Android Photography Apps: The Weather Channel

For photographers that want to capture that perfect shot, that often means either getting out of the weather or getting into it. The Weather Channel app for Google Android Version 2.3.14 allows users to check local radar to see where a storm is heading and even get hour by hour updates.


Like the Weather Channel itself, users can set up the app so that they receive the weather conditions specific to their home address or current location. Users can navigate tabs like Hourly, which gives the hourly forest, 36 Hour (which allows users to see what the next 36 hours will look like) and 10 Day (which gives users the 10 day forecast).

The system also comes with an animated radar. This allows a user to track storm movement and decide to where the storm is heading. For the location that they select, users will be able to see in bright white letters the current temperature and the current conditions. Other information includes the following:

  • Actual Temp vs What it Feels Like
  • Wind Speed and Direction
  • Humidity Levels
  • UV Index
  • Visibility
  • Dew Point Averages

The TruPoint Nowcast information at the bottom of the screen gives users a more in-depth description of conditions, including how long storms are forecasted to last or what time a warning or watch is supposed to end.

Other features include video forecasts of nearby major metropolitan areas, a notification bar to let users know about current weather conditions and a GPS feature. The GPS feature allows users to obtain the weather forecast for their current GPS location.

How Much Does It Cost?

The Weather Channel app is actually free. Users just need to download the software and run it on their system. Users, however, may be subject to some ads at the bottom of the app.

Why Is It Necessary?

For those who want to take clear pictures on a cloudless day, photographers can use this to determine whether or not it's a good time to head out. This is especially important for animal or landscape photographers who will be hiking trails, be near water sources or be simply out in the open. It will help photographers avoid problems like rain or lightening.

Some photographers, however, don't have the luxury to choose another day to head out. This is especially true for photographers who are on vacation or who are on a deadline. In that case, they can bring protective gear like underwater plastic cases (to protect the camera from water like precipitation), rain jackets and waterproof camera bags to ensure that the equipment does not get damaged.

If, however, a photographer shoots weather like lightening and rain storms, then he wants to be near the action. Just like tornado chasers use radar to follow a storm, photographers can use the radar to find their storm, figure out how long it is going to last and what route it is taking. The photographer can then get ahead of the storm, set up and get ready to capture some interesting, potentially one-of-a-kind shots.