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Beautiful Online Weather Tracker

Published 05/16/2013 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by Shel Gatto
What can you use the app for?

WeatherSpark is a weather tracking tool that provides users with an appealing interface. Climate and conditions for any location in the world can be found simply by entering a location in the search box on the homepage. The results include a Google radar and temperature map along with line charts that include unique weather-related indicators. Users can view averages and go back many decades to compare current conditions with those of the past. The map and graphs can be clicked and dragged to change position and see more data in any direction. User can choose from different sources and download chart data to their desktop. A huge list of graph options is also offered, including wind speed, cloud ceiling, dew point and precipitation.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

WeatherSpark has a lot to offer anyone with an interest in weather. The site comes highly rated by users and reviewers. Many adore the colorful chart and map arrangements that make it much easier to gather data and compare it to other regions or dates. Each feature is very user friendly so the experience is always tailored to the visitor’s individual needs. The only downside noted as that the sheer volume of viewing options and data can be difficult for a newcomer to take in.

What are the differences to other apps?

There are two reasons that WeatherSpark stands out: the diversity of data and the way the data is presented. The site breaks away from basic text data to provide beautiful maps and charts that make it easier to digest information down to the finest details. Users find a deeper weather forecast thanks to the numerous sources and items included by WeatherSpark.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

The WeatherSpark experience is graphically focused, with color maps and elegant line charts. While this is definitely a strength overall, it can deter some newcomers who are looking for a simple forecast. There are simple options available but they are not readily apparent. Visitors should spend a few minutes exploring to figure out the interface and fully appreciate what the application has to offer.

How does the registration process work?

Anyone can access WeatherSpark’s features. Users are not required to sign in to begin checking climate and conditions. The homepage includes a field for location that will auto populate if the user’s geographic information is available. There is a “Sign On” link in the upper, right hand corner for users who want to register for a single sign on account. The user must provide an email address, password and billing information to do so.

What does it cost to use the application?

Just like other online weather trackers, WeatherSpark is available for free. Anyone can access basic features without paying. A subscription option is offered at a rate of $20 per year. Registered (paying) users receive access to extended radar playback, past forecasts in the dashboard, forecast accuracy reports and an ad-free experience. Users can pay for a subscription with Paypal or by entering credit card information when signing up.

Who would you recommend the application to?

WeatherSpark is an appealing tool for anyone who follows weather patterns or wants a more detailed forecast. The site provides a wealth of weather related data, from precipitation to temperatures and decades’ worth of past weather details. The experience maybe overwhelming for newcomers, but is generally user friendly for those willing to spend a few minutes to figure out the features.

  • Gather detailed information about weather all over the world
  • Explore each forecast with visually appealing graphs
  • See averages and decades of weather history
  • Download weather information from the site
  • Click and drag to change map location

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