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As I’ve stated many times before, I am fascinated by the weather. I have been since early childhood.
By the way, my area is under a Tornado Watch as I am writing this.
I didn’t own an Android device until I was twenty-eight years old and I’m thirty-three at the time of writing this. This means I have been using Android for almost five years. I was late in the game, but that’s because I was more interested in rugged flip phones and later quick messaging phones because I didn’t like touch screens. However, once I bought my first touch screen phone, I haven’t gone back.
In May of 2015, I bought my first Android device, an entry-level smartphone which was an LG Optimus Fuel. Ever since all phones and tablets which I use have been Android.
In June of 2015, I bought a pocket-sized weather radio, a Midland HH50B. It came bundled with some literature about the Midland Weather Center app, of which this piece will be a review. Other Midland Weather Radios I have purchased also came bundled with this literature. This is my first review of a software product, so I hope you, the reader, will bear with me.
After I installed the batteries in my new weather radio, I promptly downloaded the app from Google Play.
And I had been using it on almost every subsequent Android device I own ever since.
I never was a premium subscriber to get automatic weather alerts for my geographic location, but I don’t need to be as I almost always have a Weather Radio nearby.
However, when a weather alert comes in on my Weather Radio, the first thing I do is check the app and then share the information on social media. If there is a Warning issued, I text that information to all whom I know located in the warned area.
The app gives a seven-day forecast for any given area in the United States and automatically does so for the device’s current geographic location.
It also gives near real-time images of all locations covered by NOAA’s Weather Surveillance RADAR network. These images are continuously updated every five minutes.
There are also detailed outlooks and discussions given from scientists at The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma.
When an alert is listed, a textual transcript of all of that alert broadcast on NOAA Weather Radio, along with visual graphics and maps of the affected area, is included.
Just about all of this can be easily shared via MMS and/or social media as well as other apps with a few taps of the finger.
Other features include literary as well as audio/visual information about how to program a Midland Weather Radio and a list of Weather Radios made by Midland.
As mentioned before a premium feature is push notifications alerting the user to severe weather in his or her geographic location.
This is a very neat app and in my humble opinion, the best weather-related app out there.
Here’s the kick in the teeth: It is no longer available for download on Google Play. This is a terrible mistake on the part of all parties involved in that decision.
However, this wonderful app can still be manually downloaded and installed on an Android device, if the user knows what he or she is doing.
It was in May of 2018 that I realized this app was no longer available on Google Play. I was pretty ticked off about it and vented on social media. I was confronted about my venting at a Bible study even, because of my choice of words. I didn’t use any filthy language but I can see where it could be misconstrued if I said how it “irks my butt” that I can no longer download Midland Weather Center.
So for a little over a year, I went without Midland Weather Center, but one evening in 2019, I was doing some related research and found out that I could download and install it to my Android device without it being on The Play Store. I was thrilled!
Not only does it still fully work, but it also seems to be fully supported.
Now I keep a copy of it on several of my flash drives.
Still, it would be much more easy and convenient to have this app on Google Play. And not only that, more people would be able to use this wonderful app.
If any Midland or Google executives happen to be reading this piece, please heed my advice.
Midland Weather Center is a great app and I will not be a happy man when or if it is no longer supported.
I have been forwarding weather information to social media since about 2012.
When I started, I simply would transcribe what my Weather Radio picked up and I was using a flip phone.
It was quite difficult, but I somehow managed.
I now heavily rely on this app to forward severe weather information to social media.
This is one thing I do for my friends, family, and neighbors and I do it calmly and precisely.
This app helps me disseminate weather information so well to those who need it whereas, it was a pain in the rear end to do it before I had this app.
I know there are other apps out there, but I like Midland Weather Center the most and I think others also would.
I give this product a 5 out of 5 stars.
This, therefore, concludes my review of the Midland Weather Center app, but keep reading, there’s a little more I want to say:
Now, I’ve been saying how much I like Midland Weather Center and I did give it a rating of 5 stars, but let me be totally clear, that an app should not be the primary source of critical weather information. It should merely be a supplement. The primary source of critical weather information must needs be a Public Alert certified Weather Radio because it is fairly simple and very fail-safe. It must needs also be one that is well maintained. And the end-user should have adequate backup batteries installed and change them every Spring Forward and Fall Back, along with smoke detector batteries.
I apologize if I seem to be on my high horse, but this subject has always been of importance to me.
All in all, I am done now. I hope you, the reader, have been informed and maybe, just maybe, a little entertained.
Thank you for reading! My back is starting to hurt, but I’m glad I was able to say all I wanted to say.