AeroWeather Pro

Use this we­b­cam-rich pro­fes­sional weather app to as­sess the con­di­tions for your out­door shoots

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What the app does

If you’ve had enough of bog-stan­dard sym­bol-based weather apps, try AeroWeather Pro for size. It’s aimed pri­mar­ily at pi­lots, as it brings to­gether in­for­ma­tion from air­ports and weather radars, but it’s the con­ve­nience of be­ing able to ac­cess mul­ti­ple we­b­cams that makes this a good choice for out­door pho­tog­ra­phers. The free ver­sion lacks this fea­ture, so it’s def­i­nitely worth stump­ing up the cash for the pro ver­sion.

When to use it

Whether you’re pho­tograph­ing land­scapes or por­traits, weather and light are key when you’re shoot­ing out­doors. Rather than wad­ing through a stream of web pages look­ing for web cams in or­der to as­sess con­di­tions, AeroWeather Pro is the per­fect one-stop-shop for eval­u­at­ing if a change of lo­ca­tion is worth con­sid­er­ing.

How to use it

To get up and run­ning quickly, tap Nearby Sta­tions fol­lowed by the reload but­ton to pull in METAR and TAF reports from all of the air­ports that pro­vide them. METARs are his­toric weather ob­ser­va­tions recorded at the site, while TAFs are Ter­mi­nal Aero­drome Fore­casts. The app de­codes the raw data to give an ac­ces­si­ble pic­ture of the wind, cloud cover and vis­i­bil­ity, which is backed up by the nearby we­b­cam views. You can save pre­ferred air­ports in a group for easy ref­er­ence, as well as print­ing and email­ing in­for­ma­tion.

The ‘de­coded’ op­tion turns the data into English, and you can scroll down for more op­tions

Tap­ping a we­b­cam thumb­nail takes you to a larger set of im­ages to scroll through

You can lo­cate your near­est weather sta­tion, and those near it, us­ing the app’s map

Most weather sta­tions have at least one as­so­ci­ated we­b­cam feed that’s up­dated reg­u­larly

AeroWeather Pro of­fers global cov­er­age; but you can ac­cess lo­cal con­di­tions quickly

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