WeatherBug Launches Completely Redesigned App for Android Phones

Popular Mobile Weather App Adds Spark Lightning Alerts, Photos, Improved Forecasts and Personalization Options for Live Data and the Fastest Alerts from the World’s Largest Real-Time Weather and Lightning Network

Germantown, MD – May 1, 2013 – Severe weather season means powerful thunderstorms, dangerous lightning and deadly tornadoes for much of the U.S. To help keep smartphone users safe and informed for the extreme conditions ahead, WeatherBug® is launching new safety and alerting features as part of a major redesign of its award-winning Android app. WeatherBug 3.0 for Android comes with the most up-to-the-minute forecasts, the fastest alerts from the largest real-time weather network, and Spark™, the only mobile tool that delivers minute-by-minute, mile-by-mile lightning strike information.  

The redesign follows the successful launch of WeatherBug 3.0 for iPhone. Now, millions of iPhone and Android users can Know Before™ and experience the same user-friendly, slide-and-swipe navigation and customizable live tiles that make getting the neighborhood-level weather for the day, forecasts for the week ahead and the fastest severe weather alerts faster and easier. Watch the overview video:

Highlights of WeatherBug 3. 0 for Android include:

  • Redesigned and Streamlined with New Content: WeatherBug for Android delivers live, in-depth data from the WeatherBug network at-a-glance. Access the new photos section, and live tiles for radar, exclusive live camera images, pollen counts and more.  See the most current conditions from the largest weather sensor network and get one-touch access to pinpoint visual forecasts. Get enhanced interactive maps with multiple layers for radar, humidity, air pressure, satellite images and more. Customize the app’s background themes and navigation tiles. Check out the content sections for your game day, family and fitness forecasts to get the information you need faster.
  • Fresher Data = Better Forecasts: It’s no secret that other apps use weather data up to an hour old. WeatherBug refreshes every 2 seconds to deliver current information from our own network of 10,000 neighborhood-level, professional-grade sensors -- the largest local network in the world. WeatherBug provides more real-time data on current conditions, updated more frequently, from our global sensor network for better pinpoint hourly forecasts for locations in the U.S. and around the world. WeatherBug also delivers data from the National Weather Service, the World Meteorological Society and numerous other sources. Only WeatherBug customers can access over 2,000 live weather cameras. 

  • Spark Lightning Alerts: Spark, an exclusive feature to WeatherBug, delivers lightning strike information based on your device’s GPS location, your favorite locations you regularly check, an don the spot where loved ones might be at the moment to help keep them safe. Spark uses readings from the world’s largest and most advanced Total Lightning Network. Whether the nearest lightning strike is over a thousand miles away or right near you, Spark provides minute-by-minute and mile-by-mile lightning information, with recommendations on when to seek shelter and when to stay tuned. To check for lightning for a place where your loved ones might be that moment, just zoom in on the radar map and press the location to get Spark lightning details and other weather information.

  • Faster Severe Weather Alerts: Minutes matter. WeatherBug delivers watches and warnings issued by the NWS in addition to WeatherBug’s exclusive Dangerous Thunderstorm Alerts (DTAs). Powered by breakthrough technology and live data from the world’s largest and most advanced total lightning detection network, DTAs can provide warnings to thunderstorm and other types of severe weather 50% faster, on average, than any other weather app -- so you’ll know about high winds, hail, heavy rain,lightning strikes and tornadoes even faster.

Get WeatherBug 3.0:

  • On Android: WeatherBug for Android is available now on Google Play – simply search for ‘WeatherBug’. WeatherBug for Android is free to install. 
  • On iPhone: iPhone users can get WeatherBug in the iTunes store. WeatherBug for iPhone is free to install.

Install WeatherBug today and find out why tens of thousands of our customers have rated it 5 out of 5 stars, calling it “The Best Weather App,” “A must-have app” and “The best app I've used.”

About Earth Networks  - WeatherBug

For 20 years, we have been Taking the Pulse of the Planet™ by gathering and analyzing atmospheric observations using the world’s largest weather monitoring and lightning detection networks so our customers can Know Before™. Real-time weather and lightning data – gathered every few seconds from thousands of sensors across the planet – keep consumers, businesses, and governments around the globe informed with neighborhood-level weather intelligence, updated with the most current forecasts, and alerted to approaching severe weather with the fastest alerts. The company’s popular WeatherBug® mobile, desktop and online apps, and website provide local weather, superior forecasts and advanced severe weather alerts to millions of consumers. Earth Networks’ enterprise solutions support utilities, schools, professional sports teams, emergency response crews, government entities and others in safeguarding lives, preparing for weather events, and optimizing business operations. Learn more at Get your weather at Follow Us on Twitter @WeatherBug and Like Us at

Earth Networks: Powering WeatherBug & WeatherBug Home

For 20 years, we have been Taking the Pulse of the Planet® using the world’s largest weather, lightning and greenhouse gas monitoring networks. Our sensors across the planet keep consumers, businesses, and governments informed, updated and alerted. Our popular WeatherBug® brand provides neighborhood-level weather, superior forecasts and advanced severe weather alerts to millions. Our WeatherBug Home offering taps big weather and connected home data for improved energy efficiency and comfort. Enterprises such as schools, airports, professional sports teams, utilities and government agencies rely on our early warning solutions to safeguard lives, prepare for weather events, and optimize operations. Know Before®.

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