that storm."

Bruce reminds users you must turn on location services on your Smartphone so the weather app can detect where you are and give the proper alerts.

For Android phones there's also Storm Chase Buddy, which has street level maps, radar and airport conditions.  Users can also listen in to any emergency radio system in every county across the United States.

While Smartphone apps are good, a National Weather Service spokesman told Nashville's News 2 no app provides the same instant weather alerts as a local TV station can.

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