Weather tracking for some people is serious business and NOAA Hi-Def Radar, using the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data, is one of those apps.
Today, version 220.127.116.11 of the Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 apps are going out to the Store and with it a bevy of changes, fixes, and improvements.
NOAA Hi-Def Radar (Universal app changelog)
- Live Tile integration for Windows and Windows Phone (medium and wide on phone, medium, wide and large on Windows). Users have the ability to track their current location or their home location from live tile. This can be changed in settings
- Manually update Live Tile from settings
- New layer showing weather alert polygons on the map. When tapped, users will see the national weather service alert information. This layer can be turned on/off similar to the aerial view.
- Improved weather radar rendering
- Updated design layout of forecast and locations for Windows version.
- Updated design of locations for Windows Phone.
- Locations screen now indicates the home location for the user
- Various other bug fixes
- Get Maps Address button on New Location screen should now work without issue
NOAA Hi-Def Radar is a US-based weather service, as such it won't be useful to those residing outside of the States. However, for those in the US, the universal app looks to be one of the best for radar information, detailed forecasts and hurricane tracking. Hopefully, today's update addresses many of the early bugs that some users have experienced.
NOAA Hi-Def Radar runs for $1.99 although that price unlocks both versions for Windows and Windows Phone. Unfortunately, there is no free trial due to the request of NOAA.
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