May 16, 2014
Weather prediction is big business, and I am fairly certain I am not unique in wanting reliable weather information on my devices of choice. As such, it’s good news that the formerly Canada-exclusive app Degrees now has USA weather data to share.
At first sight, the clean look of the app is appealing. The main screens that appear when the app is first started are distinct in the general clean, minimalist look; the backgrounds are stark white, and the icons are simple but expressive, and the black fonts work well.
Immediately after opening, the app pulls in information to a summary bar, and tapping on the summary bar opens up more information. The top part of this page can be scrolled through, and reflects weather-related data: wind speed/direction, pressure, visibility, humidity, dewpoint, current/local moon phase and the times for sunrise and sunset. Even higher up in this bar (in larger font) is the current temperature and weather outlook. The app has an ultra-useful radar button which presents regional weather patterns in real-time.
Beneath this, the app breaks down the upcoming predicted weather for the next week, by day and nighttime. It also summarizes, by use of number and icon, the expected weather difference for said time period.
On the opening summary page, there is a setting button to the top right; tapping this gives the user an opportunity to adjust some specific settings. Locations (including that used with the widget) can be entered here; also, units can be tweaked (for example, from Celsius to Fahrenheit, or imperial units instead of metric ones). Push notifications and order of data can be tweaked.
The widget is clean; I would have liked a bit more customization options, but to be fair, it adopts the simple aspects present in other parts of the app.
The app works because it is clean and functional. Having NOAA data as the base makes it quite reliable as a service, and the low-frills feel is just what a weather app needs.
For an infinitely useful app, Degrees is easy to enjoy, and at $0.99, it is priced to move.