Don’t know why the reviews are so bad. This forecast is often more accurate than my local news. Yes there are ads sometimes but they are nothing compared to the 10 minute commercial reel Id have to watch on cable. This app never gives me a problem. I also love that you can see where and when earthquakes happen around the world as well as their intensity. The hourly forecast is very useful and most often I’m the only one I know who is prepared for the weather.
The Good: I’ve always preferred WDBJ7’s weather and news coverage over other local stations. The forecasts are reliable, and it’s much easier to watch the 20 second morning forecast video on the app than turn on the tv and wait for the weather to come on each morning. The app itself is easy to navigate and it’s easy find the info you’re looking for. The Bad: Do you like ads? If so, this is the perfect weather app for you! You have to sit through a 30 second ad that you can’t skip before watching each video. For some reason even with the phone set to vibrate, the sound still comes through. Want to just see the daily forecast for the week? Then you’ll get a full page ad with a tiny X at the top to close first, and then another one every few seconds while you’re scrolling through the days. Did you get a severe weather alert that you want and need to read? Well, get ready to sit through a commercial for good ol’ Rick Woodson Honda or learn about the local Goodwill Industries employees first. No disrespect to those companies, but if something is going down weather-wise, I don’t see why it’s important to first try to sell me a Honda. Overall, the weather forecast itself is very reliable and brought to you by the people you trust. I understand the need for ads, but this app has way too many and it’s frustrating to use most times. If they ever offer a paid, ad-free version, I’d be happy to get that one.
The WDBJ7 weather app is my go-to app for my weather. It is easy to get your hourly forecast. It makes planning your day easy. I especially love the interactive radar to watch and see what's coming my way.
The new performance update didn’t help. I timed the app from opening until I could get weather information. It took about 7 seconds. Doesn’t seem like a long time but the 10Weather app only takes one second. The weather channel only takes about 2 seconds. Also you have to have a very strong cell signal to see radar. Other weather apps will work with a weaker signal. Both these problems are disappointing when there is severe weather and I can’t get the app to work. I have an iPhone 12 Pro with 512gb memory.
This used to be a good app, now it’s slow to open and the advertisements get data priority, loading before the forecast does, and let’s not forget the full screen pop ups. Lately, my app thinks I’m in Ecuador. I have to close and relaunch the app several times for it to show my current location, and it does this whether it’s cellular or WiFi data. If I zoom out on the map my location dot is in the correct spot in Virginia, but I get the forecast for Ecuador 🤷🏻♀️
Recently, the app loads to a message saying that it is not available in my location (Boones Mill). First time it happened, location actually said I was in Ecuador (???), but then I restarted it and it worked with my Boones Mill location. Now, it shows my location in the background as Boones Mill with a pop up message over top saying the app isn’t available in my location. At this point, the app is useless, which is too bad because it used to be my go-to app for a quick look at the day-to-day weather.
I love WDBJ’s forecast, I find it more accurate than other local stations, but this app is the worst. Half the time it doesn’t load at all, the radar won’t update to show current conditions, and forget even trying to watch the videos. They never play, although as videos seem to have no problem. This app needs a lot of work before I’ll consider using it again.
The inability to navigate any information in this app without a full page ad popping up and blocking everything out is unacceptable. I understand the need for ad revenue. However, the design of this app allows for an ad to appear every 3 seconds while reading a weather advisory. This in turn renders reading near impossible. This is truly a failure of a trusted news and weather source.
I love WDBJ7, but their weather app is awful. The videos won’t play and lately the app won’t even open unless I close the app completely and then try to reopen it. They also don’t update the forecast in the daily section. I’ve noticed their forecast will say one thing on the air, yet it’s the next day or two before you see the forecast updated on the app.
Won’t load after recent update. Just a blank screen. Probably getting hung on a non responsive ad? Tried multiple locations. Tried WiFi and LTE. No joy. It was already getting frustrating enough with the ad pop ups every few seconds, no iPhone X support, etc. It was frustrating, but at least still usable. Not so much now....
This app used to be amazing. Now just try to pull up the text of the weather alert you got. Get through a sentence and you’ll get an add, close it out and you go back to the top, find your place and try to read...you get the same ad. Horrible execution ruins a perfectly good weather app.
Pop up ads literally every 2 seconds make this app unusable. It may snow or it may be sunny, I wouldn’t know. But I can sure get a loan from FFCU. No wonder Air 7 crashed, I’m fairly certain a pop up ad blocked the controls before it hit a tree. Thanks WDBJ7 for making me waste data downloading this junk.
Usually one prefers a local weather app rather than Google, Apple, etc. However the advert pop-up has rendered this app useless. You can read a single sentence without it popping up over and over again. So much for checking on storm watches, etc. I live in Roanoke and have deleted a WDBJ app. Sad!
I just can’t stand the ridiculously long commercials for local veterinary, carpet, goodwill, appliances and more. The music for some weather videos is heavy metal for some bizarre reason. If the commercials were less than 10 seconds it wouldn’t be so obnoxious.
Unfortunately this app does not reflect the excellent quality of the actual WDBJ7 News Station weather. This app’s radar map is slow to load and the daily outlook is rarely correct more than 1 day out. Not a trusted app for planning events around weather.
I used to respect WDBJ7’s weather app but they are just throwing random ads up that I care nothing about and usually right as I’m about to tap the screen to see the radar map which opens their ad. Seriously WDBJ?!? Can’t you scale back all these forced ads?
I grew up on WDBJ news and weather. I love it! But I am not such a fan of this app. Videos don’t play and I get three day old notifications on occurrences such as snow and wind etc. really disappointed. 🙁
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