Rain Alarm for your Windows Phone is a weather radar app that can alert you of rain or snow through push notifications.
The main view of Rain Alarm is your typical map with the latest weather service radar displayed. Radar imagery is animated and can be paused or refreshed with the control buttons at the bottom of the screen.
Rain Alarm is a fairly simple app but may come in handy if you want to avoid the wet stuff while traveling or just don't want to caught off guard.
While the appearance may be fairly routine, Rain Alarm's settings allow for custom search parameters for rain or snow and notifications when precipitation is found.
Settings are accessed beneath the three-dot menu and cover the distance (12, 22 or 55 miles) you want the app to search for rain, the frequency of the search (10, 30, 60, 120 minutes) and sensitivity of the search (looking for a little rain or a lot of rain). Push notifications are issued when rain is detected and you can set the time frame you want to be notified. The push notification will also tell you how far the rain or snow is from your current location as well as the intensity and area of the precipitation.
There are some regional restrictions with Rain Alarm in that it will only work in Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Spain, Slovania, Croatia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Norway, the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, Argentina, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei. Not sure as to the why but maybe the weather radar services are not available outside these regions.
All in all, Rain Alarm isn't too shabby of a weather app. If you're traveling, I can see Rain Alarm coming in handy to let you know when wet weather is near. In just tinkering with the app for a short period, the only downside we could see is that it takes a considerable amount of time to load the radar images.
Rain Alarm is a free, ad supported app for Windows Phone 7.x and 8 devices. You can find Rain Alarm here in (opens in new tab) the Windows Phone Store.
Oh and for those interested, Rain Alarm is also available for Windows 8. The Windows 8 version of Rain Alarm is also a free app and you can find it here (opens in new tab) in the Windows Store.
George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.
Is there a severe weather alert app out there with push notifications?
I've tried Weather Channel and Accuweater, and neither have reliable push notification. With both, I've experienced incessant push notifications immediately after installing (or reinstalling), and then no notifications at all during the next severe weather. I've resorted to keeping the app open, or constantly refreshing the map, to stay aware.
Thanks for the info. When I was an Android user I had a pretty amazing severe weather alert program. We need one for sure with WP8. We have the amazing MRLevel3. Now we need alerts...
It would be non stop alerts in the greater Seattle area lol.
I wish Weather Flow or Amazing Weather would incorporate something like this in their app.
I used this app on android. You gonna love it after it did alert you for upcoming rain the first time and you could tell on the map that you got like 30 min to run for shelter. Or that the rain will pass you and you don't have to worry. I'm excited that this app found its way to windows phone. If you ask me, it is a MUST HAVE! Just give it a try!
doesnt rain already do that on its own for free
Does anyone know how to read Rain Alarm?
What does this mean?
≈ 2.9 mi (intensity 90%, area 25.4%)
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