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New WRAL Weather App features alerts to keep you weather aware this weekend

Posted June 26, 2015

The new and improved WRAL Weather app can alert you to lightning in the area as well as developing storms near you.

— We’ve baked in some great, often-requested features into the new WRAL Weather app, including alerts for developing storms and lightning. As the storms began to fire in Wake county, my phone alerted me twice! One alert was letting me know that the storms were beginning to go up, but perhaps more importantly, the WRAL Weather App let me know about nearby lightning.

If you haven’t downloaded the new WRAL Weather App, you can get it through the iTunes App Store or Google Play. It’s a free upgrade and improves upon the previous app in about every way. We’re excited to make it available!

For alerts to work, you’ll need to enable location services for the app — which you can do both when you first install it or through Settings ⇒ Privacy ⇒ Location Services on iPhone/iOS or through Settings on Android devices. Once you’ve done that, use the app’s menu to enter the Alert Center.

In the Alert Center, make sure alerts are enabled. Then, you can select which alerts you want and what locations you want to be notified about. You can get alerts for your current location as well as other locations like your home, workplace, child’s school, or even vacation spots. The app will compare your selected locations with radar returns, cloud-to-ground lightning strikes, and official National Weather Service alerts to determine when to alert you.

With storms likely through Saturday, this is a great time to download the app, enable alerts, and give them a try.


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