NOAA Now

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

Category: 

Description of App: 

Want to keep up with the latest severe weather? NOAA Now provides the latest information from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration including: hurricanes and tropical storms in the Atlantic, Eastern Pacific and Central Pacific cyclone basins; mainland storms, including the latest tornado and severe thunderstorm alerts; animated satellite views of the United States and the Atlantic and Pacific oceans; the ultraviolet index for the US. The content can be shared on the popular social networks. All data is courtesy of NOAA and NASA.

Apple Watch Support: 

Not Known

Version: 

3.5

Free or Paid: 

Free

Device(s) App Was Tested On: 

iPhone

Accessibility Comments: 

This app is almost completely accessible. All elements appear to be recognized, and all buttons appear to be labeled clearly. The only issue is that the iAds refresh every so often, and this interupts VoiceOver's reading and also causes you to lose your place.

VoiceOver Performance: 

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling: 

All buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability: 

There are some minor accessibility issues with this app, but they are easy to deal with.

Other Comments: 

This is a neat little app for reading official NOAA products, including the latest severe weather and tropical weather info. This app is free, but it is heavily ad-supported. There is a pop-up ad that launches when you first open the app, and to get to the app you must close it. There are also iAds, as mentioned above. That said, I still like the app and would gladly buy an ad-free version if the developer were to release one.

Developer's Twitter Username: 

@kellytechnology