Interesting Weather in ‘Bama’

The last few days we’ve had some interesting storms. The other day, one passed just to our north and dropped a tornado or two, and today we were on the edge of another tornado watch box. We’re OK, just got some heavy rain and T-storms.

I’m writing this because I’ve been using an app on my iPad that’s just terrific in storms. When on the road, we’re nearly always unfamiliar with the area we’re in. Storm warnings on weather radio are by towns, villages and counties which doesn’t do us much good if we don’t know where we are!

The app is called RadarScope. It brings real-time, raw feeds of weather service maps that include watch and warning boxes and text of alerts. But the best part is, because the iPad has GPS built-in, the app precisely locates our position on the map. We could tell very precisely when a rain blob would reach us and how intense it would be. We were very lucky this time, but if we’re ever in a tornado’s path, this app could give us the warning we would need to get out of the way.

The photo above is of the iPad screen and the other is a detail of our area. The blue circle with cross-hairs near Foley marks our GPS location. If you have an iPad or iPhone, take a serious look at this app. It’s just amazing.

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