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