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  • 'WeatherUnderground for Notification Center' is an Informative New Weather Widget


    The stock iOS Weather application is a little… eh… boring. So why not replace it with a better one? A new free Notification Center widget called WeatherUnderground for Notification Center by iOS developer Andrew MacKie-Mason pulls your weather information directly from Weather Underground, and it’s more informative than iOS’ stock Weather application.

    You will get the main widget, shown above in the middle, that looks similar to the stock Weather application widget. It displays an icon to show the weather conditions outside, as well as the temperature. Additional information, such as what the weather actually feels like, the humidity level, and the wind speed is also included.

    Swiping to the left on the widget reveals the widget above on the left, which shows the temperature, and what the temperature actually feels like in a more detailed format. You will see a line graph where you can view how the temperature will change throughout the day, and you will get information about the highs and lows for the day.

    Swiping to the right on the widget reveals the widget above on the right, which shows what the weather will be like for the next 4 days (unfortunately, not the next 7 days). You get the expected highs and lows for the day, as well as the rain chances.

    If you swipe all the way to the left, you will get the widget's credits, as well as a refresh button that you can use to refresh your Weather information in the widget:



    If you tap on the widget, Mobile Safari will be launched with all of the weather information loaded for you about your current location on the Weather Underground Web site. The widget detects your current location for you automatically, and there doesn't appear to be a way to edit the location.

    When you head over to the Settings application, and go into the Notifications preferences pane, you will be able to enable and disable the widget on demand. You can tap on the widget pane to reveal some additional options:



    The options you can configure include a data refresh delay, an hourly forecast length, and a place to input your API key. To get an API key from Weather Underground, you will need to sign up and get a free one via this link.

    WeatherUnderground for Notification Center is not only free, but it’s also open source. You can view the source code for the Notification Center widget via this GitHub link. WeatherUnderground for Notification Center is compatible with iOS 5 and iOS 6. If you're interested in trying it out, you will find it in Cydia's BigBoss repository right now!

    Name: WeatherUnderground for Notification Center
    Price: FREE
    Version: 1.1.2-3
    Requirements: iOS 5+
    Repo: BigBoss
    Developer: Andrew MacKie-Mason
    Editor's Rating:  4/5
    This article was originally published in forum thread: 'WeatherUnderground for Notification Center' is an Informative New Weather Widget started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 15 Comments
    1. Breezy215's Avatar
      Breezy215 -
      I'll be glad when someone figures out how to use yahoo weather app as a lockscreen widget
    1. b1997469's Avatar
      b1997469 -
      Pity it doesn't work on the iPad.

      AND It doesn't work in IOS 5.1.1 either. It says it needs IOS 6.0
    1. danial.aw's Avatar
      danial.aw -
      damn i definitely want this sort of a mod to the regular weather widget... we definitely need to have the "feels like" option in the stock weather widget!!
    1. highboi's Avatar
      highboi -
      Edit: wrong thread
    1. Sniper488's Avatar
      Sniper488 -
      I signed up but where do you see your api key?
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Sniper488 View Post
      I signed up but where do you see your api key?
      It will show up on their Web site in your API settings.
    1. Sniper488's Avatar
      Sniper488 -
      I'm there but where do you find that?
    1. b1997469's Avatar
      b1997469 -
      It got updated and now it works on the iPad but its all in F. How do I change it to C?
    1. Sniper488's Avatar
      Sniper488 -
      Got it to work, had to resubmit everything and then it was successful and showed my key!
    1. sirbebe's Avatar
      sirbebe -
      Forecast dose about the same and blends in nicely with the lock screen.
    1. yearoftherat's Avatar
      yearoftherat -
      Quote Originally Posted by Sniper488 View Post
      Got it to work, had to resubmit everything and then it was successful and showed my key!
      I signed up and couldn't find my API key. What do you mean by resubmitting everything?
    1. Lando_Jarvis's Avatar
      Lando_Jarvis -
      To get the key took me 10 mins. It's a huge mess. And now that I have the key everything is cluttered and centered on the left margin. I'd say this tweak is in early alpha state.

      Edit: a respring solved the layout issues. Would like to see Celsius support. Albeit this - nice alternative to the stock app.

      Edit2: It's messes up again. Not useable atm.
    1. JayR_Flow's Avatar
      JayR_Flow -
      I'm still confused on how to get an API key. I created account. Went through the options for the plan. Then when I get to the summary, I see what my summary is but I get no option to submit or don't get an API. What am I doing wrong?
    1. chad2ss's Avatar
      chad2ss -
      Quote Originally Posted by Lando_Jarvis View Post
      To get the key took me 10 mins. It's a huge mess. And now that I have the key everything is cluttered and centered on the left margin. I'd say this tweak is in early alpha state.
      exact same issue. It looks great in Notification Center, but the widget is smashed on the left side of the screen, sort of overlapping itself. I would love to use this, as it has more info than Weather Widget.
    1. JayR_Flow's Avatar
      JayR_Flow -
      Never mind. Had to do it on my laptop. Eh it's an okay app so far. Can't get my location right. Keeps giving me the weather for the neighboring city