The app shows areas of precipitation and severe weather with an update cycle of 5 minutes and forecasts shower and storm centers and their movement. If you tap onto the center of the storm tracker, you’ll get enhanced information about the imminent danger including ETA for places on the storm track.
The radar forecast is provided by extrapolation of the actual echoes to forecast 1 hour ahead, then a 3x3 km resolution model which is being updated every 3 hours takes over for the forecast period between 1 and 24 hours in the future.
If you tap on the map with your finger, the app shows you the actual or forecast rain intensity. If you tap on the ligntning icon, you get details about the strike. I you do so on the stormtrack icons, detailed information about the expected severe weather is shown.
Jörg Kachelmannexplains what Pflotsh Storm can do. In German.
Jörg Kachelmannexplains what Pflotsh Storm can do. In Swiss German.
The app protects from severe weather surprises, gives you radar and lightning information for your area and a radar forecast for the next 24 hours.
The various apps are focussed on specific purposes. They have different functionalities, and contain a different selection of weather parameters and models. If all apps were combined to one single app, that one would be rather confusing with too many options getting into the user's way. The individual apps each show exactly what is required for a specific purpose. See all Pflotsh apps at a glance.
Radar data is from the National weather services involved, lightning data from various sources, forecast from Kachelmann GmbH and the DWD.
Radar resolution is between 250 m and 1 km, lightning strikes are mostly within a 100 m radius. Model forecast is from a 3x3 km model which is being run every 3 hours.
Kachelmann GmbH is source for the radar forecast up to 1 hour and the storm tracking, the model forecast comes from the DWD.
For this purpose, the radar echoes are being extrapolated. There is no calculation of weakening or strengthening nor for new echoes in the algorithm. Those are being handled by the high update frequency of 5 minutes. Please note the the most recent radar image for Austria (except Vorarlberg which is covered by the Swiss radar) is a 5-minute-forecast from the previous radar image since the Austrian provider doesn’t allow the display of up-to-date radar imagery.
The model radar forecast is run for the next 21 to 24 hours.
A weather map provides a lot more information than weather data for just one location. E.g: If you want to take a picture of a mountain, it is not important if the sky above you is cloudless, you want to know if the subject is hidden in fog. And anyone who is on the move wants to know how the weather is developing along the way.
In order to see the map. Data is drawn with little transparency, so that it is visible well and without interference with the map. However, in some cases, you won’t see the map well enough. In those cases, just pan.
Either there is no rain in your area and you can check back past events via the archive function (star icon). There is also the unlikely possibility that one of the radar stations is down.
When a thunderstorm is detected, a circle appears around the storm cell. You can use the line to see which direction the storm is going. Small dashes indicate the position of the storm in 10-minute increments.
You can tap on one of cloud-icons icons to get more information about a particular storm cell. This shows radar data, lightning data, as well as information about the intensity of storm cells and their forecast paths. This data is derived from extrapolating the storm’s current speed and direction and thus may not always be precise, should the storm change speed or direction.
They show the direction and strength of the rotation of a storm cell. They only appear when a storm actual has a rotation.
If there is a risk of flooding, the wavy lines indicate flood areas.
Go to the menu and touch "Settings". You can then customize the map type.
Please tap on the date display in the center and choose date and time and confirm your choice via check mark. You can also tap the arrows to the left (to the past) or right (to the future). See also Timeline in Tips and Tricks.
Shake your phone! This also updates the data. Alternatively, select the corresponding item from the menu.
Long press the date display. Alternatively, select the corresponding item from the menu.
Yes, just move the map with your fingers and get to any place in the target areas Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein and South Tyrol.
Move two fingers to the left or right on the time display at the bottom of the screen. This changes the transparency (see also Transparency) in Tips and Tricks.
You won’t need that, just get all your info by tapping on the screen (see also Information about Colors).
The map has been moved to an area outside of the covered area.
These are the most recent lightning strikes from the last 5 minutes, the older they get, they turn yellow, orange.
Only lightning strikes during the last 30 minutes are being displayed.
You get the max resolution of the radar, so the closer you get, the more likely you are to get pixels which have a size of about 250 m to 1 km on one side. Tap on the radar pixel to see the corresponding intensity of precipitation.
The app receives push messages according to the account settings on meteosafe.com. However, only messages related to the contents of the app are pushed: Thunderstorms/Heavy rain, torrentials, lightning strikes, hail, cyclones, and aquaplaning. This means that, for example, for frost, you will only receive an email, but no push message.
The app shows the sum of all hail since midnight (UTC) and not the current hail amount.
Swipe to your Lock screen and tap "Edit." (see also Widgets for the iPhone in Tipps und Tricks)
It works from iPhone 5 or iPad from iOS 10.0 or higher, Android from version 4.4 (KitKat).
In order to cover the cost for the data and the further development of the app there is yearly amount to be paid via subscription. The first month is free and you can cancel the subscription without being charged during the first month of use. Buying a Pflotsh ECMWF subscription also unlocks to all other Pflotsh apps, if they are installed on the same device.
This app is not intended to replace official warnings by the National Weather Services of the countries involved, but it is a perfect supplement if you want to assess the weather situation for yourself.