Weather Wow is a clever iOS app that gives you the local information you probably want the most in one package, which is news and weather. The US $0.99 universal app gives you the ability to add as many locations for information that you want, with a simple GUI with a + to add the cities. Both weather and news get selected as a result of that choice.

Switching between cities is a matter of touching a left or right pointing arrow. You get a nicely animated look at the current conditions, then a four day forecast scrolls up the screen. After that a few local news stories appear, some from your local paper and some from national news sources when your local area is mentioned.

It all works quite well, and I think overall the app is useful. There are a couple of negatives, though. First, no matter what the weather, you see a spinning bright sun graphic. The graphic should match the weather, with a graphic for clouds, rain, snow or whatever, because seeing the sun graphic all the time is misleading.

I’d also like to see the app be location aware. If I’m traveling, the app should use the GPS to find where I am and deliver me local news and weather. I don’t want to type my location in every time. That’s especially true if I’m in a place with a long name, like, oh, Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan.

Weather Wow is a nice little app, and I find I check it out often. With a few tweaks it could be really terrific. Check the gallery for some screen shots and you can check out the perennially sunny skies.

Gallery: Weather Wow

Weather Wow for iOS gives you news and weather together originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 22 Mar 2012 06:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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