Cirrus Weather Solutions, LLC is proud to announce the addition of dynamic alerting to StormWatch+! Previously, users set the locations they wanted alerts for based on their address, city/ST, zip code, or GPS location at the time they set their location into StormWatch+. Now, with StormWatch+ EnRoute activated, users can receive weather alerts as they are traveling if they drive into a severe weather threat area.
How it works:
On the StormWatch+ Push Settings screen, a user can turn on EnRoute and then choose "Better Battery Life" or "More Precision" for the desired accuracy of their alert service. "Better Battery Life" will provide alert accuracy to within ~1.5 miles (often much more accurate in urban areas with dense cell tower coverage), while "More Precision" will provide alert accuracy to at least thirty (30) feet. As the user travels, their location is updated regularly and the new location is compared to known severe weather warnings. If the user enters a warning polygon, the alert is pushed to their device (provided they have selected that type of alert to receive).
At this time, only TORNADO WARNINGS, SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS, and FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS are delivered via EnRoute. If you are traveling and you plan to stay the night somewhere, we recommend setting a static location for other watches and warnings that might be issued.
Also, while it is possible to determine when a user ENTERS a warning while traveling, it is much more difficult to determine when he/she LEAVES the warned area. Notification will not be provided, nor will previously-received warnings be removed from the app, when the user exits a warning polygon. (Alerts will drop off the device at their original expiration time.) If a user's location has not changed after receiving an EnRoute alert, updates to the original warning (continuations, cancellations, etc.) will be sent, however.