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    Hurricane, by Kitty Code
    $3.99, ****

    • Up to date hurricane tracking and projections
    • Detailed data regarding hurricanes
    • Historical data included

    No to choose favorites
    No push notifications
    No location based data
    No search or sort feature for historical data

    In the interest of full disclosure, I received a promo code for this app.

    Back when I lived in Florida, hurricanes were a yearly concern. Now that I am in Texas, they dont play such a prominent role but they are still something to think about. Hurricane is an app designed to try to take away some of that concern.

    I have actually had this app for well over 4 months, but I wanted to wait till the middle of hurricane season so I could see it in action. And let me say, the app generally performs very well. The app starts off with a screen where you can select Atlantic or Pacific hurricanes, and then gives you a list of the active storms as well as completed storms. When you click on a storm, you can look at the radar loop, projected path, tracking map, satellite images, and bulletins. All of this allows you to try to keep on top of these potentially devastating storms.

    In addition, you can look a historical storms (from last year going back to 1851) and specific data feeds (like satellite images) from a variety of sources. For people with little hurricane experience, you can also see how hurricanes are rated on the Saffir-Simpson scale. While it certainly isnt necessary, it would be nice to have some sort of hurricane checklist included (what to do, or not do, when one hits, for example).

    Unfortunately, the app doesnt provide any customization options. You can specify your location and only look at storms that may hit you. You cant mark a storm as a favorite to keep close tabs on it. You dont get push notifications when a storm status changes (or a new alert is released). These are all kinds of features that would put this app into an elite category. In addition, there is no ability to sort or search the historical data. I cant look for all historical Cat 5 storms that have him Florida, for example. If I am curious about how frequently a specific area has been hit, I cant only include storm that hit Texas. The historical data is nice, but in the present form it is a little unwieldy unless you know exactly what you are looking for.

    As hurricane tracking apps go, this is a nicely designed app, giving you a lot of the pertinent and critical information. If you live in a hurricane prone area, it could certainly be worth the $3.99 price. However, the app is missing some features that would move it into a premium app category (which, I should note, I havent seen in other hurricane apps as well). Four out of five stars.

    Rating scale:

    * = No redeeming qualities or features, probably not worth it even if it is free
    ** = Few redeeming qualities, or is simply isn't worth the price
    *** = Some good features but also some clear flaws.
    **** = A solid app, worth the money if interested, a few flaws or problems or slightly overpriced
    ***** = Top of the line app, no problems or drawbacks.

    Price is factored into the ratings. Ratings are lowered if I feel the price of the app outweighs the benefits/enjoyment/features it provides. Likewise, an app that is a good value for the money will have a higher rating.
    08-13-2009 05:20 PM