As a senior relying on walking or the Comet bus your weather app is most reliable. I always look out of the window (15th south facing floor) and check the WIS app before going to work. Ps: Still have been unable to figure out where to take shelter in Five Points at a bus stop in case of a tornado alert. Any advice for pedestrians would be helpful. Thank you
While the issue with “crying wolf” alerts continues (see original review at bottom), another issue with alerts has started. My husband and both have the app with the same location marked as our base. Sometimes he’ll get an alert and I won’t or the other way around. To top this the alerts which are very specific such as rain/storms will begin in _ minutes, are 100% inaccurate. Not one of these alerts in the last week have been correct. I’m not expecting them to be correct down to the minute, but most of these saying rain/storms will arrive in _ minutes we get nothing or it will be hours after the alert, or in some cases it will have already been raining/storming for several hours before an alert is received. …. Alerts not working properly. Issuing alerts for non severe weather. Alerts are meant for urgent/emergent weather, but this app sends alerts for every random thing (such as sunny and warm). It’s sort of like crying wolf. Initially startles you thinking something bad is coming and eventually you begin to ignore all of the alerts. No where in the settings have I allowed non urgent/emergent alerts yet that’s what I get all the time. The forecast is messed up as well. Some days it will show 0% chance of rain on a certain day but when you click on that day to expand it it may show 50% chance in the evening.
While the forecasts are useful and the actual navigation of the app is simple, the notifications I get throughout the day are merely click bait. Like one of the other reviewers, this app has become a joke in our household. For instance today, in the a.m. I received “cool start but warming up” but this afternoon I received “mild now but a cool down is coming.” Really?! You mean that during the day it’s going to warm up and then get cooler in the evening? Wow! That’s most every normal day! Also, alerts consist of “Alert: showers today!” Alerts should be urgent, warning of severe weather like storms, tornadoes, snow, ice, etc. the app didn’t even send out a recent tornado warning until a full 5 minutes after the National Weather Service had sent one via my phone’s emergency response system. Please improve your daily notifications and make prompt Alerts for truly urgent announcements.
I’ve enjoyed this app for many years, but the notifications have gotten out of control. It would appear that they’ve included a lot of control over what types of notifications you receive, but they started sending notifications that don’t fit into any of the categories that users are able to toggle off. For example, would “Prepare for warmer weather” fall under the “typhoon” category? There is no category for alerts of uneventful weather, so those alerts that are the most useless and annoying cannot be turned off unless you disable notifications altogether. If that one issue is fixed, I could change my rating from 2 stars to 5 stars.
We download the app to our phones and iPads. The purpose was to check the weather. We also got it for weather alerts, for example tornado warnings, hurricane tracking, flooding, severe thunder storms, and (every so often) snow. Over the last year, the push alerts have become ridiculous! Merriam-Webster defines "alert" as being "watchful and prompt to meet danger or emergency." Today's weather alert was "Traveling to NC or GA? Von has your forecast." What!?! This is what I open the app to learn. I do not want my phones an iPad having push notices stating "A News Station Alert has arrived" to tell me that it will be sunny or drizzling or that - shocker - it will be cold in the winter and hot in the summer. Stop sending these type of alerts! It has become a joke in our house! An alert arrives and, instead of thinking it's a severe storm or tornado, we joke that it's an alert to the wonderful weather! This completely defeats the purpose and effectiveness of an ALERT!! The upsides of the app: layered radar, decent forecasting, and local weather when you travel out of state.
I use the app frequently to check on weather updates in my area and never had a problem until the most recent 6/20 update. Now when I click the app, it just glitches and exits back to my phone’s main screen. Great app, needs to be fixed.
The app itself is a decent app. The issue is all the alerts that don’t warrant an alert. Especially at 4:30 to 7:30 am just to tell me it’s going to rain the weekend, or it’s going to be hot in the summer, or it’s going to be cold in the winter. This is absolutely ridiculous and unnecessary. Has anyone there ever heard the saying if you cry wolf enough times, no one will believe you? And I personally don’t think there should be anything political, including advertisements about impeachment of our President or any other politician. This has nothing to do with the weather. I am deleting the app, and will no longer watch anything on WIS or NBC. I invested about 45 years to your station/network, but have had enough of the one sided reporting that goes on, and all the unnecessary weather alerts. Hope Management is listening and happy they are running their watchers/listeners away.
The information that is provided in the app as well as the functionality of it is awesome! However, it does get very frustrating when I’m trying to get the latest updates about hurricanes and serious weather that I have to watch one and sometimes two ads to even get to the meteorologists video. I respect the need for advertising however, I don’t think it should be on those kind of videos.
The radar works decently when it loads up. But the daily forecasts are horrible. It will show 0 percent chance of rain and sunny but when you click on it it shows 40 percent chance of rain and cloudy..... it’s almost like one of them has to be right so just put both up there. The hourly forecast changes hour to hour to reflect what’s happening at that moment. I can do the same thing by looking outside.... it’s useless as a forecasting app. It’s great if you don’t feel like looking out a window to see what it’s doing outside at that moment though. Lol.
Thank you WIS Weather Team for making the weather app so user-friendly. I look forward to reviewing the app before I go to bed and when I wake up in the morning. Keep up the great work and for letting us know when to grab a sweater, umbrella or T-shirt!
I wish the word “alert” were not used so much. It seems silly and leaves room for misunderstanding. Alert, alert look out for rain. Then we have a few drops. I suggest using other words and leaving “ alert” for important events. Phil Dilly
I hated getting a breaking weather alert and then being forced to watch a 15 sec video ad before I could see the weather information. I can understand seeing video ads during normal viewing but not with a breaking weather alert. Hey a tornado is bearing down on your location but first let’s look at some carpet. I deleted the app from my device.
I downloaded this to get alerts and weather updates especially through the night but it’s so unreliable. I rarely get notifications although they are turned on and the forecast are very very wrong. Even throughout the day the weather is off pretty bad. It only changes when the weather changes. It’s never anything we can rely on to plan for outings. Don’t waste your time. Find another weather app.
Alerts are mostly for advertising cash in their pocket
Way to many alerts diminish the value of critical ones. These guys are putting out alerts now about things of virtually no value so advertisers can get more hits. I will be looking for others who care more about public safety than cash in their pockets. There appears to be no method of filtering useless alerts out on the settings page. I will further now make it a point to not shop at or use any of their advertisers
We live in a place where people are 65 or much much older; not traveling much. Your specific detail about location of light, sunrise & sunset are the precise information that we, living here, appreciate very much.
Way too many “fake” Alerts. This app should be on CNN. This is one of the most cluttered apps I’ve ever used. As a local weather app it should be more reliable and useful which it’s not. The ads are useless because there’s so cluttered and so many of them.
It used to be good, only sending severe alerts. Now it sends things like “possible rain this weekend” on Monday and “warmer weather coming. “ We don’t need to be constantly interrupted by things like this. And there is no way to turn these notifications off.
The week of 15 Dec 19, I had to delete and reload the app because it got stuck at the Rush’s advertisement. This week, 22 Dec 19, the app would ask to change location before opening and now today, 25 Dec 19, it won’t open again. 🤷🏼♂️ I’m deleting it and moving on to another app.
This is a nice app & I use to like it. If there are “Weather Alerts” I’d like to see them without ads. It’s obviously not too much of an lAlert” if there’s a commercial going on before there alert is aired..? I’ve found another local weather app that’s more appealing to my my liking so I’ll stick to that.
I have used this app for several years and no problems. This new update is useless for me. It crashes all the time. I'm running iOS 9.35. I wish I had never updated. Please fix. Thanks for your attention to this problem.
I’ve had this app on my iPad for years and it suddenly says it’s not available for my Area. Yet I can get it on my iPhone. I’ve uninstalled and reinstalled it. I’ve shut my iPad down and restarted it. Nothing works. I’m very disappointed.
They never get the weather right. I had a roof replacement and was told no rain for the weekend and after shingles were removed and it started raining the whole weekend my ceiling was damaged because of it. Thanks so much for your future cast
The WIS Mobile Weather App includes: * Access to station content specifically for our mobile users * 250 meter radar, the highest resolution available * Future radar to see where severe weather is headed * High resolution satellite cloud imagery * Current weather updated multiple times per hour * Daily and Hourly forecasts updated hourly from our computer models * Ability to add and save your favorite locations * A fully integrated GPS for current location awareness * Severe weather alerts from the National Weather Service * Opt-in push alerts to keep you safe in severe weather