Weather Beetle      

Size:   1.25MB

License:   FREEWARE

Publisher:  Publisher | Listed Programs

Release Date:   2014-03-24

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OS:  Windows XP/Vista/7

Downloads:   8046

Popularity:   Popularity:0/10



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Software Product Description

Retrieve graphical and text forecast and current condition weather reports from NOAA. Auto alerts can be set to check every 10 minutes for any alerts issued for a county, if an alert is active a scrolling text message will pop up at the bottom of the screen and an audio alert will also be heard.

Get current graphical (NEXRAD) radar and (GOES) satellite. Get current conditions from NOAA stations. Get river conditions from river gauges. Get METAR reports from around the world. Weather reports can only be retrieved from stations within the United States and other U.S. territories except for METAR reports which can be retrieved from around the world.

System Requirements:

  • Windows XP with Service Pack 3
  • Internet Explorer 5.5
  • 128mb RAM


"it works, I guess..."

Reviewer: -Gorlash

Review Date: 2013-03-17

Pros: none really

Cons: "my location" setting needs to be re-entered for every screen; that shouldn't be necessary. Location selection on many screens is very obtuse, and user interface is clunky.

Other Thoughts: I don't really see any benefit of this program, over just checking any of the online weather sites for my location.

The separate reporting tabs seem disconnected from each other; also, actually getting a reading of anything is a little clunky; you have to re-enter your desired location, then *click on the location that you just entered* (the program can't figure this out?), then select "update", and you get some data.

One example: the River Gauges page requires user to select from a list of river systems, but none of the names are familiar to me, so I don't know what to select. This is a perfect job for software; start with my home location (which I've already entered on two separate pages), calculate which river system(s) is/are closest to me, and use them automatically; I can add more manually if I wish to.

In it's current state, the program feels like a school research project, for an intermediate-level programming class. It has a long way to go to actually be useful.


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