Predict the weather anywhere in the world
Author: Jay Feldman
Date: 19 Jul 2014, tested on ASUS Nexus 7 (2013)
Powerful functionality, nice interface, modern design
Needs to be elaborated, is lagging
Climatology for Android is Microsoft’s attempt to map the entire world’s climate conditions, for any day of the year, for any given location on earth. Lookout meteorologists, the corporate behemoth is after your job, and well on their way to claiming it.
Climatology reminds me why Microsoft has dominated the technology market for decades. This app renews my faith in their ability to innovate and lead; which is something a lot of us have forgotten lately, given the emerging dominance of iOS and Android. Climatology is a completely unique and original approach at meteorology and weather monitoring. The app is very simple in its presentation; opening to a map view of the entire planet. Beneath the map, are the months of the year, a colorful measurement bar, and 4 graphical icons. Just move and tap the map to select any location on earth, then select from the different menu options below to see expected rainfall, sunshine and temperatures for any location on earth, at any given time of year.
The interface functions quite well, though the maps are expectedly laggy when using pinch zoom controls. But you can easily hone in on any location on the map with ease, and a little patience. Alternatively, there’s a search bar at the top of the screen where locations can be typed in manually. As you move the map, longitude and latitude is also displayed. And when you select one of the 4 different icons along the bottom, the map adds layers to display the corresponding information selected.
Climatology is in early beta and Microsoft is asking users for feedback, so here’s your chance to help influence this app and make it better; not just complain about what sucks after the fact. I think this app shows a lot of promise and is already pretty amazing. But I look forward to how it develops and for sure will keep this one on my short list of must-have apps.