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WP7 App Launch : “AU Weather Pro” (Live Data from BOM)

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I’ve just submitted a(nother) new App to the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace – AU Weather Prowhich as the name suggests provides comprehensive Australian weather observations and forecasts (from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology).

Of Note – this app brings the observation/forecast functionality from ‘Big Screen Weather v2’ (for Windows Media Center) – with numerous enhancements to your Windows Phone 7 (such as BOM specific 72hour views etc).  For those wanting the animated radar – this app can be used in conjunction with AU Radar (available now on Windows Marketplace).

The App should (hopefully) be live in the next 24-72 hours. (depending on how quickly it gets passed by the Marketplace certification team).

Here’s the wrap (taken from the Marketplace description) – or view the product page:

smallIcon AU Weather Pro


AU Weather Pro provides a comprehensive app to view Latest Weather Observations and 7 day* Forecasts from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (

With support for over 550+ Observation locations and 200+ forecast locations (provided by BOM weather stations around Australia) – you’ll be getting the most up to date and extensive coverage possible.

Sporting a slick and theme aware User Interface – once you’ve set your current observation and forecast locations – latest details will be displayed (and updated) upon load.

Finding your nearest BOM weather stations is made simple by using your phone’s GPS lookup – which auto configures the nearest points at a click of a button – or allows you to browse all the available locations by state and region. You can also configure refresh settings for data downloaded data.

When viewing latest observations – you’ll not only see the current temperature/icon – you’ll also get numerous other details such as wind speed/gust/direction, rainfall, humidity, pressure, cloud coverage, visibility as well as numerous other stats about the temperature where available (such as max/min temperatures for that day).

Drill down to a detailed 72 hour history for – which shows all available historical readings for that weather station (grouped by category – or via a summary page). Once in this page you can also tilt the phone to landscape mode and check out various data plotted onto a 72 hr graph.

When viewing latest forecasts – you can drill down to a graphical view – or you can go and browse over 200 forecasts from all over Australia – and see up to 7 days of forecast data from other locations (without downloading any additional data).

Please Note : the trial version of this application will allow you to view limited or sample data only – and forecast ranges will be limited to 3 days only. All values/data will be made available upon full purchase.

*Note that some BOM stations may not provide all metadata.


Pricing/Availability :   USD$2.99 / AUD $4.00 (Trial Version Available) /  Available soon in the ‘News + Weather’ category in Windows Phone 7 Marketplace.

see screenshots below :

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NB: Local WP7 Shell notifications functionality will be provided on a future update.


Written by mobilewares

January 5, 2011 at 2:48 am

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  1. SO Niall am I right thinking your weather app doesn’t have radar in it ?
    I know it looks like you have packed a lot in to it, but radar in the one app would make it a no definate purchase for me.

    Peter Adams

    January 5, 2011 at 11:59 pm

  2. Sorry that should read “a definite purchase”

    Peter Adams

    January 6, 2011 at 12:01 am

  3. Hi Peter,

    For the time being all radar functionality is provided by another app ‘AU Radar’ – so you need to install that one as well. The main rational behind having seperate products here is that generally folks want to load up the app and immediately glance/see the primary information they are after – without having to download too much (and the radar product gives you the radar straight away – and the weather one gives you observations/forecasts). The other reason being some people will only want one app or the other – so they don’t have to buy the whole lot.

    Also note that AU Radar is pretty cheap at only AUD$1.70 – so shouldn’t be any big financial drain grabbing both of them (would be AUD$5.70 for a very comprehensive suite). Keep in mind too that the AU Radar product allows you to view 256km radars in the trial mode (so you only need to purchase if you want the other radars).

    Hope that clarifies it a little bit (but do understand some people will desire a single app with everything).



    January 6, 2011 at 12:10 am

  4. OK thanks for the reply Niall, guess ill have to wait and give it a go when it comes out on the marketplace.

    Peter Adams

    January 6, 2011 at 12:44 am

  5. great article

    Volledig Casco

    January 26, 2011 at 2:49 pm

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