Update rolling out for Appy Weather, adds severe weather notifications

Appy Weather is a somewhat modest Windows Phone weather app that delivers the forecast with a slight personal tone. It presents the forecast conditions in your traditional sense but adds how the expected conditions will compare with the current. The minimalistic design looks good and while there are some features we'd like to see added, Appy Weather does a very nice job of things.

The Windows Phone app has seen a flurry of updates over the past months that have added new features and customizations to the mix. The most recent update pushed out this morning sending the weather app to version 1.3. The version 1.3 update for Appy Weather most notably adds the ability to re-organize the settings menu, more options for notifications, and severe weather alert notifications.

Appy Weather v1.3

Breaking the update down point by point, the version 1.3 update includes the following changes.

  • Re-organization of the settings menu into logical groupings for faster and more fluid access of the options available.
  • Added granular toast notification settings controls where you can now choose the frequency of notifications, either once before precipitation starts or every hour before and during precipitation. You can also now determine what the minimum probability of precipitation must be in order for you to be notified.
  • Added quiet hours toast notification setting, which allows you to mute notifications during specific hours.
  • Toast notifications are now available for severe weather alerts.
  • You can now set the Live Tile background to your phone's opaque accent color; however, by default, the live tile will continue to use a transparent background.
  • While a severe weather alert is active, the Live Tile's background color will change to an opaque red; as soon as the weather alert is over, the background color will reset to your preferred option (transparent or phone accent).
  • Fixed the bug where the amount of snow expected in a day was showing as an incorrectly high number when you'd expand a day's weather summary.

All totaled, the update beefs up Appy Weather rather nicely. Living in an area where severe weather is an annual event, it is especially nice to see the severe weather alert features come to the app. Now if we can only get a weather radar feature…

Appy Weather has a free trial version that will last seven days. After the trial period, the full version of the Windows Phone weather app will cost you $3.99. We think it is well worth the investment and if you've tried Appy Weather, let us know what you think in the comments below.

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George Ponder

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 it better than Blue Skies?
  • You can try it out within the trial period and see for yourself.
  • It's uses the same Forecast service that Blue Skies, so it is purely a choice of UI/UX.
  • Well worth the $3.99. One of two apps, along with Blue Skies, that I rely on for the weather as my job involves working mostly outdoors year round. Like the UI, is very accurate for my area, and is very well supported by the developer.
  • Somewhat modest app?  I think it is the richest - best done app in the catalogue.  Not much approaches its level of sophistication and finish.
  • You know, Vieather is a really nice weather app as well.
  • "Prognoza" is the best :-)
  • Thx :)   More news on Prognoza coming in a few days... some cool new stuff i hope users will like.
  • Absolutley the best Weather App for Windows Phone right now. It  is now my one and only go to weather app.
  • No radar? No deal
    It's the one thing this app is missing :c
  • Radar is of dubious value unless you check the timestamp of the latest image. Appy and Blue Skies both tell you when it is going to precipitate on you based on the data that radar provides. For me, that takes out my interpretation of a picture and tells me what I want to know...  
  • I actually prefer standalone radar such as MyRadar or NOAA Hi-Def (both US/NA only, I think). As Richard says, the feed is more current, and usually higher quality, than most in app weather app radars.
  • I'm using Appy Weather as my daily weather app and if the need arises for weather radar, I jump over to NOAA Hi-Def Radar. I agree that it would be nice to have radar integrated into Appy but I don't think it is a deal breaker.
  • Not the update I want to hear about right now guys ;)
  • Love this app :)
  • "Update rolling out..." phrase should be banned from now until the "big deal" update actually be rolling out. Please be kind with our hearts!
  • I love it, bought it after that article showcasing it a few weeks ago
  • I use weather to go. One of the best weather apps I've used( hv tried almost all), amazing lock screen pics, has everything one asks for in a weather app,
  • The red overlay on the transparent live tile for current severe weather is a nice touch. I still have a couple of other weather apps on my phone, but Appy Weather is now my 1st choice.