Mobile Mariner - Marine Forecasts, Tides and Live Weather Conditions on Your BlackBerry
on 22 Mar 2010 12:37 pm EDT
Granted, most users will not need this advanced of a weather application but for those out there with a need for these resources it could be quite a useful tool. Mobile Mariner is a specifically designed application for folks who live, work or play on the water. Some highlighted features are:
- Marine forecasts from the NOAA National Weather Service. - A five day forecast is typically provided for each zone. You can select forecasts for all coastal United States and Great Lakes zones and continuously monitor up to 10 zones.
- Tide information for primary NOAA tide stations including predicted and observed tides. - You can allow your smart phone to provide tide information based on your current location and you can also continuously monitor up to 10 stations. A simple click will provide a graph of tide data for the last 24 hours.
- Current weather conditions -from the tide stations including wind speed, wind heading, gusts, air and water temperature, barometric pressure, and relative humidity, where available. The data is updated every 6 minutes. With a simple click, the last 24 hours of data is available in graph format.
Sadly, the application is not free. It's a subscription based service where you'll be charged $4.99/month for its use. But, with that there is a free 7 day trial offered so you can check it out before you commit. At this time, only US/Great Lakes weather stations are supported. Canada, UK and Alaska are coming in the Summer. OS 5.0 is supported here as for Storm devices, I cannot confirm it's not listed on their website at the moment. If you have a need for this, check it out. I'm interested in the feedback on how well it functions.