WeatherMe is a weather focused application that allows the user to stay on top of recent and upcoming weather conditions. The site automatically gathers the user’s geographic location and applies it to the built in Google Map displayed on the homepage. The user can see current conditions and toggle between map and satellite map views. The “Weather Me” button allows the user to receive more precise information for the location currently listed on the page. The user can also add email alerts, which include data for wind direction and strength, temperature and precipitation. The user can choose how often they wish to receive alerts and give each alert a unique name. Users can toggle between the simple or advanced alert form to set up a quick alert or add more information.
WeatherMe was officially launched at Garage 48 Tartu 2011. The application was intended to solve a problem of weather accuracy and alerting. Users could set up alerts tailored to their specifications to stay aware of adverse weather conditions or conditions that are ideal for specific activities. The site focuses on the user’s location so the information is relevant and accurate. The application is currently in beta with no mention of upcoming features.
The main draw to WeatherMe is the inclusion of unique alerts that the user can set up to their specifications. Many websites offer location-based weather information as well as alerts when emergency or dangerous conditions are present. WeatherMe gives the user a little more by allowing them to set up alerts as they see fit. The user can also give their alerts unique names that are easier for them to remember. The site doesn’t offer much else beyond the alerting system.
WeatherMe offers a basic service but still manages to project style and visual appeal to a new visitor. The site maintains a dark background highlighted by a narrow, golden header bar that hints at the fiery coloration of a setting sun. A playful sun icon appears throughout the site, making the experience more pleasant. Colorful Google Maps help the user find their location and explore nearby weather conditions using Google’s simple click and drag system.
WeatherMe gives users the option of logging in to their Facebook account. To access the login area, the user can click the small blue “Log In” button tucked into the upper, right hand corner of the page. The user is asked to log in to their Facebook account and permit WeatherMe to access their profile. The site does not currently offer an alternative registration option to users. Users are not required to log in to view the embedded Google Map however will be asked to log in to set up a new alert.
WeatherMe offers a practical service, but it is still a very simple one. The site does not charge a fee for its services, which is definitely a good thing. Most users would be reluctant to pay for weather information that can be obtained through numerous free resources on and off the web. The user is given unlimited access to alerts and embedded Google Maps. WeatherMe is currently in beta but does not mention adding a subscription option or additional features in the near future.
WeatherMe is ideal for anyone who follows the weather closely. Users who live in regions that go through difficult seasons or frequently suffer from adverse weather conditions can really appreciate the alert system. The user can customize their alerts and choose specific geographic locations so they know what to expect when traveling or planning outdoor activities. Facebook user will also appreciate the convenience of logging in with their existing social networking account.