My NWS-NOAA Weather Prediction Mini Center Windows 8 app lets you quickly view the National Forecast Chart for three days, shows the Quantitative Precipitation Forecasts for up to 7 days, and view Excessive Rainfall Forecasts. It’s available now in the Windows Store (for USA) and of course, it’s a free app.
I’ve been using Microsoft Project Siena to write some weather related apps and realized that I didn’t have anything that would supply an instant overview of the USA weather, especially rain, snow, and other nasty weather. I spent some more time on the NOAA-NWS site and was able to find exactly what I was looking for and decided to author a third app. I can’t say enough good things about Microsoft Project Siena for rapid app development. While Microsoft created this tool primarily for business users, I’ve found that for some of the things I’ve wanted to do, MS Project Siena does most of the work for me. I need to fine tune apps in Visual Studio, but considering the tool is at Beta 1 status, I am more than happy with the results.
The Main Screen is the entry way to the section for each of the three types of forecast charts. Each section contains a scrollable gallery. Images are pulled from NOAA/NWS.
For each section, I’ve included an About screen with details on how to read the charts, information on the update schedules for each chart, and other technical information as shown in the sample screen shot below.
Hope you like my latest app. Let me know on Twitter @barbbowman