We made it in Sunday night after a 15 hour driving day just so we could be at work Monday morning. We realized our daily limit somewhere around the 10 hour mark but pressed on. The last 20 miles to home held threatening skies, just as black as night to the south. I had our radar app going the whole way in and we literally beat the storm by minutes. I started using MyRadar two years ago, and keep it handy any time we’re on the road. When you open it, radar for your current location immediately loads.
You can zoom right down to street level. Here’s what it looks like up in South Carolina this morning with Tropical Depression Andrea in their area. Severe warnings are shown in the colored boxes, and also pushed out to the phone with a loud warning tone, just in case you’re not looking at the app when they come in. A blue dot marks your current location at all times, which you don’t see here because I am obviously not in South Carolina this morning. On the road, I usually run it on my iPad because it’s so much easier to see.
I love this thing, and remember last year heading south somewhere in the Carolinas, not giving a thought to the weather, when it alerted us to two tornado warnings just ahead of us. We pulled into a rest area and sat while the storms made their way across the interstate and pressed on when it was safe to do so.
Here’s a zoomed in view of us NOT having any rain this morning…..thank you, Andrea for moving on!
There’s a host of options that you can turn on or off, depending on what you need. I usually keep the temperature layer off, because I’m more concerned with the pop up intense wind and rain storms. You can turn off the notifications if it’s annoying to you, or the cloud cover which doesn’t do much for me either. For Aviation buffs, you can turn on the Airmets and Sigmets layer, and even over lay a flight path. Haven’t tried that one yet.
There are tons of weather apps out there, but I’m sticking with this until someone shows me a better way to just get a radar image in a hurry. For temperature and forecast info I use the Weather Channel app, but for radar, this is my favorite.
Do you have a radar app that you use?? What are your favorite, won’t leave home without, apps or tools for navigating around weather on the road?? Am I missing something else out there that is better??
Or do you prefer the “look out the window” weather checker??
We’re still researching the tow bar issue and I have sorted out some images to post something on that soon.
Until then, Happy Trails,
Janet, Randy and Molly