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July 25, 2013 / carlispina

Never Get Caught In The Rain Unprepared with Umbrella

Umbrella LogoIf you’re like me, you don’t always remember to check the weather report before you leave home in the morning. Now, there is an app that tries to keep you from getting caught in the rain even if you don’t think to check the weather. Umbrella, which I first heard about in Josh Clark’s keynote at the 2013 CALI Conference, is designed to make sure that you always know if it is going to rain. Unlike other weather apps, rain is Umbrella’s sole focus.

When you open the app, you see a page that shows either a figure standing in a ray of light or under an umbrella and says “YES” (if you do need an umbrella) or “NO” (if you do not). Swiping to the left will show the same information for the next day. In small print it also gives the day’s temperature range. That’s it.

Umbrella NoUmbrella Yes

While this may not sound that exciting, what really sets this app apart from other weather apps is the notification features. You can set the app up to notify you at a set time each day (or only certain days of the week). Once you have set up notifications, you will see a pop up message on the lock screen of your phone at your chosen time telling you whether you need to take an umbrella with you when you go outside. If you manage to miss this pop up message, the icon for the app will also display a number in the upper right corner that is the percentage chance of rain. This is a simple, well-designed and very useful app. It makes it practically impossible to forget to check the weather in the morning. If you find that you frequently forget to check for rain or if you just love beautifully designed apps, it is well worth the $1.99 price tag.

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