Review from David Fischer
Not bad at all I saw the presentation at NWA and thought "what a great idea", however I'm presently surprised by how great it is in actuality. The reason for a one star drop is the icon, I get that it's free and helps NSSL, but something a little prettier would be nice...
Nice app but... I like the ability to be able to report precip/met conditions. My biggest gripe with both the Apple/Android versions (I use both) is being forced to use the location services. It would be very nice to be able to predefine my locations, be able to select the one I want to report from without having to turn on location services. I know where I am at and prefer that Google, etc not know where I am at all times. I have other apps that have no problem with this so I don't think it would be a big deal.
Good App I think that being able to let the public tell what is going on in there spot of the world is something that will only help NWS be more able to tweek there radar maps as too what is realy happining & what is just ground cluter on radar. Please add more options so we can be more spasific about actual conditions. & the part where we can see the maps of regnal needs to be able to maby look by zip code instead of by whole chunks of the country. But I also realize it's faraly new & the tweeking will hopefly come
Nice Being involved with the NWS as well as Skywarn, I enjoy this App as I can send real time info. The only issues that I've had with the App is that it get my GPS coords. incorrect every so often and that on occasion it does not close properly and if you are not paying attention to things, it will drain your phone battery.
Researcher style app Please do something with the remainder of the screen real estate. Your wasting lots of space. Can not click on other locations. Seems like you should be able to especially if not obsing a tornado on the ground directly on top of you. If you want to get a good idea of the precip that falls or the weather situation allow users to make notes but require to pick a category. This would allow for better records and more precise information.
Would like more options! In all honesty, I definitely like the idea of helping with anything related with crowdsourcing. However, I do feel the categories could use some improvements. Personally speaking, I would like the option to report Light Fog and Flurries.
Second version fixes GPS issues Thanks to everyone who downloaded the app and sent feedback. The 1.1 version of the app has the following enhancements: 1. Uses cell tower based location until GPS fix is obtained, so those of you in tall buildings can still use the app. 2. The app lets go of the GPS immediately when you navigate away instead of waiting for the app to get passivated by the os. So battery use should be more friendly now. 3. Ability to view submitted reports. 4. More categories. 5. A marker on the map that indicates the location. Thanks and stay safe! Response to several common questions/suggestions: (1) A way to report intensity. The problem is that radar-measured rates and human-observed intensities are not really commensurate. We decided not to open that can of worms, for now. (2) "Settings" menu: That is something Android adds by default. This app (by design) has no menu and no settings. (3) Ability to submit photographs. We tried that before, but we got submissions of photographs of people doing not-safe-for-work activities.
More reporting categories have been added to the mPING app. The layout of the graphical interface has been changed in response to user comments.
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