iDamage-Pushed Weather App Review (iOS, $1.99)

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Languages: English

Seller: homedatasheet.com, Inc.

Updated storm event e-mail feature to improve recipient's user experience.

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Description

iDamage pushes thunderstorm damage reports originating from trained spotters, emergency responders, and members of the public to your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad (in native resolution). If you chase tornados, hail, or high winds for a living, or volunteer to assist your community during severe weather events, or just want to improve your situational awareness on days when storms might pop up, iDamage is the app for you.

Here are its features:

Storm total precipitation feature allows you to view the latest storm total precipitation radar image (if available) as a map overlay (568 point display height devices and iPad only). Hail will typically cause precipitation to be overestimated. The larger the hail, the greater the overestimation. This behavior may, in conjunction with damage reports, help you determine the path of a hail storm.

- Push notification of storm events, oftentimes including very specific damage reports. Coverage area includes the entire Contiguous (Lower 48) United States.

- User-configurable filters allow you to receive notifications for the entire Contiguous US, an entire state, a local area, and/or for specific types of severe weather (tornado, hail, high wind). Use the auto-location feature of your mobile device to set a filter if you are traveling and not sure of your general location.

- Filter push notifications by hail size

- Optional alternate push alert sound for hail events

- Map of storm events with color coded pins. Timeframes are 3-hr, full day, or archival (back to 29 Feb 2004). Touch any pin for access to details. iPod Touch users, data from your last view is cached for off-line use.

- Filter Map View by event type and hail size

- List of storm events in table form. Touch any cell in the table for a single pin street or hybrid map view.

- Link to the "Maps" app on your home screen so you can get directions to the approximate location of severe weather events.

- Storm reports may be e-mailed from within iDamage.

- 24 hour (with radar animation + watch boxes), 2-day, 3-day, and 4-8 day convective (thunderstorm) outlook with probability maps and technical discussion.

- Mesoscale discussions with maps

- Convective weather watches with maps.

- Local hazardous weather products (including watches and warnings), selectable by touching a location on a map or via auto-location.

- Combined radar frame/tornado, severe thunderstorm, and flash flood warning box display.

*** NOTE: Watches and warnings are NOT pushed. iDamage only pushes reports of thunderstorm (convective) events. Tropical and extratropical systems may not generate reports.

- 9 pm - 9 am silence switch in Settings view. Push notifications will visually display, but alert tones are silenced.

- User customizable run-in-background functionality on supported devices

- iDamage has wildfire capability! Get a map of satellite thermal anomaly detections plus public wildfire reports. See screenshot(s).

All weather data presented by iDamage is from the National Weather Service and not subject to copyright protection. homedatasheet.com, Inc. is not affiliated with the National Weather Service.

Customer Reviews

  • Pretty good...

    by KevOwensby

    Except the UI definitely needs some work. What really needs work is the notifications. Please clean those up so they're easier to understand and read.

  • Tornado Alert is HERE!

    by LesnKC

    With the new update, there is the option to turn on alerts for tornado warnings. I live in the Midwest and we have severe thunderstorms and flood warnings periodically, and I don't want to be awakened by them. On the other hand, I most definitely want to be awakened for a tornado warning, and now I will be! I've had this app for a few years now, but just didn't use it much. With the new display and options in this last update, this is now my new favorite weather app. Awesome!

  • Roof Contractor Sales Rep

    by Smyrna, TN

    This is a fantastic App. It is EXACTLY what I was looking for to help me do my job. The push notifications are nothing short of "phenomenal" because of the way they're designed. The capability to email specific detail with legible maps and road descriptions give me just what I need to get a leg up on competitors. I just joined a new contractor and this App will be the essential tool I use for pinpointing areas to cold-canvass. Not to mention this App is also great for keeping me apprised of dangerous local weather I need to know about for my families safety. In summary, my advice is "BUY IT", I believe you'll really love it!

  • Kudos!

    by ThePROFESSIONAL

    I contacted the author to this app to make a small addition to one of the screens in this app to help make the function more fluid and a little quicker when looking for storm activity near the GPS location. This is extremely helpful when consulting a potential customer and providing them with storm info to bring to their insurance provider. I give the app 5 stars just for the responsiveness of the author. The app is multifaceted once one becomes aquatinted with all that it has to offer. The author could charge more for this app as similar apps do for a lot less functionality.

  • Great until IOS 6...

    by Kdavies2204

    I have loved this app since purchasing it a number of months back. Since updating to the latest OS, this app has been crashing left and right when trying to load the SPC outlooks, even with the latest app update that should support the latest OS. I hope the creators are working on this issue unless I'm alone on having this issue. Been a great app until this and I hope the next update fixes this issue...

  • This App is AWESOME!

    by allylovesmacs

    I am in the storm restoration biz and an adjuster told me about this app! Love it! Thank u!

  • Unique weather app

    by david.parker83

    A truly unique offering of functionality with this app. The damage reports are helpful and easy to quickly assess. The Storm Prediction Center's convection outlook, mesoscale discussions, and watches are cool to have at your fingertips during storm season. Really love this app. Keeps me on top of the weather no matter what I'm doing.

  • Slow but finally multitasking!

    by gunnerkid107

    Update: Finally they added multitasking. Not perfect yet but definitely a step in the right direction. First world problem but this app takes several seconds to load. Much slower than 99% of my other apps

  • Great little weather app!

    by Corey Dunn

    *Update* They just fixed the background capability which makes this app the best app of its kind and in the top 5 apps I use. Thank you!!! I love this app! Its a quick one stop shop to all the important places that I want to see when I want to know if something's about to happen today or in the coming days. It had the SPC convective outlook maps with the wording as well as any mesoscale discussion maps with discussions and weather watches with discussions. Everything that you get on the NOAA SPC website you get on here but it's a quick push of a button. The storm reports are the main attraction where you can view the days activity as well as any days activity from any time you chose in the archive. I'm not sure how far it goes back to but I'm sure it goes back a far as the NOAA web site but it gives you the pins and map of the iPhone where you can zoom in anywhere and click it and see the description. You can also filter it to just see hail, tornados, or wind reports. You an even chose to see minimum hail sizes. The push alerts have no issues and I have received many with no problems. The one main thing I don't like about this app that I'd like to see fixed is when I exit out of the app, no matter where I am, when I go back into it, the app restarts from the beginning and I have to go through the stages of getting back to where I was. That's the only annoying part. But other than that its solid app that I would recommend to any weather geek.

  • Working good now

    by J Eric

    Previous data connection issues seem to be resolved. I'm getting numerous reports today.

  • Fix

    by Sherman+4

    Love the app... for the 2 minutes I can use it for. Please fix the crashing issue. I really want to use it and I really hoped that you people wouldn't be a waste of money.

  • Great!

    by Avalenti1111

    I use this app for work purposes. I am a sales manager for a restoration company that specializes in weather related catastrophes. For a company that is expanding into different states, this app allows you to easily mark out territories where storms have been present. I highly recommend this app.

  • I damage

    by Mbiggsr

    I love this app very accurate BUT there is a bug, it keep turning itself off, it starts on 3hr then I click FULL day and it turns off!

  • It's great for severe weather events.... But

    by Tim Pandajis

    Very useful in severe weather outbreaks but only for that. I would love to see snowfall totals incorporated and maybe even temperature records too that would be such a useful tool for a meteorologist such as myself, seeing the records and storm totals plotted on a map. Besides that, as it is now, it's alright.

  • Great app

    by Megreed

    I require all my roofing salesmen to use thanks an keep up the good work!

  • Great app

    by Captainbigt

    This app is awesome. It gives alerts fast and it let's me know the weather before it gets to my area.

  • Useful

    by Grumpysister

    This app is informative and interesting. Useful for insurance adjusters, roofers, construction, etc. Has lots of different options so click on everything to see what all it does. This is the app to have if you need to keep up with storm damage for your job! I have had no problems or crashes with iDamage. The alerts I selected come through every time (you must of course have an Internet connection.) I use it on my iPad 2 and my iPod 4th generation. The developers for this app are doing a great job, keep it up!

  • Excellent App!

    by TraderJMF

    LOVE the push notifications and the selectable pins on Map. Live NOAA forecast maps are very good too. Requested improvements would be for more granularity on specifying which alerts I want to receive (for example, YES to Tornado, Hail & Wind for my area - but also Tornado Only for my State). But still, for a $2 app, I'm pretty happy with what the program provides already.

  • #1

    by phpjon

    I use this app almost daily. Definitely worth more than $2 .In my line of work, just having this app available to me, makes owning an iPhone a No-Brainer! Keep up the good work Update V8.1.1 Appreciate the added functionality to switch to satellite view from map mode. Great stability. Quick response on issues. Thank you.

  • Love it!

    by dmfab09

    Love the alerts. I can get them for several different areas, even rural areas! Alerts can be quieted at bedtime. Also love the forecast section, gives you probability for several different scenarios. Great app!

  • No alerts!!

    by Little Kris

    I've had this app for several months and loved it at first and the alert push notifications feature but after only a couple of weeks the alerts stopped working!!! I've tried to re-download it and have checked my settings daily but it still doesn't work!!! Furthermore, we had 80 mile hour winds w/ tons of damage a few weeks ago and there weren't any alerts at all in my state even when I went in and checked, since the push notifications stopped working!! To top it all off, today we could hear the tornado sirens but nothing from this app at all, not one drop pin in my state!!!! Basically totally worthless, I'm deleting it since it clearly is no help and is just sucking up space!!!!!

  • Waste of money

    by Marissa Romo

    There was a tornado and this app did nothing. Yes the settings were set to alert me. But they didn't waste of money.

  • Needs more work

    by IXOUS

    This is a decent app for a buck, but it falls short in basic user interface structure. Feels clumsy bouncing around trying to find the features. It has some nice novelty functions though. For a dollar, I won't complain too much...but as a serious weather app, it just needs some more work. Keep up the good work!

  • Great app but...

    by L8nightss

    There are 2 things that are really annoying. First, the map does not stay zoomed to where you put it. It would be nice if I open the app and it is already on my area instead of the whole US. And second, you need to be able to set a radius around your area so you aren't getting these messages from far away that do not pertain to you. I want to be notified of things about 30miles from me, not the entire state or multiple states. Other than those 2 suggestions the app is perfect.

  • Awesome!!!

    by Dino1969

    This app is very unique and works really good. Use it all the time and does exactly what it says. Someone definitely put a lot of effort into building this app. Thank you for the iPad support update!!!

  • :/

    by El inspector

    good but not enough .. why does it have to take at least 50 mnts to find out there's a tornado 10 mnts away from me .. :/ I could die waiting on ur response

  • A must have for weather buffs!!

    by Smackman25

    The best weather app there is! All the info you need to spot, chase and predict!! Now, please make available for the iPad!! Then it's perfect! Thanks for such a cool app at such a low price!

  • Still great

    by JKTX

    There is nothing like this out there. The push functionality, which is configurable, is really the heart of the program. Professionals always know what is going in with damage caused by severe weather. Now if they can push warnings/watches with separate configuration......oh and pleeeeeeeaaase develop an iPad app. Still the best out there.

  • A must have for storm chasers!!!

    by Jw666blablabla

    The only thing that i would like to see happen is to be able to choose an area and be able to have a list of previous dates when the area had a hail storm. Being in the roofing business that's what I need to better find hail damage areas that others may not know about

  • Not there yet.

    by Reitveld

    Needs to be more polished. I can't figure out how to just use the app right out of the box.

  • Good app!

    by calfig

    I do like this app a lot though I have not seen the new version yet. Looks to be great though. I've used iDamage to pinpoint Tornados, wind and hail several timesalready and it helped every person in my work building as well as myself. I was also able to warn several family members not with me, thanks to the iDamage warnings. I do wish flood warnings and watches would be added to the pushpins for the pan and zoom map as there have been so many floods, damage and loss of life in so many different areas. I would find it a valuable tool since we have had area flooding two years in a row. Once added, there will be five bright stars from me!

  • Idamage

    by Jlb100

    I got push note. From other states,this is not good

  • Great app

    by Storm Clouds Photography

    I storm chase and use this in conjunction with other apps to five me all the info I need. Keep updating with improvements. Thanks!!

  • Great app

    by AJK1313

    This app is awesome and I would highly recommend it. It would be sooooooo much better if you could display the current radar on the map. Once that's done - I'll give it 6 stars

  • Release a 3.1.3 version

    by Tdlyman

    This app works great, and a requirement for anyone that lives in tornado alley, as I do. But the makers need to release the older version for those who do not want to upgrade to 4.0....2 stars until then...sorry

  • Great ....

    by tojasonhoo

    Exactly what I wanted except I wish full day button did last 24 hrs (not just current day) instead of having to go to archives when app day resets. 7-13-10 New update great! Event time frame makes it easier.

  • Worked great for about 1 hour...

    by Truekat

    Love the program, but after an hour it quit showing anything on the map or text! Any ideas? Love the program! The program DIDN'T stop working, it was that "z" day rolled over at 8am, in my case. So data was blank, as nothing (damage) occurred yet! Hope this helps others! By the way, the history feature is great!! Keep up the great work on this app! Jack

  • Don't change the OS REQUIREMENTS

    by AstroJuan

    Normally 3-4 stars because it does what it claims, but with the latest upgrade, it will not run on my iPad or iPod Touch because I am not running iOS 4 (and can't). NEVER change the requirements to a higher OS on a program that is push upgraded, it forces the program not to install for some people. I now had to dig through my backups to find the previous version which did run, I just have to remember not to upgrade this program.

  • A handy tool

    by Meark

    Extremely handy, not just for push notifications for tornadoes, wind, and hail, but for convective Wx outlooks and meso discussions. I recommend! You want directions Troyboy39? This is on a friggin' google overlay for pete's sake!!!!! Figure it out!!!!!

  • Useful!!

    by Troyboy39

    Invaluable for hail chasers! It would be nice to have directions to the storm damage location

  • Very Impressed

    by GLamb

    This is the new app I refuse to tell anyone about!!! As someone who is in the insurance restoration business, I make my living off being the first to know where storms hit. I'm very impressed with this app and I look forward to using it to better equip me in making a living.

  • This app is awesome!

    by RonGD

    If you're a weather fanatic, this is the app for you! Damage reports are sent by push notification to your device. I've had many email conversations with the app developer. John is very dedicated to making this app the best he can. You can't go wrong purchasing this app.

  • Great app

    by gustex

    Looks great. Very useful. Any plans for an iPad version?

  • Love this!

    by Just48

    This app is awesome!!!!!!!!!!

  • Awesome

    by Koko11

    Great app. Does exactly what it says and a great help with looking over storm damage paths. Only thing I would change is adding more past viewed options. Insted of 3 hours or whole day go 3,6,12,24 hour or present day. Other than that A+

  • Outstanding

    by Arkieranger

    You have the SPC Convective Outlooks & Mesoscale Discussions in an easy to use graphic/text format ad well ad the damage reports (last 3 hours & 24 hours) again in easy to read graphic/text format. You can select the type of report (Tornado, Hail, Wind) you wish you receive txt message for whichever states you choose. Overall, I can find no problems and rate it 5 well deserved stars (and I have never rated any app 5 stars)...If you are storm chaser/spotter, amateur radio operator this is perfect app for you wx interest!

  • Addicting

    by Stephimaz

    I love this app!

  • Very Well Done, Simple & Easy

    by WxMoose

    Great app for local notification of damage reports and for viewing them nationally. I really like the Forecast Area where you can view and navigate the NWS Convective Outlooks and Mesoscale Discussions on the iPhone easily. If you are a weather enthusiast/geek (like me) this is a good app to load up.

  • Perfect!

    by Hailraiser

    Just what I've been looking for.

  • Outstanding!

    by darkcarnival451

    Outstanding app, fits nicely with all my weather apps! 5 STARS!

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