Price: Free Score: 9.7/10 Category: Sports
Have you ever sat through a football game soaking wet because you didn’t bring a coat and you refuse to pay the unbelievable price of a poncho at a major league stadium? How about picking the quarterback who plays best in cool weather, only to find out that it’s 10 degrees warmer at the stadium than it is on the other side of town, and now your fantasy football team is screwed? Weather plays a huge role in how we experience and enjoy major league sports, so finding accurate forecasts can mean the difference between a great or horrible afternoon at the game. NFLWeather, from developer NFLWeather.com, has created an Android app that should help fans avoid any major mistakes, plus help them keep up with game times and scores all in one place.
There are a dozen decent sports apps, and just as many quality weather apps, but none that combine features in such a simple and obvious way like NFLWeather. The app features “micro-climate forecasts” that truly give you an idea of what kickoff weather is going to look and feel like during the game. When you’re making a bet with your friends on how your team is going to perform you need all the details, and that includes the exact type of conditions in which they’ll be playing. You get that, plus more, with the NFLWeather Android app.
When you open the app you’re taken right to the most current weeks schedule and some basic information. The schedule is presented by team colored helmets and team names in a VS format, and to the right you get a basic idea of the expected weather. Below the picture of the weather condition the app shows you the date and kick-off time of the game. Tap “Details” to get into the nitty-gritty about the weather and the stadium. The details page shows the two teams, detailed weather forecast, stadium details and when the last update was made about the conditions. It can be difficult to remember the details of which stadiums play on natural grass, or artificial turf, how they’re covered and so on, so having that extra information can make a big difference as well when your team is playing on the road.
Not only does this Android app give you pretty accurate weather details the week before the game, it constantly updates to have the most relevant information. Plus, 12 hours before the game, the app gives you a lot more information, since the weather can be much more accurately determined at that point. In that short period before the game users can see humidity, wind speed, dew point, visibility, wind direction (very important), and barometric pressure. If you need more information that this, then you may need to start taking classes in meteorology.
This is a great app that does exactly what it says it will do with no complications or unnecessary frills. The format is simple but easy to understand, and while it’s not going to win any awards for graphics or effects it really doesn’t need anything more to be effective. If you’re a football fan, then this app is a must have and comes highly recommended.
NFLWeather is available now for free from Google Play, and is compatible with Android 2.1 and up. Version reviewed was 12.05.06 and the file size is 2.1MB. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this Android app review.