Weather forecast always in sight
Author: Evgenii Kostrov
Date: 26 Sep 2013, tested on Nokia Lumia 920
Gismeteo is a wonderful and, most importantly, very truthful application of the same-name weather service that provides weather information around the world. Through this program, you can always find out what the weather is at the moment, what it will be in a few hours and the next seven days. Moreover, the data may relate to either what is happening outside your window, or anywhere in the world.
It is clear that none of hydrometeorological centers can provide 100% accurate information on the large period of time, but in general, forecasts are accurate in more than 90% of cases. It can be said that the program was tested for almost six months and was very rarely wrong, even with weekly forecast, and if there were minor discrepancies, they lay mainly in the time difference, and even then only for a couple of hours. That is, for example, an hourly forecast said that the storm was expected by 5 PM while the weather was ahead of schedule and happened by 3 PM. At the same time, the duration of storm appeared to be true, that is, it also ended two hours earlier.
In general, the data from all applications (and this one is not an exception) demonstrating the weather, are the more accurate, the closer you are to the nearest weather station which occur, for example, in airports. By the way, because of this it is not necessary to doubt the readings of the program, as they are exactly the same as those obtained by pilots. Perhaps, only the features of the operating system of Windows Phone may prevent timely adjusting an hourly forecast, as the smartphone itself cannot contact the server before the set time.
Features of the Gismeteo applicationAll of the above mentioned applies only to the hourly forecast, but the forecast for a few days works almost flawlessly. Even planning to travel to other regions of the country, we knew what would have to await us in a nearby town next week, and forecasts came true almost 100%. All you need to do in order to start the program, is to specify your home city in the settings, or to rely on the built-in geolocation system (GPS) which will determine your location and ask you to select one of several weather stations situated nearby. It is also possible to add a few more cities located anywhere in the world.
Interface and settingsYou can make a list of your favorite cities (up to five favorites) and bring a live tile of each of them on your home screen that will allow you to always be aware of the weather conditions in the area of interest. In the settings, you can choose the color of displaying of the live tiles and information placed on them, change the unit of measurement of temperature, pressure and wind speed.
ResumeGenerally speaking, the program is really useful and swill surely help you, whether you live in a city, are planning a long trip, or are an avid traveler and like to relax al fresco. The program has a multilingual interface, so that you can easily understand all its nuances and settings.