Lightning and iPhones

Wow, if I had just one more thing this post could be, as George Costanza puts it, “the trifecta.”

Anyhow, if you don’t know, I really enjoy a good storm and I also really enjoy my iPhone. What do the two have to do with each other?  As it has been storming here in Olathe off and on today, my iPhone has been buzzing to let me know when there is lightning around.  How do you ask?  I have an application called 2010 PinPoint Lightning from MyWeather Mobile.  I helped beta test this application for this company, and it is a very useful application.  I’m not trying to be a commercial, nor do I get any benefit from talking about this application.  But I know many of you have iPhones and many turf professionals work outside….therefore, this application is a must.

This application receives data from the National Lightning Detection Network and Environment Canada for all cloud-to-ground lightning strikes within 30 miles of the user’s geo-located position. Alerts are sent to the user based on the frequency of lightning strikes around the user’s 30-mile alert radius determined by their geo-located position.

You can read more about the application on iTunes at PinPoint Lightning.  Or at the MyWeather Mobile website.  I also recommend the MyWeather iPhone application.  It has one of the best radar/satellite/warning screens available.

Below are some screenshots from my iPhone, during the storm rolling through right now.

Radar and Lightning Strikes from PinPoint Lightning

Radar and Lightning Strikes from PinPoint Lightning

Lightning Alert only 4 miles from my location.

Lightning Alert only 4 miles from my location.

List of recent strikes

List of recent strikes

The application works great.  The only problem I have is when it is storming, the lightning alerts come so frequently that I cannot see the map for very long periods of time…(whenever there is a new alert you are taken back to the home screen of the application) (so if there are a lot of strikes by the time the map image fully loads, you are whisked back to the alert page.) It is frustrating, but they tell me they are working on a fix for it.

I hope this helps keep some of you safe.

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  • http://www.KSUTurf.com Rodney

    I just spoke with the developer recently and they are updating the application to fix my concerns about jumping from the map page to the alert page frequently in storms. The update is not out yet, but soon.

  • http://www.ksuturf.com Rodney

    The app has been updated and all previous problems I had have been fixed, and it works for iPhone 4.