After games, the second most-used category of apps on the mobile phone are weather related. That's 55 percent, according to a recent Nielsen survey. After the deadly storms of this year, that number is expected to rise.
To get your weather information for free, there are two good apps that will give you severe weather alerts, forecasts and more. They are The Weather Channel app and our own Storm Team Five app. - available in both the Android and iTunes markets.
And Storm Team Five now has an app for the iPad - still free. There are also good paid apps too, some feature high definition weather video, others will alert you to severe weather by turning the phone on and sending out an alarm.
Here are a few that get high marks from users:
Weather HD $.99
Living Earth HD $.99
Weather Radio app $9.99.
Palmary Weather Pro $2.99
My-cast Weather $.99
WeatherBug Elite $1.99
Next year, FEMA is launching the personal localized alerting network- or PLAN. It will send a text message to cellphone customers about imminent, local threats to their safety. PLAN launches April 2012, and is free. Let's be careful out there.