Work continues on our "significant update" to the StormWatch+ app. For more background on this work, please see below for the original announcement of this update.
As of today, our new app developer has nearly completed 5 of the 6 phases of the project. However, we are running up against an external deadline, October 1, in which the vendor of our weather map layers (i.e., radar, satellite, and other weather layers) will be switching to a new service to provide that information. Without an update to the app, we would lose access to those map layers. on October 1.
The plan right now is to roll out an update to the app that will address the mapping issue before that date, though we are not yet assured of that. There is a chance that your app could lose the mapping layers for a brief time in the interim between October 1 and when we are able to push out the new update that would fix that.
PLEASE NOTE: this mapping issue would not affect your ability to receive severe weather alerts from the app. It only affects the ability to see radar, clouds, etc. on the main map, which is something we provide for free (you do not have to have a subscription to SW+ Alerts to view that data).
Once the update is out that addresses the map layers (and actually also rebuilds most of the rest of the StormWatch+ app as described below), we will proceed to complete the project with some new capabilities later in October! It is also likely that we will have additional information at that time on the SW+ Alerts subscriptions, including the restoral of annual subscriptions. As soon as we know more, we will update you here, and on the Facebook and Twitter feeds for StormWatch+. So, stay tuned, and we apologize for this current uncertainty! You can always reach us via social media or by opening a ticket from the main menu within the app itself!
We are currently in the process of a significant update to the StormWatch+ app. This update will restore the yearly subscription option, fix several known bugs, bring in new features, and most importantly, lay the groundwork for exciting future updates that we'll reveal in due time.
As a little background, the app is currently written that utilizes separate coding languages for Android & iOS, which meant that our app developer had to do twice the work to make changes to both the Android and iOS apps. Recently, we hired a new app developer, who is also a long-time SW+ Alerts subscriber. His company is re-writing the entire app in a single coding language, so any changes or updates to the app will be much easier to manage and deploy. That is the reason we call this a "significant update."
We are continually committed to bringing you precise and lightning-fast weather alerts. The app has been, and will continue to be, ad-free and we commit to never selling or releasing your personal data, for profit or otherwise. The base StormWatch+ app will continue to remain free and provides valuable information to help you plan your day, harnessing the power of over 2,000 National Weather Service meteorologists, forecasting for your local area. Regarding alerting, our server space and app development expenses are not cheap. We believe strongly that, for the price, SW+ Alerts is an essential, life-saving product and provides as many, if not more, custom features than any other weather alert app on the market. Therefore, SW+ Alerts will remain a subscription service with both annual and monthly renewal options.
The weather mapping data that has been displayed in the app is changing also, as our vendor will be discontinuing the current dataset and switching to a new one. So we are pushing to get the updated app out before this data is discontinued. We have cleared 1 milestone in our 6-phase project, and are planning for the updated app to be released early fall.
We sincerely thank you for your continued support of StormWatch+ and SW+ Alerts and look forward to continuing to serve you! We will keep you updated as we move through the process.