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Real Time Lightning Strike Information
To depart or not to depart is the question.
"I found that having real time lightning strike information coupled with weather radar forecasts helped me better decide whether to stay put or to make the passage to another port." - Webmaster
Spark was developed by WeatherBug to help users know where the nearest lightning strike is. This is basically an app for monitoring lightning and is incorporated into Weatherbug. The app shares data from the Total Lightning Network relative to your smartphone’s GPS location. It has great features, which include the ability to save locations that are important to you.
Tom's Guide Review: If there's a developing weather situation you need to track, WeatherBug can help you out.
The free download not only offers Doppler radar for North America, but can provide hurricane forecasts, Spark lightning alerts, air quality info and pollen count data on top of the usual array of weather information. Since it pulls data from weather services, satellites and tracking stations, WeatherBug can provide hyperlocal real-time conditions with current, hourly and 10-day forecasts. Pay 99 cents a month or $9.99 a year, and you can remove ads from the app.
My Lightning Tracker and Alerts - a stand alone application to provide real time lightning strike information anywhere on the globe.
Wind Data for Sailors
The Developer's Description: SailFlow is a mobile application to locate, monitor, analyze, and share wind data whenever, wherever, and however you want it. With over 50,000 weather stations for real-time observations and our forecast system for observations anywhere in the world we make it easy for you to find the wind data you're after no matter where you are. SailFlow is essential equipment for sailing!
Sailflow offers an iOS app for iPhones and iPads, available on the Apple AppStore. This is the CNET review of the application and the link to the Apple Store.
The Developer's Description: Windy (also known as Windyty) is an extraordinary tool for weather forecast visualization. This fast, intuitive, detailed, and accurate weather app is trusted by professional pilots, paragliders, skydivers, kiters, surfers, boaters, fishermen, storm chasers, and weather geeks, as well as by governments, army staff and rescue teams.
Windy offers an iOS app , available on the Apple Store. There is also a link to a review of Windy on Appedus, an app review site.
Sailflow offers an Android app , available on the Google Play Store.
The Developer's Description: Never be without the tides again. You too can carry the tides in your pocket as you walk along the shore, fly into a harbor, or sail off into the sunset. AyeTides displays tides and/or currents for over 12, 500 locations worldwide and unlike many other tide apps, it does not require a network connection.
The link to the AyeTides iOS app for iPhones and iPads. There is no Android verison. Cost: $7.99
The Developer's Description: Get tides and currents near you, fast & free.
The link to Tides Near Me, the free version, available on the Apple App Store for iOS devices.
The link to Tides Near Me, the free version, available on the Google Play Store for Android devices.
Web or Smartphone Chartplotters
For the 'arm chair' navigator at heart, this web site is for you. Automatic routing to Point A to Point B or a more advanced route with multiple waypoints can be simulated before going on board.
The smartphone apps include tide and current information and the ability to synch routes previously created on the web for navigation.
As of 2021, the annual fee for the US charts was under $20.00
The Developer's Description: iNavX™ is the #1 handheld chartplotter and the only chartplotter on your phone that delivers charts from your favorite chartproviders and hundreds of features. Trusted internationally by casual and professional sailors, fisherman, and cruisers, download iNavX today and automatically receive complementary copy of high resolution NOAA RNC raster United States marine charts of the West Coast, Gulf Coast, East Coast, Great Lakes, Alaska, Hawaii, and US Virgin Islands.