Have you ever heard the expression to “save some money for a rainy day”? My mother reminded my twin sister and I of this all the time. She told us often that life is unpredictable and unexpected, and what may be a wealthy situation today may turn poor tomorrow. My sister was one who would spend every penny she received from mom the same day she received it. Mom would get paid once every two weeks, and Danielle would plan her new object of affection before mom arrived home with her two-week paycheck. By the time mom would arrive home, Danielle would already have a plan for her dollars. She could never keep a dime in her pocket, though mom tried to help her all she could.
Well, the expression “plan for a rainy day” may apply to money or life preparations in some contexts, but it can also apply to a literally “rainy” day. An app for Android 4.1 and 4.2 aims to help you “plan for a rainy day” by telling you what the weather will be like not only today, but also tomorrow…and the day after that…and the day after that…you get the hint!
Called the Notification Weather app, the app can be seen in your swipe-down Notification Center at the top of your Android phone. It allows you to set up your location, from which it can provide the weather in your area. If your residence is The Pentagon in Washington DC, for example, all you need to do is put in the zip code “20301” and the app will put up the current temperature for The Pentagon. As of this moment, it is 34 degrees at The Pentagon with a wind breeze blowing at 6mph. The high today will be 47 degrees and the low will be 35 degrees. It will also tell you the weather at The Pentagon for the next four days. The app provides all the information you need to know to plan your attire (if you are into that sort of thing). When you swipe away your Notification Center, you will still see the temperature and weather condition at the top of your screen in the upper left-hand corner.
There are two versions of the Notification Weather app: (1) Notification Weather Free and (2) Notification Weather Paid. The Paid app costs a mere $1.02, nothing for many of us who spend $1 on bubble gum or candy. The Paid application may cost more, but it also provides more detail with regard to the weather than does the free app. The free weather app only gives you the temperature for today; the paid app provides the weather and temperature for today and the next four days (a total of five days’ information). In this regard, you may want to purchase the paid application at Google Play.
The Notification Weather app is useful for those who want the weather around them at every moment. You can update the weather every 10, 30, 60 minutes or every few hours. You can select or deselect the 4-day temperature function, decide what zip code or location you want the weather for, and can choose your weather provider (three options are given). These make the Android app a far more customizable app than the weather application on the iPhone. At the same time, the iPhone app is strongest because it provides the temperature and condition for each hour of the day – without the need to refresh the temperature or have a Wi-Fi connection. This gives the Apple weather app a “one-up” on the Android weather app. A weather app that automatically updates via Wi-Fi or 3G/4G connection will provide more convenience for Android lovers.