Weather Radio by WDT

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Description of App

Weather Radio (from the same company that brought your RadarScope) enables you to receive critical alerts via voice and push notification regarding life-threatening weather events. Your iPhone will “wake up” with alerts and also track your location to warn you wherever you go. Listen to local weather forecasts while you are on the move. Enjoy the power of a NOAA Weather Radio, with all the convenience and precision of a smart phone. Weather Radio is an entirely revamped app, formerly known as iMap Weather Radio. WDT has made significant improvements to the app based on your reviews, feedback, and support inquiries. We appreciate your involvement! ***GENERAL FEATURES*** •Patented Alerting Engine: Weather Radio provides more accurate alerts than those offered by typical consumer alerting services. Most of these services will alert you to severe weather if you are in a county only partially covered by a watch or warning, even if you are not actually directly within the watch/warning. Weather Radio ensures you receive an alert only if your device or saved locations fall inside a watch/warning polygon. This means you are not disturbed by alarms irrelevant to your location. •Complete Control: You control what types of alerts you receive through the app. From our extensive weather product list, choose only the type of alerts you want. For example, select only tornado warnings or just winter weather warnings for specific locations. •Follow Me: Follow me is a critical feature if you are on the go. Imagine you are driving through an area of adverse weather. This app will alert you if you are in an area when a watch/warning is issued, without you having to do anything. •Friends & Family: Weather Radio can also save up to five fixed locations in addition to your current position. This means you can ensure friends and family at school, out of state, at a ballgame, etc., are safe. •Audio: Weather Radio provides audio alerts in the form of beeps followed by a brief description of the alert type. The audio could wake you in the middle of the night, or give you information you need when you can’t stop to look at the phone. Furthermore, you can listen to the alerts and forecasts for your area at any time. •Radar: Quickly reference where you are in relation to adverse weather utilizing the in-app radar system that features watch and warning overlay. •Quick Forecast: Weather Radio is the only weather app you need. Quickly access current and forecast weather information for remote locations. Forecast features hourly data for up to three days in advance and daily information out to seven days. •Voice Over: We have optimized this app to work with Apple’s Voice Over technology ensuring our life-saving app is welcoming for the visually impaired. •Video: In markets where local media partners participate, you can view streaming video of severe weather coverage for up-to-the-minute information. ***IN APP PURCHASES*** $4.99 – Lightning Alerting – WDT has harnessed the power of the ENTLN lightning network and combined it with our patented alerting engine. Lightning alerts are sent when a lightning strike is first detected within 6 miles of your location and an all clear is sent when no lightning is detected within that range for 30 minutes. These are the rules recommended by lightning experts to ensure safety while outdoors. In addition to alerts, view real-time lightning strikes on the map. ***ABOUT WDT*** Weather Decision Technologies, Inc. is a weather content and technology partner for many major weather brands in the U.S. Weather is our business and weather safety is our passion. ***COMMUNITY*** Learn more about Weather Radio and receive update notifications and information. facebook.com/iMapWeatherRadio twitter.com/Weather_Radio ***SUPPORT*** Visit our support page for FAQs and questions. http://support.wdtinc.com/mobile/Weather-Radio.html

Version

3.0.3

Free or Paid

Paid

Apple Watch Support

Not Known

Device(s) App Was Tested On

iPhone

iOS Version

8.3

Accessibility Comments

This app is completely accessible with VoiceOver.

VoiceOver Performance

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling

All buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability

The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.

Other Comments

Weather Radio by WDT is becoming an increasingly good weather app. As a blind person, I particularly like the subscription lightning proximity alerts feature, as lightning can sometimes be seen long before thunder is heard. I wish the forecasts in the app came directly from the National Weather Service, but that's just a personal preference. If you're looking for an accessible weather app to alert you to just about every type of weather hazard (severe weather risks from the SPC are not supported, unfortunately), this is the app for you.

Developer's Twitter Username

@Weather_Radio

Recommendations

5 people have recommended this app

Most recently recommended by Laura Ann 3 years 3 months ago

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Submitted by AnonyMouse on Saturday, March 3, 2012

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team
The developer has made some significant changes to this app. Good news is that the accessibility has not changed. So it is still very accessible. Although, the interface could be easier. Here is what the new version has to offer: What's New in Version 2.0 - iMap Weather Radio has been completely rebuilt to advance the overall user experience by increasing responsiveness and performance, eliminating crashes, and addressing other commonly reported issues. - New interface for adding and managing locations makes it easier to precisely specify saved locations. - New sidebar design enables you to quickly scan current and saved locations for active alerts - New UI for presenting alerts shows the alert on the map, the alert text, and provides the associated alert audio on a single screen. The app will open directly to this screen when you open a push notification and will automatically play the alert audio. - Redesigned radar map improves performance and responsiveness and offers several new weather overlays. - Audio will continue to play in the background when the phone sleeps or the app is closed. The standard iOS audio controls can be used to control audio playback in the background. - Video and audio content support AirPlay. - New custom alerts from your local meteorologist in markets with participating media providers. - New location tracking algorithm provides better accuracy while trying to strike a balance between precision and battery usage. - Improved interaction with our servers reduces delays and helps ensure the settings you choose are properly synced with our servers. One note to make for those do purchase this app. The Location Services in the top right part of your phone will always be on because of this app. However, no alarm because it hardly dent the battery life so they have designed this app very well so it doesn't drain the batter as you would think it would with the Location Service always on.

Submitted by AnonyMouse on Friday, September 14, 2012

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

Now includes the Risk factor for your area on storms!

 

What's New in Version 2.2

- You can now view 1,2, & 3 Day Storm Prediction Center Convective Outlooks. The convective outlooks serve as guidance for severe weather probabilities and overall threat. Three separate risk areas (slight, moderate and high) are used to describe the expected coverage and intensity for the categorical severe weather threat for 1-3 days.
- The application now supports additional content from our media partners. Look for new content including Twitter and Facebook, On-demand video, news, and more.
- Local media partner meteorologists can now override the extended forecast with their local forecast so you know you are getting an extended forecast from a meteorologist in your area.

 

Submitted by AnonyMouse on Tuesday, February 5, 2013

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Now supports the iPhone 5 display. However, because of the new display changes they have made on the Current Conditions. The accessibility has digressed. We are able to hear the Current Conditions followed by a Forcast button. This button does not appear to work. Also, the ability to see the Hourly and Daily Forcast does not work either.

 

The main page is mostly accessible. You will see the following items as Store, Settings, and the Support and all three of these are followed by a SideBarBackground button. Kind of strange that they have done this but those buttons corralate to the previous items mentioned. So the Store will then be followed by this SideBarBackground button. Double tap on this button will take you in to the Store area.

 

Speaking of the Store page. There are a number of unlabeled button now.

 

It is still usable if you are willing to tolerate a few things but it is still easy to use.

 

What's New in Version 2.5.4

 

- New display for current conditions, hourly and daily forecast
- Support for iPhone 5 display
- Performance improvements and bug fixes

Submitted by brandon armstrong on Wednesday, February 6, 2013

hi all, for thoughs wondering about the new layout, you still can hear the forecast. just look for the play button above the home button on your phone. I had to write to support about that.

Submitted by AnonyMouse on Monday, January 20, 2014

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team
This is really nice. Really love in what they have done with this. Can't appreciate it enough for the developers to have made this more VoiceOver accessible. What's New in Version 2.7.0 - Updated look and feel for iOS 7 - Fixes issues with intermittent current location and background refresh issue. - Fixes issues for users using voice over features. - Fixes issues with audio playback sometimes causing the app to crash. - Various other bug fixes and performance enhancements.

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Tuesday, January 21, 2014

In reply to by AnonyMouse

In testing this app I can confirm the vo changes and I like them, how ever whenI tied playing the 5 day forecast for my second location the audio never played. I got it to play for my first location how ever. also at least for me the wetehr forecast for on the hour refreshes so makes it hard to navigate. I love the hints though.

Submitted by Edward Alonzo on Thursday, March 6, 2014

Hello, I'm very disappointed with the update in this application. They have completely remove the days of the week while speaking the five day forecast. And that's only if you can find the play button to play the actual forecast. At first I was a bit confused when it said something like, high around 30 low around 20. And then it said hi around 42, low around 37. I didn't realize that it moved to the next days forecast. It seems to me that this application when it first came out was extremely accessible. However, accessibility has digressed considerably. Thoughts?

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Thursday, March 6, 2014

I agree to a point. I can pull up the daily forecast if I flick but yeah this app did loose some of its ability to be used, not much though, I wish they would get it fixed to make it slightly easier.

Submitted by Michael Hansen on Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

Weather Radio (formerly iMap Weather Radio) version 3.0 is now available. Among other things, VoiceOver support has been improved:

"What's New in Version 3.0
• Refreshed Design
• Universal app for iPhone and iPad
• Storm Reports added to the Map
• Improved Voice Over functionality
• Easy share on every screen
• Lightning alerts and lightning maps via subscription"

Submitted by ftealucard on Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Hello all
This app sounds great especially because of all of the alert options but have a quick question before purchase. I have do not disturb on at night so is
there a setting for weather radio to override it and push out alerts anyway? If so I will definitely buy it.

Submitted by Michael Hansen on Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

Hello Ftealucard,

It does not appear as though the app overrides Do Not Disturb settings. However, I think this is an Apple limitation and that no weather app has this capability.

Submitted by Michael Hansen on Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

Hi Matthew,

I'm having the same issue here. a workaround is to enable VoiceOver hints and listen to whether VO tells you to double-tap to enable or disable push notifications.

Submitted by ftealucard on Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Thanks Michael. Too bad IOS couldn't add a disregard do not disturb feature and you can choose which apps would do that, I'm sure it's not that hard to do.

Submitted by Scott Davert on Thursday, June 26, 2014

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

HI all.
I reinstalled this app after reading about all of the great improvements, and I must agree that it is nice. I'm glad they dumped that awful TTS they were using previously in favor of Aamantha. It also means it takes up less room on your device! However, when I first launched the app, I was presented with a 6 page screen that talks about the new features. There is a prev. page, the page number, followed by the next page. Once you advance to page 2, the next page button becomes dimmed. Scrolling, trying to adjust the page value via the rotor, and double tapping the next page dimmed button do not work. I had to disable VoiceOver and tap the lower right corner a few times to advance the screen. Once I got past that point, I was able to select the done button after reenabling VoiceOver. This is not a deal breaker by any means, but something to be aware of in case you are presented with this screen.

Submitted by AnonyMouse on Thursday, June 26, 2014

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

What's New in Version 3.0.1

- Fixed crash that was affecting some users when upgrading from a previous version.
- Added a ‘Find Me’ button on the location search page.
- Added an 'Observed Time' label to the location detail page.
- Fixed bug where some videos would not play.
- Added app version number and build number to the support page.
- Added an acknowledgements page.
- Other bug fixes.

Submitted by Brooke on Thursday, June 26, 2014

Hi,

When I ran into the issue of not being able to advance to the next screen, and after I tried everything else, I closed the app through the App Switcher and reopened it. At that point, it asked me about notifications and my location, and when I selected Yes, it did let me advance to the next screen. Not sure why it had to be done that way, but it was a work-around.

For the individual warning types, I went into the categories I was interested in, double-tapped the Select All button, and then double-tapped the ones I wanted to deselect.

Submitted by WildmanJoe on Thursday, June 26, 2014

I know a similar problem was just posted, but nothing I try works at all.
I can’t get past the What’s new screen in this app. When I click the “Next Page” button, it takes me to page two, but won’t let me go any further. it tells me to enable push notifications here, so I do, but the next page button is still dimmed. I have closed the app, and relaunched it, but still no go. Plus, my hints are enabled, but it doesn’t tell me to do anything special. Any thoughts?
P.s: I checked the notification center, and all is well there.

Submitted by Michael Hansen on Thursday, June 26, 2014

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

Hi Joe,

It sounds like I already know the answer to your question, but have you tried closing/reopening the app several times? This is what has gotten the app to work for others.

Submitted by treky fan on Saturday, June 28, 2014

I have turned off location tracking to save my battery. Will I still get alerted of weather for any of my save locations and my current one, even if location tracking is turned off?

Submitted by Michael Hansen on Saturday, June 28, 2014

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

First, I am not 100% sure on this. So my recommendation is to contact WDT's support team to be absolutely certain.

With that said...to the best of my knowledge, with Location Tracking turned off, Weather Radio will only alert you to the weather for your saved locations. This is because the app would have no way of knowing what your current location is with Location Tracking turned off.

Submitted by dvdmth on Sunday, June 29, 2014

Club AppleVis Member

I have Storm Shield, which is a version of this app released by a company that owns KMGH channel 7 here in Denver. In Storm Shield, if location tracking is off, alerts are issued for saved locations only. There is also an option within the app itself to disable background tracking, which has the same result.

Incidentally, I hope the updates to this app eventually make it to Storm Shield as well. I chose to get Storm Shield because it costs half as much, offers the same core features, and also has localized features for my area from KMGH.

Submitted by Lisa on Monday, June 30, 2014

Hello all,
I'm considering buying the Weather radio app. I have the Weather alert USA app. What I'm wondering is would the weather alerts for both of these apps come from the same place? So I would basically be getting duplicate weather alerts from both apps. I'm thinking the Weather Radio app would be worth getting for the lightning alerts. What do you all think? Thank you.

Submitted by Michael Hansen on Monday, June 30, 2014

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

Hi Lisa,

The answer to your question is "yes," but with some caveats.

Weather Alert USA and Weather Radio both get their alerts from the National Weather Service (NWS). However, in my experience, Weather Radio is much quicker when it comes to pushing alerts to the user. With Weather Radio, alerts are pushed in realtime. If you only want to use Weather Radio for lightning alerts, this is certainly possible. If it's quickness of alert time
you're wanting, though, use Weather Radio for all alerts.

Personally, I use Weather Radio for all alerts and use Weather Alert USA to view official NWS forecasts and other technical products. So I don't have any alerts enabled on Weather Alert USA. The lightning feature of Weather Radio is truely awesome, and it will alert you 30 minutes after the last strike within the six-mile ring around your area.

Submitted by Lisa on Wednesday, July 2, 2014

In reply to by Michael Hansen

Hello Michael,
Thank you for answering my question. It really helps me out on making my decision on weather or not to buy Weather Radio. Do you know how much longer this app will be on sale? Thanks again.

Submitted by Toonhead on Wednesday, July 2, 2014

I got Weather Radio yesterday, and am loving it so far. I was able to get around the VoiceOver bug with the what's new screen by closing, and re-opening the app a couple times like others have mentioned. I haven't heard any actual alerts go off, but I know when I need it it'll be there. When you get it you'll want to spend a few minutes in the settings and decide what kind of alerts you want, there are tons! Any kind of possible alert you can think of is in there. I turned a bunch off, but I kept a few on for summer weather. When it gets more towards winter i'll go in there and enable some of the winter ones.

Submitted by Susan N on Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Cannot get past page2 no matter how many times I close and reopen the ap. I deleted it and re-downloaded it without result. The 2nd page talks about enabling push notifications by saying "yes" but I can't find any way to answer this on the page. The next page button is dimmed. Help!

Susan

Submitted by AnonyMouse on Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

What's New in Version 3.0.2

- The map remembers its region when accessed through the location list.
- Added a current location button to the map.
- Switched to standard red pin for locations on the map.
- The audio now continues to play when the data refreshes.
- Added an option to disable the map animation when moving between screens.
- Made editing and deleting a location when in VoiceOver easier.
- VoiceOver fixes on the tutorial view.
- Fixed link to Facebook page.
- Bug fixes.

Submitted by Michael Hansen on Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

In addition to a fix for the issues in the tutorial view, there are a couple other VoiceOver improvements:

1. The Magic Tap gesture has been reworked. Now, a two-finger double-tap on a location brings up a list of possible actions, just in many other apps.
2. The status of alerts is now spoken by VoiceOver without needing to have hints enabled.

Submitted by Lisa on Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Hello everyone,
Is there somewhere within this app where we can choose what sounds we would like for different types of weather alerts? Or are there just standard default sounds for alerts? I couldn't find anything like this in the app, but maybe I missed it, so thought I'd ask out here. I just bought this app two days ago, and I bought the lightning alerts today. I'm really liking the app so far.

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Tuesday, July 8, 2014

No. You get the beep beep beep then the natuional weather advisory message followed by a message in yoru notifications area.

Submitted by Brother J. on Wednesday, July 9, 2014

I do not usually take credit for anything publicly but I wanted to let everybody know last month I made damn certain the developers improved VoiceOver accessibility. Additionally, I am on their TestFlight list. If ever something is broken before it is released en masse I will notify them. I praised their efforts after they released the first version with drastic VoiceOver fixes [3.0.1 I think] and have paid for the lightning alert annual subscription which is more than worth the price in my humble opinion. Now I think I will try to get Radar Scope accessible if that is even possible…

Submitted by Michael Hansen on Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

Brotha J.,

Accessibility advocacy is almost always a community effort. I happen to know firsthand that improving the accessibility of Weather Radio falls into the "community effort" category; ultimately, though, my hat is off to the developers for listening to our feedback and making improvements in short order.

Submitted by Brother J. on Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Exactly. Whenever I pay a large sum of money such as US$9.99 plus tax, I feel quite obligated to express my legitimate concerns and also feel entitled to have my accessibility issues fixed. If it was free I would most likely have uninstalled it.

Submitted by dvdmth on Thursday, August 7, 2014

Club AppleVis Member

I just had a severe thunderstorm warning for my area. I received a notification, and I was able to access the alert through that notification. I then tried to access the alert directly within the app, but I was unable to do so. I found where the alert was listed on the page for my location, but double-tapping it did nothing. Near as I can tell, the only way to view alert details is through the push notification.

Does anyone here know how to bring up the alert details without using a pushed notification? I think this may be an accessibility issue.

Submitted by Michael Hansen on Thursday, August 7, 2014

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

Hi there,

When you have an active alert for your location, on the main screen of the app, try using a two-finger double tap (magic tap). You can then select the show alerts option from the list.

If this doesn't help, let me know and I'll try looking more into this. I don't have anything active here at the moment, so I can't really try it out firsthand.

Submitted by Toonhead on Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Hi. I've had the Weather Radio app for a while, and I'm aware that you can add other locations for it to track, I think the max number is 5. What I can't seem to find out is where to actually manage those locations. It doesn't appear to be in any of the settings in the app, and I didn't see anything listed in settings for the iPhone, so I'm wondering if this is usable? There's an add location button, but when you double-tap that, all you have is an edit box for typing in a location or a zip code, which makes sense but again, there doesn't seem to be a way to manage the locations you enter, i.e. editing or deleting them. Can anyone explain how to do this?
Thanks.

Submitted by raaj on Friday, November 21, 2014

Hello lovely people, After reading all the description about this app, I thought of spending some money on this and searched there in the appstore. But I failed finding it though. Is that only for US?

Raaj.

Submitted by Michael Hansen on Friday, November 21, 2014

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

Hello Raaj,

Unfortunately, Weather Radio by WDT is U.S. only.

Submitted by Toonhead on Monday, April 27, 2015

Hi guys, I know this may seem like a silly question, but I've been all over this app in every single possible settings screen I can find, and I don't see any kind of way to remove other cities I'm monitoring. The only way I've found is to delete the app and re-install it and manually re-add the cities I want. Is there an easier way to do this? If so, I sure haven't figured out how! But I believe if we can add a city we should certainly be able to remove it too.

Submitted by HarmonicaPlayer on Monday, April 27, 2015

to remove a city you are monitering you do a 2 finger double tap on city. When dialog comes up for choose an action choose delete by swiping right till you find it. This methd only works on locatins 2 through 6 and don't apply to your current location (default one you are monitering.

Submitted by Toonhead on Monday, April 27, 2015

Hey thanks, the two-finger double-tap did it. I tried the double-tap and hold gesture before but that didn't do it. I'm glad this works now, thanks for the help!

Submitted by AnonyMouse on Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

What's New in Version 3.0.3

- Support for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus
- Added a delete button in the local view
- VoiceOver support for video playback
- Fixed speech rate on iOS 8
- Additional tweaks and fixes

Submitted by brandon armstrong on Wednesday, March 30, 2016

hi everyone, do not get the latest update to weather radio just released today march 30, 2016. the voice is way to slow and it's unbearable to listen to the voice read a forecast.

Submitted by dvdmth on Thursday, April 14, 2016

Club AppleVis Member

Weather Radio was updated again, and this update fixes the voice problem that the previous version introduced.

Submitted by themusicman08 on Monday, May 9, 2016

Hello all!

I am running the latest version of the Weather radio app and I notice that when I play either the five day forcast, or the day's current forcast and temp, the voice is slow still and also, it's sounding like Samantha compact. I have tried to e-mail there support but, have never received a reply from them about this issue. I don't want to uninstall and then reinstall. Any thoughts?

Submitted by themusicman08 on Saturday, May 14, 2016

Hello all:

I finally got a chance to speak to WDT via the telephone and reported that the VoiceOver issue still has been happening with Weather radio. The gentleman that I spoke with told me that there have still been reports of this issue and it has to do with something on Apple's end. The gentleman told me that everytime they update Weather radio, Apple breaks that update in the next IOS update. I'm not sure as to when this issue will be resolved but, I have turned in this report as two other folks have reported this same issue.

Submitted by Troy B on Thursday, June 29, 2017

I just purchased the weather radio app yesterday and there's a lot of rain in my area today with some flash flooding and I'm getting notifications of the flash flood warnings both from the weather radio app itself as well as from emergency alerts on my iPhone 7. If I turn emergency alerts off will I still get the weather alerts that I have activated in the weather radio app?

I know that the emergency alerts are for the entire county whereas the alerts from weather radio are for my exact location, and the emergency alerts sound is so much louder than the sound from the app that I'd rather just get alerts from the app itself. Of course if the emergency alerts feature is for more than just the weather I'll leave it on.

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